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KNX Provides Lighting Control Solution For The City

When global financial services firm, UBS, took space in Broadgate West in the City of London, the company found that the ‘Lightrak’ KNX lighting control system from KNX UK member Electrak (part of the Legrand Group) was already installed as part of the building’s Cat A fit out. This made tailoring the space to their needs quicker and simpler.

Lightrak KNX is designed to provide seamless interoperability with any KNX building control modules. These can be added to the system on a simple ‘plug and play’ basis. Any trained integrator can then integrate them by plugging in a laptop anywhere on the system. As KNX is a recognised protocol used by many leading manufacturers, there are niche solutions available to meet all needs.

This interoperability was a big benefit to UBS who not only had their own specifications when they opted to take space at Broadgate West, but were also aware that they would inevitably also require reconfiguration of their space during their tenancy. The use of Lightrak KNX lighting controls has not only delivered an efficient lighting system but made both small changes in lighting configuration and bigger changes such as the addition of new controls, quick and easy.

Designed for use in all building control applications, KNX is found in lighting control systems, shutter control, security, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, monitoring, alarming, water control, energy management as well as many other building services. It can be used in both new existing buildings and KNX installations can be extended and adapted easily with minimum disruption.

At Broadgate West, the Lightrak KNX lighting control system installed as part of the Cat A fit out was designed to include presence detectors on all eleven floors. This ensured that electrical lights were switched on automatically when the building was occupied but that energy would never be wasted by lights being left on unintentionally out of hours. Following UBS’s requirements, this Cat A system was quickly and easily modified to include manual switching, timed event controls and dimming/scene setting. The advantage of a KNX-based system such as Lightrak is that modifications are quick and simple, making the tailoring of a building to a specific occupier’s needs fast and trouble-free.

Lightrak’s ease of use is thanks to the plug and play nature of KNX products and the ETS (Engineering Software Tool) used to program them. The lighting control system in the building was installed using Electrak’s buscom trunking, a busbar hybrid with power plus a separate integral communications bus. Lighting control components were then simply clipped on and plugged in anywhere along the trunking and configured.

KNX allows a totally flexible approach to managing the specification of new building controls or upgrades to existing systems, because it ensures that different products from different manufacturers can communicate seamlessly with each other. This interoperability frees the user from any manufacturer tie in, ensuring a free choice of new components from the wide array of KNX products on the market.

For more information contact KNX UK by email below.

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