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For example, while LED light sources


provide a great deal of scope for the enhanced control of lighting, these sources and their drivers are more complex than the standard light sources people are more familiar with. So it is unwise to simply assume the lighting and controls will work together. There is always the possibility of a technical aspect that has been overlooked,


capable of changing with the minimum of disruption to the end client. Consequently there is a strong argument for selecting LED luminaires that facilitate a modular approach, whereby components can be easily interchanged or upgraded in a ‘Lego for lighting’ approach. For example, as the layout of a workspace changes it should be relatively easy to change the


“ The same


level of due diligence also needs to include the control of the emergency lighting.


so it is important to test the lighting and the controls together in the early stages of the project and prove they will work together. The same level of due diligence also needs to include the control of the emergency lighting.


It is also worth noting that the properties of LED light sources can vary considerably from one manufacturer to another. Not just in terms of quality but also performance, so that different LED sources may be better suited to different projects. For that reason it makes sense to source luminaires from manufacturers that aren’t devoted to a particular LED technology.


Future-proofing As buildings are used more intelligently, workplaces are also becoming more dynamic so that they change far more frequently than was the case a few years ago. As a result, the lighting needs to be


optics in the luminaires to achieve a different light distribution that suits the new configuration of the space. Similarly, as LED technologies continue to advance there are significant benefits to using interchangeable LED modules so that building operators can take advantage of these improved technologies in the future without needing to change the whole luminaire. Ultimately, putting all of these factors in place will enable lighting designers to be more creative and to achieve better solutions that meet the client’s aesthetic, energy-efficiency and lifecycle requirements.


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