Philips Previews SpaceWise: Mesh-Networked Wireless Controls for Open Plan Offices

  Philips Previews SpaceWise: Mesh-Networked Wireless Controls for Open Plan

Creating a "replace-in-place" integrated LED system; SpaceWise eliminates need
for additional wiring and controls by embedding intelligence in the luminaire

PR Newswire

PHILADELPHIA, April 23, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As energy-efficiency, digital
technology and software converge, Philips continues to prove its leadership in
LED lighting by previewing the next innovation for the office with SpaceWise
technology at the Philips booth #1401 during LIGHTFAIR International. Designed
for large, open plan office spaces, SpaceWise is integrated with the Philips
DuaLED luminaires, embedding wireless controls in each fixture to provide
presence detection and daylight harvesting, allowing them to be automated.
Because each fixture has its own intelligence, yet acts as part of a mesh
network, the system eliminates the need for re-wiring or additional building
controls, as well as the need for human intervention with the lighting

Lighting constitutes 30-35 percent of total energy load in commercial
buildings. There are over 4.9 billion non-residential buildings in the US and
over 72 billion square feet of commercial space, of which 19 percent are
offices. Private offices have long been served by room-based occupancy
sensors, but the cost and complexity for new controls design and wiring has
been a primary barrier to adoption. Open plan offices are especially difficult
to re-wire for controls due to pre-existing building zones and circuits. With
two- thirds of today's office space being open plan, SpaceWise becomes a
breakthrough technology to achieve deep energy efficiency where it previously
wasn't possible.

Because the intelligence has been on-boarded in the Philips DuaLED luminaire,
SpaceWise technology makes installation easy, accelerating adoption by making
it simple enough to be suitable for both retrofit or new design applications.
The SpaceWise system is not tied to pre-existing zones and functions as a
stand-alone system with application appropriate granular dimming that is
occupant-friendly. In addition to the energy savings inherent to Philip LED
luminaires, using layered advanced lighting controls can increase energy
savings by 20-30 percent for a cumulative savings of 50-75 percent.

Here's how it works:

  oInstall a Philips DuaLED with SpaceWise as a 1-for-1 replacement in
    typical open plan offices.
  oUsers can set high, medium, or low light output per group of luminaires.
  oWhen the first occupant enters, the lighting zone illuminates to a
    background level.
  oAs each occupant arrives at their workstation, fixtures in the immediate
    area turn up to full brightness.
  oWhen people leave their workstations, the fixtures gently dim to
    background level.
  oDaylight harvesting occurs automatically, dimming if there is ambient
    light from windows or other sources, saving even more energy.
  oThe lighting zone turns off after the last person leaves automatically.

"The need for this type of technology is acute when you consider that in the
US alone over 85 percent of buildings were built before 1984 and have not
undergone a lighting upgrade—and of those that have, only about one percent
use occupancy sensors, meaning lights are on all day," said Bruno Biasiotta,
president and CEO of Philips Lighting Americas. "With SpaceWise technology and
intelligent luminares, we can make adoption of these energy saving LED systems
easier and more intuitive, helping organizations take advantage of next
generation technologies to meet sustainability and energy goals."

With SpaceWise, Philips takes LED efficiency to new levels by providing
intelligence and dimming capabilities tuned to specific applications needs in
an LED luminaire for advanced performance and deeper energy savings. SpaceWise
will be available in Q4 of this year and future capabilities in development
include real-time user insights, as well as enhanced advisory services like
demand response and virtual commissioning.

For more information about Philips lighting products, visit

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