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Lighting controls have traditionally been used to create moods. Today, they are also used as part of a high quality energy efficient lighting system that integrates daylight and electric light sources to provide a comfortable and visually interesting environment for the occupants of a space. Lighting controls are appropriate for a wide variety of spaces, from toilets to large open offices, from conference rooms to classrooms. They can be incorporated with daylight dimming/ switching to provide flexibility, energy savings, and ecological benefits. Although lighting controls are still most commonly used in commercial buildings, they are also increasingly being used in residential applications.
The British Standard provides the emergency lighting designer with clear guidelines to work to. BS 5266-1: 2011 embraces residential hotels, clubs, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and colleges, licensed premises, offices, museums, shops, multi-storey dwellings, etc. Although this standard recommends the types and durations of emergency lighting systems relating to each category of premises, it should be remembered that the standards are the minimum safe standards for these types of building and that a higher standard may be required for a particular installation.
The increase in demand for office accommodation in our cities puts a greater demand on building or refurbishing buildings quickly. More and more of a construction project is benefitting from offsite, factory built assemblies or modular building techniques. This has also affected lighting connection and control, offering clear benefits to electrician contractors saving time on site and reducing on site labour costs.
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