Leveraging Lighting Controls in Higher Education

In an Energy Central article, Guidehouse Insights discusses opportunities and challenges facing lighting control system implementation

Wide adoption of LEDs has paved the way for lighting controls in commercial buildings, creating opportunities to generate additional energy savings and other user advantages. 

In an Energy Central article, Krystal Maxwell, senior research analyst at Guidehouse Insights, explores the benefits and challenges of lighting controls implementation in higher education facilities. 

Lighting controls benefits go beyond initial energy savings. They also provide valuable insights into the way buildings operate and can create cost savings, operational efficiency, and an enhanced occupant experience. While these benefits might seem compelling, there are still several barriers that deter broad adoption of lighting controls, especially in the higher education sector. 

"Within higher education, one consistent factor is staff and budget shortages that result in strains on staffing to meet operational and maintenance needs,” Maxwell said. “New building systems can provide the additional burden of training and specialized expertise, adding challenges to already lean teams.”

Despite these barriers, momentum for light control projects is expected to continue as increased attention is given to the occupant experience and energy efficiency benefits.

“Within higher education, there is a focus on creating an optimal experience through lighting controls for all stakeholders by focusing on efficiency, convenience and usability, and cost savings,” Maxwell said.

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