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LED commercial lighting: the future is now

Competition for talent is driving innovation in the workplace including smart buildings and LED commercial lighting with lighting controls. While commercial LEDs still have some ground to cover, achieving market penetration of just 13 percent in 2018, the Department of Energy estimates that LEDs will make up 86 percent of all lighting products in the United States by 2035 (LEDs Magazine).

Despite initially sluggish adoption rates for commercial spaces, one thing is clear: at the office, the future is now. Here are four things to know about LED commercial lighting and its role in making buildings better, smarter and more flexible for a rapidly changing world.

1. LED commercial lighting and lighting controls create an enhanced experience.

Modern LEDs offer design flexibility for more creative lighting solutions to enhance the experience in smart buildings.

LED commercial lighting supports agile working spaces. This concept centers on flexible, productive work environments with spaces that have multiple uses. For example, a single space may be used as an open workspace, breakroom or conference room, depending on the time of day.

LEDs with integrated lighting controls also offer enhanced personalization. Today, more employers are beginning to give their staff personal remote controls, allowing them to customize their workspace lighting.

Circadian lighting design, supported by LED and lighting controls, supports humans’ natural circadian rhythms by adjusting lighting to correspond with natural light from the sun throughout the day. This maximizes comfort and productivity.

Flexible lighting design also renders facilities better able to serve people of all ages — which is critical, considering that today’s workforce spans five generations.

2. Connected lighting solutions, made possible by LEDs, allow for better facility planning.

Connected lighting solutions incorporated into LED commercial lighting can help facility administrators and owners understand how people utilize and move throughout spaces within and outside the building. This can assist with space design and planning.

3. Smart lighting equals safe lighting.

Increased safety and security may be one of the top benefits of LED commercial lighting with lighting controls. For example, it can help eliminate dark pockets in corporate facility parking lots to help protect employees and guests.

4. Lighting controls reduce energy costs and minimize energy waste.

As an added bonus, lighting controls help smart buildings meet and exceed strict code requirements, as well as save on operating costs, by maximizing energy efficiency.