Lux Intelligent - Knowledge Base

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What are the advantages of using LAN devices to network my panels?

Lux Intelligent panels can be connected to their own network by installing dedicated network cabling between the panels.  However, the cost of doing this can be high.

Connecting the Lux Intelligent panels to the local area network on a site provides the most cost effective means of been able to access all panels from anywhere across the installation.  It does not require any special cable routing, and can be accomplished by plugging the LAN device into the nearest LAN connection point via a standard ethernet cable. This means there is no limit to distance between panels. 

The panel then connected in turn to the LAN network via a serial to Ethernet converter, available as part of the Lux Intelligent range of support peripherals.

What new addressable lights do you offer?

We currently offer a wide range of emergency lighting luminaires for use with the Lux Intelligent system.  These include Exit Sign Products, Bulkhead Products, commercial lighting products and LED based products.

We are constantly looking to offer more of the latest LED technology in the form of addressable luminaires.  Some of the latest products include lighting panels ideal for suspended ceilings, available as standard mains only luminaires, emergency luminaires and even available with dimming controls.  The use of LEDs allows the end user to exploit the extended life of LEDs.

Can I use Lux Intelligent with ANY emergency light?

Almost.  In most instances, implementing Lux Intelligent is achieved by simply installing the Lux Intelligent PLU Module into the luminaire to be monitored.  As the system monitors the actual light source, in some instances, an additional step to interface to the light source may be required.  There are very few cases where it is not possible to implement the system, and this would tend to be around luminaires not ideally suited to emergency lighting usage.

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Are Lux Intelligent PLU Modules required to be fitted to our lights?

Yes, the Lux Intelligent panels can only communicate through the PLUs and without them, the monitoring and testing features cannot be achieved.

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How does the PLU Module work?

The PLU Module interfaces with the light fitting through some re-arranging of the standard emergency wiring.  It monitors the permanent mains supply to the light as well as being able to interrupt this connection.  This is essential in ensuring that the PLU can instigate mains fail conditions. 

It is also connected to the internal rechargeable battery terminals (where fitted), to allow the panel to be aware of the voltages during charging and discharging cycles. 

Finally, the PLU also monitors the actual light output from the luminaire via the it’s glass fibre.

The PLU contains information specific to the light fitting, which it communicates to the Lux Intelligent panel, which allows the panel to determine if the light fitting is functioning correctly, i.e. Maintained or non-maintained luminaire, number and type of rechargeable cells within the luminaire.  It also has a ‘lighting threshold’ value set, the point at which the panel determines if the light source is on or off.  All this information is set either during commissioning, or at the time of manufacture/re-engineering of the light fitting.

An important point to remember is that in the event of losing all the addressable aspects of the system, a light with a PLU installed will behave just like a normal emergency light fitting.