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Commercial buildings like factories, shop floors, retail and hospitality they all have high energy needs and can put a huge amount of pressure on the nation’s power grids during peak periods, not to mention operating costs for business owners.
For building designers and those in commercial building, it’s obvious that the industry has to come up with a solution than simply estimating lumens and filling spaces with the right amount of fixtures to deliver the required amount of lighting.
Developing more efficient buildings helps ensure a steady supply of affordable power, and significantly lowers operating costs for business owners.
Amount of electricity used for lighting
Commercial building lighting costs average 17% of a building’s total electric use, according to the Energy Information Administration. However that figure does vary a bit depending on the build and how big or small it is.
What technology is already out there and being used in commercial buildings?
Today’s modern builds in huge structures to residential homes have automated building controls with motion sensors, individual light fixture controls, data networking and other technology saving functions. This can save energy by delaying morning ramp-up of lighting, and accelerate evening ramp-down of lights.
When people are given the opportunity to control the lighting around them, users prefer less light, creating more opportunities to save energy.
Studied showed employees were at their desks an average of four to six hours during an eight hour plus workday, having automated lighting creates the opportunity to save energy through the controls.
During the “janitor shift” (evening and night hours when maintenance crews work or over time) using lighting controls can minimise usage and cost. It makes sense, if no one is working; no lights need to be on.
LED lighting systems
Impressive long-life technology makes LED lighting systems a long-term investment for commercial building. LED lasts longer than fluorescent products and up to 50 times longer than traditional incandescent lighting, LED lighting solutions offer tremendous energy and maintenance savings that easily justify their higher upfront cost.
LED lighting solutions are being widely adopted in retail, office, hospitality, roadway and outdoor lighting applications. For more information on LED lighting see my blog Benefits of LED Lighting.
Automated lighting is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the revolution in lighting up buildings. You can now install lighting that ties into the internet so people can simply use a smartphone app to adjust the lighting within their personal space.
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