Electrical Contracting News (ECN) April 2017 - Page 58

SPECIAL FEATURE LIGHTING consumption but then extend this beyond lighting to affect other systems to reduce energy and costs in other areas and provide insights into effective ESOS strategies for many years to come. Maintenance and diagnostics The benefits of having sensors built into the luminaires are also highlighted when it comes to maintenance and diagnostics. This type of lighting solution will speak to you and let you know when there is a problem. If a luminaire fails it will tell you why and, more importantly, it will tell you where it is in the building. This all happens in real time using notifications so maintenance can be undertaken and issues rectified quicker. By installing this type of system, installers and contractors are not only saving energy for their clients but also reducing installation and ongoing operating costs. However, the story does not end there. Contractors can also offer further savings to their clients beyond a simple reduction in energy consumption. If building owners have access to real time data on the occupancy of the office ‘For a simple, effective and intuitive system, installers and contractors should look for integrated controls.’ they can open and close entire floor areas where no presence is detected. According to AWA Research, this could equate to a 30 per cent reduction in floor space and thus not only reduce lighting related energy use in that space but also that of any other using service in that area, which could help reduce total energy consumption of the building by up to 30 per cent compared to 7.5 per cent by only installing the most energy efficient lighting. The same data can be used effectively to affect ancillary service costs such as cleaning and security. With no need to clean unused areas and less need for a security guard to patrol buildings, McKenzie research reports that savings of between 20 per cent and 50 per cent could be achieved. It is estimated that the data acquired by a decentralised intelligent lighting system can potentially deliver cost savings seven to 12 times larger than lighting energy savings alone, and allows end users to make decisions based on facts whilst also delivering maximum operating efficiencies. For lighting controls to be adopted they must be easy to install and cause minimal disruption to the application area. To deliver true savings for the customer, the system should also ensure a respectable payback period, be intuitive and be easily customised without complex software or hardware. For a simple, effective and intuitive system, installers and contractors should look for integrated controls. This streamlines the process, and delivers great results for the client. Tools & workwear Wiring accessories HVAC NEXT ISSUE In addition to its regular range of news and features, the May issue of ECN will contain special features dedicated to tools and workwear, wiring accessories and HVAC. The features will include articles and information from major companies, providing a range of information about the latest issues and technological developments affecting the sectors. For electrical contractors, the features will prove to be a valuable reference point for all that is happening within this area. The features will also include extensive product information from all the big names in the industry as well as a range of case studies which will focus on where and why these products have been used. To make sure that you don’t miss this major opportunity to advertise your products to ECN’s 40,000 readers, call Kelly Byne on 01634 673163 / kelly@allthingsmedialtd.com