In a world turning digital at speed, entire industries are regularly disrupted and totally reinvented. Faced with such rapid evolution, it’s easy to get caught up in industry hype around the latest technological breakthroughs – but where will the next rich vein of innovation in our work environments actually be unearthed?
Typically, improvements in process, increased productivity and enhanced efficiency define innovation – even more so for businesses. Light and lighting meets all of these requirements. You rarely give a thought to the ubiquitous fittings which have the power to unlock significant benefits from efficiency through to enhancing productivity and even enabling the Internet of Things.
If nothing else, the sheer ubiquity of light sources makes lighting a terrific platform for innovation. In the planning stages, lighting is one of the first considerations –inefficient lighting is one of the biggest energy expenditures and a cause of greenhouse gas emissions globally. With the UK Government’s 2050 net zero greenhouse gas emissions proposal, the pressure on businesses to make their operations greener is even greater.
Believe it or not, simply upgrading to energy-efficient LED lighting can unlock significant budget by drastically reducing energy usage and expenditure. Adding smart sensors and controls to LED lighting through a management system such as Interact Office compounds those savings and creates an intelligent network of sensors across your building. A modern office building with efficient, smart connected lighting can save up to 80% on energy – significant savings that unlock revenue. However, energy savings are only part of the equation.
With centralised lighting and sensors the potential for productivity and energy efficiency are unlocked
LED luminaires with integrated sensors can collect data on lighting performance and sense the environment around them. For example, they can collect anonymised data that provide insights as to how workers use the workplace. Everything –

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