Lighting Controls - Multi Residential Building Hallway Case Study
Lighting Controls are one of the newest technologies to show promising results for energy savings and effectiveness. Motion sensors, photocells, and real-time dimming controls can now be combined into a single fixture that allows the cost-effective installation, eliminating any additional costs associated with exterior mounted sensors, incompatibility issues, as well as granting more user control over immediate energy savings. These maximized savings found in controlled LED fixtures also allows for the extended life of the fixture itself, providing a longer-term plan for reducing energy consumption.
A lighting control upgrade used to be a second step in a lighting retrofit process. This was mainly due to now outdated fluorescent lighting systems not always having compatible components, or different manufacturers creating different components of the same system. By combining lighting controls the manufacturing process, we have reduced the overall costs associated with a lighting upgrade that otherwise may have deterred individuals in the past.
Case study on energy savings obtained through monitoring and verification:
The graph below shows the results obtained in a Multi-residential building on a single floor, where new LED fixtures with motions sensors and real-time dimming controls were installed. Before the retrofit, the 11 existing fixtures had a 26W compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) and were consuming 2670 kWh/year/floor.After the installation of the new LED system and motion sensors and real-time dimming, energy consumption was reduced to 395 kWh/year/floor, representing 85% less energy being consumed. The night period on the graph show the expected dip in kW usage during this period, as the fixtures were dimmed to 10% (of the total illumination or about 2W) only returning to full illumination with detection of motion, resulting in the opposite effect represented on the graph showing times of high traffic at expected hours.
After seeing the results of the study the only conclusion is that the installation of efficient LED lighting controls to replace regular incandescent, fluorescent and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps will result in substantial savings, and the use of control systems bring energy efficiency to the next level.
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