During the summer, companies with daytime working hours can quickly forget the crucial role that lighting performs. As daylight hours reduce in autumn and more hours are spent working under artificial lighting the importance of this lighting becomes clear.
With darker mornings and afternoons lighting energy consumption increases dramatically and it is crucial that companies implement all possible efficiency measures both to minimise costs and to ensure their carbon footprint is reduced. The most obvious steps are to ensure that they have installed the most energy efficient LED lighting, that internal lighting incorporates accurate daylight regulation and presence detection sensors and that external lighting has automated dusk to dawn switching.
With the latest wireless controls a range of additional measures can be taken without the need to rewire buildings for a full DALI network. A wireless installation such as Reacta-Link enables building users to monitor energy use across their installation and identify areas of excessive power consumption. Occupancy levels can also be monitored and areas of under utilisation identified allowing building usage to be configured in the most efficient possible way. Wireless controls also allow automated testing, monitoring and reporting of emergency luminaires allowing failures to be quickly identified substantially reducing the cost of maintaining a compliant emergency system.
By combining all of these elements, substantial savings can be made in the operating cost of lighting, whilst minimising carbon footprints and also ensuring that your installation is fully operational during the long periods of darkness through autumn and winter.