The lighting industry is a constantly evolving environment, with lighting controls playing a major role in not only increasing energy efficiency but becoming more orientated towards putting the control in the users hands. Regent Lighting Solutions extensive knowledge and experience within the industry puts us in a unique position to not only understand the wants and needs, but also provide a seamless lighting solution in combination with controls.
TYPES OF LIGHTING CONTROL STRATEGIES
Lighting controls are devices and systems that receive a signal, in order to make a choice whether to reduce the lighting and by how much. The inputs may be manual (human based) or automatic (based on time, occupancy or light level). The outputs are switching, dimming or tuning. The unique combinations of inputs and outputs gives us a variety of strategies that, when properly matched to the application, can deliver satisfying lighting control benefits.
Manual controls enable users to turn ON/OFF or reduce their lighting in response to visual needs. Incorporating flexibility provides a selection of light levels and can increase satisfaction while saving energy. Manual controls are ideally suited for personal work spaces such as private offices.
TIME BASED CONTROL
Time-based controls turn lighting ON/OFF or reduce it based on a time event, saving energy and maintenance costs by reducing lighting when it is not needed. This type of control is ideally suited to spaces that are consistently occupied on a predictable schedule or for site lighting applications.
Occupancy sensing controls turn lighting OFF or reduce it in response to whether the space is occupied. The sensor may automatically turn the lights ON to full output or a reduced light level, and/or require manual-ON operation (vacancy sensing). This type of control is ideally suited to spaces that are intermittently occupied, such as private offices and classrooms.
Daylight harvesting controls turn lighting OFF or reduce it based on the contribution of daylight to task lighting needs. This type of control is ideally suited to spaces receiving consistent, ample daylight.
Task tuning control involves analyzing the local lighting needs in each space and dimming various areas based on need.