Smart LIGHTING CONTROLS

Root3 Lighting have a full range of smart lighting controls to offer clients depending on their requirements and needs. We deliver many different types of control systems for you to reach a fully efficient automated building:-

Smart Building Lighting Controls aren’t the future, they are here now.

Lighting in the built environment usually offers a formulaic, ordered infrastructure.  This order and organisation gives you the opportunity to add sensors and controls to offer a range of benefits.

  •  Minimise your energy expenditure and CO2 output.
  •  Offer your building users the optimum environment – increase productivity of staff, accuracy of production and maximise profitability
  •  Heat map building usage, enabling efficient use of every sq ft of your premises
  •  Take control – bespoke sensor settings, time profiles and control allow your building to match your needs whatever the event, meeting or use you require it for
  •  Automated emergency testing – failure reports delivered without the need for tedious flick tests
  •  More than one site? – make management of your estate easier with a bespoke dashboard allowing you to report on any building from wherever you are.

Root3 Lighting have a range of solutions that allow you to make the most of a connected, smarter lighting world.

Either in addition to your current LED lights, or as part of a complete upgrade, we consult, survey and design an approach that suits your needs.

The only limit when it comes to what can be achieved is imagination.

Your Root3 Lighting Control system can offer:

An intuitive cloud based Graphical User Interface (GUI) that provides control of all lighting, and lighting control components.

The GUI will support independent multi tenancy management. Using a permissions model, system administrators will have the ability to apply restrictions to users limiting them to floors, tenancies, controllers or individual luminaires allowing landlords and tenants to have control over luminaires and devices within their demise. Should any unwanted or accidental changes be made the GUI will provide a facility to roll back and restore settings from a previous time or date.In addition to the GUI, users will have the facility to make system adjustments via a commissioning app. All adjustments, whether made on the GUI or commissioning app will be recorded and logged against the user’s credentials.

The lighting control system will provide a historical log of all repaired and replaced luminaires and devices.

All emergency lighting shall be tested and monitored via the GUI. Landlords and tenants will have the facility to schedule, manage and maintain their own emergency lighting tests and records within their demise. It will be possible for landlords/building owners to view and audit all emergency lighting records irrespective of tenancy. (specific emergency luminaires needed to allow this function). Lighting control components will have enterprise grade encryption offering peace of mind.

The lighting control system will have the facility to provide analytical information on the building usage and performance, this will include occupancy heat maps, power usage mapping, lux level mapping, colour shift tracking, lifetime tracking and payback tracking.

The lighting control system will have the ability to export data to other building systems through the use of an API.

The lighting control system can interface with certain BMS systems via BACnet over IP, this will be done at the application controller level (i.e. LCM or DALI Controller) to remove the risk of single point failure. PIR occupancy data, DALI faults and emergency lighting reports shall be made available to the BMS.

Where integration with AV is required this will be achieved via UDP, allowing bespoke profiles in conference suites, board rooms and wherever specific light settings are needed for video presentations and conferencing

The lighting control system will support multiple time of day profiles, within these profiles the system shall automatically adjust its configuration settings e.g. At 19:30 PIR time settings decrease from 20 minutes to 5 minutes, cellular offices change from absence detection to presence detection and light levels decrease from 500 lux to 300 lux. 

Types of controls explained:

Local Controls (Sensors Only)

Local controls consist of installing controls within a property that contain all of the intelligence within the sensor itself. Each sensor is connected to approx 8-10 light fittings. All 8-10 fittings operate in the same way as directed by the sensor.

We can on average save customers between 70-80% on their electricity costs with regards to lighting and with smart lighting controls this figure can rise to 95%!

Central Control

Central Controls require more of an initial investment in the project but in return offers improved functionality. Each sensor reports back to a central location where all of the control decisions are made, such as light levels, off times, dimming time, etc.

The ability to communicate with other systems within a building is critical in designing the modern “Smart Building”, using the lighting sensor to let the heating know that someone is in the office and needs to turn on is just one example of the extra benefits in a robust lighting control system.

Smart Lighting Control

Smart Lighting controls consist of hardware similar to Central Control but with again, enhanced functions including significantly improved energy savings. Our smart sensors not only have the ability to switch lighting on & off automatically but also have the ability to monitor spaces and report this data back to the end user. This is usful for example, if you want to know the circulation habits of people within a building. Way finder technology guides people around and locates areas within a property, fine tunes energy savings based on use, automates emergency lighting maintenance tests & reporting, the possibilites are endless…

Please see below some typical examples of lighting controls:-

CAR PARKS

Many car parks have the lighting enabled 24/7 so LED lighting is essential but it can be quite dark in a multi storey car park even during the day therefore a good use of controls is critical.

We have installed LED lighting in car parks that only dims down to 10% rather than completely off when no movement is detected. This means that the entire area is not plunged into darkness while the sensor is waiting to be activated which can leave staff and the public feeling uncomfortable & vulnerable.

Installing daylight dimming LED lighting will ensure the light level is maintained at an agreed constant level. It will only dim during the brighter times of the day and operate at full output during the darker times. The same sensors can then revert to only operating when staff/public are present when natural daylight has diminished for the day.

Warehouses are well suited for presence detection control as generally speaking natural daylight is not normally readily available. Warehouses are often used to store items on racking in aisles where staff are only present when adding or removing items. Lighting is not normally required when no one is around therefore PIR sensors could be installed to switch the lighting off during the inactive times. This is especially effective as warehouses consistently have high energy usage light fittings installed due to the physical height of the fittings so turning lighting off as often as possible will massively help with energy costs.

SCHOOLS & COLLEGES

Schools and colleges are always looking for ways to reduce costs by turning lighting off sooner. As most areas within a school are quite busy during the day, PIR sensors would not suit these applications as the sensors would be constantly activated due to the high traffic levels.

We have installed lighting control main circulation areas that only switch on/off automatically after pupils have gone home, switch off external lighting during the day and gyms & sports halls that are not used all day long, etc, etc

ENERGY SAVINGS FROM SMART LIGHTING CONTROLS

Buildings account for nearly 40% of the nation’s energy consumption and approximately 30% of that comes from lighting. We care about how buildings impact climate change and believe in only sustainable lighting solutions.

Our environment-friendly lighting controls help you become more energy efficient while increasing the quality of your lighting and improving the overall productivity level of your workplace. By introducing Root3’s lighting control in your building, you are looking at 30-45% energy savings, while improving your environment’s ambience.

QUICK RETURN ON INVESTMENT

Proper lighting controls can reduce energy consumption by as much as 70-80%, depending on the existing equipment in use. Our controls can not only reduce the total power drawn by the lighting system during operation but also the number of hours, hence reducing overall energy consumption. These cost savings will eventually lead to short return on investment in the new lighting controls.

Our lighting controls run through a centralised system like DALI or Bluetooth, communication protocols approved by all of the branded manufacturers. As long as a lighting sensor is connected to a light fitting that both communicate through a DALI interface, they can work seamlessly together, even if they are made by different manufacturers.

All the dimmable systems at Root3 Lighting are DALI enabled which ensures that you are getting consistent and reliable performance between multi-party manufacturers.

Before you can enjoy the significant cost savings of our lighting controls, we’d strongly recommend upgrading your entire lighting system to LED. Since lighting controls come in a variety of sizes and budgets, the return on investment may vary. However, on average, the lighting controls industry has projected a figure of 30% energy savings as long as an LED lighting solution is already in place.

We always install standalone lighting controls to get you the fastest return on investment and the best log-term value.

Even something as basic as a passive infrared (PIR) sensor can help you conserve energy as it will only turn on when it detects movement, therefore, automatically turning itself off when it does not need to be used.

Our daylight sensors can save energy costs by turning lights off automatically where there is already ample natural light in the room. However, by combining daylight sensors with PIR sensors, your lights will be dimmed rather than constantly being turned on/off, which is a good way to save energy.

Proper lighting controls coupled with the right equipment can marginally reduce your lighting energy consumption. In fact, lighting interfaces that incorporate DALI can save you up to 70% energy, in most cases.

Opting for Root3 Lighting’s smart lighting controls will reduce your valuable overheads and also reduce your carbon footprint.

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