2017 Lighting and Lighting Control Study

Lighting in research facilities, laboratories.
By Amanda Pelliccione, Consulting-Specifying Engineer October 27, 2017

Figure 2: Engineers are most frequently issuing prescriptive lighting system specifications (81%) for research facility/laboratory projects, followed by performance specifications (67%). Source: Consulting-Specifying EngineerThe Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2017 Lighting & Lighting Controls Study indicated that 44% of engineers specify, design, or make product selections for research facilities/laboratories—and nine in 10 of these engineers are responsible for determining the requirements/writing specifications for these projects. Below are five lighting engineering and design findings as they relate to research facility/laboratory projects:

  1. Revenue: The average firm earns $728,000 annually from lighting and lighting control products specified into new and existing research facilities/laboratories, with 32% bringing in more than $1 million each year from these projects.
  2. Systems specified: The top three lights or lighting control products being specified into research facilities/laboratories are LEDs (93%); lighting controls and/or addressable systems (81%); and any size T5, T8, or T12 (54%).
  3. Challenges: When working on lighting engineering and design for research facilities/laboratories, engineers are having the most difficulty with insufficient budgets for high-quality designs (66%) and meeting a client’s expected delivery date (56%).
  4. Outlook: Engineers are most concerned about keeping up with new/changing lighting technologies; frequent changes to lighting codes and standards; and the usage of controls, building automation, and addressable systems with regards to future research facility/laboratory projects.
  5. Comparing products: Overall quality is most important when selecting a lighting product for a research facility/laboratory; engineers are also looking at product energy efficiency, manufacturers’ reputations, and their previous experience with manufacturers.

Figure 1: More than half of engineers currently specify building automation systems (BAS), and 28% expect to specify BAS in the next 12 to 24 months. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2017 HVAC & Building Automation Systems Study

View more information at www.csemag.com/2017LightingStudy. Amanda Pelliccione is the research director at CFE Media.

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