We think lighting controls should be considered any time by a building occupier but even more so if they are going to undertake an LED lighting upgrade, it’s the perfect time to save even more energy!

Lighting controls come in many sizes, costs, and complexity depending on the required outcome and level of return on investment possible. On average the controls industry has a figure of up to 30% additional energy saving that is possible if lighting controls are installed at the same time as LED lighting.

As a company focused on energy saving, our preference is to install stand alone systems over complex and costly computer based centrally controlled lighting systems. We believe standalone systems offer the quickest return on investment and therefore best value.

We have the ability and experience to offer suggestions and solutions to produce fully automated lighting systems to maximise staff comfort and energy savings.

The most basic lighting control is the simple passive infrared (PIR) sensor that will turn light fittings on and off when it detects movement. This type of control although basic can be very effective in ensuring the lighting is not left turned on when it does not need to be.

Daylight sensors are also a great way of reducing energy cost by turning lighting off if there is sufficient lighting already in the room from natural daylight.

Our most successful method to gain the maximum energy savings is to install combined PIR and daylight sensors that dim rather than turn on/off when required.

We would normally install these sensors on a small local Dali dimmable circuit that has a small number of light fittings connected to the sensor and will slowly dim up and down depending on natural light levels rather than abruptly turn on/off and distract staff.

Dali is a communication protocol agreed by most manufactures therefore if a Dali enabled sensor is connected to a Dali enabled light fitting both made by different manufacturers, they will communicate with each other without any issues.

All of our dimmable systems are Dali enabled as this ensures our customers receive the industry recognised best in class form of reliable & consistent communications between multi party manufactures.

Installing PIR/daylight sensors is not just about turning lights on and off, considerable cost savings can be made by limiting energy consumption and ensuring a high level of staff and public comfort

Some examples of good lighting control methods that we have implemented are as follows:-