What Can You Control with Connected Lighting?
Connected lighting is part of a growing trend in smart technology, especially for industrial and commercial businesses. Also known as “smart lighting,” this equipment is connected to a network that allows the lights to send and receive data. They’re incredibly efficient and can save up to 90% on energy bills by eliminating wasted energy. With connected lighting, you can even control your lighting network through computer programs and smartphone apps, setting specific lighting schedules or triggers that work for your home or business.
Types of Controls
Daylight harvesting is a smart lighting control strategy used to reduce energy costs. Through its sensors, the smart light can measure the amount of natural light in the environment and dim or shut off accordingly. Most lighting controls work with a computer program so that you can adjust the brightness levels in any room or office.
Buildings that utilize daylight harvesting can benefit greatly from natural light, saving tremendously on electrical costs while allowing you to go worry-free regarding your lighting requirements. Employees can also receive some health benefits from correct lighting. With daylight harvesting, the building is neither too light nor too dark, letting employees work productively in a consistent and optimal level of lighting. Employees exposed to more natural light actually perform better, are more alert, and get better sleep.
When the correct bulb and dimmer switch work together, they can contribute to significant energy savings. LED bulbs are perfect for dimming, but only when paired with an LED-compatible dimmer switch. Traditional incandescent bulbs actually use more energy when dimmed due to an increase in wattage. By keeping the lights dim when rooms are vacant or when there is enough natural light present, you can lower your building’s energy consumption and save on your energy bill.
Motion and Vacancy Sensors
Motion and vacancy sensors offer energy savings by automatically turning lights off in unoccupied areas. Conversely, they can also turn on automatically when someone enters the area. They work best in offices and large industrial facilities that have areas with long periods of vacancy, such as meeting rooms, bathrooms, and break rooms. Motion sensors can also be used as anti-theft devices, shining light on an area that may be prohibited whenever motion is detected.
Timer switches turn the device on or off at a specified time, and they are placed between a device’s plug and a power source. Timer switches save energy by ensuring that devices are not left on by accident or after a certain time, and they can also help make sure devices are turned on before a workday. Often used with Christmas trees, these timers have evolved into smart tech that can be controlled by programs and set to turn on or off at precise times.
Advancements in technology have allowed buildings to become more efficient than ever. These lighting controls can help your building save on energy costs and labor while lowering carbon footprints. With Intermatic, Lutron, and many other partnered lighting vendors, City Electric Supply offers all of these controls and more so that you can reduce your energy costs. Find out more by visiting your local CES branch.
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