September 22, 2021
With darker mornings and shorter days approaching quickly, lighting energy consumption will increase dramatically. As a result, however big or small, organisations must consider all possible measures to minimise energy costs and ensure their carbon footprint is reduced.
Switching to LED lighting is one of the quickest and simplest renovations to enable immediate energy savings and cut Co2 without requiring large capital investment. A switch to LED lighting can deliver more than 50% energy savings. Adding lighting controls such as motion/occupancy or daylight sensors can enable further savings of around 10% to 30%. And to top that up is the long lifespan of the light itself – a simple change assuring several wins!
At Signify, we are constantly working to have a positive impact on the environment and society, and this is seen in the way we operate our own business. As a business, we have been carbon neutral for two years, and the systems & services that we offer to our customers, in conjunction with our LED lighting, are designed to help them optimise energy use. Interact Office, the connected lighting platform from Signify, is one such software that offers several possibilities for an organisation to become more energy efficient. The software optimises office lighting performance and accurately measures energy usage in real-time. For instance, the software enables daylight harvesting, making lighting work in harmony with natural light where possible. It also allows an in-depth understanding of lighting-based energy consumption across one office or the entire portfolio of offices via a dashboard. Managers can then compare sites to benchmark usage and identify opportunities to reduce Co2 emissions and costs. Additional features such as presence detection sensors ensure the use of light remains need-based, and it dims automatically when no one is around. Furthermore, smart sensors in light fittings gather data from the space, e.g. occupancy & environmental data, which can identify other operational savings, such as space optimisation and energy savings.
With the change in season imminent, I recommend businesses to look to their buildings /estates as one of the first avenues to optimise energy use. Ensuring the right LED lighting and controls strategy can help make significant energy and carbon savings.
This article first appeared in A1 Lighting.