Lighting Controls

Lighting Occupancy Sensor

We know how easy it is to forget to turn off the lights. Your business can use lighting controls to automatically turn lights on and off as needed, saving money and energy.

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Efficiency Vermont offers technical assistance, rebates and discounted bulbs from participating distributors to help your business make cost-effective lighting upgrades. We can work with you—over the phone or through email—to assess and prioritize opportunities, identify contractors, review quotes, and help pay for energy efficiency upgrades through rebates and special financing.

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Occupancy and daylight sensors

Occupancy and daylight sensors are capable of saving significant energy and operating costs for building owners. These sensors continuously monitor a space for activity or daylight and automatically adjust the lighting accordingly. Lighting sensors can be installed in a variety of fashions, making them a great energy-saving option for almost any business.

Occupancy sensor- a device that turns the lights off when it detects the absence of people.

Daylight sensor- a control that monitors levels of natural light to switch on/off or dim lighting depending on the level of daylight.

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The configuration of a space or the type of activity within a space will determine which sensing technology is appropriate.

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Use daylighting to reduce energy use, and boost morale and productivity.

Daylighting is the use of natural light, through skylights and windows, to complement or replace interior electric light. Daylight is different than sunlight, which is a direct, often glare-producing beam. Contrary to popular belief, daylighting is even available on the cloudiest day in Vermont. With appropriate controls, you can modify how much daylight enters your space.


  • Daylighting creates pleasant, attractive spaces.
  • Daylight in retail shops can encourage customers to visit more often and to purchase more products. In classrooms, students concentrate better with natural light.
  • Workers in naturally lit commercial buildings experience improved morale and can become more productive.
  • Daylighting reduces energy costs by turning off or dimming electric lights when possible.
  • Cooling cost savings are also possible, due to the reduced use of heat-generating lights.
  • Buildings that make use of natural light may lease at better rates, have reduced tenant turnover, and have greater resale value.

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Integrated lighting controls make installation easy

Integrated lighting controls (ILC) have occupancy and daylight sensors built right into each LED fixture at the factory. This makes it very easy to incorporate controls into a lighting upgrade project. These systems are simple to install and can save significant energy costs. Read more about integrated lighting controls.

Get significant energy savings with advanced lighting controls

Many projects using advanced lighting controls have documented energy savings ranging from 50-75%.

Advanced lighting controls can help you achieve significant energy savings with the flexibility to suit any business or need. Advanced lighting controls are integrated solutions that utilize several control strategies in concert, generally including time scheduling, occupancy sensing, daylight response, task tuning, and personal control.


  • Achieve 50-75% energy savings through lighting control
  • Create flexible schedules that can turn lighting on or off or dim in defined spaces
  • Improve lighting quality and increase employee satisfaction
  • Track lighting energy costs and savings in real time
  • Respond proactively to system maintenance needs
  • Control lighting onsite or remotely from web-based interfaces

Interested in adding advanced lighting controls to your building? We can help you find a lighting contractor, and provide technical advice. Plus the equipment you purchase could be eligible for rebates.

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Lighting controls for exterior lighting

As businesses move to exterior LED lighting, controls can automatically limit light when it's not needed and maximize energy savings. For example, occupancy sensors can be used to turn off or dim parking lot lights to 50% when no movement is detected. Not only does this practice save energy, but it also reduces the amount of nighttime light pollution.

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