Energy Efficiency is Only One of the Understated Benefits of Networked Lighting Controls

Recently, the The Alliance to Save Energy and Design Lights Consortium (DLC), published a report examining the savings potential from commercial and industrial lighting efficiency measures. The report found that while states and municipalities are steadily adopting LED lighting in an effort to improve energy efficiency, there’s a complementary component they’re consistently missing – one that not only produces much greater energy efficiency and long-term savings, but that also dramatically improves the quality of life for residents.

What’s the missing component? Networked Lighting Controls.

Networked Lighting Control systems are an intelligent network of individually addressable luminaires and control devices. Essentially, they’re a smart component that allows for the application of multiple control strategies; programmability; communication and data transmission; and measurement and monitoring of and with LED luminaires. While these systems have lots of potential, they’ve traditionally been hamstrung by high costs and other difficulties like interoperability, complexity, and lack of training. These are some of the reasons Energy Efficiency (EE) program administrators have foregone implementing networked lighting controls as they’ve modernized their lighting in other ways.

Offsetting Costs

But the new report shows that EE administrators have consistently undervalued the lifetime cost and energy savings that Networked Lighting Controls deliver – offsetting the “expense” argument completely. In fact, researchers have shown that combining lighting technology upgrades with networked lighting controls could produce an additional 22 percent lifetime energy savings on average. Not only that, researchers also found that networked lighting controls had significant implications for energy usages, stating that:

Removing Tech Barriers

And today, the technology has advanced enough that the challenges of the past are just that, past. For example, Dev IQ just completed a project with partner Visionaire, that allows for plug-and-play integration of its networked lighting control system, Pangea.

Moving Beyond Efficiency to Quality of Life

While last week’s report shed new light on the energy and cost efficiencies that networked lighting controls provide, there are also other overlooked benefits that speak to resident quality of life. For example, with networked lighting controls, city streetlights can provide:
● Wifi access
● Video monitoring mitigates crime and gives police departments new
investigative tools
● Automated lighting switches on, brightens or dims lights based on time
and/or other data gathered from sensors such as activity and weather, so
residents feel safer
● Sound alerts inform city services when there’s a car crash, gun shot or
weather event so emergency responders can get to the scene more quickly

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With the technical advances in the space and new cost efficiencies revealed in the Alliance to Save Energy and Design Lights Consortium (DLC) report, we anticipate a big uptick in adoption of networked lighting controls. If you’re an organization looking to build out a Networked Lighting Control offering, or you’re a city that’s in the process of modernizing its lighting technology, Dev IQ can help. We are a secure and compliant platform developer that has worked extensively within the IoT and smart lighting space – building custom platforms for controlling and managing smart lighting and related IoT sensors for cities and large commercial/ industrial customers that are embracing LED technology. Let’s connect and see how we might work together, and in the meantime, check out our relevant work.
Shawn Davison CEO at Dev IQ, triathlete, and technological philosopher.