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The Benefits of Intelligent Lightning in Workplace


On June 23, 2021 By Team CalAtlantic

Lighting in residential and commercial buildings used to be solely for illumination. But with recent advancements in “smart” technology, some light fixtures now have sensors that can be integrated into surveillance cameras, while others have energy-efficient designs that use up to 75% less energy compared to incandescent and fluorescent lights. 

 

The use of intelligent lighting is particularly crucial in industrial and office environments; not only it makes the tasks easier to accomplish, but it also prevents eye fatigue and workplace accidents caused by glares and shadows. 

 

The Benefits of Intelligent Lightning in Workplace 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The list below explains the other notable benefits of intelligent lighting in the workplace.  

  • Smart lighting improves safety. 

Good lighting is important for any industrial setting; this is particularly true for facilities with moving machinery. Without glare and shadow, the workers are less likely to experience eye fatigue and headache, which are tied to an increased risk of accidents. 

 

  • The right ambient improves mood. 

Studies have shown that good lighting can improve mood and reduce the risk of depression, which spikes up during the winter months due to decreased sunlight. This type of season-related depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder or SAD, is common among people who live far north or south of the equator. 

 

Aside from improving mood, good lighting has also been shown to increase job satisfaction and reduce stress and fatigue. According to a study conducted by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, sufficient light can positively affect the workers’ mood, cognition, alertness, sleep-wake pattern, and overall health. 

 

  • Good lighting improves productivity.

A human-centric work environment, i.e., good lighting and ergonomic chair and equipment, results in increased productivity because the tasks are easier and faster to accomplish. Simply put, health and wellbeing and workers’ productivity always go hand in hand. 

 

Intelligent lighting provides overall illumination for a room while at the same time “highlights” a specific area, resulting in increased productivity and reduced accidents. 

 

  • Intelligent lights are energy-efficient fixtures. 

According to a recent report released by the US Energy Information Administration, lighting accounts for 17% of all energy consumption in US commercial buildings, making it the largest end-use of electricity. With this finding, businesses must replace incandescent and fluorescent lights with energy-efficient alternatives like LED and other newer intelligent lighting solutions. 

 

Studies have shown that intelligent lighting consumes up to 75% less energy than incandescent lights and 25-35% less than fluorescent bulbs. In addition, it converts 100% of the energy into light, whereas incandescent bulbs turn 95% of the electricity into heat, which adds to the cooling cost during the summer months. 

 

Smart lighting with the ENERGY STAR label also has a long life, with studies suggesting that they can last between 50,000 and 10,000 hours. In contrast, incandescent and older light bulbs, on average, only last 1,2000 hours. 

 

To further reduce energy consumption, some intelligent lights even come with a sensor. For instance, CalAtlantic’s lights called SmartPod can turn off automatically when they detect daylight or if there is enough light in the room; they can also detect motion so they will light up when there is an occupant in the room. 

 

  • Smart lighting fixtures can be integrated into security cameras and alarm systems. 

Smart lighting solutions can be integrated into security and alarm systems thanks to their built-in sensors that can detect motion and occupancy. With this application, businesses can prevent and deter break-ins, burglary, and other crimes in their facility. 

 

To learn more about intelligent lighting that can be integrated into your security and alarm systems, contact CalAtlantic at (877) 686-5859 or click here to schedule your FREE consultation. 


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