Sustainability with Networked Lighting Controls

June 1, 2022 Rachael Jernigan

With climate change becoming an increasingly critical issue, the lighting industry has an opportunity to play a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. While LED lighting has contributed tremendously to decreasing the energy consumption associated with lighting, the use of networked lighting controls offers another clear opportunity to further reduce energy consumption.

The Design Lights Consortium (DLC) has provided independent verification of energy optimization with networked controls, resulting in an energy reduction of nearly half compared to LED lighting installed without controls. The energy reduction increases to a significant 63% when each luminaire has the capability of individual control. However, the challenge has always been getting buy-in for networked controls on energy savings alone, since it is not always top of mind in new construction or retrofit jobs due to additional time and cost.

Networked lighting controls offer multiple strategies to significantly optimize energy usage and reduce overall costs, including trimming/scene control, support zones, controls embedded luminaires, retro-commissioning, grouped response to motion, and building management integration.

Specifiers play a vital role in the design of lighting in commercial buildings while addressing the needs of the owner and users of a space, which includes capturing improved energy savings and related sustainability issues. Read more about how networked lighting controls positively impact sustainability initiatives.

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