According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, occupancy-based lighting controls can further your energy savings by 24%. Most commercial building energy codes require manual or partial ON operation when it comes to occupancy sensing.
There are multiple types of dimming controls that can be utilized in your lighting upgrade. One field study conducted by the Canadian National Research Council, concluded that an average additional savings of 11% when adding dimming controls into a lighting project.
Continuous Dimming – enables you to raise and lower light levels over specified ranges, providing smooth transition from one light level to the next. Continuous dimming enables light output to be automatically reduced to save energy. Great for presentations, scene & mood setting, etc.
Step Dimming – provides a more limited choice of light levels and will dim in increments between full OFF and full ON settings. The change in light level is immediate. Perfect for areas where light is required by code to be on at all times but is intermittently occupied (parking garages, stairwells, etc.). Step dimming enables you to have light levels automatically dimmed when unoccupied, while meeting code requirements
Daylighting is defined as, “The illumination of buildings by natural light.” Daylight harvesting systems work to utilize natural daylight and automatically dim fixtures when natural daylight is detected via photocell control. Daylight harvesting control systems have been proven to generate up to 24% energy savings.
There are many other control systems you can utilize within your lighting upgrade to further your savings. In many utility territories, controls are required to qualify for rebates on your lighting project.
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