Jonathan Hoyle Explains High-Performance Lighting Systems

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Jonathan Hoyle, Associate, with The Lighting Practice, was recently interviewed for Building Operating Management’s April issue. The article, “Efficiency Is Only The Start”, explains the long-term value of a high-performance lighting system, its benefits to occupants, as well as the challenges. Jon points out that energy codes specify minimum requirements for lighting controls including daylight response, occupancy sensing, and automatic shut-off. High-performance lighting systems call for an integrated approach resulting in better lighting quality and greater energy savings.

“However, not all daylight zone controls are required to be automatically responsive to the amount of daylight in the space. The high-performance lighting system would include the necessary hardware for a complete daylight harvesting system. These systems go above and beyond the minimum requirements to fully embrace the intent of the energy savings outlined in code books.”

Efficiency Is Only The Start

By Rita Tatum | April 2016

Gains in technology, combined with advances in design practice, have made it entirely possible to create lighting systems that offer significant energy savings over designs that are merely code-compliant. But those savings don’t come at the expense of occupant satisfaction. In fact, high-performance lighting, provided it is well designed, can actually be better for occupants than older, less energy-efficient systems.

The move to high-performance lighting is being driven in part by the growing popularity of LEED certification. That, combined with the need to conserve energy, is leading a growing number of facility managers to take a close look at high-performance lighting systems.

While retrofitting older facilities for high-performance lighting is more challenging, specifying at least some high-performance lighting features in new construction is smart from a life-cycle standpoint and good for the environment.

Read the full article which includes interview responses and photographs of project examples provided by TLP: Efficiency Is Only The Start