ZigBee in lighting control
Lighting accounts for a high proportion of commercial sector electricity consumption, especially in office buildings and warehouses.
Recent advances in wireless technology and energy-efficient lighting equipment have made it possible to effectively combine mesh networking with lighting control to create reliable, large-scale wireless lighting.
Raising the Standards in LED Lighting
For instance, ZigBee Lighting Automation offers a global standard for interoperable products, enabling the secure and reliable monitoringÂ and control of commercial building systems, and brings this standard to LED lighting in Australia.
The case for ZigBee in LED lighting control can be made on the convenience that ZigBee delivers and the new applications it enables. The capabilities of ZigBee in LED lighting solutions is enormous, as are the energy and cost saving opportunities.
A ZigBee-based motion detect sensor can be utilised in switch control. It can automatically turn the lights off when there is no-one in the office, hallway, factory unit or other space.
ZigBee also helps to save cost through automatic dimming based on ambient light conditions, which reduces the energy draw. ZigBee-enabled sensors can be installed to sense the amount of natural ambient light and adjust the light fixtures accordingly. When there is enough ambient light from a window or other sources, the sensor activates the dimmer to adjust the lighting down accordinglyÂ to a set desired lux level; the automatic settings can be overridden whenever needed.
Imagine the amount of energy and cost that can be saved in offices where rows of desks are next to windows, especially in multi-story glass-surround open-office buildings.
Other Benefits of ZigBee Wireless LED Technology
With ZigBee wireless technology controlling LED lighting, the benefits are enormous â€“ and measurable! In addition to the huge energy savings associated with LED lighting technology, ZigBee wireless centralised control enables significant reduction in installation cost and time and consumption monitoring.
Ease of installationÂ – There is no need to run control wires and crawl about in wall and ceiling spaces. ZigBee wireless Mesh networking was designed to handle many of the network formation tasks needed in smart lighting systems and automated commissioning techniques can make it even quicker and easier to get the network up and running once it has formed.
Scalability and ReliabilityÂ â€“ Lighting networks can be very large in scale, encompassing hundreds or even thousands of lighting devices located within communicating distance from one another. Mesh networks perform well in this kind of environment, with a high node count actually improving the health of the network since there are more potential communication paths.
Reduced maintenanceÂ – The networkâ€™s self-configuring and self-healing capabilities help to reduce the manual maintenance required. Mesh networks can also automatically detect and troubleshoot problems that occur.
An added bonus is that, due to the lights being dimmed or turned off via the Zigbee control, the life expectancy of lights is increased and thus we can offer a 7-10 year warranty, subject to which lights are used and the environment in which they are used.