Energy Efficient Lighting for Businesses Guide

Smart Lighting & Other Smart Devices that Will Help Your Business Reduce Energy Use

Whether you’re building a new business from scratch or are integrating energy efficient bulbs into your current lighting design, upgrading your lighting presents a great opportunity to incorporate other smart devices that might benefit your business.

Some companies are reluctant to embrace this new technology because they’re not sure how to use it or how it will fit into their current systems, but smart devices offer a lot of advantages. Smart lighting is the most obvious smart technology that can help reduce energy bills, and it’s one of the easiest to install, but it’s not the only smart device that can improve your business’s efficiency. There are several smart devices that can help lower your utilities expenses and streamline your daily maintenance processes:

Smart lighting

Smart lighting creates the opportunity to customize, adjust, and schedule your lighting down to the finest detail. Whether that means setting up your lighting to only switch on during set work hours, or adjusting it to dim in the front of your restaurant at certain times of the day to create ambience, smart lighting provides even greater flexibility when it comes to illuminating your space, as well as more opportunities to lower energy costs and save money.

Type of space

Recommendations

Office
  • Schedule lighting to come on during set work hours and/or specific rooms
  • Schedule lighting to turn on only on workdays and stay off on weekends and holidays
  • Set it to turn on and off when you enter and exit a room
  • Create a human-centric light schedule that mimics the colour temperature effects of outdoor lighting, with cooler light in the morning and afternoon, and warmer tones in the late afternoon and evening to boost productivity levels
Restaurant or pub
  • Adjust lighting to dim throughout the day, creating an atmosphere that encourages conversation and maybe even spending
  • Schedule lighting to turn on only when you’re open, and stay off when you’re closed
Retail
  • Schedule lighting to come on during set work hours
  • Schedule lighting to turn on only on workdays and stay off on weekends and holidays
  • Create a lighting scheme that adjusts colour and brightness throughout the day to encourage customers to move around the store and purchase products
Warehouse
  • Schedule lighting to come on during set work hours
  • Schedule lighting to turn on only on workdays and stay off on weekends and holidays
  • Create a human-centric light schedule that mimics the colour temperature effects of outdoor lighting, with cooler light in the morning and afternoon, and warmer tones in the late afternoon and evening to boost productivity levels

Smart lighting you might be interested in

Smart thermostat

Smart thermostats can help you save energy by allowing you to easily adjust indoor temperatures from a distance using an app on your mobile phone. You can also automatically schedule or program it to be the optimal temperature depending on:

  • Time of day
  • Time of year
  • Outdoor conditions
  • Typical workday hours

Type of space

Recommendations

Office
  • Lower or raise temperatures in the office outside work hours
  • Adjust the schedule to account for out-of-office meetings, work retreats, holidays, and other days when no one will be in the office
Restaurant or pub
  • Adjust the temperature to accommodate peak customer times
Retail
  • Quickly and easily tweak the temperature using an app to ensure your employees are comfortable any time of year, regardless of weather conditions, instead of having to contact head office or HVAC to adjust it for you
  • Customers are more likely to make purchases and more likely to pay more for those products in a warm environment, just don’t make it too warm in the summer
Warehouse
  • Help temperature-sensitive products thrive in the perfect climate while keeping offices and staff areas comfortable

Smart outlets, plugs, and strips

Smart outlets, plugs, and strips can help cut your energy costs significantly because they can easily be turned off remotely using an app when not in use, or scheduled to turn off automatically outside of work hours. This essentially turns almost any electrical device into a “smart” device, including table and floor lamps, which can help you significantly reduce your business’s overall energy requirements.

Type of space

Recommendations

Office
  • Automatically turn off any equipment that may use energy even when in standby or auto-off, such as:
  • Laminators
  • Paper cutters and hole-punchers
  • Book or comb binding machine
  • Coffee machines
  • Fax machines
  • Photocopiers, printers, and scanners
Restaurant or pub
  • Automatically shut off any light-up elements, advertisements, and decor within your restaurant outside of business hours
Retail
  • Set lit signage or window displays to automatically turn off outside of regular shop hours or specific times to save energy
Warehouse
  • Smart outlets can help you stay on top of equipment drawing unnecessary energy by turning off anything that doesn’t need to be charged overnight

Supply-level detectors

Connected devices, such as printers or photocopiers, can recognize when they are low on supplies and automatically set up a reorder of anything you might need before confirming it with you, saving you time and effort.

Type of space

Recommendations

Office
  • Useful applications in office settings include:
  • Printers
  • Photocopiers
  • Fax machines
Retail, restaurant or pub
  • In retail and restaurant environments, supply-level detectors can help you keep track of:
  • Receipt paper
  • Printer and other office supplies
Warehouse
  • Warehouses can use supply-level detectors to stay on top of:< /li>
  • Office supplies
  • Equipment supplies

Smart Locks

Keyless entry has been an option for a while now, allowing employees to enter and exit the building using key codes and swipe cards without a supervisor present to let them in or out. Smart locks have built on this premise and offer more features and greater functionality. Depending on the type of lock you get, smart locks can:

  • Give you the option to unlock doors remotely, without having to share a code
  • Provide limited- or one-time-use codes for deliveries, or maintenance or construction workers
  • Easily monitor who is entering or exiting your place of business
  • Unlock the door hands-free if you find your hands full on your way in or out of the office
  • Be set to auto lock and unlock when you, a manager, keyholder, or member of the cleaning staff arrives and departs

Type of space

Recommendations

Office
  • Limit who has access to certain rooms to keep sensitive information or expensive equipment safe, such as:
  • Management offices
  • HR offices
  • Supply or boardrooms containing special equipment and technology
Restaurant or pub
  • Limit who has access to certain rooms to keep sensitive information or expensive equipment safe, such as:
  • Management offices
  • Cash offices
  • Supply rooms and pantries containing special ingredients, equipment, or technology
Retail
  • In retail settings, smart locks can be used to limit access to important or sensitive areas, such as:
  • Management offices
  • Cash offices
  • Security offices
  • Storage rooms
  • Hazardous materials
Warehouse
  • In a warehouse, use smart locks to limit access to specialized areas or spaces that house important documents or information, including:< /li>
  • Manager offices
  • Security office
  • Supply or equipment rooms
  • Any space that contains personnel or client information, cash, or sensitive documents

Security considerations

While smart technology can increase your energy efficiency and help your business run more smoothly, it’s important to remember that with all internet-connected devices, you need to make digital security a top priority and take preventative measures to limit your exposure to outside threats and bad actors. Help keep your company safe by:

  • Installing antivirus software to scan and protect against viruses, malware, ransomware, keyloggers, and other computer threats.
  • Regularly installing all software updates and patches. We’re all guilty of hitting “Remind Me Later” one too many times when it comes to software updates, but it is more important now than ever to ensure your technology has the latest protections. If you don’t want to take the time to install and apply updates during business hours, you can set it to automatically check for and install updates outside of your regular work schedule.
  • Training your employees. According to Information Age, a little less than half of workers across Europe admit they aren’t equipped with the knowledge required to operate the technology introduced into their workplace. This lack of training slows things down in the office and creates opportunities for hackers to take advantage of their limited knowledge through phishing and social engineering techniques. Providing employees with proper training and up-to-date information will help them make better, safer choices and show them how to react in the event that they do encounter a suspicious email or click on the wrong thing.

Conclusion

In addition to lighting, smart technology has a lot to offer businesses. Smart thermostats, outlets, locks, and supply level detectors make it possible to schedule, streamline tasks, and stay organized and on top of things with a fraction of the effort.


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