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Your client’s facility is lit mostly by fluorescent lamps, and your client wants to reduce energy costs. Many areas have significant incoming daylight, and some (e.g., conference rooms) are rarely occupied. Install some lighting controls, and everybody’s happy, right?
If everything goes right, probably yes. But,
These “gotchas” don’t mean that lighting controls are a bad idea. On the contrary, almost any lighted space can benefit from lighting controls. The caveat is you must engineer the control system for the specific application.
But don’t view this as just a lighting controls job. Your client’s motivation for this project is to save energy. Yes, installing a proper controls system will accomplish that. However, this project presents the opportunity to provide your client with even more energy savings (and your company increased revenue) by also looking at:
We’ll look more at controls planning in our next issue.