The customised lighting control system Moodzone, developed by local lighting solutions company Lumen8, can contribute to energy efficiency in commercial and domestic settings, says Lumen8 Gauteng marketing manager Karmen Viljoen.
The Moodzone is not an automation system, but offers users a measure of control in the lighting coordination of their living space. The system enables users to reduce the number of bulbs burning for different activities by using a centralised control unit with multiple keypads.
Lights can also be dimmed to further contribute to energy efficiency. The different lighting scenarios can be preprogrammed and reprogrammed at any time, and can be manually altered with ease.
The Moodzone control panels can be situated in multiple locations so that the settings can be altered from different rooms in a house or office.
Viljoen says that the system can be effectively applied in corporate settings, such as boardrooms where lighting combinations can be preset for different types of meetings or presentations.
Remote control can also be included in the Moodzone system, but then requires an additional infrared receiver box for each room.
The system also has an optional touch screen with an event manager so that users can set lights to operate in their absence, which, Viljoen points out, is an additional security benefit.
Most system installations are for new buildings as the conduit for the wiring needs to be preplanned before the walls are plastered. However, retrofit installations are possible in consultation with an electrician. Wiring diagrams are supplied with the systems and, in new build applications, can be installed by any registered and capable electrician.