Electric.ie September/October Edition

ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 17 LEDVANCE Bright Young Things – LEDVANCE leads lighting for education Lighting is integral to creating a comfortable and energising space for learning. Installations in education facilities should not just encourage an activating environment, but reduce energy and maintenance costs at the same time. LEDVANCE are always looking ahead to design a product portfolio that lends itself to both the current and future needs of educational establishments. The most recent regulation to impact on lighting in education is the amendment to the RoHS directive. This amendment launched a ban on bringing to market T5 and T8 uorescent lamps and compact uorescent lamps with plug-in bases (CFLni). When considering alternative lighting options, this change marks the perfect opportunity for schools to ‘make the switch’ to LED lighting and automated systems. LEDVANCE offers a range of LED retro t and conversion options to support this change and ensure facilities managers are keeping in line with the regulations. However, there’s a number of additional bene ts that educational spaces can secure with an LED upgrade. ‒ Nelo Neves, Head of Trade Sales, UK and Ireland Human centric lighting HCL When considering the bene ts of automated lighting systems to their spaces, facilities managers will generally note convenience and cost bene ts. However, these systems can have an additional positive impact on wellbeing and productivity, as automated systems provide the valuable opportunity to adapt lighting to the circadian rhythms of students and staff. The circadian rhythm is our 24hour body clock that governs natural cycles of activity and rest by managing hormone levels. Humans are known to be heavily in uenced by variations in natural light throughout the course of the day. A human oriented lighting concept uses smart controllable LED lighting systems to simulate the characteristics of natural daylight, combining the visual and non-visual biological effects of light through changing colour temperatures and illuminance levels. Arti cial light that synchronises with our circadian rhythms is proven to make us happier, healthier and more productive. It has been scienti cally proven that spaces which use human centric lighting systems increase student wellbeing, concentration and performance during the day, improve the quality of sleep at night, and helps reduce sickness. Therefore, an automated lighting system with HCL programming will not only illuminate a school facility, but support the wellbeing of everyone within it, including students and staff. The education sector is particularly well suited for the use of HCL because lessons in most educational institutions start at similar times in the morning. The room layout, the incidence of light, the arrangement of the furniture and the students’ and teachers’ lines of vision are usually also very similar – which makes conditions virtually ideal for a wide-ranging use of HCL. Light management systems To take full advantage of HCL lighting, facilities managers need to install IoT-controlled systems that adapt to students’ circadian rhythms. Whether controlled using Bluetooth, Zigbee or an app solution, IoT lighting solutions are a welcome alternative to touching shared surfaces after the pandemic, as well as a reliable means of reducing costs and saving energy in an education facility. (Next Page) Nelo Neves.