The rise of integrated lighting controls was driven by a number of factors. New energy codes in virtually every market require the use of more efficient lighting solutions. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 38 percent of all electricity used in commercial buildings is used for lighting. LEDs have proven effective at reducing energy consumption by up to 40 percent or more when compared with traditional light sources. Adding LEDs to a total green energy strategy has become a virtual necessity.
Starting with dimmer switch technology and, later, programmable lighting controls, the lighting industry has been steadily moving along the path toward integrated controls. Now, highly effective occupancy and daylight sensors are allowing lighting fixtures to sense what’s happening around them to ensure that lights are in use only when they’re needed.
Today, Eaton’s revolutionary WaveStream LED technology and embedded sensors have been incorporated into award-winning products like the Metalux Encounter and SkyRidge luminaires, which are optimized to meet energy codes for occupancy sensing and daylight harvesting.
With the rise of addressable controls, lighting is becoming a part of a building’s infrastructure. New software applications, combined with wired and wireless technology, allows lighting controls to “address” an individual fixture—to set illumination levels, make power adjustments and provide feedback to inform maintenance and reporting. Addressable systems, such as the Eaton’s Fifth Light system, allow for intelligent lighting control using a mobile device or a centralized software dashboard.
Eaton engineers see the day quickly approaching when every lighting device in every room will have not just integrated sensing and control, but valuable data collection capabilities.
Imagine, during a busy workday, being able to instantly find an available conference room thanks to data collected by occupancy sensors within the room’s light fixture. Or creating outdoor lighting patterns at a hospital to help guide patients arriving late at night to emergency room entrances. Or simply giving building owners real-time insights on energy usage and event detection.
Will smart lights really lead to smarter buildings? Eaton is already making the vision a reality—from a decentralized room-based approach where luminaires are wired and working together, to floor-based solutions and outdoor lighting systems that provide distinct lighting and energy reduction needs, all the way to a centralized enterprise system for a total view of lighting, power and energy use across multi-buildings operations.
Whether it’s lighting a multi-building campus, retrofitting an office floor to meet new energy codes, or maximizing energy savings rebates, Eaton is constantly looking to improve design flexibility, reduce installation and maintenance costs and maximize energy efficiency—while making lighting an integral and seamless part of both building design and total enterprise effectiveness.
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