The term lighting control system refers to an intelligent networked system of devices related to lighting control. These devices may include relays, occupancy sensors, photocells, light control switches or touchscreens. Adjustment of the system occurs both at device locations and at central computer locations via software programs or other interface devices.
Lighting control systems provide the desired amount of light where and when it is needed. They are used to maximize energy savings, satisfy building codes, provide safety & security.
The control Lighting system receives information, decides what to do with it, and then adjusts lighting power accordingly.
The Benefits of Using Lighting Control Systems:
A good lighting design includes a good controls design. Lighting controls play a critical role in lighting systems, enabling users manually or automatically to:
- turn the lights ON and OFF using a switch.
- adjust light output up and down using a dimmer.
- flexibility to satisfy user visual needs.
- automation to reduce energy costs and improve sustainability.
- adjust light source color, including shade of white light.
- generate data via measuring and monitoring.
- Energy Savings – lights can be automatically dimmed or turned off according to occupancy or available daylight.
- Extend Bulb Life – the amount of life a bulb has is increased due to less use, particularly with incandescent and halogen lights.