Reducing commercial building energy usage and associated costs has never been easier and closer at hand, through smart lighting control strategies. In commercial buildings, lighting typically accounts for up to 40% of the total electricity spend. Wireless lighting control can reduce energy consumption and costs without inconveniencing tenants or affecting their working environment, simply by using your lights more efficiently. Some energy and cost saving measures (such as making better use of available daylight) have even been found to increase the productivity and well-being of facility occupants.
Daintree Networks makes it easy to implement, automate and manage lighting using a wide range of powerful lighting control techniques. Each of these techniques used alone can reduce lighting energy use by 10-20% or more, but their real power comes when used simultaneously and system-wide, together saving up to 70%. Lighting control strategies enabled by Daintree Networks include the following:
Task tuning and personal Control
Dimming ballasts and associated controls allow lights to be dimmed or set to match the needs of particular users and spaces, and reduce over-lighting. One associated strategy is to tune light levels down by a small amount (for example, from 100% to 85%)—a reduction unlikely to be noticed by occupants, but one that can significantly reduce energy use throughout the day. Also, by putting additional dimming controls in the hands of individual, it is commonly found that they reduce light levels depending on the task at hand. Making lighting adapt to occupants' needs improves their satisfaction while saving costs and energy.
Energy monitoring and demand management
Plugload control and other energy loads
Lighting isn't the only energy load that can be controlled by an intelligent wireless network - plug loads, blinds, HVAC devices and more are quickly taking advantage of the power of wireless networking within commercial buildings. By adding a wireless plugload controller at each desk, for example, task lights and other plugged-in devices can be set to a common schedule, associated with an occupancy sensor and more. All of the intelligence of the wireless lighting network extends to easily reduce energy use even further, without the cost of another dedicated control network.