Use Corridor Lighting Control to Save Energy

Corridor lighting

Lighting corridors can be a costly exercise in larger buildings. People need to move around a building safely and effectively, but on an often irregular and short term basis.

Effective lighting control can help ensure energy savings are achieved as far as possible, while still providing safe function and performance of these essential yet momentary spaces.

CP Electronics has a market leading range of dedicated corridor lighting control solutions to suit all project demands from physical space constraints to installation deadlines and budgets.

The role of corridors

In Approved Document B, Fire Safety, a corridor is officially classified as:

"A space (including a protected stairway) mainly used as a means of access between a room and an exit from the building or compartment."

The main functions of corridors are to provide the efficient movement of occupants within a building. They also play a part in partitioning different spaces such as offices and breakout areas and central lobbies or waiting areas.

More importantly, corridors provide the safe evacuation of a building's occupants in the event of a fire or other disruptions in its mains supply.

Lighting Control in corridors

Due to their purpose, lighting corridors can be costly, as they typically do not have long term tasks occurring. Often they are unoccupied, while the adjoining rooms are functioning.

Although corridors are limited by length1, by their nature corridors still pose unique challenges to lighting control both physically (detecting movement from relatively further away than office spaces), or operationally (being 'linked' to adjoining rooms that share the corridor).

Other corridor lighting control tasks include emergency lighting testing and security walkabouts, which have different demands. Users of corridors may be walking, sitting (or waiting) and even lying horizontally (hospital porterage).

It is not uncommon for corridors to be designed as 'glazed walkways' where daylight is a large contributing factor towards illumination.

Other adjoining spaces such as stairwells require extra attention as the quality and safety of lighting is important for those using them.

Lighting Control - Corridor solutions

There are two main types of corridor - dedicated or notional, and lighting control methods are tailored to suit.

Dedicated corridors are distinct or walled, and are normally treated with a standalone strategy (microwave detectors).

Notional corridors apply to larger, open spaces and are likely to be tied into a centralised lighting control strategy, using mainly lighting control modules (LCMs).

Corridors or walkways with contributing light such as indirect exterior reflections like walls etc., should benefit from a 'maintained' level of illumination. By balancing natural and artificial light with dimming detectors further increases in energy savings can be achieved.

Corridor Solutions - From single spaces to large open plan offices, the following lighting control devices and systems can be tailored to suit specific requirements.

1 - Table 2 'Limitations on travel distance Approved Document B1 volume 2' 2010 HMG

Room by room solution


Standalone Presence Detectors

Standalone presence detectors provide flexibility in controlling lighting in circulation areas. Presence detectors should ideally be placed to cover all entry points, and respond to traffic behaviour.

The control strategy can include a maintained level of lighting with lux level sensing.

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Standalone Presence Detectors

Room by room / Floor by floor solutions


Vitesse Modular

Vitesse modular is a lighting connection system which has the flexibility of a standalone strategy but introduces more distributed control, with a pluggable and modular wiring format.

2-way to 16-way modules increase customisation resulting in low wastage lighting control.

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Vitesse Modular
Vitesse Plus

Vitesse Plus takes floor by floor solutions to the next level. As well as drawing on the benefits of intelligent standalone detectors and modular wiring, it allows pre-set configurations, and step down illuminance, both vital to effective corridor lighting control.

Each unit can drive 4 presence detectors and also communicate with local LCMs via RJ45 patch leads.

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Vitesse Plus

Building wide systems


An-10

As a fully functional wireless system, An-10 meets the demands of challenging building structures and prohibitive fabrics (e.g. asbestos) which restrict additional control wiring. With reliable communication meshes.

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An-10
RAPID

The apex of lighting control solutions, RAPID brings together all the features of fully addressable, networked control. With presence or absence functionality, graduated dimming and maintained illuminance as before.

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RAPID

Room by room solution

Standalone Presence Detectors


Standalone Presence Detectors

Our wide range of standalone PIR detectors and microwave presence detectors are designed to reduce the amount of time lighting is left on unnecessarily, for example if an area is unoccupied or if there is sufficient natural light.

A presence detector monitors the detection zone for occupancy; if a person is sensed then the detector will automatically turn the lighting on. When the area is vacated, the lighting will turn off after a preset time delay. Most of our PIR and microwave detectors have a built in light level (LUX) sensor which will keep the lighting off if there is enough natural light available.

Controlling lighting with a presence detector can save up to 60% of lighting energy costs dependent on occupancy behaviour in the corridor, the amount of light available and types of lamps used. Our PIR and microwave presence detectors can also be used to control heating and ventilation.

Standalone detector suitability

Standalone detectors are best suited to controlling lighting in a single room or area. For example, an office or simple corridor.

In a larger room or longer corridor multiple detectors can be employed to ensure that the entire area is covered.

Key Features

  • Room by room lighting control
  • Presence or absence detection
  • LUX level sensing
  • Switching or dimming
  • Single circuit control.

The EBDRC PIR series contains an adjustable head, and is fitted with a curtain lens for long range detection. This directional PIR is suitable for mounting in aisleway and corridor applications where a long narrow detection pattern is required.

  • Presence detection with LUX level sensing – auto on, auto off
  • Works in presence or absence mode
  • Works with a wide range of lamps
  • Adjust time delay and LUX settings via infrared handset
  • Adjustable narrow detection pattern – ideal for corridor applications
  • Range: up to 24m at 2.8m mounting height
  • Pluggable connections
  • Integral power supply.

Visit the EBDRC product page for more information

The MWS3A is a highly sensitive microwave detector featuring an adjustable head to allow it to detect movement in a horizontal plane at up to 30m.

  • Presence detection with LUX level sensing – auto on, auto off
  • Works in presence or absence mode
  • Works with a wide range of lamps
  • Adjust time delay and LUX settings via infrared handset
  • Adjustable narrow detection pattern – ideal for corridor applications
  • Lockable settings
  • Range: up to 30m at 2.6m mounting height
  • Pluggable connections
  • Integral power supply.

Visit the MWS3A product page for more information

The GENB-IR PIR (passive infrared) presence detector employs an adjustable head and is fitted with a curtain style lens for long-range detection. These directional PIRs are ideal for mounting in corridors and low bay applications where a long narrow detection pattern is required.

  • Adjustable head
  • Curtain style lens for longer detection range - ideal for corridor lighting control
  • Programme time delay and lux settings via the optional GEFL-HS infrared handset
  • IP40 rated
  • Ideal for corridor applications.

Visit the GENB-IR product page for more information


Room by room / Floor by floor solutions

Vitesse Modular


Vitesse Modular

As its name suggests, Vitesse Modular allows you to simply add 'modules' as and when they are needed. Vitesse Modular is a cost effective way of providing power and control for lighting installations in industrial, commercial and retail buildings.

Works in combination with our presence detectors

Allows groups of luminaires to be controlled by a single detector.

It grows and adapts to suit the installation

From 2-way to 16-way using extender modules. Vitesse Modular allows fast efficient installation with little to no waste.

Modules can be added (or removed) depending on future requirements.

Dedicated corridor solution

Vitesse Modular offers a dedicated corridor solution. Switching and dimming versions are available in a pre-wired configurations enabling Vitesse starter modules to be easily connected together and controlled via a single detector.

Key Features

  • Room by room, floor by floor lighting connection and control system
  • LUX level sensing
  • Switching or dimming
  • Connection and control system
  • Compatible with our modular wiring solution
  • 2 to 16 way combinations in steps of 2.
Vitesse Modular

This sample configuration shows a starter module linked to a pre-wired corridor module. The detector is connected to the corridor module and switches all the luminaires plugged into the corridor and starter modules.

Vitesse Plus


Vitesse Plus

It makes commissioning simpler and faster than ever before and is packed with energy saving features. Vitesse Plus is the perfect lighting control solution for classrooms, corridors, open plan offices and retail environments.

Time-saving pre-set menu

Vitesse Plus offers multiple pre-sets for a of wide range of building spaces including corridors. Pre-set library documentation is supplied with every Vitesse Plus LCM (lighting control module).

Flexible and Feature Packed

LCMs can be linked to each other using RJ45 patch leads. This allows an input for one LCM (presence detector or switch input for example) to effect a change on another LCM.

Each Vitesse Plus LCM can monitor up to four detectors allowing it to switch or dim channels independently to provide maximum energy savings and safety for occupants of the area or corridor.

Vitesse Plus is also compatible with our Modular Wiring solution to allow simple plug and play connectivity for each channel.

Key Features

  • Room by room, floor by floor lighting control system
  • Presence detection
  • LUX level sensing
  • Switching or dimming
  • Graduated dimming
  • Connection and control system
  • Step down illuminance
  • Pre-set configurations
  • Emergency lighting test
  • Open port function
  • Compatible with modular wiring solution
  • Corridor hold
  • SELV switch inputs
  • 7-channels per module
  • Scene setting.

Vitesse Plus can be configured to have a step down illuminance for the lighting so that the luminaires in the area covered by the system are not switched off completely (unless there is sufficient daylight).

Because a single Vitesse Plus LCM allows up to 4 detectors to be plugged in it can switch (or dim) channels independently to provide maximum energy savings and safety for occupants of the corridor.

Vitesse Plus is also compatible with our Modular Wiring solution to allow simple plug and play connectivity for each channel.


Building wide systems

An-10 Wireless Lighting Control


An-10

An-10 technology allows you to install a fully featured, yet wireless lighting control system easily and with minimal disruption.

An-10 has been specifically created to take advantage of wireless (RF) technology, while at the same time offering all of the features demanded from modern day lighting control systems.

The system is ideal for retrofit applications and historic buildings where disturbing the building fabric (e.g. asbestos) is undesirable or impossible.

Flexible

Every An-10 device within a system uses a number of different address codes that identify its place within that system and how it interacts with other devices. This allows the system to be highly flexible and reconfigurable should changes to lighting layout occur.

Dependable

Reliable performance is a key requirement for wireless control devices. An-10 uses a unique 'hybrid mesh' network topology, together with a solid communications protocol, that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of lighting control.

User interface

An-10 allows the creation and recall of preprogrammed lighting scenes to suit different uses within an environment. Scenes can be recalled with a dedicated scene control plate wirelessly connected to the An-10 input unit or a presence detector.

Key Features

  • Floor, multi-floor or building, lighting control system
  • Building, local, sub-local or area code for precise control zones
  • Presence or absence detection
  • LUX level sensing
  • Switching or dimming
  • Step down illuminance
  • Corridor hold
  • Daylight linked switching
  • Maintained illuminance
  • Scene setting.
An-10 Sample Configuration

Every An-10 device within a control system uses a number of different types of 'address codes' that identify its place within that system and how it interacts with other devices.

More specifically, an 'Area Code' defines all devices within two or more rooms where common control is required.

This can be applied to a condition called 'Corridor hold', which balances the control lighting between a corridor and adjoining offices, for the safety and comfort of users.

RAPID Lighting Control


RAPID Lighting Control

RAPID is a fully addressable and networkable lighting control system. It combines all the flexibility of intelligent presence detectors, with the added benefit of addressable technology. Combined with a fully featured 'user interface' this gives a great deal of control to building managers remotely or on site.

RAPID is the complete lighting control solution.

Networking

RAPID can be configured to control rooms, floors or an entire multi-floor building. RAPID control modules are networked together on each floor, while individual floors are linked together using RAPID Area Controllers.

Remote Monitoring and Configuration

RAPID can be interfaced with a PC and proprietary software, which allows you to monitor and reconfigure any part of the lighting system. Event calendar features provide the ability to schedule lighting control events for specific events, cleaning, re- lamping and emergency testing of lights.

Notional Corridors

RAPID enables the system administrator to create notional corridors of light, keeping working staff safe and secure whilst providing significant energy savings.

Scene Setting and Recall

RAPID allows the room user to create and recall desired room lighting levels. Switching between scenes (e.g. meeting room) is easy and convenient with the stylish scene control panel.

Key Features

  • Networkable, floor, multi-floor or building, lighting control system
  • Presence or absence detection
  • LUX level sensing
  • Switching or dimming
  • Graduated dimming
  • Step down illuminance
  • Corridor hold
  • Remote monitoring
  • Emergency monitoring
  • Energy measurement
  • Multi-room scene control
  • BMS system gateway

RAPID uses its strength as a fully addressable, networked system to answer the needs of notional corridor and dedicated corridor lighting control.

Many modern building spaces are multifunctional so that large open plan offices are supplemented with smaller break out areas and connecting corridors.

By its very nature RAPID can cope with both scenarios.

In these supplementing spaces, RAPID makes 'corridor hold' possible so that the occupancy and control in both rooms and circulation spaces are linked.

Occupants can therefore feel safe and comfortable when moving between rooms as the corridor reacts to their movement. So effectively a person, when leaving his/her office, doesn't suddenly emerge into an unlit space.

For the open plan offices, RAPID can address groups of lights within a large array to create 'paths' of light (notional corridors), in two common conditions, 1. If an office floor is under occupied, such as late night working, or empty with security checks and, 2. in an emergency situation when lighting has failed, and lights running on an independent supply can 'highlight' the best path out, effectively as an escape route.

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