Smaller energy bills, less carbon output, better worker productivity, increased comfort, and more convenience. Sound interesting?

Who left the lights on?

Nearly 25% of the United States’ energy consumption is devoted solely to lighting up our homes, buildings and roads, accounting for $37 billion in expenditures each year. It’s no wonder lighting control systems that maximize efficiency are becoming such a popular technology.

How two dimmers could save America $1.5 Billion next year

The impact lighting control has on energy consumption is significant, even down to switching a single light switch.  If every home in the US replaced just two switches with dimmers, it is estimated that $1.5 billion worth of energy could be saved in one year alone. Incredibly, dimmers alone generally reduce energy consumption by 20%.
Coupled with a lighting control system with astronomical time clocks, daylight sensors and occupancy/vacancy sensors, the savings could be up to 70%. Whether your goal is to reduce your carbon footprint, cut back on expenditures or a combination of the two, a lighting control system can make it possible.

Shades & Blinds act as gatekeepers for the sun

Automating shades and blinds greatly enhances their effectiveness in managing sun exposure. This reduces dependence on electric lighting, protects furniture and fabrics from the damaging effects of UV rays, and maintains temperatures by keeping heat out during the summer and in during the winter. That doesn’t just mean smaller energy bills. It means better worker productivity too. Glare isn’t conducive to getting things done. Neither is being hot or cold. When you install automated shades, you kill glare and maintain consistent temperatures, resulting in a work environment made for getting stuff done.

How Shades affect Temperature Change

R Insulation Value of Cellular Shades

R insulation value of cellular shades

Curious to know how much a lighting control system could save you?

What is this lighting control technology? Let's take a look.

  • What is lighting control?

    Lighting control is the ability to control the level and quality of light in a space for a specific task or situation. When properly applied, light control can not only enhance the experience of a space, but can also be used as a means for reducing electricity consumption. Several of common ways to control lights are dimming, daylight harvesting and occupancy/vacancy sensors.
  • Dimming

    On average, most lights are controlled with a simple on/off light switch, rather than a dimmer. Regardless of whether it is the middle of the day or night, the lights are at the same level. A dimmer allows the level of light to be adjusted to fit the light requirements for a given task in a given space. This not only improves the experience, but also reduces the amount of energy wasted.
  • Daylight Harvesting

    Daylight harvesting is the act of utilizing the amount of natural light in a given space. Controlling this light with shades can help create the proper amount of light in a space without ever turning a light on. A sensor that measures the light intensity in a space can also be employed. This sensor can be hooked up to a dimmer and based on the intensity setting of the sensor, can dim the light fixture to achieve the desired light levels. Both of these forms of daylight harvesting can greatly reduce the amount of electric light needed.
  • Occupancy / Vacancy Sensors

    Occupancy/ Vacancy sensors (Occ/Vac Sensors) detect whether or not someone is utilizing a given space for a given task. If a light is turned on in a room with an Occ/Vac sensor, the sensor will monitor activity in the space. If nothing is detected, the lights will automatically shut-off. This technology eliminates lights being left on all day in a space that is not occupied, effectively reducing the amount of energy consumed.