Saving Energy with Lighting Controls
The most efficient light fixture is one that is not in use, that’s where lighting controls come in. Lighting controls vary from simple standalone on/off switches to networked, building-wide systems. The rise of LEDs has spurred on the growth of digital controls, because LEDs’ require control to be properly managed.
Many retrofit projects aim to match existing light levels, but some offices can be over lit. Lighting controls can fix this by automatically trimming off the top end of dimming range, creating a better environment and reducing energy use for lighting by up to 30%. This is a great way of saving electricity that didn’t need to be used.
Motion Sensor Controls
Motion sensors automatically turn outdoor lights on when they detect motion and turn them off a short while later. They are very useful for outdoor security and utility lighting.
Because utility lights and some security lights are needed only when it is dark and people are present, the best way to control might be a combination of a motion sensor and photosensor.
Occupancy sensors detect indoor activity within a certain area. They provide convenience by turning lights on automatically when someone enters a room and save energy by turning lights off soon after the last occupant has left the room. Occupancy sensors must be located where they will detect occupants or occupant activity in all parts of the room.
Controls and IoT
Control systems also open up the opportunity to introduce extra features and functions in the future, harnessing the Internet of Things (IoT). By incorporating sensors and intelligence in light fittings, it’s possible to track movement of people, monitor temperature, light levels and air quality, and analyse the data for the benefit of the business.
The Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme gives businesses tax breaks on certain energy saving products that meet criteria for the government’s energy technology list, including lighting controls. Meaning not only can you save electricity but investing into lighting control can also save you money.
Remark Group have a wealth of experience in lighting systems and lighting controls, get in touch today to see how we can help you make the switch the energy saving lighting.