Schools and hospitals – how LiGO can bring about positive change9 May 2018
Universities, colleges and hospitals are often challenging working environments, subject to high levels of footfall and near constant environmental change. Creating a lighting solution that is tailored to meet the basic requirements of all staff, students, patients and visitors can be problematic when taking into account differing shift patterns and fluctuating occupancy levels. Lighting controls can make a real difference, allowing for quick and easy changes to lighting levels, helping to create a comfortable environment and minimising energy wastage.
In health facilities and places of learning, LiGO by Open Technology can control lighting in corridors, wards, offices bed bays, operating theatres, classrooms and many other areas that may have differing lighting requirements. LiGO can be seamlessly integrated into a building management system (BMS) and swiftly programmed to meet individual needs, allowing staff to make adjustments on touch screen interfaces. These interfaces also allow staff to view energy usage levels and make changes where there is clear evidence that the lighting is consuming energy unnecessarily – for example, lowering the output in school buildings when the students have gone home for the day and the cleaning team is on site.
Various studies have shown that staff and students who are comfortable in their working environment are more motivated, more productive and show fewer signs of lethargy. A smart lighting system such as LiGO can maximise the use of natural daylight and use intelligent sensors to ensure that artificial light is used when available daylight falls short of optimum levels. These daylight-linking capabilities, coupled with presence and absence detectors, quickly drive down excessive costs associated with wasted energy.
When used in conjunction with a BMS, it is possible to control heating and ventilation, internal doors and carry out automatic function and duration tests to identify faults or problems. The testing of emergency lighting can also be performed by the LiGO system, with automatically generated reports then sent to the school or hospital maintenance team.
Subjected to numerous upgrades and layout changes, hospitals and schools commonly feature devices from a number of different manufacturers. As LiGO is an open protocol DALI based system, the school or hospital in which it is fitted is not restricted to products from certain manufacturers. By offering seamless integration and allowing communication with all existing devices, costly license fees can be avoided and additional outlay kept to an absolute minimum – vital savings that are invariably welcomed by the majority of budget-conscious schools and hospitals.
For schools and hospitals planning a refurbishment or upgrade of an existing lighting system, LiGO can deliver unrivalled levels of control and a substantial capacity for energy savings, resulting in a flexible and cost-effective solution designed to adapt to changeable environments.