Why are lighting controls so beneficial?
Lighting controls are used to further enhance the efficiency of LED lighting. They instruct the LED fitting to switch off or to dim down when the lighting sensor detects there is no need to be on at full strength.
Lighting controls can detect whether a space requires a particular level of lighting. They use a range of sensors such as motion or daylight sensors. Motion sensors identify whether a space is occupied and will increase or decrease the lighting levels depending on whether a space is in use. Daylight sensors measure the level of daylight reaching the facility and instruct the light fitting to provide the additional light required to meet the desired lighting (lux) level.
LED Lighting controls enable facilities to further increase running cost savings on top of energy savings of up to 80% stand-alone LED fittings provide. This eliminates wasted output whilst maintaining the required lighting levels where needed.
Motion sensors measure occupancy levels of a section of a facility.
More specifically, presence detection sensors identify movement. When movement is detected within the range of the sensor, it will instruct the LED fitting to turn on. When the space has been vacated the sensor will instruct the fitting to switch off.
This works well in low occupancy warehouses where, in the main, lighting is not required. However, when a staff member collects items from the wracking, sensors will detect their presence and illuminate their path. The warehouse lighting will once again shut down when they have left.
Light sensors measure the levels of daylight penetrating the facility. The sensor registers this reading (lux level) and instructs the dimmable LED fitting to provide the additional amount of light to meet the facility’s required lux level.
They work well in numerous types of industrial facilities which have access to natural daylight. For example, a factory with sky lights would be recommended to install LED lighting with light sensors. Factory areas working to fine detail require an optimum lux level of 1,000 lux. Therefore, the sensor measures the ambient light at 500 lux and instructs the LED fitting to provide a further 500 lux to provide the required 1,000 lux.
Regardless of how efficient an LED fitting is; you can obtain further substantial savings with LED lighting sensors. It enables you to make further savings on; running costs, carbon emissions and product lifespans without compromising lighting quality.
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