The Lighting Control Innovation Award was created in 2011 as part of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Illumination Awards program, which recognizes professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design. LCA is proud to sponsor the Lighting Control Innovation Award, which recognizes projects that exemplify the effective use of lighting controls in nonresidential applications.
This month, we explore a dynamic lighting and controls installation at Arup’s offices in Los Angeles. Lighting and control design by Arup. Photography by Bruce Damonte. Lighting and controls by Acuity (nLight digital networked wired controls, Fresco DMX controls for RGBW/RGBA luminaires, and tunable-white luminaires with eldoLED dual drivers) and Lutron Electronics (Ketra full-spectrum wireless Bluetooth beacon-enabled track lighting).
This 66,000-sq.ft. office is an immersive living laboratory that speaks to the dynamic nature of how we live and work. The firm’s core values, promoting people-centered design and inclusivity in the workplace, were key drivers for the project.
The lighting controls were instrumental in providing the highest level of user interaction and achieving the desired inclusivity goals for the project. Creating colorful and dynamic visual effects, as well as enabling the reduction of energy consumption and operation costs over time, were just a few of the benefits realized by the client. The architectural lighting for the project is built on an extensive network of lighting control protocols–digitally addressable, 0-10V, DMX and Bluetooth–enabling maximum flexibility.
All the open workstation area luminaires are individually addressable through a CAT-5 Ethernet connection and include multiple dual-channel LED drivers, providing separate control for both color temperature and intensity of light throughout the day. This lighting controls solution enabled lighting designers to qualitatively balance and modulate the spectral distribution and intensity of the electric lighting sources with daylight, working to align more closely with employee wellbeing.
In key communal areas, such as the lobby and lounge, DMX control is utilized to control various color-changing luminaires that are integrated into the architectural design, adding a feel of wonder and enjoyment in key spaces. Various decorative luminaires in these areas are provided with full spectrum Bluetooth beacon enabled A-lamps and their control is integrated into the DMX User Interface through a carefully strategized network of contact closure relays–allowing the end user to control everything from a single software application.
High-end trim, full-range dimming, and local user control contribute to extensive energy efficiency measures realized for the project, as part of the targeted LEED V4 achievement.