Why is lighting and lighting control important in buildings?
Lighting design is based on occupant use, codes and standards, life safety requirements and energy efficiency. Lighting controls often are specified to help ensure the building’s lighting system is used efficiently, and coordinates with daylighting and occupancy.
There has been a move away from traditional lighting controls approaches, which have only incrementally improved over decades, and toward an entirely new way of thinking about, designing, and implementing lighting controls—wirelessly, with internet connectivity, and in an individually addressable capacity all at once.
Additional information from the July 28 Lighting: LED specifications webcast includes details about color shift, American Medical Association recommendations, and lighting controls. Presenters Haley Darst and Richard Vedvik tackle multiple questions.
Engineers should know the NIST and ASHRAE standards for the Smart Grid, and be aware of the availability of Smart Grid-ready products for commercial buildings.