Luminaire-Integrated Controls by Craig DiLouie - Energy Watch News

Luminaire-Integrated Controls by Craig DiLouie

The lighting controls revolution features three notable trends promoting integration of control with light. The latest commercial building energy codes promote complex control schemes. The LED source is highly controllable. And sensors and microprocessors have become miniaturized. Just as the luminaire has become a device integrating light source and fixture, a growing number of luminaires now also integrate sensors and controllers. In a typical traditional lighting system, hardware (luminaire), sensors (control inputs) and lighting controllers (microprocessors governing control operation) are installed separately. Sensors are connected to luminaires, and control inputs may be aggregated at a control panel featuring a controller. The ongoing miniaturization of sensors and controllers allows both to be embedded in luminaires, while volume manufacturing has reduced their cost.

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