Back in the days, lighting controls were mainly used for creating moods. However, with various innovations and technological advancements nowadays, they can also be used as a part of an energy-efficient lighting system integrating both electric and daylight sources for a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing environment within a building.
In order to help you achieve that, we at Nearby EngineersNew York Engineers provide lighting designing services such as timeclock lighting controls. Timeclock lighting controls allow you to set a particular type of lighting during specific times of the day, such as when waking up early in the morning for a cup of coffee or when going to bed at night.
With well-designed timeclock lighting controls, you’ll be able to program, set, and adjust your lighting in accordance with your preferred operation times. You can even dim a specific area based on your set schedule. Once all set, lighting will automatically operate based on the times you scheduled.
Our timeclock lighting control designs aren’t just made for use in commercial buildings. In fact, we also have designs for residential applications.
Timeclock Lighting Vs. Other Lighting Control Types
Before you even consider our timeclock lighting controls design service, you might want to take a look at the other types of lighting control so you can assess the type of lighting you need for your property.
An occupancy lighting control turns the lighting on/off depending on the detected occupancy with a certain room.
It mainly uses occupancy sensors (dual technology, infrared, and ultrasonic) which has three main functions:
- Turn lights off within a set time once the space is vacated
- Turn lights on when a space is occupied
- Keep the lights on while the room is occupied
Depending on the design, some systems may even have settings which let you choose between the functions above (either go for manual or automatic). Take note, however, that the characteristics of the sensor may vary from one manufacturer to another. We’ll also place an emphasis on it during the designing period to help you carefully evaluate the options available.
Alternatively, you can use occupancy controls alongside daylight or dimming controls in order to prevent the lights from automatically turning off if the space is vacant or turn them off when there is plenty of daylight while the room is occupied.
This type of control combination can be applied to large spaces that contain several different zones, like an open office area for example. In such a situation, lights in certain areas can be dimmed to a set level when the space is unoccupied while the other areas remained illuminated.
Compared to timeclock lighting controls, daylight harvesting allows for manual or automatic adjustments depending on how much natural light is inside a space. With this, it’s possible to maintain total illumination throughout the space.
Various means of harvesting daylight include the use of simple on/off switches, continuous dimming, or multilevel zone dimming.
This type of lighting control is used for turning groups of lights on/off at once. There are various creative design options that can be applied to this type of control as long as the circuiting has been designed properly. For example, it’s possible to switch several lamps in a fixture together, or even turn off lighting near the windows when there’s enough daylight.
In a task tuning control, maximum light levels are “tuned” for a specific task in a specific room. This allows you the prevent overlighting and even prolong the lifespan of the lighting system.
If you’re in for a more personalized lighting control, this type could be more preferable than timeclock controls. This allows you to have full control over the lighting system to suit your needs and preferences.