Think back to a time when you entered into a dark room and started fumbling around for the light switch. Once you found the switch, you realized there were actually four of them with no clear indicator of which switch controls what. You flipped them all to on and the room illuminated with far more light than was actually needed. Not smart.
Now imagine walking into a room where the only available light is from the rising sun outside. The simple fact that you are in the room is enough for your lighting to turn on by itself and with just enough lumens to provide a safe, comfortable environment. Smart.
Smart lighting controls are about much more than simply flexing your technical prowess. It is about striking that perfect balance between illumination and efficiency. If you happen to be on the fence over whether integration of smart lighting controls is the right move for your business, consider the four following key benefits of doing so:
Stop paying for lighting in unoccupied rooms. Drive demand response efforts and save money in the process. If you have made the investment in an upgrade to LEDs, augmenting your investment with smart lighting controls is the obvious next step. In fact, according to the DesignLights Consortium, adopting a network of intelligent sensors and controls can result in energy savings up to 82 percent.
The Internet of Things was practically made for lighting. Terms like “smart switches” and “occupancy sensing” slide into lighting vernacular with ease. Even the U.S. Department of Energy touts the convenience factor of smart lighting controls in all spaces. The Clapper sold 7 million units based solely on the premise that controlling your lights in an unconventional way would be fun.
Hallways. Stairwells. Emergency exit lighting. OSHA is clear on how exit signage must be displayed and operational. Receiving an alert if an exit sign goes out isn’t just smart, it keeps you in compliance. Even in non-emergency situations, adequate lighting is a necessity in common areas, walk-ways, lavatories and parking areas. Since you can’t be in all those places at once, a network of smart lighting controls allows you to to command, control and monitor all lighting areas from one central location.
Picture having a switch for each individual lighting fixture in your building. Once upon a time, this may very well have been the case in many buildings. Sensors and smart controls eliminate the wall clutter of switch plates and dimmer knobs. With smart lighting controls, the Internet is your master switch to all on-site lighting.
FSG is capable of managing your lighting controls project from start to finish. From drawing up a system design that solves your specific set of pain points to installing and commissioning the equipment that will bring the design to life- we own the entire process, allowing you to focus on running your business. If you have any questions about lighting controls or any other smart buildings topic, contact us today to get started!
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