As summer is in full swing, the beachfronts get busier, the patio parties go later, and the daylight sticks around longer to fuel it all.
Although it is peak season for having fun in the sun, have you stopped to think about how this extra sunlight could be costing you more on your lighting bills? Unless you are energy fanatics like us, lighting controls are not always top of mind and with the summer daylight extending into the later hours of the night, previously programmed lighting could easily be overlooked. From an energy management perspective, lighting controls should be an essential part of your management plan.
Research has shown lighting controls can generate savings up to 33% of the energy spent on lighting. Furthermore, if multiple control systems are implemented, savings could increase up to 40%.
If you don’t have any lighting controls in place, allow us to introduce a few options to consider for your operations:
1. Timer Controls
Timers can be used for both outdoor and indoor lights. These can either be manual timers, which plug into an electrical outlet, or programmable digital timers, which look like your thermostats on the wall. However, timers are only as effective as their programming, such that they will not adjust themselves for seasonal changes like extended daylight.
2. Motion Sensors
Motion sensors automatically turn outdoor lights on when they detect motion and turn them off after a programmed amount of time. These are typically used in outdoor security and utility lighting settings.
3. Occupancy Sensors
Occupancy sensors are like motion sensors but are generally more for indoor applications within a confined space. They provide convenience by turning lights on automatically when someone enters a room, and conserve energy by automatically turning lights off soon after the room has been vacated. There are two different types of occupancy sensors: ultrasonic and infrared. Ultrasonic sensors detect sound, while infrared sensors detect heat and motion.
3. Photocell Sensors
Photocell sensors are the most common application for outdoor lighting as they control lights based on the amount of available sunlight. These controls effectively prevent outdoor lights from operating during daylight hours. Want to save energy by having your outdoor lights on only when the sun is down? This is the solution to go with.
Having the proper controls in the right places can make your life easy in terms of convenience but also in conserving energy and saving money on electrical bills. Kambo’s energy team specializes in providing these solutions that have that exact effect, we make it easy! Contact us today at 1-855-364-6181 for a free assessment of your building, and explore how lighting controls can improve your operations and save you money today.