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Lighting in educational facilities

The Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Lighting and Lighting Controls Study indicated that 58% of engineers specify, design, or make product selections for educational facilities—and eight in 10 of these engineers are responsible for determining requirements/writing specifications, researching and evaluating options, and/or recommending the product brands for these projects.

By Amanda Pelliccione December 28, 2015

The Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Lighting and Lighting Controls Study indicated that 58% of engineers specify, design, or make product selections for educational facilities—and eight in 10 of these engineers are responsible for determining requirements/writing specifications, researching and evaluating options, and/or recommending the product brands for these projects. Below are five high-level findings impacting the lighting and lighting controls industries today as they relate to educational facility projects:

  1. Annual specified products value: The average engineering firm specifies $807,770 in total lighting and lighting control products for new and existing educational facilities annually. Thirty-six percent of these firms specify more than $1 million in lighting products for educational facilities annually.
  2. Changes affecting design, products: Within the past 2 years, 60% of educational facility designs have been very affected by changes to LED technologies and specifications. Forty-six percent of engineers also reported that changes with energy-efficient designs and energy consumption have affected their projects.
  3. Top challenges: Inadequate budget (80%), lighting controls sequence of operations, integration, etc. (66%), and interoperability and complementing systems (62%) are the most difficult challenges for lighting engineering and design.
  4. Issues to lighting design: When looking toward the future of lighting design in educational facilities, engineers are most concerned about keeping up with new/changing technologies, designing for energy conservation/efficiency, and changes to codes/regulation/standards.
  5. Design factors: When selecting lighting products for educational facilities, engineers generally compare product quality (100%), energy efficiency (98%), manufacturer’s reputation (96%), and initial cost (95%).

View more information at www.csemag.com/2015LightingStudy.

Amanda Pelliccione is the research director at CFE Media.