- Features | February 22, 2018
Creating Contractor Opportunities with Smart Building Technology
A smart lighting control solution helps decrease lighting energy use, meet building code, and enhance comfort and productivity to add value for both owners and tenants. This is essential for creating the right environment and optimizing performance in any building.
For contractors, delivering a smart lighting control solution in a changing market can be both challenging and rewarding, especially since electrical contractors are increasingly asked to do more with less.
A shrinking labor market combined with a demand for highly skilled labor makes it harder to hire qualified workers at a time when customers are looking for greater functionality and more robust integration. In addition, demanding time frames mean that job details are often vague or incomplete, and can change frequently throughout the project process. And, finally, electrical codes vary widely from state-to-state, adding to the challenge of selecting and installing code-compliant lighting control solutions.
Smart lighting control systems can simplify both design and installation, make it easier to respond to customer changes without adding cost, and help contractors hit project estimates while minimizing callbacks that reduce profits. This is especially important in lighting retrofits, where the customer is looking to take advantage of smart building systems and the Internet of Things (IoT), but older buildings are not designed to accommodate advanced technologies.
Choosing the right lighting control solution is the key to success. The labor market is changing, but the lighting industry itself is very different than it was a decade ago. Energy-efficient LEDs are becoming the predominant light source in commercial buildings, and energy savings is just one aspect of building performance. A well-chosen solution also enables superior lighting performance, code compliance, better space utilization, and delivers the right lighting environment for the people in the space.
Lighting control manufacturers can help by providing products and tools that facilitate better system design, offer solutions that are easier and faster to install, and provide intuitive software that can adapt over time to improve space utilization.
Wireless Solutions Expand Installation Opportunities
Wireless solutions offer simple, flexible, and scalable options that expand opportunities, especially in retrofit situations where wireless allows you to deliver projects with virtually no disruption to the existing space.
With simple, wireless components, projects install up to 70% faster than a typical wired job, allowing contractors to do more jobs, in less time, with their existing work force, as well as submit competitive bids and still maximize profits. Flexible control systems make it easy to essentially mix and match components to deliver the right solution in each space. Start with these basic components to provide essential system control for virtually any project:
- Load controls – a flexible system lets you choose from wall controls or ceiling mounted power packs that communicate wirelessly to control points. You don’t have to run wires from the load controls to each dimmer, switch, or sensor.
- Wireless sensors and remotes – Provide control wherever your customers need it. With battery powered wireless remotes, you can mount controls on any surface – glass, wallboard, or plaster – with no back box, and you can provide free-standing control on tables, podiums, or workstations.
- Adding a wireless hub can take these simple components and scale up to deliver smart, centralized lighting control