The benefits of LED lighting are not news to anyone who is familiar with the lighting industry. In fact, LEDs have been readily available for more than a decade, and more and more companies are making the transition to LEDs as they realize the energy conservation benefits. Although many people are familiar with the benefits energy-efficient LEDs can provide, what many are not as aware of is how LEDs and building automation go hand in hand. When combined with building automation technologies, this energy-efficient form of lighting has the potential to achieve even more savings for companies across the globe.
What Is Building Automation?
Building automation is the automatic centralized control of a building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning; lighting; and other systems through a building automation system (BAS). The goal of building automation is to improve occupant comfort, reduce energy consumption and operating costs, improve the efficiency of systems within your building, and increase the life cycle of equipment.
For lighting specifically, this means not having to program lighting to brighten and dim during certain times of the day. No more leaving rooms illuminated and wasting precious energy. Integrating energy-efficient LED lighting and building systems solves these problems. Now each individual lighting fixture can have its own sensor that detects the faintest motion or even body heat or light waves. This enables control strategies that result in more energy savings than ever before.
LEDs and Building Automation Technologies—the Ultimate Energy-Efficient Solution
Today’s best and most advanced lighting automation systems rely on fixture-level occupancy sensing managed through smart technology and software that detects and records data such as ambient light, occupancy, temperature, and energy consumption. Lighting will adjust on its own using the data gathered by these features. Combining fixture-level occupancy sensing, wireless technology, and LED bulbs will result in significant cost savings—between 50 and 70% in energy savings can be achieved. There are several trends shaping the future of lighting control and energy management, including the following:
In the future, more LED lighting fixtures will come packaged with embedded sensors and lighting controllers. This will simplify installation and make it easier for more organizations to have a lighting control system in their building.
Several lighting manufacturers are already offering the ability to control lighting wirelessly through radio waves. This eliminates the need for a lot of wiring, a major benefit for control installation in existing buildings. It also makes the upgrade simpler and less disruptive.
The future of lighting control systems will allow for data collection from control points connected via a digital wired or wireless network. Systems will be able to measure or estimate energy consumption or collect data on occupancy and temperature. This will make it even easier for organizations to save money through smart lighting controls.
For a Top-Notch Upgrade, Look to Lighting Solutions
At Lighting Solutions, we are always staying on top of the latest trends in energy-efficient technology. We aim to not only design and install the perfect system for your facility, but also lower your energy costs as much as possible. Our experts can recommend the perfect lighting solutions and integrate your new system with your current building operations. The future is now for fixture-level occupancy sensing and smart software that results in energy efficiency and cost savings for your organization. To get started with a project, contact Lighting Solutions today.