Dimming-nation Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 by Allison Parker
Earlier this month, the US Department of Energy sponsored a webinar titled “Dimming LEDs: What you need to know.” Covering a broad swath of ground, from the general description that LEDs are inherently dimmable to the minutia of specific dimming algorithms, the presentation was clearly focused on the market for retrofits or installs in the residential/commercial space where dimmers and light sources are decidedly separate entities. While this may be information that some residential/commercial users need, industrial users need to look to an entirely different playbook.
Industrial customers undergoing retrofits or building greenfield sites do not avail themselves of wall-mounted dimmers in the same way the residential/commercial customer base might, rather relying on fixture-integrated dimming. In fact, installing LED lighting in an industrial facility renders topics like compatibility, centralized power sources and miscellaneous other concerns moot. Digital Lumens, the leading manufacturer of Intelligent LED systems for industrial lighting applications, takes an integrated approach to design and development of fixtures. This comprehensive approach includes an integrated power supply, LED driver with full dimmability (0%-100%), occupancy sensor, daylight harvesting capability, and wireless networking and control – to name a few distinctive features.
While residential/commercial customers may differ from industrials, when it comes to some concerns, we agree with several of the DOE’s recommendations. First, always test what you plan on purchasing. Digital Lumens and our Authorized Partners frequently hang demonstration units as proof of our ability to save industrial customers significant amounts of energy and money. Second, dimming is a large component of the energy saving strategy. And, third, wireless controls further the energy savings, adding accessibility to both lighting changes and facility use data. Because, when control over the specific dimming level is as easy as opening a web-browser and changing the settings throughout the facility via computer, customers tailor their lighting levels to specific needs of the installation and personnel, and as a cost-savings strategy.
So, what do our customers already know that’s worth sharing with facility managers considering LED lighting?
- Fully dimmable fixtures are critical to overall energy savings
- Intelligent controls bolster energy savings by making it easy to modify and adjust settings
- Robust scheduling provides the ability to have different settings by shift or day for superior alignment
- Integrated designs maximize the cost/benefit of the lighting solution
- Rigorously tested, industry approved fixtures will ensure the longevity of the installation
When considering industrial lighting options, intelligent LED lighting offers the best total cost of ownership, saves the most energy and offers the broadest feature set – all at only an incremental expense over “plain” LED lights.