The 4 Tiers in Commercial Lighting Control Systems

Commercial lighting control systems give building owners and managers the freedom to adjust color and brightness, to maximize efficiency, and environmental comfort. Known as human-centric lighting, it’s becoming the standard in offices and other businesses where a mood can be set utilizing lighting. An example of lighting controls is how you adjust the brightness on your phone. You probably use a brighter, cooler light during the daytime and a warmer one at night. These simple lighting controls mimic the sun’s movement, helping to boost your productivity and overall mood.

As you are exploring the roles controlled lighting systems can play in your building, it helps to think in terms of tiers. Here are the four tiers of commercial lighting control systems.


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Four Commercial Lighting Control Tiers

Lighting control systems can be categorized into the following four categories.

  1. Individual fixtures
  2. Stand-alone zones
  3. Building level
  4. Full enterprise

Individual Fixtures

Installing controls on individual fixtures is a basic and cost-effective way to adjust the building’s lighting. The sensors only control a specific fixture but are easy to install. From there, you can monitor lighting levels and make the necessary adjustments. For example, installing lighting sensors with motion control ensures the lights are only on when the space is being used.

Stand-Alone Zones

If you have spaces that are infrequently in use, stand-alone controlled lighting can help you illuminate the rooms while also limiting energy usage. Stand-alone controls often include motion sensors that automatically turn the lights on and off when someone enters and leaves the room. Creating separately controlled zones is a good starting point for larger buildings just starting to install networked lighting systems.

Building Level

Connecting stand-alone lighting controls gives them building-level functionality. You can control zones separately or as one. Building managers and owners can start tracking energy usage and traffic patterns. You can see which areas are consuming the most energy and start taking steps to reduce the usage. Monitoring traffic patterns gives retail spaces an advantage. You can see where customers usually travel and direct the lighting to highlight specific products and displays.

Full Enterprise

Owners of multiple facilities will want to look at upgrading to full-enterprise controlled lighting systems. These controls give you a complete picture of the energy usage across the facilities. It also makes it easier to reduce electrical consumption by allowing you to control usage. You can use the controls to integrate more than your lighting systems. Security, refrigeration, and HVAC systems can easily be automated. How you can take advantage of full enterprise lighting controls is almost endless, along with the information they supply.

Controlled Lighting with Action Services Group

Using commercial lighting control systems makes sense in any business. You get control over energy usage and can also improve employees’ mood and productivity. The first step is to install the right lighting controls in your business.

We are here to help you choose the tier lighting controls that work best for your business model and objectives. Our experienced lighting specialists will answer your questions and help you explore your options so you can make the best choice for your building. Contact Action Services Group today at 610-558-9773, email [email protected] or schedule a call that fits your needs by clicking the button below.


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