The science of control integration
Lighting controls have always been an essential component of a lighting system, as they enable basic functionality: turning lights on and off, and dimming. But today, these functions are being automated in order to reduce energy consumption.
Architectural Lighting magazine recently offered an in-depth look in to the ever-expanding science of lighting control integration. Here are a few of the key takeaways:
- Popular lighting control strategies yield an average of 24 to 38% lighting-energy savings in commercial buildings.
- Traditionally, lighting controls were built as systems separate from the luminaire. But a growing number of luminaire manufacturers (including Prescolite) are beginning to integrate lighting controls as product components.
- Lighting controls can be manual (such as changing the slider on a dimmer) or automatic (such as with an occupancy sensor).
- Lighting-control outputs are highly compatible with solid-state lighting.
The article specifically references Hubbell Building Automation’s wiHUBB System, a wireless control network of occupancy sensors, light sensors and switches.
Lighting control solutions will only become more commonplace and continue to evolve in capabilities. Let’s hear about your projects and experience using control integration.