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Future of Lighting Control and LED Lighting

A number of new solutions coming on the market are designed around integrated lighting control for LED or solid state lighting.

Paul Ehrlich, Ira Goldschmidt & Angela Lewis
Building Intelligence Group

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The expectations for improved energy efficiency and the requirements in the new energy codes are driving a need for improved lighting control.  On many projects lighting control has not had the same focus as HVAC control, due to challenges with budgets, division of design labor, and convention.  But all of that is starting to change and we should be looking toward lighting control as a part of future new construction and retrofit projects. 

The basic concepts of energy efficient lighting control are fairly straightforward: deliver the required amount of light for safety and productivity.  To do this, there are two fundemental strategies:

Traditionally lighting control solutions have been provided as part of the BAS or from a specialized lighting control system.  These solutions have continuously improved providing for options for open systems integration, modular installation, and new tools for reducing the cost of installation and programming. 

contemporary So what does the future hold for lighting control?  We are starting to see a number of new solutions coming on the market that are designed around integrated lighting control for LED or solid state lighting.  Here are a few examples of some of these new solutions:

Moving to solid-state lighting offers many other benefits in addition to improved control.  These include reduced energy usage and less heat, as well as long bulb life. There is a lot of work going on to bring the cost of this technology down, and it is anticipated to become dominant within the next 10 years.  As this transition occurs control will come along as part of it and as system designers we need to be ready for this change.

About the Authors

Paul and IraPaul and Ira first worked together on a series of ASHRAE projects including the BACnet committee and Guideline 13 – Specifying DDC Controls. The formation of Building Intelligence Group provided them the ability to work together professionally providing assistance to owners with the planning, design and development of Intelligent Building Systems. Building Intelligence Group provides services for clients worldwide including leading Universities, Corporations, and Developers. More information can be found at www.buildingintelligencegroup.com  We also invite you to contact us directly at Paul@buildingintelligencegroup.com or ira@buildingintelligencegroup.com


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