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Lighting control technologies for residential and light commercial applications are regularly being improved and as such, those in the industry need to keep up to date to ensure the latest and newest solutions are understood and implemented. Here, Mike Bancroft from Schneider Electric comments on the emerging trends in lighting control and the benefits of advanced systems to the end user.


Lighting control has become increasingly popular in recent years for a number of reasons. Not only does it provide a comfortable environment for the end-user – matching the lighting to suit their mood, activity or time of day – it also delivers energy savings. Intelligent lighting that only switches on as and when needed, and can be adjusted according to the light level outside, will help to minimise energy consumption. The result will be lower fuel bills and reduced carbon emissions, delivering a win-win situation. In addition, lighting control can also act as a means of security. Wireless controllers can be used from outside a home or office to illuminate the property prior to entry, providing extra reassurance for those arriving in the dark. Lighting control can also enhance the design features within homes; ensuring homeowners can fully enjoy their new rooms and living space. So what technologies are available to deliver these benefits? Leading manufacturers, including Schneider Electric,


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have committed to extensive research and development to ensure the latest solutions are brought to market. Let’s look at Schneider Electric’s recently launched Sphere as an example of modern lighting control technology. Sphere functions through a coded wireless signal that is sent from a controller to the wired-in circuit receiver units. These receivers in turn control the light source, or other equipment connected to it such as table lamps and fans, and can be discreetly located to ensure décor is not compromised. For architects that want to sell the benefits of lighting control to their customer, simple systems will be much more appealing. Using Sphere again as an example, at the touch of a button light levels can be controlled to a desired ambience, a straightforward yet effective approach to managing home and office lighting. Also, choosing a system that has a choice of wall mounted or hand held controllers will ensure customers can choose exactly what suits them.


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that any existing interior design won’t be intruded on. For new builds, choosing lighting control that has stylish fittings, such as flat plate, stainless steel control panels, can enhance décor and become a feature. Selecting a system that has a choice of channels will also mean that homeowners will benefit from a greater selection of lighting scenes to fit in with their lifestyle – something that will again ensure architects can highlight the benefits to their customers.


With a rapidly increasing choice of systems available, architects will find it easier than ever to choose the best lighting control solution for residential and light commercial customers.


Contact


Schneider Electric 0870 608 8608 www.schneider-electric.co.uk


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