Introduction

In a world dominated by concerns about global warming and carbon footprints, being ecologically friendly in designing, building and managing properties is now a top priority. To deliver measurable corporate, economic and social benefits, maintainable building practices are already widespread. We need to control the hazards to reduce future risk.

As lighting accounts for approximately 30% of a commercial building’s electricity consumption, it is not enough to just switch to energy efficient lamps that will minimally reduce your power needs. Lighting Control provides adequate lighting when and where required while reducing wastage via an inter-connected microprocessor-based control network delivering optimal light and energy. An elegant and energy efficient lighting system also is economical as it reduces fuel bills by as much as 60% without compromising lighting quality.

An efficient green light technology provides total environmental control, conserves energy and lower costs by combining automated dimming and daylight harvesting with power switching and demand response. Today’s modern commercial buildings integrate complex lighting control that balances a variety of requirements such as safety, energy conservation, comfort, productivity and aesthetics. The need to monitor, manage and control incongruent lighting systems such as emergency, task, presentation, architectural and natural light simply and efficiently on a single platform is utmost important.

Problems

Lighting eats up more electricity than any other essential business system. Augmenting natural light and implementing dimmers, timers, occupancy and motion sensors will both reduce your business’s energy costs and minimize the amount of harmful emissions in the air. While using an efficient lighting system is primarily important, maintaining ambience and connectivity, implementing backup to address power cuts, consumption, management, and ergonomics are also very vital. Some of the key problems with lighting are listed below, along with the solutions to those problems.

Power Consumption and Disruption

The need for electricity is more important than ever and is an indispensable part of your life. Modern technology brings with it the possibility of electrical hazards, communication disconnection, criminal intrusion and accidents. Frequent power interruption, even for a minimal time disconnects you from the outside world, resulting in both inconvenience and a lack of security.

Inefficient lighting systems in commercial buildings or spaces increases energy costs by up to 50 to 75% and negatively affects the environment. Lighting systems that consumes more power does not address the critical issues of energy efficiency, pollution prevention and economic competitiveness.

So what’s the solution?

Effective lighting control solutions provide the most energy efficient, cost-effective solutions by integrating separate environmental systems on a common platform, achieving a synergy that delivers optimal control and savings. Lighting controls saves up to 60% of operational and maintenance cost and increases the value of the building by tenfold, as the operations in the building become eco-friendly. With advanced features like room scheduling, room combining, demand response and personal workspace control, the usage of power becomes limited and thus, energy efficient.

Energy efficiency improvements are attainable through the implementation of the best technology and best practices. Energy efficient systems can pay for themselves in energy savings, sometimes within months, and further reduce operation and maintenance costs in the long term.

Ergonomics

The science of ergonomics in a workplace seeks to adjust the work environment to the individual and helps promote healthy working habits while accomplishing daily tasks, thus reducing the risk of injury. Ergonomic services provide cost-effective solutions to improve employee comfort and educate them on how to apply ergonomic principles in their own work environment. It covers the entire work area, including issues regarding the chair, workstation and lighting.

Creating inspiring aesthetics and planned ergonomics is one of the key takeaways for a successful business. Internal ergonomics dictates how lighting can and should be used. Improper ergonomics results in systems that are improperly sized, performing poorly and, in some cases, are unsafe. It leads to premature equipment failure, poor performance, building degradation, moisture problems and comfort issues.

So what’s the solution?

Ergonomic workspaces are becoming more and more popular. They are organized, well-lit spaces designed to provide a comfortable environment to effectively conduct tasks. Solar gain and natural light management is just one of the important factors in creating an ergonomic workspace. Effective use of ergonomic practices will assist in maintaining high levels of productivity, avoiding painful and costly employee injuries, and increasing worker satisfaction.

Operative energy management systems have the ability to achieve unprecedented energy savings at minimum cost, while improving light quality, workspace ergonomics, and flexibility.

Management

As buildings last for decades, it is inevitable that their interiors will experience some size and usage changes. Thus, maintaining and managing the interiors and the exteriors of any building is of paramount importance. Improper maintenance and management creates a wrong and a misleading impression in the minds of people who spend extended amounts of time in the building. In the commercial arena, poor management directly might affect the business and profitability of the organizations housed in the building.

So what’s the solution?

Proper management is required for efficiency. An easy to plan, install, use and maintain a centralized system consolidates the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, lighting and other needs into one. Integration of various lighting control systems modifies and saves time, without the costly, time-consuming and disruptive knocking down of walls or ripping up and replacing obsolete cabling. It also simplifies the intelligent and flexible control of individual and automatic lighting and consolidates all previously operated functions into one.

Lighting system protocol controls an increasing range of applications, including building management integration and central monitoring systems.

Future Proofing

For any commercial space, understanding the principles of future proofing is a key advantage when building, renovating or improving the space. A future proof building’s design and product specification is based around the demands of energy efficiency, space management, sound control, quality assurance, life cycle costing, health & safety, resource responsibility, and security & automation.

With the right team in place, a future proofing strategy should include consideration of not only the immediately obvious building issues such as ageing equipment, lobbies and common areas, but also the zone where it is located. The availability of the space around and between buildings can be an important factor in the longevity of the street and, by association, its buildings.

So what’s the solution?

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