Energy Efficiency in Building Construction?
Buildings are the largest energy consuming sector in the world, accounting for over one-third of energy consumption in the world, and lighting makes up a large portion of that consumption. This has increased pressure on architects and engineers to design sustainable buildings with a highly efficient PoE lighting plan. While constructing buildings with energy efficient lighting systems has unique considerations, designing and implementing a smart lighting system from the beginning offers significant savings and benefits over retrofitting buildings to catch up on energy efficiency standards. PoE LED Lighting is the first step to energy savings success.
Energy efficient lighting is much easier to achieve and considerably less expensive to install and in the long run when it’s installed during the construction phase. Planning for energy efficient lighting solutions in advance allows for inclusion of more energy saving capabilities and for more effective measures to be incorporated, such as Luminetworx PoE LED lighting.
Luminetworx PoE Technology
Luminetworx Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology offers an innovative approach to energy efficient lighting. PoE allows for devices to be powered, connected, and controlled by a Category Cable. In the past, lighting fixtures required voltages too high to be powered by the Cat5 cable, but with today’s energy efficient LED bulbs, PoE lighting is possible.
LV Energy Systems produces the software and hardware necessary to create a complete PoE lighting system, Luminetworx is the only brand to manufacture every component in its PoE LED Lighting system. Because it cuts down on cabling costs and does not require a certified electrician to install, Luminetworx technology is easier and more cost-effective than traditional lighting installation. Luminetworx PoE lighting solution also offers immediate and complete control over all connected devices.
PoE LED’s Really More Energy Efficient
LED lights have grown in popularity because of their environmental impact. While CFL bulbs use 25-35% less energy than incandescent bulbs, LEDs use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. In commercial and industrial buildings with a large lighting system, these savings adds up over time.
In addition to the benefits of LEDs, PoE lighting systems have recently been certified to ensure energy efficiency. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) released a new installation standard for PoE lighting systems that standardized cable requirements to reduce electrical energy loss. This new standard ensures that PoE lighting will be a highly energy-efficient lighting solution in compliant buildings.
Luminetworx Energy Reporting Capabilities
PoE LED Lighting the first step to energy savings. LED lights powered by Luminetworx technology provide even more energy saving opportunities than traditionally powered LEDs because of the data analytics and reporting capabilities. All devices that are detected by the Luminetworx driver are automatically connected together via the cloud control software, which then monitors devices and identifies opportunities for additional energy savings and reads energy consumptions.
In a case study Grape Expectations Winery saw significant savings in lighting costs after their warehouses were retrofitted with Luminetworx poe LED lighting. After the initial installation, Grape Expectations saw a 80% reduction in lighting costs compared to their original fluorescent energy consumption.
Once the lighting system was installed, it was then configured to recognize each unique space with its own motion sensor, daylight harvesting, timers etc. Within one month of this configuration energy costs were reduced an additional 10%, bringing the total annual savings to almost 90%.
What’s New From Luminetworx?
Integrating Luminetworx with our B.A.S eco-system offers several upgrades that give the lighting system more functionality. By integrating lighting features into eco-system (building automation system) can be used to effectively work in perfect balance with other building systems for an optimized environment. Light can be set to increase productivity, improve patient outcomes, optimize shopping environments and more. Luminetworx takes smart lighting to the next level, as few companies have achieved a fully integrated B.A.S the ability to program your facility trigger different lighting settings based on environmental triggers.
PoE in Your Building Project?
PoE lighting continues to grow as the technology evolves to provide more innovative solutions.
Incorporating Luminetworx technology into a new building sets the foundation for continuous energy efficiency and smart-enabled improvements to be made on the building. Smart devices are plentiful, but using PoE eliminates the need to settle on one specific IoT protocol or brand. In addition to lighting, PoE can be used to remotely control and network other systems within a building including surveillance cameras, HVAC systems and access control systems.
As PoE technology advances and appliances continue to improve energy efficiency, more and more electrical devices can join the PoE ecosystem. Implementing the Luminetworx PoE lighting system today allows a building manager to adapt and add to their smart building eco-system (B.A.S) over time on one vendor agnostic platform.
The cost savings are especially hard to ignore. Lighting typically accounts for 40% of a building’s electricity, and with the ability for the Luminetworx technology to provide lighting cost savings of over 80%, this can bring total energy consumption costs down 30%.
On top of the energy savings and connectivity opportunities, Luminetworx PoE lighting compliments building design. Because of the customizable nature of PoE lighting, systems can be setup to adjust based on how people interact with a space, highlight different design elements, balance the warm and cool light for different needs and uses, and much more.