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LighTimes: Ex-Or Survey Finds 85 Percent of Companies Keep Lights On Unnecessarily

17 May 2013

May 16, 2013…UK Company, Ex-Or, a maker of occupancy sensors announced the results of a survey of lighting habits at commercial offices and warehouses. Ex-Or’s website polled respondents about lighting habits in commercial offices and warehouses. The company says that the results show that despite a tough economic climate, a significant portion of UK companies are potentially wasting thousands of pounds a year by leaving their lights on unnecessarily. Some 85 percent of survey respondents reported have left lights on unnecessarily.

According to the data from the survey, on average among survey respondents, lighting is left on in the workplace for up to 12 hours a day unnecessarily including in storerooms and warehouses. Ex-Or found that 17 per cent of those polled responded that their office lighting is sometimes needlessly left on for up to 24 hours a day. Furthermore, Ex-Or’s survey found that a staggering 44 per cent of respondents indicated that up to five unoccupied rooms at their workplace are left lit for significant portions of the day, and nearly one in five admitted more than 20 rooms are lit unnecessarily.

Jason Ng, marketing communications specialist at Ex-Or comments, “With UK businesses tightening their purse strings and urgently eliminating costs from their organisation, wasting so much money on lighting empty rooms is almost a criminal drain on resources. Worse, most companies are completely unaware of the issue.”

Statistics published by UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change in July 2011 show that across a broad selection of non-domestic applications, lighting represents, on average, 21 per cent of a building’s total energy consumption.

Not surprisingly, Ex-Or contends that batten mounted sensors with occupancy detection technology offer a simple solution to save and increase energy efficiency, as they reduce the number of rooms and length of time lighting is left on unnecessarily.

Ng continued, “Batten mounted sensors offer advanced occupancy detection technology in a quick and easy to fit package and can help companies eliminate energy and money lost to poor lighting management.”

Ex-Or notes that its BattenFit range can automatically switch the light on when someone enters an area, and switch the light off again when the area is vacated. More sophisticated variants, such as DSI and DALI-compatible BattenFit detectors, are capable of maintaining constant light levels by adjusting a luminaire’s output in concert with available natural light, further eliminate unnecessary use of energy.