Benefits of light Control
With light controls, you can save energy AND improve your working environment and quality of life at home. Below are a few eco-friendly facts about light management solutions that are often overlooked. The possibilities may surprise you.
Light Control Increases Comfort & Impacts Productivity
Energy-saving light controls provide a comfortable and productive visual environment. Enhancing the comfort levels of a space leads to increases in productivity. Better lighting not only can reduce the energy consumption of a room, it can improve the quality of work from its occupants.
Dimmers Save Energy & Extend bulb life
Dimmers automatically saves 4-9% in electricity—even at the highest lighting levels—over a standard on-off switch. When users choose to dim their lights, even more electricity is saved. Quite simply, the more you dim, the more you save. A standard light switch only saves electricity in the “off” position. Incandescent and halogen bulbs last up to 20 times longer when used with a dimmer, increasing the money saved. LED bulbs run cooler when dimmed which can also extend bulb life.
All Light Sources Use Less Energy When Dimmed
While incandescent lights are typically associated with dimming, all lighting sources, including halogen, CFL, and, LED bulbs, can be dimmed. For example, a halogen light source dimmed 35% reduces energy use by 28%. On average, dimming an incandescent or halogen light will reduce energy use by about 20%.
CONTRIBUTES TO 46 OF THE 110 POSSIBLE POINTS IN LEED NC V4
Because of their energy saving benefits and contributions toward minimizing environmental impact, lighting and shading controls can contribute significantly to attaining Leadership in Energy and Environmental Deign (LEED) building certification for new construction. Solutions can help builders attain credit in several LEED categories: Energy & Atmosphere, Material & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovative Design.
Benefits of Motorized ShadEs
Sunlight invigorates the workplace, but can also decrease productivity with glare and over-heating spaces. Regulate daylight in commercial spaces with a shading solution designed to optimize comfort and lower energy costs. Systems can also be automated and integrated with other controls for additional savings and comfort.
Optimize Daylight & Save Energy
Most buildings today are over-lit because lights are on at full intensity while there is already ample daylight in the space. This wastes energy, creates discomfort, and reduces productivity. Couple a motorized shading system with a sustainable fabric for a complete energy-saving story, and help earn points toward LEED.
Increase Productivity & Comfort
Preferred light levels and automated shade control are conducive to a productive work environment. Automatically set lights and shades to adjust throughout the day based on daylight available or provide employees with individual control so their needs can be met.
Create a More Flexible Space
Shading zones easily re-configure to allow for flexible use of a room without rewiring. Each zone can be altered to meet specific daylight needs.
Shades block and reflect direct sunlight during the day to reduce the demand on air conditioning systems during the summer. Certain fabrics are dual-sided with a white or silver backing to deflect more sunlight. In colder months, lowered shades can provide an insulating barrier to keep the building warmer. By automatically adjusting electric light levels in response to daylight, electric lighting needs can also be reduced.
Commercial Smart Grid Solutions
Lutron commercial smart grid solutions allow a facility to respond to load shed requests automatically, or at the touch of a button.
What is the Smart Grid
The smart grid is the modernization of the electricity supply system. It monitors, protects, and automatically optimizes the operation of its interconnected elements in order to guarantee the supply of electricity. Consumers of electricity are asked to reduce their consumption (shed load) at critical periods, and receive financial incentives for doing so.
The Lutron Solution
Lutron smart grid solutions contain load shedding software that can easily reduce the lighting load to a pre-programmed level either at the touch of a button or via an automatic command. Lighting is an ideal choice for load shedding because it consumes a substantial amount of electricity, and because, unlike other systems, power reductions can be implemented gradually, so that they go unnoticed by the occupants in a building.
Benefits of Commercial Smart Grid Solutions
- Receive financial incentives from demand response programs and by managing peak demand
- Use less energy and money
- Reduce building electrical usage at critical periods to prevent grid instability, blackouts and critical peak charges
- Reduce load at the touch of a button or automatically without having to dispatch the maintenance team to manually turn off loads
- Shed electric load without disturbing the occupants of a space
- Help stabilize local community energy prices
- Take advantage of additional government incentives
- Avoid excessive peak charges
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