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Control Systems


Taking Control


Efficient management of difficult lighting needs can make life easier for the user. We take a look at some of the most helpful advances in control systems.


Lighting control systems offer the opportunity to automatically power a device based on various different requirements. In theatre, control systems allow users to programme lighting in sync with the needs of different scenes, allowing for the enhancement of certain emotions that are being evoked on stage. In hotels and retail spaces, control systems allow for lighting to be controlled across a large area, which creates increased flexibility, and options such as motion detecting allow for reduced energy wastage. With control system technology improving at such a rate, life for the end user is getting so much simpler. For the hotel environment, an efficient lighting control system is essential. Creating an energy efficient and appealing lighting system that can enhance a guest’s stay and make management easier is hugely


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appealing. For the Rockliffe Hall in Darlington, County Durham, the Philips Dynalite lighting management system allows for highly flexible scene setting and energy management. Using a Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) protocol, a single lighting system is used to manage the lighting of five separate buildings.


Because the Rockliffe Hall is such an elegant display of 18th century architecture, the correct lighting is essential in establishing a complimentary ambience for visitors. Installing the system was an important decision for the hotel. “There were key criteria for the lighting controls,” explained Rockliffe Hall Chairman Warwick Brindle. “We wanted to ensure ease of use for both guests and staff, have the capacity for substantial variation in scenes and


achieve economical and energy-efficient operation of the lighting,” he added. Control of the hotels lighting scenes is done through a series of master control pads that are located in management locations, and key staff have been trained so that they are able to set more scenes themselves. For guests, easy to use controls within the room mean for an easy stay, and a central control pad means that individual lights needn’t be switched off when the day is over. Presence detection prevents wasted energy, and time clock functionality provides master overrides and control of external lighting. For any commercial property, the control of energy efficiency is essential. As well as making a difference to the environment, energy wastage is also a painful thing for users wallets. Being able to monitor energy


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