Waikato Watercare – Automated Lighting Control

  • Sector: Local Government | Industrial | Utility
  • Solution: zencontrol DALI-2 System
  • Status: Complete
  • End Client: Watercare | Waikato District Council
  • Builder: Fulton Hogan
  • Consultant: Beca
  • Controls Specialist: Manu Bhagwanji

Automated Lighting Control for Waikato Watercare

Waikato Watercare 357x470 - Waikato Watercare - Automated Lighting ControlThe request was to provide automated lighting control for the external lighting at the new Watercare plant in the Waikato.

External lighting was to be controlled in “zones” and operated by occupancy sensing after hours.

The ‘Waikato 50’ plant was designed and built in under a year in response to Auckland’s drought.

The new plant, producing up to an extra 50 million litres of water per day, sits alongside Watercare’s existing plant near Tuakau.

Completed in record time, it is one of the most sophisticated water treatment plants in the country. The treatment plant uses ultra-filtration and membrane technology to turn the river water into top-quality drinking water.

A zencontrol DALI-2 system was installed to provide the automated lighting control, incorporating two application controllers along with Plan View to provide easy-to-use visibility of the system for facility management.

IP-rated sensors control lighting according to occupancy in different zones after hours, but there are also switches located at various locations around the plant to allow for manual override of the lighting control system when deemed necessary.

The advantage of the DALI-2 protocol is that it is totally open. Any certified DALI-2 device, from any manufacture, can be connected to work seamlessly with any other certified DALI-2 products. It means the client’s are not “handcuffed” to any particular supplier or manufacturer, and as in this case, products from more than one manufacturer can be utilised on the same DALI network. The benefit in this project, was the ability to use a specialised outdoor sensor from an alternate supplier as part of the automated lighting control.