Electrical Contracting News (ECN) April 2017 - Page 57

SPECIAL FEATURE

LIGHTING

SPECIAL FEATURE

THE SMART CHOICE

Edward Lees , senior product line manager , lighting controls , at Feilo Sylvania , explains how electrical contractors can take advantage of smart lighting controls to bring greater efficiencies and energy savings for their customers .

We have been

using basic lighting controls to effectively reduce energy bills for a while . Dimming lights with presence detectors and using daylight sensors to reduce light levels are both popular options to prevent wasting energy . Although these offer a simple entry into lighting controls , the systems lack interactivity with end users .
This type of lighting control is also often difficult to install , requiring lots of new controls cabling or require extensive , complicated and expensive programming such as DALI . Once installed , the problems did not end there either . They offered limited flexibility to space changes thus becoming redundant in a relatively short time which can lead to a poor user experience . However , this is changing .
Decentralised lighting control
There are new solutions available today known as an intelligent , decentralised lighting control . Such options place the lighting controls inside the luminaire at the point of manufacture and utilise wireless controls to not only control the lighting but also auto-commission the luminaire . They will provide an unparalleled controls experience without the need for extra cables or extensive programming , simply connect power and that ’ s it . This makes them a perfect choice for contractors as the installation can be completed efficiently and with minimal disruption to the client .
‘ There are new solutions available today known as an intelligent , decentralised lighting control .’
Decentralised intelligent controls , such as those found in Feilo Sylvania ’ s SylSmart enabled luminaires , can help save end users a further 68 per cent on their energy usage compared to a non-controlled lighting system and represents significant on site savings , as well as a much smoother specification , design , installation and commissioning process . Such systems also have the capability to adjust to changing surroundings , such as reconfiguring an office space with new partitioning , without any further programming .
With an array of sensors installed in the luminaires all across a building , we have a unique opportunity to extract data from each sensor to understand the operation of the building and the actions of the occupants within the building ; their presence , movement patterns and typical behaviour . This data can then be collected on a secure cloud based platform where , using a web based browser , end users can gain insights into the actual usage of a building . The data can be turned into meaningful information empowering users to make further cost efficiencies across their estates on lighting
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