Technology is changing the interior lighting landscape—bringing flexibility, convenience, and comfort in into homes. For instance, the discovery of lighting control systems—intelligent network lighting control solutions—has made it possible for different system outputs to intelligently communicate with outputs via a central computing device. Widely utilized in both outdoor and indoor lighting—lighting control systems are ideal for commercial, residential, as well as industrial spaces. With lighting control systems, you have a tool to provide the right quantity of light wherever and whenever needed—which minimizes energy savings. Other benefits of lighting control systems (smart lighting) include:
- Satisfying building codes
- Complying with green building
- Helping with energy conservation based programs
- Ability to utilize a single control interface
- Long lifespan of lighting fixtures
- Reduced installation costs—especially to those who install wireless lighting control based systems
- Basic Lighting Controls
Basic lighting control systems include manual on and off switches. They are manually turned on and off. Thus, to save more energy, someone in a building must always switch them on and off.
- Dimmer Switches
Slighting more advanced than their basic control systems, dimmer switches allow you to slide a switch to your desired level of lighting. This is more power saving than using basic lighting control. To save more on energy costs, combine dimmer switches with LED lighting fixtures.
- Motion Sensors for Outdoor Lighting
Motion sensors represent more advanced lighting control systems that can help you save huge amounts of energy. Commonly used in security lighting fixtures, motion sensors trigger the lighting on only when they sense a physical object. This means that when there is no object, lighting is off—saving a huge amount of energy.
- Occupancy Sensors for Indoor Lighting
Designed to switch off lighting whenever you enter a room and switch them off after a predetermined number of time. Occupancy sensors are ideal for bathrooms, recreational rooms, break rooms, as well as conference rooms.
- Networked Lighting Control Systems
Networked systems are the most advanced lighting control systems. Considered as part of the building automation system (abbreviated ass BAS), networked lighting controls allow you to control your lights from the computer or even a hand-held device containing a lighting control software. With lighting control software, you are able to store data charts—helping you to precisely monitor your energy usage.
Wired or Wireless
Lighting systems can either be wired or wireless. What you choose depends on your personal needs. In wired systems, every lighting circuit is connected to a central computer that stores the instructions for different lighting modes. Once this is done, you can effectively control the system from wall panels or even from a wireless or remote control.
In wireless systems, however, the light fittings themselves are wireless and can communicate with each other via a wireless internet protocol. These are often controlled via a smartphone or wireless control app.
Whether your lighting system integrates incandescent lamps, LEDs, fluorescent bulbs, plus other luminaires, lighting control systems allow you to enhance comfort, save energy, navigate safely, and support your daily tasks.