Lighting management systems
Lighting management encompasses all systems which go beyond the provision of mere on/off control. These include electronic components which control and regulate lighting and ensure it is tailored to requirements. Lighting management systems are available for indoor and outdoor applications.
The building blocks of a lighting management system, which can be installed in various configurations and combinations, are:
- retrievable lighting scenes for different activities; in an office, the programmed settings might be "desk work", "monitor work", "meeting" and "presentation"
- presence-dependent activation/deactivation of lighting using motion detectors for immediate activation, delayed deactivation or dimming
- daylight-dependent regulation of lighting level by dimming and/or partial deactivation
› via light sensors on task luminaires
› via light sensors in the room
› via outdoor light sensors.
These electronic components are integrated in luminaires and operator interfaces and may be programmed to govern individual luminaires, individual rooms or groups of rooms. Lighting management systems – such as DALI – can also be incorporated into a building management system (BMS).
Lighting management systems provide control and regulation by triggering responses to variance from setpoint values. For tailored lighting, however, adjustments to individual requirements need to be possible at any time. It should be possible, for example, for the user to override programmed settings – by remote or pushbutton control – without losing the settings in memory. Experience has shown that this correction feature increases the acceptance and enhances utility value of a lighting management system.