Lighting, Technology and Facility Management

Lighting, Technology and Facility Management

Bright workspaces always result in brighter results. It’s a well-established fact that lighting does have a deep relationship with our mood. In today’s highly competitive corporate world, one cannot leave a single stone unturned when it comes to enhancing the productivity of the workforce

Technology is really changing the way lights are being managed in a workplace. Lighting Control requirement in commercial environments may occur for many reasons including building control regulations, environmental standards, or simply the desire to save energy and money.

IP Based Light Control

IoT is really changing the way things are being done in the facilities management sector. Lighting is no different and with the growth of LED-based lighting solutions, there has come a new technology which can control lighting units in your office using an app.

These lights are controlled by an application and the entire setup is smart enough to optimize lights according to the need. It can judge the occupancy of an area and set the lighting accordingly. Furthermore, you can also calibrate the app as per the requirement of the organization.

The lighting installation is also simple and can be completed as if no lighting controls are required, most of the units only Live, Earth and Neutral, no expensive control cables are needed. This is followed by a commissioning engineer setting up the system on-site, applying settings and grouping units as required. These systems are compatible with all driver types including DSI, DALI, and 1-10 V. Other features include presence and daylight detection, energy monitoring and reporting.

On the technology front, in relation to the workplace, companies such as IBM and Honeywell have developed cloud-based software and apps that enable energy use to be assessed and analyzed in real time – identifying instant opportunities for reductions and longer-term trends to show alternative ways of working that make large and sustained savings. This is what needs to be replicated by everyone here in India too. We need to be environmentally conscious and take ownership of things we do.

Internationally calibrating lighting and optimizing it to the maximum efficiency has become sort of a rave now. People and companies are more inclined to do the right thing now. Apart from saving money on electricity, lighting also helps in the management of the generation of heat. It really helps to use technology wisely in saving the environment and technology in lighting management is helping to this exactly.

In a report published last year, Smart Energy GB and the Carbon Trust offered a range of tips to business on how to engage employees in maximizing energy efficiency.
Having worked on staff engagement programmes with Hilton Hotels, Islington Council and Adnams brewery, the groups explained that “higher awareness of energy efficiency could lead to greater engagement with workplace-based, energy-saving campaigns”.

FMs in organizations both large and small have a significant sphere of influence to help inspire lasting change – from running staff engagement programmes such as those outlined by Smart Energy GB and the Carbon Trust to working with suppliers to ensure that the energy consumption or efficiency of products is factored into the procurement process, and even consulting with the office owner over the long-term plan for energy efficiency.

From CSR to helping contribute to national targets on carbon reduction, there is a range of benefits and incentives to act, but standing strongest among them is the fact that, in general, all deliver financial savings as well.

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