Predict environmental and financial benefits of Smart Lighting control systems: a group of researchers from the Higher Technical School of Architecture at the University of Seville developed a new method for quantifying potential savings in indoor installations.
By measuring and correlating daily performance metrics, ambient lighting and climatic conditions, and hours of activity, researchers wrapped up that a Smart Lighting system can save electricity costs for more than € 4,000 over 10 years. Their case considered a conventional premises or office of 80 square metres, in the context of the climate conditions in Spain and that country’s energy costs, using very efficient LED lighting. In such circumstance, the cost of installation of Smart Lighting systems pays for itself in less than three years. If the office had halogen or fluorescent lighting, savings in electricity costs would be even higher, between three and ten times more.
Would benefits be such promising in outdoor, urban installations? We know that turning streetlights to energy-efficient LED lamps can save up to 70% in power consumption and related costs. But up to 25% additional power can be saved when transforming the lighting infrastructure into a smart, sentient network, thus enabling full remote management and control of single or grouped luminaires.
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