LIGHTING & SHADES
In most office buildings, lighting accounts for 39% of annual electricity use. The figures climb higher in specialized settings such as healthcare facilities (43%) and hotels (55%). Your workplace lighting could be impeding your business growth. As energy costs rise, creating an energy efficient workplace is a top priority to every business.
Light control is the ability to regulate the level and quality of light in a given space for specific tasks or situations. Controlling light properly not only enhances the experience, it helps to save energy by using light when and where it is needed most. Installing lighting systems in heavily trafficked spaces increases energy savings while enhancing a room's comfort levels. Occupancy and vacancy sensors may also be integrated with lighting to further reduce operating costs.
Window Treatments and Shade Control
Shade controls and automated window treatments complement lighting control and also significantly improve lighting quality and reduce costs. Sunlight invigorates the workplace, but can also decrease productivity with glare and over-heating spaces. Now corporations can efficiently regulate daylight in commercial spaces with shading solutions designed to optimize comfort and lower energy costs. Systems can also be automated and integrated with other controls for additional savings and comfort.
Most buildings today are over-lit because lights are on at full intensity while there is already ample daylight in the space. Preferred light levels and automated shade control are conducive to a productive work environment and help earn points toward LEED. Shade controls can either automatically set lights and shades to adjust throughout the day based on available daylight or provide employees with individual control so their exact needs can be met. Importantly, shading zones easily re-configure to allow for flexible use of a room without rewiring and each zone can be altered to meet specific daylight needs.