- Release Notes
- Best Practices
- Optimizing Lighting Controls
- Advanced RF Topics for Lighting Controllers
- SimplySNAP Lighting Installations
- Network Security
- Network Access Overview for SimplySNAP Illuminate
- Extension Cables
- SimplySNAP Mesh Networking
- SimplySNAP API
- Hardware Documentation
- Supported Devices
- Controller Information
- Hardware Default Settings
- Demo Kit Quick Start Guide
- Section 260943: Wireless Network Lighting Control Specification
- Third Party Licenses
- End User License Agreement
- Best Practices
Optimizing Lighting Controls¶
The savings that are realized by a switch from traditional lighting sources to LEDs are so impressive that it's easy to be satisfied with just that. However, the most energy efficient lighting solutions are the ones that are only on when they're needed.
SimplySNAP provides a number of efficiency options that aren't possible with traditional photocell and motion switches that only provide on and off settings. The next portion of this document is dedicated to optimizations and "best practices" that will help you take full advantage of your lighting control system.
Dim Lights below 80% brightness¶
Modern LEDs are very bright and efficient, and it's easy to accidentally have more light than an area actually needs. In SimplySNAP you can set the initial level for a light to be less than 100% power. Dimming lights to 80% power can provide impressive savings with little to no loss of available lighting. Moving the default setting below 80% can save even more power.
Set maximum power output¶
Decreasing the maximum amount of power available is another easy way to decrease power consumption. In SimplySNAP you can set the high end trim level for a light to be less than the maximum available while still allowing users the same control over light levels.
Use Jitter to Eliminate Power Surges¶
When a traditional lighting system is switched on, every light on the circuit gets power at the same time. Each time this happens there is a surge in power usage that can affect your power bill.
The Jitter setting provides a means for phasing in lights over a number of seconds to help eliminate these expensive surges. Jitter is a delay setting, expressed in seconds, that powers lights in a random pattern over a number of seconds to limit the effects of power surges.
Use Schedules and Sensors to Dim or Deactivate Lights When They're Not in Use¶
The scheduling function in SimplySNAP allows you to set schedules that dim or deactivate lights during a building's off hours. This is really helpful until circumstance dictates that someone be in that area during a non-standard time.
Sensors can support a lighting solution by temporarily activating lights when motion is detected, and then dimming them back to off when motion is no longer detected.