Advanced lighting control devices and systems can be used to reduce ongoing costs for the owner and thereby increase profitability and competitiveness.
According to the New Buildings Institute, lighting controls can reduce lighting energy consumption by 50% in existing buildings and by at least 35% in new construction.
Controls can reduce the amount of power drawn by the lighting system during operation and also the number of operating hours, thereby reducing utility energy charges.
Controls can reduce the amount of power drawn by the lighting system, reducing utility demand charges-particularly during peak demand periods, when demand charges are highest.
These cost savings can produce a short payback and a high rate of return for the investment in the new controls.
In new construction, the rate of return is often higher because only the premium, not the total installed cost, will be recouped before positive cash flow is realized.