In Part 1 of this post, we unpacked the basics of networked lighting solutions, including the fundamentals of technology, industry adoption, and awareness. In this post, we’ll dive deeper into networked controls vs. occupancy sensors.
Here’s how each technology stacks up in a variety of warehouse formats:
After your kids watch a scary movie (yes, your kids…) the lights may stay on all night. No biggie. But in a spacious warehouse facility, automated equipment often runs afterhours, tripping occupancy sensors and preventing lights from ever dimming. And “always-on” lighting means leaving money on the table.
But with a networked lighting solution, customization is as easy as programming a lighting schedule into the associated software interface. If your customer’s facility runs from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, for example, the lights could be programmed to stay on until close. So afterhours, when the automated equipment is still churning away, there’s no need to worry about tripping a sensor.
If a few employees plan to work overtime, the warehouse manager would simply revise the lighting schedule within the software interface. With a networked solution, your warehouse customers benefit from a truly granular—yet surprisingly simplistic—means of controlling their facility lighting. This advanced customization translates into superior lighting performance, efficiency, and savings.
In a typical storage facility where automation isn’t needed, a combination of occupancy sensors and network controls are the logical choice. With network controls, your warehouse customer can group or “zone” aisles and high- and low-traffic areas. For areas that only require basic, fixture-level control, an occupancy sensor should do the trick. Your warehouse customer could use occupancy sensors in storage areas, and networked controls in equipment and assembly areas, for example
With space and efficiency concerns on the rise, many warehouses opt for a mixed-use setup. For example, half of your customer’s facility could be dedicated to racking and storing computer parts, with the other half devoted to assembly and shipping. In this scenario, each section of the warehouse has unique lighting needs.
In a mixed-use facility, your customers lock down maximum efficiency with a combination of networked lighting and occupancy sensors. (To get it done right, lean on the Acuity Controls and Graybar team to create the right customized lighting solution.)
If the warehouse layout changes, the facility may need less lighting or a different variation of controls altogether. With a networked lighting solution, warehouse managers can program their lighting to match those new requirements—and they can get incredibly specific. Safety is a concern where heavy equipment is present, for example. If heavy duty equipment is moved, lighting requirements may change.
To ensure that warehouse workers see clearly around hazardous machinery, and in dark corners and stairwells, the lighting could power on at full capacity in surrounding aisles. In storage areas with low traffic, an occupancy sensor is the natural choice. In assembly areas, the lights might power on to 75 to 80 percent of capacity during business hours.
This granular, section-by-section approach means a lighting system that responds uniformly—creating a truly efficient, superior lighting experience. Looking for high-performance, facility-wide lighting management? Rely on Acuity Controls® XPoint™ Wireless for all your warehouse lighting needs.
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As National Market Manager at Graybar, Todd’s goal is to find the best products and solutions to help contractors work more efficiently, stay safe on the job, and win more productive and profitable business