CytexOne Automation Solutions Reduce Energy and Increase Comfort
From small retail spaces and shopping centers to industrial and office spaces, Las Vegas, Nevada has seen an upswing in commercial property leases throughout 2016. Many experts predict the same trend will continue into 2017. Hundreds of more occupied commercial buildings throughout the city equals greater utility use and the opportunity to manage energy more efficiently through commercial automation solutions like lighting control. Read on to learn more about transforming any commercial space using CytexOne technologies.
Capture Energy Savings: Install Energy-Efficient Lighting Technologies
On an annual basis, lighting accounts for 39 percent of electricity use in a typical office building. In other settings the number climbs higher, for example, healthcare facilities use 43 percent while hotels consume 55 percent. With the continued increase in energy costs, it is of vital importance that every business creates an energy-efficient workplace by utilizing the following lighting technologies.
Lighting Technology: LEDs
The LED or light-emitting diode bulb is one of the most rapidly-developing technologies that lasts longer, is more durable and offers better light quality than traditional light bulbs. LEDs use at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. LEDs also provide the following benefits:
- Do not contain mercury- meaning LEDs have a much smaller impact on the environment than CFLs and incandescent bulbs.
- Produce less heat- while a traditional incandescent bulb releases 90 percent of its energy as heat, LEDs are far more efficient and produce little heat.
- Broad applicability- due to its compact size, ease of maintenance, resistance to breakage, and the ability to focus light in a single direction, LEDs are ideal for street lights, parking garage lighting, outdoor area lighting, and task lighting.
Lighting Technology: Dimming
Installing LED bulbs is a first step to saving energy, but it’s only the beginning. Precise control of specific light fixtures leads to additional energy savings; it also improves the comfort of the space. The use of dimming technology allows building occupants to easily control the amount of light in a given area, thus reducing the bulbs’ wattage and output, both of which help save energy.
Lighting Technology: Motion and Occupancy Sensors
Automated controls like motion and occupancy sensors take your lighting system to the next level by providing flexible and varied use of each fixture. Motion sensors turn on outdoor lights automatically when motion is detected and turn them off a short time later. Occupancy sensors operate in a similar fashion for indoor lights, turning them on automatically when a room is occupied. Vacancy sensors work in the opposite manner, dimming or turning lights off when spaces are empty.
Lighting Technology: Shading Solutions
For added energy savings and increased comfort, integrate the lighting system with a shade solution. Often buildings are over-lit because lights are on while there is ample daylight in the space. With a shading system in place, it’s easy to stop wasting energy by harnessing the natural light and reducing dependence on electric lights.
While sunlight can often energize a workplace, it can also be a distraction, creating harsh glare on screens and over-heating a space. When the window shades are paired with the building’s lighting system and the available daylight, it’s easy to reduce glare, preserve views, and maximize sunlight.
CytexOne offers whole building solutions tailored to meet your specific needs, whether it’s a restaurant, hotel, office building or industrial facility. Connect with a CytexOne representative to learn more.