With the worlds ever-growing concern for the health of our environment, many households and businesses have turned towards new lighting technology as a way to help combat global warming. While the problem does not stem from light bulbs themselves, smarter decisions can be made to help reduce the amount of electricity being used and therefore CO2 being produced. Fortunately, with smart lighting design choices, both energy consumption and negative environmental effects can be reduced. Here’s how.
Energy efficiency with lighting controls
At Hampshire Light, we’re huge fans of lighting controls, so much that we’ve created a complete guide to lighting control systems. Not only do they benefit the aesthetics and atmosphere of a space but can help reduce energy consumption too. Here are some examples of various lighting controls that can be integrated within a lighting design scheme to improve energy efficiency.
Dimmers are devices connected to a light fixture and used to control the brightness of a light. By changing the voltage waveform applied to the bulb, it’s possible to lower the intensity of the light output, therefore reducing the amount of energy being used.
When linked with lighting, occupancy sensors detect movement and automatically turn on lights for convenience. Sensors are placed at an entrance to detect when somebody enters a room. This type of lighting control is commonly used within hotels and other businesses operating in the hospitality industry. For example, when entering a restaurant bathroom, you may often find the lights automatically switch on as you enter. This is an extremely effective way to help reduce energy consumption by ensuring lights are only being used when needed.
Networked lighting controls
The most advanced lighting control system. Networked lighting controls are designed to give complete control over your lights using computers, hand-held technology and integrated keypads. With lighting system software, operators can turn lights on/off, select between various scene settings, and set timers. Advanced software programs can even store data and create charts to help monitor energy usage. How’s that for efficiency?
Below is an example of networked lighting controls used in a recent lighting design project of ours. We worked alongside our client to distinguish their requirements and designed 5 scenes tailored to their kitchen activities. This resulted in an energy efficient and flexible lighting scheme.