LED luminaire control system takes lighting design to 'next level'

December 10, 2019 //By Rich Pell
LED luminaire control system takes lighting design to 'next level'
Lighting and building management firm Acuity Brands (Atlanta, GA) has introduced a low-voltage distributed power and control system providing digital control and network technologies for LED luminaires.

The Modulus system, says the company, provides the same extensive capabilities as the best of its control and driver systems, such as flicker-free dimming, networked lighting controls and embedded sensors, emergency battery back-up and tunable white. The system uses a single unit for powering a luminaire run of up to 32 feet versus requiring a unit every eight feet - a configuration that provides flexible lighting design as it allows for Modulus technology to be embedded in a multitude of new luminaire form factors.

"There's a market need for ever smaller, unobtrusive luminaires used for creating expansive designs in spaces," says Gilles Abrahamse, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President Digital Luminaire Components. "However, these small luminaire form factors make it difficult to embed existing technology due to spatial constraints. Modulus is unique in that it provides power and control for luminaires as small as one inch in depth. We were able to create Modulus by leveraging Acuity Brands’ expertise in developing drivers, sensors, and controls."

Modulus uses an eldoLED driver, an IOTA power pack for emergency back-up power, and nLight firmware. It also supports controls systems with open protocols.

The Modulus low voltage distributed power and control system will be initially available within the Renna luminaire family from Peerless. The future vision for luminaires equipped with Modulus technology, says the company, is that they can be specified with additional nLight networked control devices, which can create smart, connected buildings and facilities.

The resulting system can be integrated or unified with additional technologies from the company - such as Atrius IoT systems - to provide indoor location services used for wayfinding, asset tracking, and other building and business applications.

Acuity Brands

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