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Why do we need monitoring and control in lighting too?

Usable energy is considered as one of the most valuable resources in the world, as our planet literally runs on it. Can you think of any routine chore where we do not consume energy in some form or other? With the exploding population and the recent technology burst (IoT and all), energy has indeed gained the most coveted place in our lives. It is quite natural that we understand this relevance and carry it ahead along with our present-day lifestyle requisites. Lighting, by far and large had been just considered as the medium to convert darkness to light and hence was never given importance. You will find systems like HVAC under tight control but lighting is simply ignored.

Why do we need monitoring and control in lighting too?
Why do we need monitoring and control in lighting too?

Lighting Control Vs HVAC systems

It is a routine practice to have HVAC systems (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) monitored and controlled for maximum efficiency and a productive environment. Thus, we have our HVAC controller monitor the conditions inside, then respond to the changes in the outside variables namely ambient temperature and air quality.Similarly, we have controlled lighting systems which operate through a programmable centralised controller. Typically, HVAC systems carry out scheduled heating, ventilating and cooling, and adapt to the occupancy-based requirements of the environment. The lighting systems also follow an automatic turn-off or dim schedule according to the times of the day. They sense the occupancy and turn off the lights when the controlled area is vacant. As with the HVAC systems, we have economizer control and Variable Air Volume (VAV) pressure and flow control, for lighting we have ambient harvesting and multilevel lighting and dimming. Moreover, like the HVAC control, lighting systems can be integrated with the building management systems to share information and maximize the overall system performance.Given the latest technology status and, of course, the series of benefits, we shouldn’t think twice while asking for ‘monitor and control’ in lighting as well.

More about Lighting Control and DALI

Lighting control spells true comfort and convenience for the occupants. It optimizes the lighting to create an environment conducive for health and wellness. At the same time, we are granted the best turnaround times along with a considerable surge in operational efficiency. Thus, lighting control takes us steps ahead, quickly, in our sustainability goals and green energy strategies. The most significant virtue of the lighting control points towards an exceptional energy efficiency figure and that is, without compromising on lighting usage in the given situation.

A lighting control alright, but what about the other hassles? A good lighting control is the one without an overhead of complexity or the headache of extended wiring and programming sessions. It is appropriate to mention DALI in this context. DALI or the digitally addressable lighting Interface stands for an open IEC standard that enables varied control gears and devices (DALI compliant) to operate in synch with each other. Thus, we get a flexible, simple yet robust room-based lighting control with low-cost components which are integrated for control purpose, but otherwise are absolutely discrete.

With easy-to-configure wiring, digital straightforwardness and scalability added to its best-liked features of universality, cost-effectiveness and installation ease, lighting control easily makes it to the ‘wanted’ amenity list. And to complete the write-up, let’s create a convergent system where systems like HVAC, Lighting etc are an integral part to provide Comfort and Convenience with due care of Health and wellness of occupants and all this with lowering your operational costs.

Sudhir Patil
CEO – Leap Info Systems Pvt. Ltd.

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