Five Advanced Ways to Use Commercial Lighting Control for Your Business
Lighting Control Goes Well Beyond Energy Savings
More than likely, the first thing that you might think of when considering a commercial lighting control system is saving energy. Of course, that might be the primary driver and justification for investing in lighting control for your Rio Grande Valley, TX buildings. But there are other valuable benefits you can gain from smart lighting, from increased comfort and safety to wellness. Keep reading below to learn more about advanced lighting control features you can leverage while saving energy too.
Daylight harvesting uses sensors to adjust indoor lighting to take full advantage of natural light from windows and skylights. While this is a feature that saves energy, it also has comfort and wellness benefits for your workforce. Natural light offers a better connection with the outside world and helps our bodies maintain health rhythms. For more effective daylight harvesting, comfort, and energy management, lighting control sensors can be paired with automated shading to harness and filter natural light more effectively.
Tunable and Task Lighting
Tunable lighting lets you control the intensity and color temperature of light to mimic the natural sunlight cycle of the day. The brighter, bluer light of the midday sun energizes and assists with focus, while the redder and amber tones of the fading sun promote relaxation in the body that prepares us for resting and sleep at night. Commercial lighting control can utilize modern LED fixtures with these features to promote a more comfortable and healthful work environment. For additional benefits, letting workers use task lighting with intensity and color temperature control will enable a more enjoyable – and productive – work environment.
Scheduling and Occupancy
Lighting a space where there is no one working wastes energy. Commercial lighting control can utilize set schedules to ensure lights are not left on when not needed. Manual switches can override automated control when required, as when a conference room is being used. Occupancy sensors can ensure that any overridden lights are turned off when a room is unoccupied for a given time period. Occupancy sensors can also be used for safety, lighting parking areas, hallways, and entries at night when people are present.
Lighting for Disinfection
The pandemic of this past year has brought a new focus on maintaining healthy public environments. High violet light has long been used in water filtering systems and other applications to remove microbes. This can be a valuable tool to prevent the spread of disease in schools, hospitals, fitness centers, and other public areas where viruses and bacteria spread quickly. Commercial lighting control systems can turn on these special lights for the proper length of time when these areas are unoccupied to maximize disinfection efforts.
Commercial connected lighting systems have been combined with wireless sensor technologies to enable RTLS (real-time location services) applications. RTLS is a type of indoor GPS that allows the systems to track people and assets via wireless technologies such as wi-fi and Bluetooth. In the health sector, asset tracking can track the use and location of equipment to enable smarter capital spending decisions and reduce costs. In other applications, facilities can more easily track tools and equipment to prevent loss. Accurate tracking of the movement of people and equipment throughout a facility can also provide valuable data for optimizing lighting and energy usage.
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