Lighting control is considered essential for commercial buildings. Dependent on the building use (and design), warehouses, offices and retail stores, schools, hospitals, and hotels will all require different commercial lighting control solutions.
The best lighting control system (LCS) for your site or location will be determined by a number of factors including types of light fittings, and functionality (i.e. are the lights to be switched, or dim up and down; will they adjust according to natural daylight; will they operate on occupancy, or on pre-set schedules?) Your lighting control system may be ‘stand alone’ or it may integrate with other building systems such as HVAC and AV.
A small number of possible control scenarios are outlined below, but a multitude of options are available. We can advise on the best, and most cost effective solution for your building: whether at the planning stage, a new build, or the upgrade of an existing property.
DALI stands for Digital Addressable Lighting Interface. A DALI control system can be a source of significant energy savings. Another advantage is the ability to make changes via programming only, with no need to re-arrange or re-group lights as in a fixed output system.
If individual addressing of luminaires is not required, a DALI broadcast controller can control up to 64 devices on a single DALI line. This allows ‘group’ control via a rotary switch or similar.
With Daylight Harvesting your control system chooses natural daylight first, only “topping up” with artificial light when ambient light levels are insufficient.
As DALI becomes the solution of choice for modern lighting controls, it makes sense to incorporate the emergency lighting into the DALI system, allowing a complete and seamless monitored solution.
With its innovative, modular construction (plug in detectors and control devices), it may be worth considering a cost effective Plug + Play system for your building. It can be simple to install and maintain.