Innovations in Comfort, Efficiency, and Safety Solutions.
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
& Angela Lewis
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:
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.
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 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 email@example.com
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