Lighting Automation

What is commercial lighting automation?

Commercial lighting automation operates the lighting fixtures in any space, turning them on or off or dimming lights at preset times based on occupancy or need for lighting. 

Control equipment ranges from simple timers to complex circuitry. Automated systems can be operated on-site or remotely, so you’re always in control. Well-designed automated lighting systems provide the right amount of light when and where it’s needed.

Types of Lighting Automation Systems

A comprehensive lighting control system for an entire house, which represents the most advanced option, encompasses scene controllers (typically for individual rooms or zones), a central controller (equipped with timers and programming capabilities), dimming racks and processors (depending on the manufacturer), remote controls, occupancy/motion sensors, as well as associated devices like photocells, telephones, security systems, Internet connectivity, and low-voltage interfaces for seamless integration with other systems.

Automated lighting control systems can be either hard-wired or wireless. Hard-wired systems entail a central control panel connected via low-voltage wiring to link all components across the residence.

Wireless systems may necessitate central control components or can be assembled using combinations of switches, dimmers, and scene controllers, which themselves are hard-wired but communicate wirelessly among each other. In wireless setups, commands are transmitted via radio signals or power line carriers.

Hard-wired systems require additional low-voltage wiring for command communication, whereas wireless systems communicate wirelessly or via existing power lines.

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What are the Benefits of Automated Commercial Lighting?

Energy and Utility Cost Savings: Automating your facility lighting to turn on and off means that you’re only using energy when needed. By combining a variety of control strategies, you can achieve the highest levels of energy savings. Below are some control solutions that are commonly implemented:

  • On-off Switching – the simplest form of lighting control! Automate your lights to turn on and off as required.
  • Dimming – use the light levels that suit your needs – the lights do not need to be at maximum brightness at all times.
  • Time Scheduling – adjust the lighting based on the time or day. For instance, schedule your lights to turn off once your office has closed for the day, or on weekends. 
  • Occupancy detection – Implement occupancy sensors to detect when people are present, and the lights will stay on while the area is occupied
  • Building Automation System Integration – enables the shared usage of occupancy detection systems across lighting, security, and HVAC systems. 
  • Daylight harvesting – use dimming features or on-off switching to lower light levels according to the amount of natural daylight shining through the windows.
  • Task Tuning – adjust the light settings to a safe and comfortable level based on the task.

Automated Commercial Lighting Benefits the Environment

Running lights unnecessarily consume valuable energy resources, contributing to increased energy consumption and carbon emissions. Automatic lighting systems offer a solution to this problem by effectively managing and optimizing lighting usage in commercial spaces. By implementing automated lighting controls, businesses can significantly reduce their environmental footprint and contribute to sustainability efforts.

The environmental impact of automated commercial lighting:

  • Energy conservation. Automated lighting systems are designed to turn lights on and off based on occupancy or time schedules. This ensures that lights are only activated when needed, preventing unnecessary energy consumption during periods of low activity or when spaces are unoccupied. By conserving energy, businesses reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and decrease greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy production.
  • Efficient resource utilization. In addition to turning lights on and off, automated lighting systems can also adjust light levels based on natural daylight availability and occupancy patterns. By dynamically controlling light output, these systems optimize energy usage and minimize wastefulness. This efficient resource utilization further reduces the environmental impact of commercial lighting operations.
  • Carbon emission reduction. The reduction in energy consumption achieved through automated lighting translates directly into lower carbon emissions. By minimizing the use of electricity generated from fossil fuels, businesses contribute to mitigating climate change and preserving air quality. This aligns with global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition towards a more sustainable energy future.
  • Long-term sustainability. Implementing automated lighting controls not only provides immediate environmental benefits but also fosters a culture of sustainability within the organization. By prioritizing energy efficiency and environmental stewardship, businesses set a positive example for employees, customers, and stakeholders. This commitment to sustainability can lead to long-term reductions in resource consumption and environmental impact across all aspects of operations.


Automated commercial lighting plays a crucial role in promoting environmental responsibility and sustainability in business operations. By harnessing advanced technology to optimize energy usage and minimize waste, businesses can minimize their environmental footprint while also benefiting from cost savings and improved operational efficiency.

Current Group’s Lighting Automation Services

Our company offers customized commercial lighting automation solutions designed to meet the specific requirements and preferences of each client. Whether it’s retrofitting existing lighting systems or designing new installations, we prioritize customization to ensure optimal functionality and satisfaction.

With a commitment to sustainability, Current Group in Alberta emphasizes energy-efficient lighting solutions that help businesses reduce energy consumption and lower operating costs. Our commercial lighting automation services are geared towards maximizing energy savings while maintaining optimal lighting levels for productivity and comfort.

We also conduct energy audits in commercial buildings, and lighting upgrades are typical to save money on your monthly power bill. Speak to the Current Group to learn more about upgrading or automating the lighting system at your facility and request a quote to get started.

Leveraging the latest advancements in lighting automation technology, Current Group in Alberta delivers innovative solutions that enhance control, convenience, and performance. From advanced lighting controls to smart sensors and wireless connectivity, our solutions incorporate cutting-edge features to streamline operations and improve user experience.

Current Group provides professional installation services backed by comprehensive support and maintenance to ensure seamless implementation and ongoing reliability. Their team of skilled technicians handles the installation process efficiently, minimizing disruptions to business operations and maximizing the benefits of the lighting automation system.

As a trusted provider in Alberta, Current Group offers localized support and responsive customer service to address any concerns or inquiries promptly. Call us at (403) 546-2153.