Lux Intelligent - Knowledge Base

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Do I need to buy new addressable lights?

No, if you are looking to add Lux Intelligent as a testing solution to your existing emergency lighting system, you do not need to replace your existing luminaires.

In order to use your own, or third party lights , with Lux Intelligent each light must be fitted with a PLU Module.  These modules can be installed by Advanced, or alternatively by your own electricians.

Lux Intelligent does have a complete range of emergency lighting luminaires which are supplied fitted with the PLU Module.  This range also includes the latest LED luminaire technology.

How does Lux Intelligent monitor my lights?

When a Lux Intelligent system is installed, each emergency luminaire is physically monitored by the emergency lighting test panel continuously.  It does this via a PLU Module installed within each emergency luminaire, which permits the panel the monitor all aspects of the light. 

The Pulse refers to the protocol used by the panel to talk to each light fitting.  This PLU also permits the panel to force the light in to emergency operation, hence how the panel tests and communicates with each light.

Working in Unison the emergency lighting test panel and the PLU are able to report on:

  • the communication with the light, and so diagnose a fault or break in the data cable between the panel and the light
  • the light level for the luminaire in both emergency and normal operating conditions.  This is measured via a fibre optic pointed at the luminaire light source
  • the battery level to indicate a fault with the battery
  • loss of mains supply which would indicate a fault with the mains supply loop

 For more information take a look at How does the PLU Module work?.

What are the annual cost savings from Lux Intelligent system?

The costs saving generated by Lux Intelligent annually are individual to each site. 

However, a simple approach is to look at the manpower costs to have an engineer physically test each light fitting across a site and produce a report summarising his findings.   The Lux Intelligent system allows such a report to be created, examined and shared in a few seconds!  On top of this, faults can be analysed, determined and spares ordered, before an engineer even has to visit site.

How does Lux Intelligent save me time and money?

Lux Intelligent provides cost savings in the form of cutting down expensive manpower costs.  Not only does it remove the need for emergency lights to be visually inspected (in emergency) on a regular basis, it also can provide a means of gathering and presenting all the necessary proof that testing has been completed.  It can provide safe storage for this data and provide access to it to any concerned parties such as maintenance.  It also has the added bonus of providing accurate fault analyses allowing decisions to be made in regards of spares requirements prior to visiting sites.  This results in fewer costly site visits for repair works and a reliable cost effective means of determining a spares stocking approach.

In September 2010 ICEL, the emergency lighting arm of the Lighting Industry Federation (LIF), said that automatic testing can be more cost-effective and reliable than manual testing, and can also provide peace of mind.  ICEL believes that consideration should always be given to installing automatic testing systems conforming to BS EN 62034 because of their reliability and cost-effectiveness.

 

Does Lux Intelligent control my emergency light system?

No.  Lux Intelligent is purely an Emergency Light Testing system.  It's job is to monitor the status of your emergency lighting system, run scheduled tests on the luminaires in your emergency lighting network, and combine and present the data in an easy to understand formats. 

The only control Lux Intelligent has over the emergency lights is the ability to simluate an emergency situation, which should trigger the light to drop into it's emergency state.  It is the emergency lights response to this simulation which is tested, i.e. is it able to provide sufficient light whilst operating on the emergency supply (self contained or central battery), and once back on mains supply does the battery recharge.