Increasing Complexity of Lighting Design has made commissioning of lighting controls essential

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Lighting design has grown increasingly complex due to the integration of daylighting, movable and fixed shading devices, occupancy sensors, addressable fixtures, and control sequences, as well as integration with building automation systems (BAS), life safety, and security. This complexity has made commissioning of lighting controls an essential part of more and more projects. Commissioning for the most part is voluntary; however, if an owner is contemplating U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification or if ASHRAE 90.1-2010 compliance is required, commissioning is mandatory. Commissioning is not only for new construction, which is the primary focus of this article; it is also a valuable service for existing facilities that may or may not have had commissioning services. These services are referred to as retro-commissioning and re-commissioning.

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