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Redwood Systems Guest Blog: Can Your Lighting Do This?

Today is a big day for our Technology At Work! Blog!

Dan Fisher, Sr. Marketing Communications Manager for Redwood Systems, one of our business partners at DES, has written us a beautiful blog post.  Thanks Dan!

Here it is:

Low-voltage DC lighting system saves energy and provides building intelligence.

Lighting is ubiquitous, yet it has never been taken advantage of as a network to enable sophisticated building intelligence while simultaneously reducing energy usage. Enter Redwood Systems and their low-voltage DC lighting system, which both powers and controls LED lighting in a facility over standard category cable.

The Redwood Building-Performance Lighting Platform is specifically built with a double value proposition in mind.  The first is to reduce the energy usage in commercial properties, schools and data centers – with an average of 75% reduction in lighting energy alone – and the second, to provide rich intelligence on how these facilities are lit, cooled, heated and utilized.  The key is the fine-grained sensor network that is either next to or integrated in each light fixture in a building. This backbone allows for highly accurate motion detection, which results in detailed space utilization intelligence and energy saving techniques such as follow-me lighting.

The real energy savings are a result of multiple policies including operating LED light fixtures at less than 100%, daylight harvesting, follow-me lighting and other fine-grained dimming techniques. Small changes in light levels have a substantial impact on energy savings and the following graph illustrates the combined energy savings of some of these techniques:

As a result of this fine-grained control and intelligence, buildings can dynamically adjust the lighting, heating and cooling based on occupancy, which results in significant cost-savings over the course of a year. In tandem, facility managers learn more about how to maximize space utilization to drive real estate costs down and improve occupant satisfaction, all factors that contribute to a profitable, sustainable and healthy workplace.

 A platform like this is ideally suited for programs such as the Pittsburgh 2030 District, which is a community of buildings in the downtown area working to create a high performance-building region and part of the larger 2030 Challenge.  

The technology is here to contribute; the question is, are you ready for the challenge?

We’re really excited about the innovative technology Redwood Systems brings to the table from all the way out in California!  Fisher puts Redwood Systems into perspective for the Pittsburgh Region and explains what makes their technology so relevant in the Western PA region today.

Thanks Redwood Systems and thanks Dan Fisher!