Are you planning the construction of a building and not sure what your lighting controls are yet? With technology these days nearly anything you dream of can become reality.
Lighting controls achieve two primary purposes:
(1) Reduced electrical costs,
(2) Improved worker health, productivity, and satisfaction.
Here are three ways lighting controls can be used in the typical commercial building.
(1) Demand limiting. During times of peak demand – which often coincide with daytime business hours – electric utilities generally charge higher prices. Lighting controls, which can be adjusted remotely, offer building managers the opportunity to trim usage or respond to utility requests to shed load, avoiding potential power outages AND lowering costs.
(2) Bi-level switching. For the typical three-lamp fluorescent fixture, the user has the ability to turn on one, two, or all three lamps based on the demands of the current task. By providing this level of lighting control, workers report higher productivity and satisfaction, and generally use less energy.
(3) Dimming: Automatic controls. Dimming lights automatically when outside environmental conditions allow it, called “daylighting,” provides the best of both worlds for building users and energy managers. Light sensors automatically measure the amount of illumination in a given space, adjusting the light output from a dimming ballast, and giving users the optimum level of light for a given task.
With a good plan you will save money, increase productivity, and even improve worker-health. Lighting controls offer significant advantages for both building occupants and energy managers. Connect with BSD Solutions today to find out the many other building solutions we provide.