Intelligent Lighting Controls
The need for future-proofing lighting systems is essential and is at the top of most sustainability discussions. Intelligent lighting controls are designed to promote energy efficiency as well as improve accessibility and overall productivity. Having more access to manage your lighting is cost-effective and will reduce overall energy consumption.
Lighting has evolved over time, and there are many different types of lighting control solutions available now. They are either integrated into each luminaire or installed as an additional component to an existing fitting. They can enable everything from regulating colour temperatures and scheduling light levels to intuitively sensing occupancy or providing automatic emergency illumination. Having any of these in place will make the design, install or commissioning of lighting more efficient.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The objective of intelligent lighting is to offer light in the right place at the right time. Some smart controls use wireless transmissions to send and receive signals remotely wherever you have an internet or Bluetooth connection. Other solutions are automatic as emergency lighting and PIR occupancy or daylight sensors.
HOW CAN WE CONTROL LIGHTING?
- Standard on/off switch – standard lighting controls consist of a manual on/off switch. Individuals will need to turn them on when they enter and turn them off when they leave.
- Dimmer switches – manual dimmer switches allow an individual to directly adapt the light levels or pre-select changes to create the ideal ambient illumination. Dimmers are available in a range of styles that feature wall-mounted panels, keypads or touchscreens. They use less electricity than a standard on/off switch and can help control a buildings energy cost.
- Motion sensors – with a sensor, the light turns on when movement is detected and turns off after a certain number of minutes have passed without motion. Occupancy sensors are great for break rooms, hallways, offices and conference rooms where traffic is likely to change regularly.
- Network lighting controls – network lighting control systems provide the optimum solution and use low energy wireless transmissions to send and receive signals that allow users to control multiple lights from a smartphone or computer remotely. An intelligent lighting software is downloaded and is capable of changing light levels, setting scenes, grouping luminaires, assigning sunrise/sunset times and much more. Advanced software programs can even store data and create usage charts so that energy levels can be precisely monitored.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INTEGRATING INTELLIGENT CONTROLS INTO YOUR LIGHTING SYSTEM?
- Energy saving – energy saving and efficiency are essential to help the environment regenerate and businesses cope with the increasing cost. For example, having intelligent lighting controls or sensors in a typical office will significantly reduce electricity wastage by automatically turning the lights off when the space is unoccupied. In addition, adjusting and reducing the light levels to match the natural environment throughout the day will further decrease energy consumption.
- Flexibility and accessibility – remotely connecting to a lighting system through accessible software allows complete freedom to control lighting for different environments and individual needs at the touch of a button from a smart device. In addition, you can set who can access the controls; this might include including facility management teams or individual employees.
- Increased visual comfort – visual comfort is one of the most important aspects of good quality lighting. Ensuring the right ambient light levels in an office or commercial environment can positively impact employees morale, health, and productivity. Integrated sensors consider the natural light and reduce artificial lighting at the correct times. In addition, controlling the colour temperature, scene or setting timers through the remote software will ultimately avoid visual fatigue connected to poor lighting.
- Aesthetics – creatively changing the aesthetics of an environment using light is possible with the right controls. For example, by simply using an app on your phone, you can play with colour or light levels and make spaces look bigger, brighter, warmer or more welcoming. Likewise, highlighting architectural features with bright colours or adding light tones onto a wall can change an atmosphere significantly.
- Security – Lights can be programmed easily to simulate occupancy in a building to help deter intruders. Sensors can also be utilised to produce a visual alarm by illuminate areas that have movement in them.
- Durability – good quality LED lighting and intelligent controls have a longer lifespan than standard lighting, as it can provide over 50,000 hours of illumination. In addition, applying light only when you need it reduces long term energy usage and further extends the lighting systems lifespan.
In the age of portable technology, we can now control lighting with just a few clicks on a screen. The growing expectations on sustainability, flexibility and connectivity put a high demand on commercial lighting. Here are just a few of our integrated lighting control solutions that offer value beyond illumination
Our Casambi controls use a low powered Bluetooth system with a self-organising wireless mesh network that enables the management of multiple lighting fixtures from your smartphone or tablet. The wireless mesh network ensures a secure and reliable data exchange at all times.
Benefits and features:
- A 4-channel lighting control system with multicolour control options including white, tunable white, RGB, RGBW and dim to warm
- Mood lighting with individual colour scenarios and sequences for specific moments, events or needs
- Easy control access to multiple locations from any point in the network thanks to wireless mesh technology
- The power consumption of each channel can be checked via the app
- Smooth dimming capabilities on each channel.
Our tailor-made lighting solutions
DALI dimming controls offer an addressable lighting interface to manage dimming values on multiple devices remotely. This worked beautifully for the brand new Thatchers distribution centre in Somerset. The interior space features our suspended linear lighting combined with an integrated DALI dimming system. They use a DALI interface to adapt their lighting for the open-plan shared office space and conference rooms.
The Master Connect is an intelligent, energy-saving and scalable standalone wireless connected solution with zero wiring control costs and fast commissioning. The Xitanium sensor-ready drivers integrated within our luminaires can be linked to PIR/daylight sensors, wireless switches and other partner components. They are all commissioned using the Philips field MC app from a smartphone or tablet. The app allows the user to manage lighting requirements, share energy consumption data and identify office occupancy patterns. Master Connect
Benefits and features
- Energy reduction
- 90% lower installation with zero wiring and configuration costs
- Philips field app accessible from a smartphone or tablet
- Bluetooth luminaire registration or torchlight point and identify
- Dimming controls, grouping and scene-setting
- Room based sensor controls for daylight harvesting and occupancy detection
- Connect wireless switches easily
- One platform across all target spaces
- Unlimited scalability
- Cyber secure and compliance to international industrial security standards
- Energy consumption and occupancy data reporting
- Add a gateway to the system for advanced monitoring and reporting
YellowDot Indoor Positioning is an interactive indoor navigation system that enables an accurate location-based service to improve overall operations.
Yellowdot ready LED drivers are integrated within each luminaire. When activated visible light communication (VLC) and Bluetooth technology sends a unique code to a mobile device, pinpointing a specific location. This system can be installed in a retail setting to deliver instant location-based services and analytics. It is also particularly useful in environments where asset or product location data is vital for effective operations like in healthcare, education or manufacturing. In a large healthcare setting, the Wayfinder feature would provide a valuable tool can quickly locate and direct you to support aids and specialist equipment.
YellowDot is definitely a tool for the future, improving the user experience and providing valuable insights for managers.
PIR and daylight sensors can easily be integrated into our lighting products and are a great way to prioritise energy efficiency. The sensors are configured for multi-function daylight or proximity, allowing movement detection in or out of range and adapting to daylight levels.
We offer two types of sensors that are integrated into our linear lighting modules:
- PIR/occupancy sensors are beneficial for most interior spaces and will activate lighting conveniently when movement is detected.
- Daylight sensors will intuitively measure the natural light and adjust the LED lighting level accordingly to produce the right ambient lighting.
Both sensors reduce energy consumption however you can combine both occupancy and daylight sensors to maximise the overall energy efficiency.
As lighting control technologies grow, so does the need for commissioning support. Although the commissioning process in general is user-friendly, each system is set up differently and there is no one standard approach. You may want to learn more about connecting to a network, assigning luminaires, setting behaviours, establishing groups or even downloading analytical data for review. Our Optaled team offer support and guidance with any technical or commissioning questions.
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