Lux Intelligent - Knowledge Base

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How many panels do I need?

This is very much dependent on the installation.  The cost of an addressable emergency lighting installation is dominated by the cost of luminaires and the panels are a much lesser peripheral cost.

Decisions on quantities of panels should be made in line with ease of installation and the choice of how to monitor those panels.

Each panel can monitor up to 996 lights, where the lights are wired 249 per loop.  Sometimes loop wiring can be costly and it may be beneficial to install a single loop panel per floor in a large building, rather than one panel in a central location.

It is always beneficial to not exceed 80% capacity on loops and panels, as this will allow for possible minor alterations and additions in the future without large scale changes.

Monitoring can be achieved by the use of serial to Ethernet converters and simply adding the panels to the sites local area network.

Do I need to install isolators?

No isolators are required.  On detection of a short circuit, the loop will shut itself down to protect it.  In the event of an open circuit, the loop driver will continue to communicate from both sides, so as to loose communications with a minimal number of lights.

Do I need to maintain the Lux Intelligent panel itself?

The panel is very much a fit and forget type device.  The uploaded data to the cloud provides all the information you require.  However, as with all systems, provision should be made for an annual inspection just to check the environment around the panel has not been changed or compromised.

What fault notification features does Lux Intelligent offer?

The Lux Intelligent system offers 3 levels of fault notification in respect of the emergency lighting installation.

As the emergency light testing panel regularly 'talks' to each light, it can report real time faults such as no light due to a failed tube, or a low battery due to a blown battery or battery disconnection.

Secondly the panel will report if a light fails a test, and will provide details of that failure reason.

And finally the panel also reports other faults that may occur on an installation which is not directly down to the lights themselves.  This could include the event of a local distribution board going down depriving a number of lights of normal mains supply, or alternatively a fault arises with the monitoring system such as an open circuit on the data loop.   As with the faults with lights, the panel provides additional information to help resolve the fault i.e. which zone has the power outage, or driving the data loop from one end to determine where the break maybe.

How many lights can I connect to each loop and panel?

The Lux Intelligent panel can support up to 4 loops and 200 panels can be networked together into a system covering huge areas, with 800 loops and thousands of lights and luminaires.

Each loop is capable of communicating with 249 addresses on a single loop.  This can be actual lights, or input/out devices.

The number of devices on a loop is limited by the choice of data cable used and the length of the data loop.  As the loop driver has a limited maximum current, it is possible to define the number of devices and length of loop once the choice of cable is made.  A typical data cable with an cross sectional area of1.3mm2 (AWG 16), can extend for 1500 meters.