Technology and innovation are the two most influential driving forces that have revamped a variety of trends in modern times. They have not only initiated the transformation of various industries but also increased the focus on the sustainability and efficiency aspects for the betterment of the world. One such industry is the lighting industry that has greatly evolved in recent years.
According to the top commercial lighting manufacturers, the lighting industry has achieved a host of milestones in the 21st century, namely increased utilization of light emitting diodes (LEDs), integration of IoT and the introduction of smart lighting controls.
What are lighting controls?
Lighting controls are a range of smart lighting devices that can regulate the levels, quality and characteristics of light in a defined space. These smart devices aid in reducing electricity wastage while simultaneously encouraging energy efficiency.
For instance, the leading LED lighting manufacturers claim that using lighting controls can reduce the total energy consumption by almost 35%. Moreover, these devices aim to enhance user comfort and aid in the development of a functional, energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing space.
Here are some types of lighting controls that have gained popularity in recent times:
1. Occupancy sensors
Occupancy sensors, also known as occupancy detectors, are capable of controlling the lighting devices by detecting the occupancy in a space. They switch-on the lights automatically as they detect motion and turn them off when the area is not occupied for a certain amount of time. For instance, ESavvy is a range of smart PIR occupancy sensors by Wipro Lighting that uses advanced passive infrared technology for detecting the patterns and range. It encourages convenience and ensures public (and employee) safety by automatically illuminating the dark spaces like corridors, stairwells and aisle.
A dimmer allows the users to control and alter the “intensity of illumination” as per their preferences. It encourages convenience as users can lighten or darken the room with simple controls. Moreover, dimmers can be optimized for turning-off the lights after a certain period of time. This not only aids energy savings but also increases life of the LED luminaries.
3. Integrated lighting controls
Integrated lighting controls permit the users to alter the lighting scenes in a defined space. They allow the users to modify and set a lighting scene that comprehends their mood. Various LED lighting manufacturers offer IoT enabled control systems that allow users to control lighting with mobile phones and other internet enabled devices.
Introduction of lighting controls has increased focus on the cost and convenience aspects associated with lighting. Interestingly, it was Wipro Lighting that pioneered the Energy Management Systems in 2002 and introduced energy efficient lighting controls that comprehended efficiency, comfort, and style.