In May 2018, ESL Spectrum graciously hosted me as their guest for the LIGHTFAIR International show at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event welcomes designers, architects, engineers, and lighting representatives and showcases the latest interior, exterior, decorative, and wireless lighting designs by lighting manufacturers.
While exploring the many artistic and tech-advanced lighting designs showcased at LIGHTFAIR this year, wireless lighting technology stood out to me. Wireless lighting involves minimal installation and offers remote access via a smartphone or tablet. It does not require any concealed wiring — meaning walls and ceilings remain untouched and the removal of boundaries for where lighting can be installed in your space.
When designing a remodel, you may not have a choice of installing a new lighting system. When building new, you may not think you have many options. But if you do have the opportunity to control your lighting system, here are few benefits to consider:
Traditional, wired lighting systems require tearing up walls and ceilings in order to run electrical wires between lighting fixtures and central controls. This approach leaves you with limited options for where your lights can be placed. On the other hand, wireless lighting systems require no concealed wiring and involve minimal, non-destructive installation. Without making significant changes to the walls, you have more control over where your lights are installed and save on costs in the process.
Ease of Use
Wireless lighting technology gives building managers and occupants control over their spaces. The systems can be programmed to turn on and off based on when people are entering and exiting the building and easily-controlled via an application that can be accessed anywhere.
On average, 40 percent of a building’s operational costs are due to lighting the space. Wireless lighting technology offers a significant cost-saving opportunity, with the potential to save wasted energy by up to 50 percent — especially beneficial when lighting large, industrial buildings. Some additional benefits include the ability to:
- Program the lights to turn on and off during specific times throughout the day, in specific parts of the building — saving an enormous amount of wasted energy if you only need to light one part of the building at a certain time.
- Install motion sensors to eliminate the lighting of unoccupied areas.
- Control lighting systems from afar, reducing wasted energy costs.
Wireless lighting control systems are the most efficient way to light your office space. Whether you build new or renovate an older space, consider reaping the benefits of maintaining structural integrity of your building, having more control over your lighting system, and ultimately saving on your energy costs.
If you’re interested in talking about lighting in your space; we’d love to join the conversation.