Lighting & Lighting Controls Study
Forty percent of engineers specify, design or make product selections for government or military buildings, according to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2019 Lighting & Lighting Controls Study — and 88% of these engineers are responsible for determining the requirements/writing the lighting specifications for these projects. Below are five lighting and lighting controls findings as they relate to government or military building projects:
- Technologies specified: LEDs (92%), occupancy sensors (88%), multilevel lighting or dimming (69%) and daylight harvesting (68%) are the most common types of lights, lighting systems or controls currently being specified into government or military buildings.
- Design value: Engineering firms are specifying $787,500 annually, on average, in lighting and lighting control products for new and existing government or military buildings, with 40% specifying more than $1 million.
- Specifications: For government or military buildings, prescriptive lighting specifications are written 74% of the time, followed by performance (71%) and open: alternate or substitute (69%).
- Challenges: Inadequate budgets (64%), the speed of project delivery (49%) and designing for compliance with LEED, ASHRAE 90.1, California Title 24 and/or sustainability (48%) are the top challenges engineers face when specifying lighting for government or military buildings.
- Design factors: When comparing lighting products for government or military buildings, engineers heavily weight product quality, energy efficiency, the manufacturer’s reputation and previous experience with the manufacturer.
37% of engineers expect to specify demand-controlled ventilation systems and energy recovery systems in the next 12 to 24 months. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2019 HVAC & Building Automation Systems Study
7 in 10 engineering firms obtained design revenue in 2017 for projects involving electrical distribution systems and circuit breakers, fuses, etc. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2018 Electrical & Power Study
24%: Average amount of billable hours/time at work that engineers spend researching and/or specifying lighting and lighting controls. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2019 Lighting & Lighting Controls Study
Access more lighting trends at www.csemag.com/research. Amanda Pelliccione is the research director at CFE Media.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer covers several research topics each year. All reports are available at www.csemag.com/research.