Lighting Controls for Energy Savings

Lighting Controls for Energy Savings

If you’re ever looking for an interesting perspective on technology, chances are your parents have one.  Take my father for instance; he has taken lighting innovation to the next level.  As opposed to upgrading his lighting controls to reduce his energy bill, he has evolved to develop echolocation sensory capabilities (what bats use to navigate in the dark) so he can walk through our house with scarcely any light.  Honestly, two fixtures, dimmed to their lower limit, is all the light you will find throughout the house after sunset.

To his credit, he does use some lighting controls (dimmers), but thankfully lighting controls have come a long way so the rest of us (normal humans) need not develop extrasensory capabilities to save energy. 

Lighting controls technologies today include dimmers, occupancy sensors, time scheduling, bi-level switching, and demand lighting.  For a description of these technologies and their applications, click here.  To maximize your savings, it is best to consider a whole building strategy; for most applications, this involves using multiple lighting controls in conjunction.

If you own or operate a commercial building and are considering lighting upgrades, you should know that there is significant potential for savings.  The use of occupancy sensors alone is estimated to reduce lighting energy costs by 25-40%, depending on their application.  You don’t need to live in the dark to save a buck, but good luck convincing your parents of that.

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