Saving More with Networked Lighting Controls
- Oct 25, 2019 5:27 pm GMT
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With their vast potential to boost energy efficiency and advance smart building goals, networked lighting controls (NLC) are poised to stoke the next phase of the LED lighting revolution.
The energy-saving promise of NLCs was highlighted in a 2017 DesignLights Consortium (DLC) study that showed adding NLCs to LED lighting projects can boost energy savings by nearly 50 percent. It’s helpful to consider this in the context of the savings potential of LEDs themselves – a technology that has transformed the world lighting market over the past decade. According to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) most recent report on LED adoption in the US, use of the technology delivered energy savings of nearly 470 trillion Btu in 2016 and reduced energy bills by approximately $4.7 billion. LEDs now dominate the residential lighting market and are making steady progress in the commercial and industrial sector - although C & I market uptake was still under 13 percent as of our 2017 study, leaving lots of potential energy savings on the table.
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