End users often desire a user-friendly lighting control system with an interface that they can operate without the assistance of a specialist engineer.

Here, Mike Welch argues that today’s leading smart, Internet of Things (IoT), convergent BMS engineers can ensure that this is the case and end clients needn’t be in the dark with regards to their control solution.

Lighting control systems, like many other commercial amenities, are considered to be something out of the control of the day-to-day users and, in some cases, even the premises or facilities manager. Managed and maintained by an engineer who visits the site every six months or in the case of an issue, lighting control systems are traditionally difficult to navigate and require specialist training to operate.

Commonly vendor dependent, lighting control solutions typically rely on a single source of supply for both system components and maintenance. This means that specialist manufacturer-based skills are required to install, maintain and importantly, manage a system. Consequently, for simple requests that do not fit within the standard package, substantial additional costs can be incurred.

However, with open standard, vendor independent lighting control solutions available today, this needn’t be the case. Based upon open standards and convergent technologies, lighting control solutions can be incorporated within the building management system (BMS), making day-to-day management much simpler.

Utilising a truly interoperable network and ethos, such solutions enable the end client or user to influence the systems’ design and user interface, both at point of delivery and over the solution’s lifetime.

Offering this unique flexibility to the end client and user is elitedali™ smart lighting control. Easily accessible via any Internet browser, elitedali transforms any suitable Niagara BMS platform into a secure smart lighting commissioning and control product, connected to the Internet of Things (IoT).

Capable of visually displaying the lights on the DALI network, an easy to navigate web user interface can be created, with buttons built for specific actions such as turning on all lights on a floor or a particular floor or initiating specialist sequences, dimming etc.

Based upon open, international standards, system flexibility is at the core of elitedali. Implemented by any suitably qualified Niagara installation and commissioning engineer, elitedali provides end clients with total choice surrounding their preferred commissioning partner.

Furthermore, physical input devices such as dimmers, traditional light switches, wireless energy harvesting and smart mobile products can be incorporated into the system design to further aid control.

Creating a bespoke solution for each application, individual client’s needs are met at the point of design, taking into consideration on going management and maintenance. In addition, the flexibility of the control solution enables it to be amended and adapted at any point during its lifespan.

In turn, an easy to use interface, ideally suited to the client, can result in less call outs to site for system modification and control clarifications. And for those instances where an engineer is required, IoT capability enables instantaneous changes without the need to be onsite.

A unique control solution, elitedali transforms the standard Niagara BMS into a world-class smart IoT lighting commissioning and control device. Thus enabling end clients to step out from the dark with secure and seamless access to all light fixture and sensor value data. This is particularly useful for both local and cloud based analytics to optimise operations in real-time.

Lighting control solutions are essential to reducing building energy consumption and creating the ideal working environment. To ensure this control is not misplaced and remains with the end user, vendor independent solutions that enable the end users needs to be fully considered should to be sought.

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