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Lighting controls help to make buildings energy efficient

Lighting controls help to make buildings energy efficient
By BizLED Bureau

Aug 4, 2017: Buildings consume about 40% of the world’s energy. In the US, it has been mandated that buildings need to have zero-energy performance. Regulatory standards like ASHRAE 90.1-2013 are, therefore, focusing on adapting programmes to turn buildings to zero-energy performance. Infrastructure companies are also looking for energy-efficient solutions for both new buildings as well as renovated buildings.

Importance of lighting controls

The building industry is, therefore, looking for energy efficient LED lights and other LED products. LED lighting designers are also faced with the challenge to make products compliant to strict standards for lighting in building projects.

The building industry has also realised that lighting controls play important role in electricity conservation. Lighting controls can cut down about 60% of the energy that get waste in buildings. The standards make it mandatory that every interior space should have at least one lighting control device like a dimmer or a switch to control the lighting.

A lighting control is an intelligent network-based solution that can communicate between different systems related to the lighting control with the help of computing devices. Lighting controls are usually used in commercial, industrial, and residential buildings.

Functions of a lighting control

Keeping in mind these necessities, many LED lighting companies are making LED lighting controls that enable wireless interfaces, dimming capabilities, and also allow sensor-based programmatic or autonomous controls. The most common ones are the occupancy sensors, scheduling timers, and dimmers. Manufacturers are making LED lighting systems with automatic shut off or scheduled shut off. There are also multi-level occupancy LED lights with sensors that can communicate with the lights at the stairwell to save energy and still meet security requirements by automatically lighting the area with maximum light; otherwise it gets dimmed to save energy.

Manufacturers also offer LED lights that automatically responds to daylight and switches off. The outdoor lightings are controlled by a photosensor to switch off automatically during the day, and switches on automatically with sun set.

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2 comments

  1. The designers should be looking at light pollution when designing their smart lighting controls. By some measures 90% of our light generated is wasted in uplight,glare ,overlighting and lighting spaces where there is omeone there for mere minutes out of a week.

  2. Unluckly most of them require control units and are to complex and expensive to be really for mass usage. Nice usage but complex and expensive, this is way we developed Ecolumiere.

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