The Internet of Things has brought us conveniences like Alexa and Google Home and the ability to control our home automations with a single, simplified platform. Your commercial lighting controls should be just as easy to control and configure! Smart buildings have gained popularity in recent years, tracking data to make buildings more energy efficient.
With the LED revolution behind us, many buildings have already upgraded their luminaries providing opportunities to install sensors that could monitor everything from occupancy patterns to temperature. Is your building ready for the next step?
Commercial building energy codes regulate the energy-efficient design of buildings, including the use of Smart Lighting. The 2018 IECC lighting update includes significant changes to the mandatory control requirements. The code now includes an alternative path in which luminaire-level lighting controls are installed alongside manual controls to achieve energy efficient capabilities. If you are planning a lighting upgrade or any new construction, this could affect your lighting design.
There are plenty of options available from different product providers. Standards in delivery have not yet been defined, creating a mecca of options for even the seasoned lighting consumer. So how do you know what will work best for your project? Look for items that are dynamic, versatile and scalable.
Most lighting systems use a static control structure, including date, time of day, and weather and operate on two or three lighting model choices. Modern connected lighting options should offer a dynamic approach, offering sensors that collect data throughout your building. Will your new lighting controls adjust to different events, detecting movement to increase lumens, or dim automatically when the room is not in use?
Your controls should address the functional properties of your lighting system, in compliance with codes, as well as optimization of energy usage. Being able to access this data is important to analyzing your energy use. Do your lighting controls offer a central managing unit to provide control options? Is your system versatile and will it work with other building management systems so that you can have a clear look at your total energy footprint?
Any new system should offer the ability to add rooms or sensors, offering a scalable controls system. You should be able to connect remote locations together, giving you the ability to build your system as your business grows or changes. Can you include outdoor lighting as well as task lighting? A good system should take the different types of light instances into account to achieve true lighting control.
Contact your Rumsey representative of course! Do a survey of your current building controls to evaluate which lighting controls work best with your current systems. We offer controls that operate from the light switch, to the bulb, to a centralized hub and everything in between. We will review your needs and put together lighting control options that works best for your company.