But what if you changed your perspective to where you view a lighting upgrade as a way to fund new initiatives? In fact, installing a new lighting system can help realize significant operational cost savings, freeing up funds for other endeavors. LED lighting is an obvious choice for today’s school upgrades, not only for the superior energy savings, long life and light quality it offers, but there are several studies that show LED lighting can improve concentration and comprehension1,2,3. And the ability to control and connect LED technology makes it a viable choice for modernization.
That’s where a completely wireless IoT connected lighting system like Interact Pro can be a game changer. Interact Pro is a system that features an intuitive software platform, and an easy to use app, which work seamlessly with Interact Ready LED lighting products and sensors. The system allows for control and personalization of lighting, and it can provide insightful data that opens a whole new world of opportunities. Every required lighting component to build the system is from one manufacturer so you don’t need to be concerned about cross-compatibility. It’s time-saving to install and saves on energy, but also offers functional benefits beyond cost savings.
The Infrastructure Challenge
The infrastructure in many schools is often very old – you could be looking at a 40, 60 or even an 80+ year old building. When considering a lighting upgrade, you need to factor in that the lighting may not be looked at again for another 20 years, so not only do you need to modernize in an efficient way, but the solution has to be long term. Interact Pro offers a flexible system that evolves the school to a new level with the integration of controls and access to data.
The added value of controls and data
Because of their aging infrastructure, most schools today still only have the option to turn all lights on or off. The Interact Pro system allows a school to create lighting groups and zones, and then apply dimming schedules to these groupings to be more energy efficient. From there, adding wireless Daylight Harvesting & Occupancy sensors onto the system can generate more energy savings. A great example of this is in school hallways where traditionally the lights are left on full power 24/7. With zoning, grouping, and occupancy sensing, schools could power off every few lights, and dim others down the hallway to save energy while the space is unoccupied, while still leaving some illumination for safety. All lights would be triggered to full power when movement in the space is detected. Research has shown that by adding dimming and occupancy sensing, lighting energy consumption can be reduced anywhere from 27 – 63%.