If there were an easy, affordable way to improve security and tenant satisfaction at your building, would you want to try it? How about if you could actually reduce costs and energy waste at the same time? Commercial lighting control systems deliver all these valuable benefits and more. Upgrading your building with an automated commercial lighting system improves energy efficiency and lowers operation costs, while enhancing the security of your facility. Your commercial building becomes more attractive to tenants while you enjoy higher profits and easier operational control. Whether you are creating a new building or upgrading an existing structure, you can enjoy commercial lighting system benefits without the need for expensive renovations or extensive infrastructure changes. What are you waiting for?
Decreased operating costs
Building lighting control systems employ scheduling with time and zone controls to turn off lighting and on as needed. Without an automated system in place, it is up to tenants to remember to turn off lights before they leave. Tenants can forget and leave lights on overnight, throughout the weekend, and even during holidays, needlessly wasting energy and running up your energy bill. With this type of waste occurring, it is not surprising that lighting is typically one of the highest operating costs of commercial buildings, accounting for as much as 40 percent of the total energy expenses. Letting the automated system control the lights rather than relying on tenants can significantly decrease the operating costs in your facility.
Reduced energy waste
Did you realize that as much as 30 percent of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted by illuminating and cooling unoccupied areas? Building automation lighting control systems use RFID readers, motion detectors, and other occupancy controls to register when areas are empty. The building automation system then leverages occupancy information, turning lights on or off as they are needed rather than wasting energy by leaving them on non-stop. Employing automated lighting control can reduce energy waste by as much as 30 percent in a commercial building.
Security is a constant concern in commercial buildings. Commercial lighting systems use motion detectors and light level sensors to register when an individual or object approaches a protected area. Once an intrusion is detected, the building automation system responds automatically, turning on alarms and flooding the area with illumination to scare off intruders. Commercial lighting systems feature minimal installation and maintenance costs, making them one of the most affordable physical security systems available. Because they don’t require active monitoring, commercial lighting systems are an ideal security choice whether you have a single small office building or a large multi-building facility.
One of the biggest benefits of controlling lighting by building automation is that it allows building owners to access their systems from anywhere in the world that has Internet access. Instead of needing to be physically on the premises, building owners can control lighting options remotely using a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. A full range of lighting control can be accessed through a web application, so owners can adjust occupancy controls, enact scheduling changes, select dimming options, and more with just the touch of a finger.
Tenants often need to adjust their working schedule on the fly, to accommodate after-hours projects and overtime. When you have a building automation system controlling your lighting system, tenants can employ use override technology to adjust lighting as needed. A smartphone or other mobile device is used to override set scheduling features and turn on lights and HVAC controls on demand. Tenant override systems can accommodate any number of tenants, making these systems ideal for multi-tenant commercial buildings.
If you are ready to enjoy these commercial lighting system benefits in your new or existing building, Advanced Control Corporation can help. Our lighting technicians have installed building automation lighting control systems in thousands of facilities of all sizes, from small, single building systems to networked facilities in multiple locations.