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A Systems Integration Approach To Lighting Control Systems
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Today, the lighting industry is experiencing renewed development and implementation of advanced technologies. One of the most striking advances is the implementation of system solutions in lighting control. This approach promises to contribute to efficient building operations in several innovative ways. One trend, best illustrated by the emerging use of daylighting techniques, integrates lighting control systems with the building itself, complementing design decisions about skylighting, fenestration and office placement with control tools to harvest natural light. Other technologies under development seek to achieve the seamless integration of lighting controls with other building systems. Here, the rewards can be rich, with increased energy savings through linking high energy use systems like lighting and HVAC with unified controls. Finally, the industry is identifying an often overlooked beneficiary-the office worker using the lights-and seeking to integrate control capabilities with the worker's needs. This stems from the recognition that environmental influences can boost productivity, benefiting both the enterprise and the bottom line. As a consequence, controls manufacturers are exploring ways in which to turn some measure of environmental control over to the occupant.
Lynch, S.; Renner, R. A. (2000). A Systems Integration Approach To Lighting Control Systems. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from