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‘Our modern world of wireless lighting’ by Prime Light

In our modern wireless world, wireless lighting controls are the natural evolution of both lighting and building control systems. As the world becomes more connected, wireless lighting controls are removing the need for specialist installation and commissioning engineers. No matter which industry you’re in, configuring all devices as wirelessly connected will provide recurring information and the ability to control and monitor everything under one roof.

Maintenance can be simple and remote using a tablet or handheld device and install times are heavily reduced, making recommissioning extremely simple, efficient, and cost-effective having seen this tried and tested, the savings are astronomical.

The statutory responsibility (as per the BS 5266-1 British standard) to check all emergency lighting can be a costly one and the requirement to perform a ‘flick-test’ every month and an annual full discharge test, where batteries are discharged for at least three hours, has a massive impact on budget and resources.

The saying “time is money” has never been more apparent as the system operates by transmitting wireless protocols of secure data and messages, detecting exposed errors or faults almost immediately rather than upon testing.

The smart node or control device is the host and brain of the system, which can sit integral or remote behind the luminaire. Hardwiring directly into the driver allows communication between the two wirelessly using the chosen protocol for that system. As there is no wiring between luminaires, fittings can be wired using three-core cable (DALI luminaires required), including emergency fittings.

Traditionally wall switches would require power switches, but the wireless technology of the controls system allows PIRs and wall switches to broadcast wireless messages direct to the control node which then can dim the fitting to 0% instead of switching the mains input.

The system automates the monthly and annual testing requirements at a time that works for the occupation of that building, ensuring that no two lights in the same area are discharged at the same time. And with no human intervention, you can be assured that all lights have been tested to full compliance.

The responsible person can choose how and who is notified of any exceptions, they can run a desktop diagnostic on units that fail and can even integrate it with other facilities management software to schedule in the repair, all providing greater efficiency and proactive management.

With security in mind and preventative cyber-attack measures, the mesh system means every device can pass its data onto the next one, to pass it back to a gateway that sends information to an Amazon Web Server, so no information is ever held on-site. The mesh operates on 128-bit encryption, it changes its key 10 times a second, so it’s incredibly reliable and secure, similar to banking-grade security.

Due to the adaptability of this smart technology, there are also energy savings to be made as they potentially give you control over other elements of lighting such as daylight harvesting or reducing the lighting output to say 80%, which is virtually undetectable to the human eye. Prime Light’s wireless system is a future-ready network that you control, allowing buildings to be converted into the most innovative, up-to-date space possible in the most secure and cost-effective way.

To find out more about Prime Light’s smart lighting control system or the evolution of wireless lighting, please visit www.primelight.co.uk or contact Ben Brunton at bb@primecontrols.co.uk