Lighting control system – like other building controls, a lighting control system gathers lighting data and processes it through a computer in order for the information to be used by building managers to more efficiently manage their buildings. In California, lighting controls are required on certain levels, with regulations continuing to get more strict as time goes one. Other states will likely adopt these standards for buildings in the near future, as energy costs continue to rise.
Lighting controls vs. lighting control systems
Lighting controls can include occupancy sensors, timeclocks, and photocells that work on individual or groups of lights individually from the control system. If this is the case, adjustments must be made at the device level. Broad lighting control systems create an intelligent network of devices so that control of all devices can be managed from one dashboard. These include relays, occupancy sensors, photocells, switches or touchscreens as well as inputs from other building systmes like HVAC. While adjusment can be made at the device level, it is not recommended because every individual tweak to the device requires a re-programming of the main control system. When a lighting control system is in place, it is best to control any lights within the building or group of buildings from within the system to as not to inadvertently re-configure the control system.