Benefits of smart lighting: What every home or office owner should know

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Singaporeans are no strangers to technology. With a nation of early adopters, technologically savvy citizens use the latest mobile applications to add convenience to their daily routine. A few swipes on their mobile devices allow them to check on bus schedules or book a taxi, while a few clicks on their favourite website ensure the delivery of groceries to their doorstep.

However, two domains in the average Singaporean’s life have yet to catch up with the latest trend – their homes and offices. Home automation has always been a luxury only utilized in households with higher spending power.

One key aspect of the home or office that is essential for everyday activities, yet usually neglected, are both electric light and daylight. The myriad of advantages that illumination control brings to a property is often forgotten or sometimes unheard of.

Consumers can be observed adjusting the brightness settings on their mobile devices to suit their visual preference or save battery. However, they do not realize that the same principle can be applied to their home or office to improve the comfort of their residence and work ambiance.

The two main benefits of implementing a lighting control system at workplaces and homes are cost savings from reduced energy consumption and increased productivity.

Lower energy usage = Higher cost savings

In any residential or commercial space, lighting expenses can be reduced by up to 40 per cent and the lifespan of the lamp extended by 20 times if the lights are dimmed by 50 per cent.

For commercial spaces, the savings from intelligent lighting technology can be realized on a bigger scale since lighting in a commercial building contributes to about 38 percent of total energy output. Usage of daylight harvesting – the automatic adjustment of lights when sufficient daylight is present – allows an office space to save up to 60 per cent on energy costs.

Better lighting, more effective workspace

Favorable visual environment conditions in workspaces can boost productivity. The majority of commercial spaces are over-lit and that can hinder productivity. More often than not, manual shades instead of motorized shades are installed which are seldom adjusted to fully utilize available daylight and minimize sun glare.

In a modern office environment, employees have to juggle between being efficient in both paperwork and computer work. However, even though typical lighting is adequate for paperwork, it is two to three times brighter than the ideal amount for doing work on the computer.

In addition, having the ability to control the lighting in conference room areas or individual workspaces allows for maximum versatility to suit the needs of each employee.

As the home automation industry grows year on year, the spotlight falls on intelligent lighting systems to control both electric light and daylight to reduce energy usage and cost, while enhancing productivity at workplace.

Singapore provides a tremendous platform for the adoption of disruptive technologies and is well positioned to cater to the industry’s demand for innovative smart lighting control systems.

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About the author :

This article is an exclusive guest post contribution by Boon Liang Seng, Director of Sales, Southeast Asia, Lutron Electronics. Visit the company website, www.lutron.com/asia.

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