A new report released from Navigant Research found that the market for lighting controls in commercial buildings would increase as the adoption rate of LED lighting systems increases. It predicted that the worldwide revenue of networked lighting controls will grow from $1.7 billion annually in 2013 to more than $5.3 billion by 2020.
“Building owners and managers, who are accustomed to the idea of centrally monitoring and managing their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, are beginning to expect the same level of control from lighting systems,” says Jesse Foote, research analyst with Navigant Research.
The “Intelligent Lighting Controls for Commercial Buildings” report concludes that as prices for LEDs fall and drive up adoption rates of LED lamps, the adoption of lighting controls will also accelerate.
The report analyzed the global market for lighting controls for commercial buildings, including both new construction and retrofits. It details the market drivers for these technologies, as well as barriers to adoption, and includes profiles of select industry players.
Centrinex, a call center in Lenexa, KS, recently had Worldwide Energy install a lighting control system to allow them to monitor and control lighting in their facility. The lighting control system allows Centrinex to monitor lighting based on what spaces are being used by employees and what are not. They can also control lighting switches remotely from a desk.
Centrinex is expected to save more than $18,000 a year and reduce 149,507 kWh annually.
Automated lighting can come in handy to businesses looking to reduce the costs of lighting systems. Lighting controls rely on consistent programming to ensure the lights are off when there are no occupants, and that lights stay at the appropriate level.
“Automated lighting isn’t limited to one design. Whether it’s an independent fixture control, a whole system circuit-level control, or connected individual fixture level controls, each one offers both benefits and drawbacks.”
Independent fixture controls utilize occupancy sensors to determine whether lights need to be on or off. These types of fixtures are easy to maintain since each sensor is self-contained, so there’s no software system to monitor. Utilizing this type of system can result in substantial savings.
In a whole system circuit-level control, all the fixtures are linked together, so they respond in a zoned area as one unit. Movement in one small part of the zone will trigger the lights in the entire zone to turn on. This type of system can be integrated with standard fixtures for more manual control of an area.
Connected individual fixture level controls are also known as smart lighting, a system that offers near limitless levels of customization. Each fixture is networked to a central place, which can monitor and control light usage remotely. Being able to control the lighting on such a sophisticated level can improve satisfaction immensely while still netting significant savings.
A recent report on intelligent lighting controls can shed a lot of light on their benefits.
Lighting control systems involve a variety of new technologies that reduce a building’s energy usage by monitoring lighting, occupancy, heating, and much more.
Building owners and managers often use control systems to meet building codes and regulations that are needed for energy efficiency.
The report analyzes the opportunity for intelligent controls across nine building types including offices, retail spaces, hotels and restaurants, and warehouses.
“I was pleased with the Worldwide Energy staff. They were professional, non-invasive to our productivity, and kept their work areas clean. Since our lighting retrofit, our warehouse staff has experienced an increase in speed and productivity.” -Norm Bowers, Harvesters Community Food Network