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Lighting ●From previous page Whilst the adoption of LEDs has been slow in the domestic sector,


understandably uptake has been far quicker in the commercial sector. Practiced at taking a longer term view and factoring in lifecycle costs, commercial specifiers will be able to analyse the capital outlay of LEDs against the significant savings that can be made.


Smart technology can further enhance these savings. Controlled by a central smart hub, systems can incorporate zonal-based automatic sensors, such as occupancy or daylight sensors, that make adjustments based on specific conditions.


Occupancy sensors will detect when an individual is in a room and turn the lights on or off as required. This is particularly effective for commercial applications, as the majority of these buildings are over-lit, often with lights left on in unoccupied parts of the building. Daylight sensors will automatically adjust the lighting levels relative to the level of daylight. Lighting costs can actually be reduced by up to 40% and the lifespan of a lamp extended by 20 times if lights are dimmed by 50% during use. Furthermore, the automatic adjustment of lights when sufficient daylight is present can save up to 60% on annual energy costs.


Megaman’s Ingenium ZB range is an ideal solution for commercial applications due to its scalability and its ability to connect to over 150 devices.


seen as an investment rather than simply a commodity purchase, the adoption of LEDs should continue.


Compared with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), LEDs use less power per watt output. Figures from the Energy Saving Trust calculate that replacing a traditional light bulb with an LED of the same brightness will save the homeowner between £3 - £6 a year. Applied to an average UK home, replacing all bulbs with LED alternatives can result in a £35 a year saving on electrical bills.


Further savings can be made by utilising automation. Home automation can be described as a system of controllable devices that are networked together to give the occupant complete control over the living conditions of their homes – including lighting. As many will be aware, Amazon has been quick to recognise a gap in the market and launched its own innovative smart home technology. The Amazon Echo is a cylindrical, hands-free Bluetooth speaker with a built-in microphone that connects the user to Amazon’s Alexa voice service. Megaman has also progressed in this area. Suitable for domestic applications, the upgraded Ingenium BLU generation 2 applies Bluetooth 4.1 technology to control light fixtures. When compared to the first- generation mode, it allows for the control of substantially more lamps than its original iteration.


Operating on a Local Area Network (LAN), Ingenium BLU enables users to switch lighting on or off, dim lights, set lighting scenes and control the timing. Utilising a Wi-Fi-enabled smart hub, homeowners can adjust their lighting requirements remotely from any location in the world via a mobile device.


Commercial applications


Whilst the adoption of LEDs has been slow in the domestic sector, understandably uptake has been far quicker in the commercial sector. Practiced at taking a longer term view and factoring in lifecycle costs, commercial specifiers will be able to analyse the capital outlay of LEDs against the significant savings that can be made.


32 | electrical wholesalerApril 2018


Utilising Wi-Fi, the Ingenium ZB can be accessed from anywhere in the world via a mobile app.


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Megaman’s Ingenium ZB range is an ideal solution for commercial applications due to its scalability and its ability to connect to over 150 devices – including sensors and lamps. Utilising Wi-Fi, the smart device can be accessed from anywhere in the world via a mobile app. This can be a major advantage when it comes to reducing the regularity of servicing and ensuring that energy wastage is kept to a minimum. Whilst the adoption of smart lighting has progressed at a slow pace, new legislation and guidelines will increase the awareness of these systems. Be it for a residential property, a healthcare facility or commercial office, wholesalers have a real opportunity to add value to any project by espousing the sustainability of smart lighting to their customers.


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