The Best Lights for Your Lighting Control System
Mar 14, 2019
Lighting control systems are one of the fastest growing trends in home automation. More and more people are installing “smart homes” whose lights are easily controlled from one central location, or even remotely from your phone. This tech increases convenience and lowers wasteful energy usage. But as beneficial as a home lighting control system may be for homeowners, the true benefits are on the commercial end. Because for every single light a homeowner might have, there are ten, maybe even a hundred for the commercial property owner or lessee.
Furthermore, while lighting control systems may save homeowners a few minutes and a few dollars on their energy bills, the benefits for businesses and large property managers go so much further to include things like:
- Increased employee comfort and productivity. Many of today’s lighting control systems include dimmers and even color controls. This makes it possible for employers to change and enhance different areas of a workspace to meet the specific lighting needs for task workers, such as bright lights in an area where forklift operators are and softer task lighting in more collaborative spaces. Adjusting lighting like this can go a long way in increasing employee comfort and thereby their productivity.
- Reduced energy costs (and contribute to better environmental practices). Naturally, though, the biggest reason to make the switch to a lighting control system as a business is due to the energy savings. With this type of system, all of your lights can be managed at one central area, making it easy to turn on or off any areas that are not being utilized. Likewise, dimming and adjusting lights to a lower brightness further reduces their energy needs and extends their lifespan; both allowing businesses to save money in the long run.
What Types of Lights Should I Use in My Lighting Control System?
There are three types of lights that work with most lighting control systems: LEDs, CFLs, and halogen bulbs. Out of all these, the best long-term and energy-saving choice is undoubtedly the LED.
LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are an extremely energy-efficient technology. Bulbs are typically rated for how much energy they require to emit light. To give an example of how efficient LEDs are compared to traditional lights, consider that for a standard in-ceiling floodlight, it would take 65-watts for a CFL bulb to operate whereas its equivalent LED replacement would consume only 10 to 13 watts.
Furthermore, in addition to using less wattage to operate, LEDs boast a significantly longer lifespan than any other commercially-available bulb. Many outlets will rate any given bulb’s lifespan based on its daily usage being three hours a day. With this rating in mind, a traditional CFL bulb might last a year to three years before requiring a replacement whereas the equivalent LED lightbulb can last at least a decade. While most commercial outfits will use their LED lights significantly longer than three hours a day, the lifespan benefits are still there. Why integrate lights into your lighting control system that need to replaced every year when you could have ones that won’t need to be changed for five, maybe ten years?
Contact Titan LED Lighting Solutions to Learn More
The advantages of LEDs are obvious, but to learn why our LEDs and LED lighting control systems are some of the longest lasting and offer the highest value in the industry, you’ll want to contact our team. Our staff is always here to answer your questions and help you find the best lighting solutions for your business needs.