Are advanced lighting controls right for my business?

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Lighting Controls

Most people know that you can wave a hand when motion sensors turn off the lights in a conference room or public restroom. But most businesses are in the dark about the existence of advanced lighting controls. The most advanced systems go beyond your typical motion sensor by taking advantage of Wi-Fi to connect individual light fixtures into one powerful, easy-to-use system that can be managed from anywhere.

The pros of advanced lighting controls

Fixtures with advanced lighting controls use built-in motion and daylight sensors to dim or switch off when areas aren’t occupied, or the sky brightens. In commercial, industrial, and agricultural contexts, these small actions can add up to sizeable savings.

These systems also;

  • free up staff time
  • reduce maintenance costs
  • can integrate with HVAC and asset management systems to compound savings
  • create more productive and welcoming spaces for residents, customers, and employees

Advanced lighting systems offer building managers greater control with features such as;

  • scheduling
  • continuous dimming
  • zoning
  • remote diagnostics
  • energy reporting
  • asset tracking
  • integration with HVAC and building management systems
The cons of advanced lighting controls

The most comprehensive lighting systems can require a pretty big upfront investment of time and money. When it comes to upgrading your building’s lighting systems, get recommendations from lighting specialists that help you reach your energy savings goals. Review your short and long-term goals, timeline, and budget to help you determine what approach makes the most sense.

Installation of networked lighting also requires close coordination with your contractor and internal stakeholders like information technology teams that oversee network security, to ensure that systems are compatible.

What are my options?
Are advanced lighting controls worth the investment?

The short answer: it depends. Operating hours, the condition of your existing fixtures, existing light levels, and other factors can affect your savings potential. In some cases, it makes sense to set up an advanced lighting system all at once, while in other cases, businesses can install equipment in stages.