How do intelligent lighting systems work?
Intelligent lighting systems use computer controlled switches to turn lights on and off around a building and send commands to smart fittings which change their colours. This is done using a control network, similar to the Ethernet, that many buildings already have fitted. In some cases it is also possible to use existing Ethernet cables to control this new system.
Switches communicate with a programmable central controller that will hold all the complex commands needed to control items around the building. This controller will execute these commands from a single push of a button, mobile phone app or any number of other environmental devices such as occupancy sensors or door opening sensors.
What this means is, in addition to being able to set a scene for any given time of day, or any day of the week, the system can also react to situations when required like as evening draws in more lights can be turned on or dimmed as may be required.
With further integration into other systems in a building, it can also help to make a building safe in the event of an emergency, just imagine your restaurant is lit in soft warm colours for evening service then the fire alarm goes off. In a traditional lighting situation, the building could be harder to navigate and evacuation may be more difficult if not lit clearly. However, with systems integrated together, when the alarm goes off the building will change lighting state to a brightly lit building to ensure all your customers can leave the building safely. This can also happen with your security alarm system. So if a sensor is triggered by an intruder, all the lights turn on to scare them away.