Offices get maximum energy efficiency with new lighting controls

22nd August 2019
Posted By : Alex Lynn
Offices get maximum energy efficiency with new lighting controls

The latest in a prestigious range of commercial developments across Scotland, Maxim 10 marks another project for lighting controls specialist CP Electronics and electrical contractor AKD. Completing their part of the project within nine months, the comapny helped the investor achieve the objective of a safe, comfortable and energy-efficient space.

Conveniently located in Eurocentral, and part of the recently completed Maxim Office Park, Maxim 10 provides 60,000m2 metres of commercial office space over four floors. Built as a shell, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Cheshire based electrical contractor AKD worked with long-term partners CP Electronics to design and specify a modular lighting system which is flexible enough to meet changing needs.

The building comprises a mix of open plan areas, meeting rooms, corridors and storage space, with a capacity on the ground floor alone for over 200 workstations. To ensure maximum energy efficiency, each floor is divided into smaller clusters, typically with either four, six, ten or 12 workstations. Throughout Maxim 10 is a lighting control system that ensures lights are only ever in use when a person is present.

“This was a challenging project,” said Brian Hedley, Area Sales Manager of CP Electronics. “The building was due to be handed over in just 12 months’ time, so the clock was ticking.

“To meet the project timeline and energy efficiency specification, we used our Vitesse Modular lighting control system. It’s a highly flexible and easy to use solution which enables a huge variety of configurations.”

By combining two-way and four-way starter and extender modules, CP’s Vitesse Modular system enables all lighting needs to be met with a simple plug and play solution. Once in place, it was simply a question of plugging in the luminaires and necessary PIR detection systems into the lighting control modules (LCMs).

To ensure maximum detection and reach at optimal cost, two types of PIR were used. In the larger areas, mid-range PIRs gave 16 by six metre coverage, while in smaller spaces including storage cupboards, the standard PIRs provided a detection pattern of seven metres. Lights were programmed to timeout after 20 minutes, keeping energy usage to a minimum.

In total, the building uses 144 starter modules, split between two-way and four-way variations, along with 167 extension modules and 144 PIRs. In addition, just over 1,000 of CP Electronics’ pre-wired luminaire leads were used to save even more time during installation.

From start to finish, the lighting controls part of the project took just nine months. Design and specification began in June 2018 and was completed by mid-August. Installation for the ground floor took six weeks, with just a month needed for each of the other three floors. Initial lighting was completed by December 2018, well in time for the handover by March 2019.

While the plug-and-play system undoubtedly helped accelerate installation, another important factor came during the commissioning phase. With each floor similar in layout, and Vitesse Modular LCMs used throughout, CP Electronics only needed to commission the ground floor.

After that, AKD were able to commission the further three floors by themselves. This was made possible with a pre-programmed handset which sets timeout with a simple push of a button.

“From start to finish it’s been pretty much a seamless and trouble-free project,” explained Keith Groom, Managing Director at AKD. “I’ve been impressed again with the simplicity of everything – including the product selection and ease of installation. Most importantly the end client is suitably impressed with the ease of operation and pleased with the knowledge that the building is as energy efficient as possible.”


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