March 21st, 2018 12:00am
Although it’s only March here in Arizona, we’re just weeks away from the triple-digit weather of summer.
Unfortunately for your business, that means increased energy consumption as your HVAC system works harder to keep your office cool.
At Automated Environments, we love working with local businesses to bring smart energy management to their workplaces – especially just in time for the warmer months ahead.
One common component of energy management systems for businesses: Commercial lighting control. What can that mean for your Scottsdale, Arizona workplace?
Keep reading to find out.
What if your business can consume less energy – even while your employees are using it?
Consider the lights that a custom lighting control solution will manage. Instead of using standard incandescent or fluorescent lights, you can instead feature LED bulbs throughout your business.
Why LED? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED lights last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting – and use 75 percent less energy, on average.
That means while you will remain consuming energy as you operate your LED lights, you still will be more efficiently managing your business’ energy output.
Lighting control also allows you to dim lights to custom levels – so you can spend even less energy during daytime hours as natural light enters your workspace.
Your business’ custom lighting system also will feature automation functions and remote access. This is especially important as you work toward smarter energy management.
Your lighting system can feature occupancy sensors, for example, that automatically will turn lights off when a room remains vacant after a set amount of time.
Or you can include photosensors that detect sunlight and can automatically dim the lights to a comfortable and energy-efficient level.
After a professional lighting installation, though, you will be able to manage your entire lighting system from your smartphone or tablet – regardless of if you’re in the office or you’re halfway around the world.
That way, you can ensure every night that the lights in your workplace are off so that you aren’t unnecessarily spending more. Best of all, if you find out lights were left on, you can remotely turn them off.
Although lighting control on its own can save your business on energy consumption, it also can integrate with other components of smart energy management systems.
For example, as photosensors detect direct sunlight, you can include motorized solar shades that automatically will roll down to keep your workplace cool while lights instantly adjust to the new level of natural light entering your space.
Or you can add a smart thermostat to your control system that will allow you to adjust the temperature in your workplace to an energy-efficient level while also enabling you to change your lighting levels from the same user interface.
Or, if you want to feature an entire commercial automation solution for your office, lighting control can be one of many components of your environmentally conscious system.
We at Automated Environments look forward to helping businesses in Scottsdale and throughout Arizona improve their energy outputs.
If you want to get in touch with our team to find out more information, just click here to contact us today.
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