A guide to Audacy, CMD’s wireless lighting control system

It’s all in the name—a wireless lighting control system lets you control the lights in your premises using a wireless switch or a wireless device such as a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Predicted to become an integral feature of many business premises in the future, these intelligent systems (sometimes called smart lighting systems) allow you to light your building much more efficiently—while saving money on your energy bills in the process.

In this article, we explain the benefits of Audacy—CMD’s lighting control system—and tell you how switching from wired to wireless lighting can transform your business’s fortunes.

Easy to install and expand

With only five main components, getting Audacy up and running is quick and easy. Taking less than half the time you’d need to fit a traditional wired lighting system, installing Audacy is so uncomplicated that it’s never likely to cause any real disruption to your operations.

Gateway

The gateway is the system’s central hub. It takes the commands you give it via your wireless switch or the Audacy Interface software on your smartphone, tablet or computer and communicates them to the lighting sensors and controllers.

It’s powered by a hardwired 24-volt AC or DC supply and, like all Audacy components, can be mounted to the wall or ceiling. From there, it can turn off, dim or turn on up to 250 lights in real time, or be programmed to do so at a time you schedule.

Motion sensors

Using infrared technology, these sensors detect when people enter or leave the room and then lighten, dim or darken the room accordingly. Because they operate without wires, the sensors can be fixed easily to the wall or ceiling in whichever position is most effective.

Luminaire controllers

These small ‘plug-and-play’ modules use push-in wire connectors to hook up to the junction box or luminaire body with the minimum of effort and fuss. It takes, on average, less than three minutes to install a controller.

Capable of transmitting over a range of 50 metres—further with the repeater mode enabled—they can control lights individually, in groups or across an entire room.

Light sensors

By measuring the brightness of the daylight coming through the windows, these battery-powered sensors tell the lamps when to dim, so as to keep the room lighting consistent. This is known as daylight harvesting, and helps with energy efficiency by ensuring no electric light is wasted.

Like motion sensors, light sensors can be mounted to the wall or ceiling and placed wherever is most convenient and beneficial.

Switches

Although you’re able to operate the lights from your wireless device wherever you may be, you might also want the additional function of switches you can use on-site.

Available as either a wall-mounted faceplate to replace existing switches, or as a remote control-style device that can sit inside its own wall-mounted bracket when not in use, Audacy’s switches let you override the commands and customisations you’ve already set up on the Audacy Interface.

As the system is completely wireless, replacing any component or adding new ones is very straightforward, and you never have to drill or dismantle walls and ceilings to hide the wires (a common problem in older or listed buildings). Simply mount the devices wherever you need them, then connect them to the gateway using the Audacy Interface.

Easy to use

Audacy is designed to be user-friendly and intuitive. Training people to use it takes a matter of hours rather than days, as is the case with many other lighting systems.

As you install the Audacy Interface on your wireless device, you’ll be prompted to upload each Audacy component to the system. Once that’s done, you can start to configure the lighting to your preferences.

Because the system is managed online, you don’t have to be inside the building to alter the lighting. You can make adjustments at all times of the day, from wherever you happen to be. But if you do need that on-site functionality, you have the option of using wireless wall-mounted switches that override any setting you’ve created on the system.

And you don’t have to confine management of the system to one person. If you’d like every one of your employees to be able to adjust lighting in their part of the building, you can configure this on the Audacy Interface.

Saves energy and money

On average, lighting makes up 40% of the costs associated with operating a business premises. Having such close control over your lights means you waste far less energy—and see your electricity bills fall drastically as a result.

The Audacy Interface gives you the ability to monitor your energy consumption and costs and budget more effectively. You can time your lights to come on only when you need them, and at a brightness that complements the natural light coming through the windows rather than needlessly add to it. And with motion sensors, your lights can detect when rooms are empty and switch themselves off.

Long lifespan means no maintenance

One problem with wired lighting systems is that they can easily break down or need replacing. Audacy’s unique design and use of the very latest technology means its battery-powered sensors and switches have a guaranteed 25-year lifespan, although tests have shown that they could last for as long as 40 years. This means they’re unlikely to ever need maintaining.

Far more control over your workspace

Audacy gives you the ability to light your building to your exact needs. You can set brightness levels, timings for motion sensors, or schedules for lights to switch themselves on and off. You can control a single light over a desk or every light throughout the entire building. And if certain rooms require a particular kind of lighting (e.g. an office, where people need to be able to read and use display screens), you can save a group of settings as a customised ‘scene’ that can be activated at the touch of a button.

Suitable for a wide range of building projects

Perfect for refurbishment projects in particular, Audacy can be used to transform the lighting in buildings such as:

  • Offices
  • Warehouses
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Schools and other educational institutions
  • Car showrooms

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