How do Lighting Control Systems Work? 

how do lighting control systems workLower operating costs with a commercial lighting automation system.

How do lighting control systems work and are they really necessary for your commercial property? Commercial lighting control systems are complex structures that require a variety of devices and processes that will make a direct impact on the management of your building’s lighting and electric costs. A proper commercial lighting automation system can save your company up to 60 percent on electric costs and about 40 percent on your overall energy cost.

Anyone trying to curb high energy costs will make a smart business decision by installing a commercial lighting automation system. Lighting systems are customizable to fit your building’s needs and are also adaptable to include future additions if necessary. Considerations for your lighting system should include your building’s occupancy status, security needs, tenant’s needs and the amount of control you wish to exercise over the entire system.

How do lighting control systems work?

Commercial lighting control systems can include a range of simple devices to more complex systems that can achieve the best illumination processes for your building, plus the right price point on electric usage. Here is a summary to study how do lighting control systems work:

  1. Scheduled Lighting – Scheduled lighting is a good option for building’s that have a set pattern of operations. Your building’s lighting can automatically shut off after business hours and on weekends and holidays. You can select specific areas and zones to shut down lighting, while keeping other areas illuminated for security purposes. Your system should also include an override capability option in case you have to use lighting during an “off” time.
  2. Manual Lighting Control – Manual controls can include switches, knobs, push-buttons, dimmers, remote control and more. Manual controls are a good cost-effective choice for small-scale operations and for task lighting, but manual controls lose their effectiveness in a larger scheme of operation and should only be included along with a comprehensive commercial lighting automation system.
  3. Occupancy Controls – This type of system should operate as zone specific. If one of your executives needs to enter the building during off-hours, his ID card should illuminate his specific work zone only and not the whole building. If he has to enter another area of the building, occupancy sensors can illuminate that area as well. And once he leaves the areas for a specific time, say one hour, the lighting will automatically shut down again. Occupancy controls are a great asset to your building’s security system and it also improves usability and efficiency to your building.

Choosing the Right Type of Lighting Control Design for Your Building

Commercial lighting control systems involve electrical switching systems that have specific lighting loads. Your system must line-up with the current Building Codes that regulate overload, grounding and short-circuitry. To off-set any issues, many commercial buildings have a schedule-based sub-system that utilizes sensors and other devices. The use of this system is an effective approach to using the required amount of electricity at any given time and is usually integrated with the building automation system.

Scheduling provides the appropriate illumination, while override capabilities can be used in the event of an emergency or special situation. The design of commercial lighting control systems is called the “backbone system” and is a vital part of the success of your light system. Your backbone system design should consider: schedules and override, mounting locations, switching capabilities, and provide sufficient circuits and zones.

You should be aware that Florida has changed their building codes on December 31, 2017 to include specific types of lighting controls for new construction of commercial buildings.

Advanced Control Corporation is an industry leader in Florida since 1987 with the expertise and experience to create a commercial lighting automation system that meets your building’s requirements. For more information on commercial lighting control systems contact Advanced Control Corp. today at 954-491-6660.