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Edward Lees (pictured), Senior Product Line Manager, Lighting Controls, Feilo Sylvania, discusses the benefits of intelligent, de‐centralised lighting controls.
e have been using basic lighting controls to effectively reduce energy bills for a while. Dimming lights with presence detectors and using daylight sensors to reduce light levels are both popular options to prevent wasting energy. Although these offer a simple entry into lighting controls, the systems lack interactivity with end users. This type of lighting control is also often difficult to install requiring lots of new controls cabling or require extensive, complicated and expensive programming such as DALI. Once installed, the problems did not end there either. They offered limited flexibility to space changes thus becoming redundant in a relative short time which can lead to a poor user experience. However, this is changing. There are new solutions available today known as an intelligent, de-centralised lighting control. Such options place the lighting controls inside the luminaire at the point of
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represents significant on-site savings, as well as a much smoother specification, design, installation and commissioning process. Such systems also have the capability to adjust to changing surroundings, such as reconfiguring an office space with new partitioning, without any further programming.
With an array of sensors installed in the luminaires all across a building, we have a unique opportunity to extract data from each sensor to understand the operation of the building and the actions of the occupants within the building: their presence, movement patterns and typical behaviour. This data can then be collected on a secure cloud based platform where, using a web based browser, end users can gain insights into the actual usage of a building.
manufacture and utilise wireless controls to not only control the lighting but also auto-commission the luminaire. They will provide an unparalleled controls experience without the need for extra cables or extensive programming, simply connect power and that’s it. This makes them a perfect choice for contractors as the installation can be completed efficiently and with minimal disruption to the client.
Feilo Sylvania is leading the market in de-centralised intelligent controls with its SylSmart enabled luminaires. With such luminaires, end users can save a further 68% on their energy usage compared to a non-controlled lighting system and
The data can be turned into meaningful information empowering users to make further cost efficiencies across their estates on lighting consumption but then extend this beyond lighting to affect other systems to reduce energy and costs in other areas and provide insights into effective ESOS strategies for many years to come. The benefits of having sensors built into the luminaires are also highlighted when it comes to maintenance and diagnostics. This type of lighting solution will speak to you and let you know when there is a problem.
If building owners have access to real- time data on the occupancy of the office they can open and close entire floor areas where no presence is detected. According to AWA Research,
this could equate to a 30% reduction in floor space and thus not only reduce lighting related energy use in that space but also that of any other using service in that area which could help reduce total energy consumption of the building by up to 30% compared to 7.5% by only installing the most energy efficient lighting.
The same data can be used effectively to affect ancillary service costs such as cleaning, security. With no need to clean unused areas and less need for a security guard to patrol buildings, McKenzie research reports that savings of between 20% and 50% could be achieved.
It is estimated that the data acquired by a de-centralised intelligent lighting system can potentially deliver cost savings 7 to 12 times larger than lighting energy savings alone and allows end users to make decisions based on facts whilst also delivering maximum operating efficiencies.
For lighting controls to be adopted they must be easy to install and cause minimal disruption to the application area. To deliver true savings for the customer, the system should also ensure a respectable payback period, be intuitive and be easily customised without complex software or hardware. For a simple, effective and intuitive system, installers and contractors should look for integrated controls. This streamlines the process, and delivers great results for the client.
Manufacturers’ Association offices in January to review the entries in each category and through healthy debate and a sophisticated scoring system the finalists were selected.
These then went to a public vote during February and the winners were announced at a gala awards ceremony in March.
Technical Innovation – Products
Sponsored by Process Industry Informer Winner: Sundyne HMD Kontro VapourView
Technical Innovation – Projects
Sponsored by KSB
Winner: AODD Pump used in Foam Concrete Application, Triark Pumps
Environmental Contribution of the Year
Sponsored by SPP Pumps
Winner: Siemens installation of Variable Speed Drives on Marchwood Power Station Main Cooling Water Pumps
Distributor of the Year Sponsored by WEG UK Winner: Tomlinson Hall & Co
uTriark Pumps scooped the Technical Innovation – Projects Award for the AODD Pump used in Foam Concrete Application.
Manufacturer of the Year Sponsored by Siemens Winner: Neptuno Pumps
Supplier of the Year Sponsored by Tomlinson Hall & Co Winner: ABB
Engineer of the Year Sponsored by World Pumps
Winner: Jamie Mills, Xylem Water Solutions
Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsored by BPMA Winner: Brian Huxley uA gallery of images can be found on the following website:
22 BUILDING SERVICES & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER MAY 2017
Pump Industry Awards announced KNX UK reveals its winners for 2017 K
he Pump Industry Awards judges met at the British Pump
NX UK announced the winners of its 2017 awards at its AGM in London on March 30th. The awards celebrate the best in the design and implementation of KNX technology across UK commercial and residential projects, acknowledging the finest individuals, integrators and products in the KNX community.
The KNX Residential Installation of the Year went to Sagar Smart Homes for the second consecutive year. 102 Jermyn Street is home to Beau House, a collection of eight luxury apartments. KNX technology provided a fully scalable, holistic control platform to manage features expected from the end users. Union Systems was highly commended for its Chronicle Tower project, which demonstrated exemplar design and integration of a KNX system.
The KNX Commercial Installation of the Year went to Entech. City View is a redevelopment of Phoenix House into student accommodation. Entech designed and delivered a bespoke system to eliminate wasted energy and judges commended the project for its demonstrable payback. Schneider Electric was awarded KNX Product of the year for its Multitouch Pro which combines the functional versatility of a thermostat and a multifunction push-button with the operability of a smartphone. Hughes Electra Ltd collected the KNX Integrator of the year award. The judges referenced work completed in the
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having sensors built into the luminaires are also highlighted when it comes to maintenance and diagnostics. This type of lighting solution will speak to you and let you know when there is a problem.
uMark Warburton, of Ivory Egg, is presented with the KNX Champion of the Year Award.
commercial sector as award-worthy, particularly in larger multi-dwelling projects completed in the last 12 months. A returning category for 2017 was KNX Champion of the year. Mark Warburton of Ivory Egg was commended for his dedication to the industry, as well as his breadth of KNX knowledge influencing seminars, conferences and training sessions.
“The outstanding quality of work and projects carried out by our members continues to drive the KNX standard forward,” commented Iain Gordon, President of KNX UK.
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