Not too long ago, smart lighting systems were a neat invention to show friends at dinner party – but clapping to switch lights on and off is the sitcom interpretation of how lighting technology can improve business practices, reduce carbon emissions and save money.
With the rapid pace at which smart building solutions have developed; many are now seeing the true benefits of adopting smart lighting systems in businesses across the UK.
Digitally connected smart buildings hold the key to fully unlocking the potential of smart energy usage, improved security and increased visibility.
The real impact of lighting systems
Roughly 19% of the world’s total energy use is on lighting. In the commercial and industrial sectors, this figure is even higher.
Adopting a new approach to lighting is both an ecological and economic activity, and as the UK continues to push towards a net-zero, carbon-neutral status – it is becoming increasingly important for businesses to audit existing lighting systems and identify areas for improvement.
Combining the use of low-energy, smart LED bulbs with smart building capabilities – such as occupancy and building movement monitoring – allows for businesses to make real gains in this area.
Furthermore, incorporating smart technology into operations provides full visibility of workplace efficacy in real-time, allowing for better auditing of other energy practices. In multi-site operations where this information can be hard to come by through other means, this information can be vital to saving costs and improving efficiency.
How smart lighting works
Modern smart lighting systems are made up of smart plugs, smart bulbs, smart fixtures and wall-smart switches that incorporate sensors and IoT technology for remote control and automated functionality.
Data gathered from these smart systems report to a central building management dashboard, giving you a complete overview of the status of your lighting at all times.
From this dashboard, you can set up automated functions, such as lights turning on when someone enters a room, and trigger instant alerts for predefined activities such as motion detection in specific areas.
Smart lighting systems:
- Substantially reduce consumption
- Improve bulb lifespan
- Are simple to install and control
- Improve security
- Transform your environment
Making the case for safety
Smart lighting, combined with motion control sensors are an excellent deterrent against theft and damage to property.
Smart building systems do more than light an area when motion is detected. They can also provide alerts directly to your security team, and interface directly with your security platforms to deter theft, help capture evidence and provide accurate timestamps of when activity has occurred.
Scheduling and occupancy monitoring
Smart lighting systems can be programmed to automatically turn off outside of business hours. This removes the element of human error, when large lighting systems are left on by mistake. Alternatively, occupancy monitoring allows for lighting systems to only switch on when people are in its vicinity. This ensures that no lights are on unnecessarily and you never need to turn lights on or off.
The right light for your business
Studies have shown that certain hues of light can have an enormous effect on physical and emotional well-being. Smart lighting systems can change from blue tones to warmer hues, depending on what is needed.
Blue lighting can help people feel inspired and excited, while warmer tones are relaxing.
With a smart lighting system – you can optimise day-to-day processes and align these lighting settings to optimise productivity.
Where to start
Our team of experts at Smarter Technologies are on hand to help audit your current lighting systems, and provide guidance for your particular set of needs.
With cutting edge technology and a thorough understanding of how to make the most impact in your operations, we’ll help identify the best route forward and take charge of implementing these systems for you.
We’ll make sure you’re making the most of these systems and getting the data you need to make informed decisions going forward.