Efficient visual comfort
To optimise efficient visual comfort in lighting concepts, ERCO has cooperated with designers and users to formulate five factors which reinforce each other and in practice result in significant increases in light quality, resource savings and economic efficiency.
Lighting requires energy. Everyone involved in an aspect of lighting - from the manufacturer to the designer and the user - should use the limited resources responsibly. Against the background of rising energy costs, architectural lighting has made enormous progress over the past few years and has already achieved a significant level of efficiency. Efficient visual comfort as promoted by ERCO means steadily improving both the energy efficiency and the light quality - through innovative technical and design-oriented approaches.
Efficiency through visual comfort
Man and his perception determines whether lighting is efficient. Irrespective of any technical measure of efficiency, if light produces glare, it will impair vision and diminish people's comfort, resulting in wasted energy. The eye is forced to adapt and the pupils contract. The result is that even zones of high illuminance will appear relatively dark in comparison with the dazzling source of light. Glare-free, comfortable light, by contrast, creates optimum viewing conditions for the human eye. From the outset it allows the designer to use an energy efficient solution with lower illuminance levels and subtle contrasts.
Less can be more
The investment in light quality is beneficial from both an economical and an ecological point of view. A carefully planned and implemented lighting concept using high-quality products effectively is more attractive to the client and user. In the long run, it will produce savings in both operating and maintenance costs. Specialised, professional lighting tools are highly efficient in achieving a specific light effect in a differentiated lighting concept. They invariably replace several non-specific, cheap products, which compensates for their higher price. Modern, efficient lamps reduce the connected load of the lighting system and the thermal load - with additional positive effects, such as the size and operating costs of air conditioning and ventilation systems. Intelligent designs and high-quality lighting tools ensure lighting solutions that reduce the operating costs while meeting all the aesthetic, functional and ecological requirements.