LED Technology – Bright and Smart
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) estimates that in the United States alone, buildings account for:
- 72% of electricity consumption,
- 39% of energy use, and,
- 38% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
One of the ways that Renier is assisting clients in cutting their energy use and reducing carbon emissions, is through the use of high-efficiency and smart lighting systems.
LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are at the center of the system, and new technologies are not only expanding LED life expectancy, but also allowing for the integration of software applications, wireless access, sensors and light usage systems.
LEDs are solid-state devices that emit light from a semiconductor chip, and they already sit on a circuit board. That means they can readily share space with sensors, wireless chips, and a small computer, allowing light fixtures to become networked sensor hubs.
Smart lights can be controlled on a wireless network from a handheld device on site, or from a computer system across the country. For companies with acres and acres of lighting needs across multiple geographies, smart lighting technology can have a significant impact not only on electricity consumption, energy use and carbon dioxide emissions, but also on maintenance costs, security and lighting quality.
Falling LED prices are also driving up adoption rates, which in turn drive up the adoption of lighting controls.
Property and building owners get a powerful tool in reducing overall energy spend, and get more bang for their energy buck.
All of this is good for the environment and for the overall economy.
For more information on how smart lighting technology can benefit your business and the environment, contact Renier Construction at 614-866-4580.