Smart Lighting / Smart Building Technology

Future Proof your Building and reduce costs– by deploying a low voltage system in place of an traditional 120V/277V lighting solution, your building is future proofed. Not only are there substantial Cap-Ex and Op-Ex savings due to the ease of installation and operation of the low voltage network and LED lighting infrastructure, the building now has the network communication capabilities to be an ‘Intelligent” or “Smart” property. This internal network serves as the buildings nervous system and increases operational efficiency. Lower operational costs increase the buildings value versus non-networked properties. Service providers can then provide remote alarm monitoring and predictive maintenance services on the building systems they support.

Enhanced tenant experience using programmable lighting: With network connectivity between the lighting controllers and the lighting fixtures, adjustments can be easily made by the building manager or maintenance group via PC or Smartphone. An array of ambient light adjustments is made easy. Based on the tenant request, easily customize the CCT Warm – Cool lighting spectrum, (Color Correlated Temperature), CRI (Color Rendering Index), Circadian lighting, brightness, schedules and a multitude of other features.

Lighting OEM’s support Ethernet low power networks – There are OEM’s providing LED lighting products manufactured for low voltage Ethernet connectivity. CLS recommends our partner and industry leader Igor Technologies.

Cap-Ex Installation cost savings– A low voltage LED lighting network reduces installation costs by 25% to 35%. There is no need for 120V/277 electrical power cable and installation to the lighting fixtures. The low voltage Cat6e cabling used by Ethernet, does not require permitting; nor does it require certified electricians to install. Low voltage Cat6e cable can be located anywhere in support of the lighting fixtures. To connect the lighting fixture to the network, it’s a simple Ethernet RJ-45 plug.

Op-Ex Energy cost savings– LED lighting efficiency coupled with enhanced lighting control programming optimizes the energy usage. Only one AC to DC voltage conversion per floor is needed, that being at the Ethernet switch.

Op-Ex Tenant retrofit cost savings – Due to its low voltage design, no permits are required to disconnect and relocate luminaires, security cameras and other devices. Without being tethered to an 120V/277V cable, outlets, conduit and junction boxes, Ethernet connected devices are easily relocated by building maintenance. To relocate luminaires, building maintenance can simply lift the ceiling tile, unplug the RJ-45 cable, move the fixture to a new location and plug it in. Some build outs can be completed in days not weeks. No permits are needed for the lighting reconfiguration allowing quick customization to the tenants needs, not to the previous electrical layout.

IoT (Internet of Things) sensor support – As new IoT (Internet of Things) building technology and BAS (Building Automation System) sensors evolve, the low voltage Ethernet network is already in place to support the new operational efficiencies they provide. Low cost, high reliability sensors provide a multitude of information parameters including gas detection, electrical usage, HVAC performance, occupancy status, lighting schedules, temperature, humidity and many other data points. All of this sensor data is accessed by the BAS to improve building system operations.

Safety – Ethernet low voltage equipment is intelligent with automatic power synching technology. This technology’s proven design protects network equipment from overload, low power or incorrect installation. Each network switch is backed-up by an uninterruptible power supply. If the building power goes out, the low voltage system provides building wide safety lighting for a pre-determined time frame

Reliability – Low voltage switches are built to be highly reliable, providing 99.98% uptime on the millions of Ethernet switch ports that ship globally each month. PC or Smartphone based management software provides real-time network performance status. In addition, low voltage Ethernet power comes from a universally compatible source, rather than a collection of distributed wall and ceiling adapters.


More info: Power over Ethernet Lighting explained




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