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Technical Updates Series: Mining Data in Tunable Lighting Controls

The smarter our buildings become, the more data they generate. Lighting controls data could prove valuable for facilities managers, manufacturers, and lighting designers. For example, button press data can reveal insights into occupancy levels, when and where lights were turned on or off, and adjustments to light settings. These data can prove valuable for facility owners hoping to cut down on energy waste, or for lighting designers who commission future lighting systems.

As valuable as the data is, the buildings industry is still learning how to interpret and leverage the data. Greater insight into this data could lead to more informed decision-making on the efficiency of our buildings.

Guest speakers Andrea Wilkerson and Sarah Safranek, advanced lighting researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will discuss opportunities for using data generated by tunable lighting controls to maximize the occupant experience and make buildings more efficient. They’ll share findings from a series of studies where they observed how much time occupants spent in each lighting mode, observed patterns in how occupants used the lighting system, and analyzed data to determine if how occupants used the lighting controls had any impact on overall energy use.

Greg Ehrich, LC is the former President of the National Association of Innovative Lighting Distributors (NAILD) and owner of Premier Lighting, a progressive lighting distributorship.

Michael Colligan is an entrepreneur and inventor. He’s a subject matter expert in commercial and industrial lighting supply, lighting retrofits, and finding recycling streams for hard-to-recycle waste.

The Technical Updates Series on lightED is sponsored by Cooper Lighting.

If you want to watch more Get A Grip On Lighting podcasts, you can go to www.getagriponlighting.com.

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