Education

Education Lighting Controls

Lighting typically accounts for about 26 percent of an educational facilities' electrical usage, making lighting control an excellent resource for reducing energy costs and consumption. Choose a lighting control that benefits each unique area of a school building or a college campus in terms of optimal lighting while providing substantive savings.

Occupancy sensors in classrooms can produce 25 percent energy savings, according to the New Buildings Institute, while allowing for overrides by teachers or instructors as needed. They can also be used in storage areas and faculty lounges that aren't continuously occupied. In larger restrooms, ultrasonic occupancy sensors can detect occupants around stalls and corners. Because of after-school activities, time scheduling may be difficult to implement, but manual overrides allow lights to be switched on if necessary. A recommended strategy for hallways on the ENERGY STAR website is to use a combination of time scheduling and dimming with occupancy sensor controls after hours.

Lighting has been shown to improve student's focus and attention in the classroom, and lighting controls can provide a more comfortable learning environment for students. Contact a Graybar Lighting Consultant to learn how you can start saving energy and money today.