Lighting uses some 20% of the electricity generated in the United Kingdom; non-domestic lighting is responsible for around 24 million tonnes CO2/year. Lighting can be responsible for up to 40% of a building’s electricity use hence why energy saving is is probably the ‘hottest topic’ in lighting controls at present.
Energy savings provide a tangible recurring return on investment in a lighting control system, both in reduced running costs and in tax savings for larger organisations. Also, for non-domestic buildings, the Building Regulations now practically require energy saving controls to be deployed in both new builds and refurbishments.
A well-designed lighting control system will achieve energy savings while preserving lighting quality and without compromising user comfort or safety. A reputable controls supplier will assist you in realising this for your particular application or business environment.
Lighting electricity use in commercial buildings can be successfully reduced if a control system ensures that no unnecessary lighting is kept on. In early demonstration projects a number of case studies reported savings of 60% and more. This was achieved without movement and light level sensors, which provide additional benefits and are now regarded as standard components.