Can you tell us about the range of lighting control solutions that Direct Control offers?

At Direct Control, we pride ourselves on providing versatile and robust lighting control solutions tailored to meet the diverse needs of various building applications. Our offerings include advanced KNX and Dynalite lighting control systems, renowned for their reliability, flexibility, and ease of integration.

KNX Lighting Control Solutions

KNX is a globally recognised standard for building automation, offering unparalleled interoperability and scalability. These systems are perfect for complex environments like hospitals and schools, where precise lighting control can significantly enhance functionality, client comfort, and energy efficiency. With KNX, you can easily integrate lighting, HVAC, security, and more into a single cohesive system, ensuring optimal performance and user experience.

A KNX system is wired using a two-core KNX certified cable for power and communication to each device. Wiring between devices can be done in a daisy chain or star topology, and the KNX cable can be run along with the 230V cable without segregation. This is a big win for the electrical contractors who install the system, as it is very hard to screw it up.

Dynalite Lighting Control Solutions

Dynalite systems are designed to bring intelligent lighting control to a wide array of applications, offering a comprehensive suite of features that make lighting management simple and effective. The flexibility of Dynalite allows for customised lighting scenes, automated schedules, and energy-saving strategies, which are crucial for creating comfortable and dynamic environments in places like hotel rooms, conference centres, and public buildings.

A Dynalite system is wired using a multi-core CAT-5E cable. The best practice for wiring between devices is to be in a daisy chain topology, and segregation is required between 230V cable as per standard data cabling requirements.

Tailored Solutions for Every Need

Whether you are looking to enhance the ambiance of an office space, ensure efficient lighting in a busy hospital, or provide adaptive lighting solutions in educational institutions, Direct Control has the expertise and technology to meet your requirements. Our team of experts works closely with clients to design and implement lighting control systems that not only meet but exceed their expectations. We understand that each building has unique needs, and our solutions are designed to be adaptable and scalable, providing future-proof investments for our clients.

 


How does lighting control contribute to maximising energy efficiency in buildings?

Lighting control systems play a crucial role in helping building owners achieve significant energy efficiency and cost savings. Our advanced lighting solutions are designed to optimise energy use, reduce waste, and enhance the overall sustainability of buildings.

Here are some key ways our lighting control systems maximise energy efficiency:

Occupancy Sensors

One of the simplest yet highly effective methods to save energy is through the use of occupancy sensors. These sensors detect the presence or absence of people in a room and automatically turn lights on or off accordingly.

The benefits include:

Energy Savings
Lights are only on when needed, preventing unnecessary energy consumption. This is especially beneficial in areas with sporadic use, such as restrooms, storage rooms, and corridors.

Extended Lamp Life
By reducing the amount of time lights are on, occupancy sensors help extend the life of light bulbs and fixtures. This not only saves on energy costs but also reduces the frequency of replacements and associated maintenance costs.

Convenience and Safety
Occupancy sensors ensure that lights are always on when a space is in use, providing convenience and enhancing safety for occupants.

Daylight Harvesting

Daylight harvesting is another innovative approach to energy savings. This technique involves using sensors to measure the amount of natural light entering a space and adjusting the artificial lighting accordingly.

The benefits include:

Optimised Lighting Levels
By dimming or turning off lights when sufficient natural light is available, daylight harvesting ensures that lighting levels are optimal without wasting energy.

Energy Reduction
This method significantly reduces energy consumption, particularly in spaces with ample natural light, such as offices with large windows, atriums, and lobbies.

Enhanced Comfort
By maintaining consistent lighting levels, daylight harvesting creates a comfortable and visually appealing environment for occupants, improving productivity and well-being.

Advanced Lighting Controls

Our advanced lighting control solutions include features such as:

Dimming and Scene Setting
Adjusting light levels to suit different tasks or moods can enhance energy efficiency while improving the user experience. For instance, lower light levels can be used during cleaning or maintenance activities, saving energy compared to full illumination.

Zoning
Dividing a building into lighting zones allows for more precise control. For example, only occupied zones need to be lit, further reducing energy use.

Demand Response
In times of peak energy demand, our systems can reduce lighting levels to decrease the building’s energy load, contributing to overall energy grid stability and cost savings.

Sustainability and Environmental Impact

By incorporating these advanced lighting control strategies, building owners not only save on energy costs but also contribute to environmental sustainability. Reducing energy consumption lowers the building’s carbon footprint, supporting broader environmental goals and regulatory compliance.

 


What sets Direct Control apart in terms of the quality of equipment, support, and service you provide?

We take immense pride in our commitment to delivering the highest-quality equipment, unparalleled support, and exceptional service. Our dedication to excellence is reflected in every aspect of our operations, ensuring that our clients receive the best solutions tailored to their unique needs.

Here’s what sets us apart:

Top-Quality Equipment

We understand that the foundation of any reliable lighting control system is the quality of the equipment used. That’s why we have partnered with Eelectron, a renowned Italian manufacturer known for its superior KNX products.

Here are some reasons why Eelectron stands out:

Extensive Product Range
Eelectron offers the most comprehensive range of KNX products we have ever seen. Their portfolio includes everything from sensors and actuators to user interfaces and system components, allowing us to provide complete, integrated solutions.

Innovative Technology
Eelectron is at the forefront of technological innovation in the KNX market. Their products incorporate the latest advancements in building automation, ensuring that our clients benefit from cutting-edge solutions that enhance efficiency, comfort, and sustainability.

High Standards of Quality
Every Eelectron product is manufactured to the highest standards of quality and reliability. Rigorous testing and quality control processes ensure that their products perform flawlessly, even in the most demanding environments.

Unparalleled Support

Our commitment to our clients extends beyond providing top-quality equipment. We believe that exceptional support is crucial to the success of any project.

Here’s how we deliver unmatched support:

Expert Guidance
Our team of experienced professionals is always available to provide expert advice and guidance. From the initial consultation through to system design, installation, and commissioning, we are with you every step of the way.

Training and Education
We offer comprehensive training programmes to ensure that your team is fully equipped to operate and maintain your lighting control system. Our training covers everything from basic system operation to advanced troubleshooting and optimisation.

Technical Support
Our dedicated technical support team is available to address any issues that may arise. Whether you need immediate assistance or have questions about system functionality, we are here to help.

Exceptional Service

We go above and beyond to ensure that our clients receive exceptional service. Our approach is centred on understanding your specific needs and delivering customised solutions that exceed your expectations.

Here’s what you can expect from our service:

Tailored Solutions
We recognise that every building and project is unique. Our team works closely with you to design and implement lighting control systems that are tailored to your specific requirements, ensuring optimal performance and value.

Project Management
We provide end-to-end project management services to ensure that your project is completed on time and within budget. Our meticulous attention to detail and proactive communication ensure a smooth and successful implementation.

Ongoing Maintenance
Our commitment to your satisfaction doesn’t end with the installation. We offer ongoing maintenance services to keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. Regular maintenance checks and updates ensure that your lighting control system remains at peak performance.

Partnership with Eelectron

Our partnership with Eelectron enhances our ability to deliver the best KNX solutions available. Eelectron’s reputation for excellence aligns with our own commitment to quality, making them the perfect partner for our KNX product line. By leveraging Eelectron’s innovative products and our expertise, we provide our clients with reliable, state-of-the-art lighting control systems that stand the test of time.

 


Can you share some examples of recent projects where Direct Control has implemented advanced room automation systems?

We take pride in delivering state-of-the-art room automation systems that enhance guest experiences while maximising energy efficiency for our clients. Two of our recent notable projects are the InterContinental Hotel Auckland and the Horizon Hotel, both of which showcase the capabilities and benefits of our integrated room automation solutions.

InterContinental Hotel Auckland

We recently completed the room automation system for the prestigious InterContinental Hotel in Auckland. This project highlights our expertise in creating intelligent environments that cater to the comfort and convenience of hotel guests while optimising energy use for the hotel.

Key features of the room automation system at the InterContinental Hotel include:

Welcoming Environment
Upon entering their rooms, guests are greeted with a seamless and inviting atmosphere as the lights automatically switch on and the blinds open. This instant transformation creates a warm and welcoming ambiance, enhancing the overall guest experience.

Automated Energy Management
When guests leave their rooms, our advanced sensors detect the absence of movement. After a five-minute period of no activity, the system automatically switches off all lights, closes the blinds, and puts the air conditioning into standby mode. This not only conserves energy but also extends the lifespan of the hotel’s lighting and HVAC systems.

Personalised Comfort
The automation system allows for personalised settings, enabling guests to adjust lighting, temperature, and other room features according to their preferences. This customisation ensures a comfortable and tailored stay, contributing to guest satisfaction and loyalty.

Seamless Integration
The room automation system is seamlessly integrated with the hotel’s central management system, allowing for easy monitoring and control. This integration enhances operational efficiency and provides valuable data for optimising hotel management.

Te Arai Residential House

Automated Lighting Control
Occupancy sensors in hallways and bathrooms automatically switch on lights at night, ensuring safety and convenience. A dusk scene switches on multiple lighting groups at sunset and off at midnight, while a good night scene turns off all lights except in bedrooms and bathrooms with a single button press.

Advanced Control Panels
Elegant switch panels provide local switching, dimming, and scene control. A master 10” touch panel, along with phone control, manages lighting, blinds, underfloor heating, and Mitsubishi heat pumps.

Seamless Integration
Our system offers additional integration with the front door lock, garage door, and security system, providing comprehensive control and enhanced security for your home.

Our Commitment to Excellence

These projects exemplify our commitment to providing cutting-edge automation solutions that deliver tangible benefits for both guests and hotel operators. We understand the unique needs of the hospitality industry and strive to create systems that enhance guest satisfaction while promoting sustainability.

Our ability to integrate sophisticated technology into user-friendly systems sets us apart. We work closely with our clients to design and implement solutions that align with their vision and operational goals. Whether it’s a luxury hotel or a large-scale property, our room automation systems are designed to deliver exceptional performance and reliability.

 


How do Direct Control’s KNX and Dynalite lighting control systems integrate with other building management and automation protocols?

We understand the importance of seamless integration when it comes to building management and automation. Our KNX and Dynalite systems are designed with this in mind, offering comprehensive compatibility with a wide range of protocols to ensure cohesive and efficient operation across all your building’s systems.

Versatile Integration Capabilities

Our KNX and Dynalite systems can integrate effortlessly with various industry-standard protocols, including:

BACnet BMS (Building Management System)
This integration enables centralised control and monitoring of all building systems, from lighting and HVAC to security and fire safety. By integrating with BACnet BMS, our lighting control solutions contribute to a unified management platform that enhances operational efficiency and energy management.

Crestron AV Systems
For buildings that require sophisticated audio-visual setups, our systems can integrate with Crestron AV systems to provide synchronised control of lighting, audio, and visual components. This is particularly beneficial for conference rooms, auditoriums, and entertainment venues where integrated control enhances the user experience.

Room Booking Systems
Our integration with room booking systems allows for intelligent lighting control based on room occupancy and scheduling. This ensures that lighting is optimised for use, reducing energy consumption and enhancing convenience for users. Such integration is ideal for hotels, conference centres, and corporate offices where meeting rooms and event spaces are frequently used.

In-House Integration Team

We have a dedicated in-house integration team that specialises in connecting our KNX and Dynalite systems with any third-party system. Our experts possess deep technical knowledge and hands-on experience, ensuring that integration projects are executed smoothly and efficiently.

 


What advancements in lighting control technology do you see as particularly exciting for the future?

The future of lighting control is incredibly exciting, with numerous advancements poised to revolutionise how we illuminate and interact with our environments. One of the most promising technologies is tuneable white lighting, which offers dynamic control over the colour temperature of lights, providing significant benefits for health, well-being, and energy efficiency.

Here’s an in-depth look at this and other emerging trends in lighting control:

Tuneable white lighting

Tuneable white lighting technology allows for the adjustment of a light source’s colour temperature throughout the day, simulating natural daylight patterns.

This capability offers several compelling advantages:

Circadian Rhythm Support
By mimicking the natural progression of daylight—from cool, blue-enriched light in the morning to warm, amber light in the evening—tuneable white lighting helps regulate our circadian rhythms. Exposure to blue light in the morning can enhance alertness and productivity, while warmer tones in the evening promote relaxation and prepare the body for sleep.

Enhanced Well-being
This technology can improve overall well-being by aligning indoor lighting with our biological needs. In environments like offices, schools, and healthcare facilities, tuneable white lighting can boost mood, reduce fatigue, and enhance cognitive function.

Customisable Environments
Tuneable white lighting offers flexibility in creating tailored lighting scenes for different activities and preferences. Whether it’s creating an energising atmosphere for work or a calming ambiance for winding down, users can easily adjust the lighting to suit their needs.

Energy Efficiency
Dynamic lighting control not only improves human-centric lighting but also optimises energy use. By adjusting light levels and colour temperature based on occupancy and daylight availability, tuneable white lighting systems can reduce energy consumption.

DALI Lighting Control

Flicker-Free Dimming
We ensure flicker-free dimming for all light fittings with DALI drivers, providing smooth and consistent lighting levels without the annoyance of flickering. This enhances the visual comfort and overall ambiance of any space.

Flexible Grouping of Lights
Our systems offer flexible grouping of lights determined by programming rather than hardwiring. This allows for easy reconfiguration and customisation of lighting groups to suit changing needs and preferences without the need for physical alterations.

Soft On/Off Switching
We implement soft on/off switching for lights, ensuring a gradual and gentle transition when lights are turned on or off. This feature enhances user comfort and extends the lifespan of lighting fixtures by reducing sudden electrical surges.

Wireless and IoT Integration

This technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) are transforming lighting control, making systems more flexible and scalable.

Wireless Control
These lighting control systems eliminate the need for extensive wiring, simplify installation, and reduce costs. These systems can be easily expanded or reconfigured to accommodate changing needs or new spaces.

IoT Connectivity
IoT-enabled lighting systems can communicate with other smart devices, creating a cohesive and intelligent environment. For example, lights can interact with thermostats, security cameras, and smart appliances to enhance automation and user convenience.

 

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