Commercial Lighting Control

Commercial buildings have many regulations. However, there is a new drive to be energy efficient. Most notably, one of the implications of this is that your commercial property should make us of energy efficient lighting. But what exactly does this mean? And how can it benefit your business? Here at Walker Electrical, we know that this can seem confusing and challenging, especially when you are trying to operate a business. As a result, we have produced this guide to talk you through some key concepts in energy efficient lighting control.

Switches and Dimmers

Lighting controls are often switches or manual dimmers. These are a very effective way to save money, as a dimmer light will use less electricity. This is perfect for areas of your business where employees or customers don’t need a bright light at all times. It gives you the option of being able to turn up the lighting when required. As a result, your business will reduce energy consumption and save money on electricity bills.

In terms of building regulations, these switches or manual dimmers need to be positioned close to the light switch. This means that your property may need some small adjustments to meet the requirements.


Lights that can automatically switch on by detecting movement are controlled by PIR occupancy sensors. These sensors can provide power to whole groups of lights, for example, those on a long corridor or stair well. This makes them perfect for business looking to reduce their energy consumption, as lights will only be on when necessary. It also isn’t at the mercy of human judgement, unlike manual dimmers. As a result, your company will no longer have to worry about having lights left on over-night, or expensive electricity bills.

PIR sensors are:

  • Attuned to even miniscule movements
  • Extremely sensitive
  • Highly accurate- with no blind spots
  • Adjustable- meaning that you can set the timers and the brightness levels

In summary

Energy efficient lighting control can seem like a confusing topic. However, there are a range of options available. These options are suitable for even the smallest commercial property, who can also benefit from reduced electricity bills. From manual dimmers and switches to PIR sensors, lighting control is the way forward for commercial lighting. For all your commercial lighting queries, contact us at Walker Electrical today.