Friday, October 25, 2013

How To Make Your Building More Green With Lighting Solutions

Construction experts agree that natural daylight is not only environmentally efficient but also has a positive effect on the physiological and psychological well-being of the building’s occupants.  According to Tim Hogan of Kenilworth Media, in its recent study, enhancing a building’s lighting systems is one way to enhance the learning environment in a school, while keeping costs at a minimum. With a green and environmentally efficient building from Norsteel, you can enhance your building’s performance with the following lighting solutions, which we recommend.

1. Light-emitting diode (LED) Solutions
Compared to traditional lighting options, LED lighting not only consumes much less energy but also has a longer lifespan. LED options also have an expansive range of options—from remote monitoring to expansive connectivity. Innovations in the field have made it possible to integrate LED lighting with digital controls to enable its dimming, balancing, and switching on/off. 

2. Smart sensors and controls
Another effective lighting solution to minimize the costs and enhance the learning experience in classrooms is the installation of smart sensors and controls. For one, these sensors will extend the life of your luminaries and reduce maintenance costs. It can save as much as 50% in energy costs and even extend the light fixtures’ life by 20 years. 

Lighting controls also allow the conversion of rooms depending on the lighting that is most conducive for learning. For instance, if a classroom is used by elementary students, the lighting can be adjusted in the best way to enhance the kids’ learning. If the same room will be used by older occupants, the controls can easily shift the lighting for optimum learning of adult students.

3. Integrated Lighting Systems
How about integrating electric lighting, daylighting, and controls, ultimately to provide a learning environment that will not only reduce the operational expenses but also present the best learning environment in a classroom, be it the library, music room, or the science lab? A case in point is that of Towson University in Maryland. The university had an energy spending of as much as $10 million annually, with 25 to 40% attributed to energy costs. By replacing its old fixtures with 15,000 high-performance fluorescent luminaries, and installing photocell controls and occupancy sensors, the university demonstrated as much as $100,000 annual savings in the library alone.

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