Future generations should grow up in an energy conscious environment. One where education budgets are not spent on illuminating or heating vacant school classrooms but can instead be invested into more important resources!
Despite the desire to reduce on energy costs, the most important consideration when it comes to lighting control in the education sector has to be creating and maintaining the optimal environment for learning.
Fortunately the advance in lighting controls technology means that cost savings can be achieved, whilst ensuring that light levels are at the best possible setting to optimise the learning process.
More about lighting control in the education sector.
Schools Energy Saving Controls
An intelligent lighting control system can minimise energy usage in classrooms, libraries and gymnasiums. Light level and occupancy sensors provide minimal necessary levels of lighting, only when it’s needed. In auditoriums lights can be dimmed across vast areas with the touch of a pre-set button, facilitating use for a sporting event one minute, and a theatrical performance the next.
Audio visual facilities can be integrated to allow one button control where appropriate.
Lighting Control System
Sound planning and robust design results in a lighting control system which saves time (requiring minimal interaction), is user friendly and energy efficient. Lighting can be switched off automatically when rooms are unoccupied, but when students are present classroom lighting can be maintained at optimum level using daylight harvesting.
When natural sunlight is available lights dim automatically, ramping up automatically if the levels of daylight reduce, assisting further with your schools energy saving targets.
Corridor lighting can be linked to classrooms to ensure they are lit if a classroom is in use. This provides a safe environment for teaching staff or cleaners after hours but maintains energy efficiency by switching off the lights once the last classroom has been vacated.
Turning off – Automatically
Sensors can also be used to control hot water systems in toilet blocks, ensuring cylinders are switched off overnight, and during weekends and holidays. Significant schools energy savings can be made when water is no longer being heated in an empty building.
Advances in the types of technology available for lighting control, mean schools energy saving controls can now be installed relatively inexpensively to existing buildings.
It is possible to provide ‘standalone control’ to individual classroom blocks without having to commit to a total site solution. Consequently it is possible to begin creating a more energy conscious environment step by step, one stage at a time.
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