Lighting control

With lighting accounting for up to 20% of a commercial building’s electricity use, the efficient control of lighting across all areas is a vital tool in reducing energy waste.

Lighting in commercial buildings plays a significant role in providing a safe environment while delivering many aspects of wellbeing to occupants. In addition to the light sources themselves, selecting the appropriate controls, sensors and user interfaces plus a power and communication network is essential for a lighting installation to deliver these key elements of a lighting specification:

  • Convenience
  • Comfort and well being
  • Regulation requirements
  • Energy saving
  • Flexible to varying use of lit space over time

Any commercial lighting installation will need to be controlled to provide varying mixes of these elements.

There is a continuing increase in users aspiring to greater levels of comfort, convenience and flexibility in lighting control, leading to a trend for the incorporation of a wide variety of lighting sources and designs. In addition to the switching and dimming offered by traditional switches, modern lighting control systems provide the ability to create scenarios to match the user’s mood and lighting requirements.

These systems allow installers and users to flexibly alter their groupings and scenarios as needs and requirements change over time, however complex the installed lighting design.