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SMART LIGHTING & LIGHTING CONTROL

FORM AND FUNCTIONALITY As the lighting controls market continues to boom, CP Electronics has launched a new CPD for specifiers – and it outlines exactly what users need to be aware of when choosing lighting controls. Here’s an overview of just some of the advice on offer.

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ith technology coming on leaps and bounds since the early noughties, it’s probably no surprise that the global lighting controls market is growing at a rapid pace, being swept along with the technology current. A recent Market Research Future report forecasted that the industry will grow at 18% CAGR between 2017-2023. By the end of this period, the market will

be worth $39 billion (£30 billion) to the global economy. This has coincided with the rising popularity of energy-saving bulbs like LEDs, increasing public awareness on sustainability, and major efforts from across the world to reduce carbon emissions. It is easy to see why the lighting controls business is looking so bright, particularly considering the extensive environmental benefits that lighting controls can offer. Smart technologies are becoming more sophisticated and allowing building occupants to better control and manage

lighting usage. It is not just about simply switching lights on and off anymore, there is now plenty of choice on detection modes, wiring options, programmable settings and more. As a result, electrical consultants are coming under increasing pressure to provide better, more tailored solutions that add value for end-users which comply with BREEAM guidelines for sustainability. However, it is more important to select the right lighting control solution and product for each project, rather than specify the first innovation you come across. There are a variety of factors to consider when choosing lighting controls.

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