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How Connected LED Lighting Controls Can Increase Energy Savings

Friday, February 14, 2020 By Niki Schillero

There’s no doubt that the popularity and adoption rate of LEDs is rising. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s most recent report, LED lamps and luminaires are anticipated to hold the majority of lighting installations, comprising 84% of all applications by 2035.

Additionally, energy savings are even higher when paired with LED lighting controls like dimmers, motion/occupancy sensors and timers. Per the report:

“If LED lighting installations continue at the current pace, a total annual energy savings of 4.8 quads is possible by 2035. 12% of that total will be made possible by the penetration of connected LED lighting.”

So, what does that mean for facility and operations managers looking to take advantage of LED lighting and controls benefits?

An LED upgrade usually delivers annual lighting energy savings by 40-60% -- by adding controls to your upgrade, your energy savings will increase by 80-90%. The technology, connectivity, intelligence, and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions are continuously driving change and product development in the lighting industry.

Lighting controls open the door for some serious facility management system advantages with connected lighting. Whether it’s an office space or commercial building, lighting controls have the ability to achieve energy savings, productivity, and gain a valuable understanding of your facility’s operations.

Connected Lighting Controls

Organizations that implement controls and real-time energy management solutions can not only reduce costs by an average of 15%, but they’re also able to boost the bottom line by creating an environment that reduces energy and can stimulate employee productivity.
 
Connected lighting controls use digital connectivity that monitors, automates, and optimizes how a building uses energy and performs. They connect and pull information from the sensors, controls, meters, and software within a building to enable tracking, monitoring, and analysis of energy data. There are four benefits of connected lighting controls:

  1. GREATER INSIGHTS AND VISUALIZATIONS WITH BIG DATA
    Buildings with connected lighting controls have the ability to continuously collect large amounts of data from within the building, calculate numbers, and streamline key pieces of information (i.e. how much energy the building is using at any point in time and what it’s costing). This information has the ability to identify trends and uncover building optimization opportunities – allowing stakeholders to make proven data-driven decisions and future ventures. 

  2. RESPONSIVE AND DYNAMIC SPACES
    Operating conditions within a building can change every day, and even hour-to-hour. Connecting lighting controls are able to respond more quickly to occupancy and space utilization. For example, by installing occupancy sensors in various spaces throughout your facility, they’re able to detect when a space is unoccupied and automatically turn the lights off, or dim the lights, that will save you energy. The sensors will turn the lights back on when they detect people within the room, providing convenience and a potential security aid. According to DAYLIGHT, buildings with lighting controls, such as occupancy sensors, can bring energy savings greater than 25% compared to buildings without lighting controls.

  1. MEASURABLE IMPACT
    Some organizations have a difficult time determining the impact of energy-saving enhancements, which can create obstacles in getting decision-makers to endorse future investments. By having access to real-time energy data at a granular level can uncover the impact of those improvements with greater accuracy. With a better sense of return on investment, businesses can start with small upgrades and easily form a business case for similar enhancements to be made to other facilities or enterprise-wide.

  1. COMFORTABLE, PRODUCTIVE SPACES
    Connected lighting controls create a healthier, more productive, and more comfortable space for employees. With having advanced lighting controls, organizations can improve indoor quality and lighting aesthetics. According to Smart.City_Lab, well-being and productivity levels increase by 13% in work environments containing natural elements.

Next Steps

Facility and operations managers can achieve significant savings by implementing connected LED lighting controls technology.
 
If you and your organization are looking for technical assistance and support to optimize your short-term and long-term savings, Illumetek has multiple Certified Lighting Controls Professionals (CLCP) on staff. We can provide helpful insight on the implementation of this technology within your facility or multi-site portfolio. Feel free to contact us here or reach out to hello@illumetek.com


 

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