Light management systems: can you afford not to invest?

A light management system is a beneficial choice, whether you are the end user, ship owner, installer, shipyard or consultant. Glamox solutions are based on the best technology on the market and are easy to plan, install, commission and use, says Gordon Low of Glamox

will represent the successful completion of the light installation, often with the objective of reducing energy and maintenance costs. In addition to significant cost savings, an LMS can fulfill many important objectives, including its contribution towards a more productive and healthy working environment for crew and passengers, or supplying a high quality lighting system that is easy to install and use. In more than twenty years of experience, Glamox has delivered complex LMS solutions of various sizes and complexity. The system engineering team at Glamox assists customers in finding the right solution that fits their specific needs, whether the project is for a luxury cruise liner, passenger ferry, wellboat, research vessel, freezer trawler or workboat. LMS solutions are now also proving attractive, cost effective installations for offshore wind farms. The scope of work for an LMS solution typically


comprises of engineering, delivery, commissioning and documentation, for any kind of marine vessel. LMS solutions are available for setting and controlling light scenes, dimming functions, entertainment and blind control. Basically, the customer defines what they need and Glamox ‘connects’ its lighting solutions based on these requirements.

n commercial marine vessels, cruise liners and passenger ferries, installing a well- designed Light Management System (LMS)

for the customer, but also by expanding the lifetime of the installation, as well as reducing maintenance costs. Glamox has developed a ‘smart calculation tool’ that demonstrates the potential savings that can be achieved by implementing an appropriate LMS. In commercial marine

vessels, lighting typically accounts for between 5% and 18% of total power consumption, depending on the size and how many hours of the day the vessel is operating. By installing an LMS from Glamox, these vessels can achieve up to 90% reductions in energy consumption compared to a conventional lighting solution. Perhaps the most important opportunity offered by an LMS solution is to optimise the lighting to meet the requirements of the individual users on a ship. Much can be gained, for example, if the LMS helps to increase the output or productivity of the crew or enhances the comfort and wellbeing of passengers on a luxury cruise liner. Glamox provides an LMS solution guide on its website for the commercial marine sector. Customers can find LMS solutions for different applications, along with suggestions for floor plans and lists of the components they are likely to need. LMS is also an integrated part of the Glamox light calculation tool. This ensures detailed and accurate LMS documentation that is updated when changes are made in the plans for the light installation.

Customers can feel confident when they select an LMS system from Glamox. By using Glamox commissioning services, these customers can rest assured that


It is well documented that a well-designed LMS solution will provide lower lifecycle costs. This is achieved not only by reducing energy consumption


Glamox takes full system responsibility for the total lighting solution. The commissioning is carried out by highly competent system integrators that are trained in the Glamox systems.

By using established standards and technologies

that are well known to the installers, Glamox paves the way for a problem-free installation. When designing light management systems, Glamox has put a high emphasis on creating intuitive user interfaces. The objective is to provide end users with an “invisible technology” solution that easily adapts to their needs.


Glamox is committed to a system architecture that gives easy access to valuable data. In this way, the data can easily be transmitted to a ship management system (SMS). The transmission can be performed regardless of the type of communication, whether wireless or cable. We use open standard protocols. This means it is possible to connect a complete light installation to a single, central monitoring system. A key advantage of a central monitoring system is that it offers value-added services such as energy monitoring, emergency light monitoring and maintenance monitoring. OptiWin 3D Pro is a completely new version that provides many new features. It is still quick and easy to use, but with new functionality such as an advanced LMS design tool that allows users to include a number of light control components in the design. Users can inspect the coverage area of the sensors, add control panels and, when finished, include the complete light control design as a separate layer when exporting it back to the CAD drawing.


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