Save on Energy with Commercial Lighting Control
Oregon Businesses are Embracing Intelligent Energy Management
In the world of business, you have to spend money to make money. Beyond the high costs of payroll or manufacturing, there’s another constant expenditure that eats away at profit margins: energy usage. The costs of running lights is often a headache for operations teams. Fortunately, commercial lighting control is an easy solution that can cut down your company’s energy bill. To learn about this automation technology and the value it can bring to your Portland area business, read on.
Why Implement Commercial Lighting Control?
There are a lot of ways to improve your business and lower operational costs, so why should you put a smart lighting control system at the top of your list? The primary benefit is that it drops your energy bill each month and keeps it down—it’s not a one-time reduction in cost, but rather an ongoing solution that keeps energy usage low. And with so many business energy incentives offered by the Oregon government, the initial investment is a no-brainer.
Lighting control is the only energy management system that also aids with productivity, enhances ambiance for customers, and helps to promote a certain style and brand for your company. To learn more about those benefits, read one of our other popular lighting control articles: 3 Reasons to Upgrade Your Business with Commercial Lighting Control.
How Does It Work?
At its core, commercial lighting control is a system that intelligently monitors and adjusts all of the lights throughout your business in order to balance creating the right lighting atmosphere and saving on energy costs. The great thing about a commercial lighting control system is that it’s not a “one size fits all” solution—each system is tailored to fit the building space and needs of the company. A restaurant has different lighting needs than a corporate office does, and your system needs to be flexible enough to accommodate those differences.
Here are some of the most common lighting control technologies that you can combine to create a holistic, effective energy management solution in your business:
- Occupancy Sensors: There’s no sense in lighting rooms that aren’t in use, and yet it’s common for the last person out the door after a meeting to forget that the light is still on. Don’t rely on employees remembering to be energy-conscious. Instead, use occupancy sensors to automatically turn lights on or off, depending on whether or not someone is in the room.
- Daylight Harvesting: Why waste energy lighting rooms that already have ample light coming in through the windows? Daylight harvesting sensors are placed in rooms, and when the system identifies that natural light is sufficient in an area, it will dim the overhead lights. If the sun goes behind a cloud, the artificial lights will immediately brighten to compensate, ensuring the room always has the lighting levels it needs.
- LED Lights: More and more businesses are shifting to LED lights, especially as mainstream manufacturing makes the light bulbs more affordable. On their own, LED light bulbs use 75% less energy that other bulb styles, and typically last 25 times longer, and that’s before the added benefits of the other lighting control technologies.
- Shading and HVAC Integration: The most value comes from connecting all of your building’s systems together for intelligent monitoring. Add motorized shades that can automatically open to let in natural light or close if the sensors detect that the sun is heating the room too much. By closing the shades on hot days, you’ll be able to give the HVAC system a break, dropping another aspect of your energy bill.
Commercial lighting control is not just the future of business operations—it’s the present. You can take advantage of this energy-saving technology today. To learn more, give us a call at (503) 598-7380 or fill out this questionnaire with information about your business needs.