Lux Intelligent - Knowledge Base

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How does the zone numbering work?

Zone numbering is a purely arbitrary tool.  It is provided so that you can group a number of luminaire fittings into a recognisable building area.  It is often useful to use the same numbering/text as the installed fire panel.  This is helpful as quite often, colour drawings will be displayed locally, showing how a building is 'zoned'.

Can I change my testing strategy?

Yes.  If it is identified that certain lights should not be tested at a certain times of day/month, this can be easily adjusted by reallocating the luminaire to a different testing group, or alternatively, adjusting the testing time of that particular test group.

Reallocating a luminaire to a different test group and altering a test group test schedule can be carried out via the menu system on the panel, or via the configuration tool.

How do I set up a Lux Intelligent emergency light testing system?

There are four stages to setting up a system.

Stage 1:  Select your luminaires and the type of system you wish to have i.e. non-maintained system with standalone lights, or a general scheme that uses a number of the general lighting fittings to provide emergency illumination.  If retrofitting, decide on how many emergency lights you have to monitor.

Stage 2:  Install you emergency lights and/or PLU Modules.  Confirm your data wiring and mains wiring is fault free.

Stage 3:  Configure your site by defining your lights in terms of text, zones and testing timetable.  Match the PLU serial numbers with the addresses to be used.  Once this information is gathered, the panel can be programmed.  For small installations, this can be done at the panel, when not much text entry is required.  For larger sites, this can be done easier using the lighting configuration tool.

Stage 4:  Decide on how you plan to manage the monitoring of the panel(s).  Is the logger tool to be used in isolation or is the data to be uploaded and shared using the Lux Intelligent cloud.  Once decided, install and configure the Lux Intelligent logger, as well ensuring the necessary connections to the panels have been configured.  Also, if the cloud is to be used, the Lux Intelligent sync tool will also need to be installed and configured

There are full installation guides and step by step walk throughs available which detail the process of setting up the Logging Software and the Cloud based monitoring and reporting.

What cable do I need for loop/network wiring?

Lux Intelligent requires data cabling to be suitable for the nature and size of the installation.  The lower quantity of lights and shorter loops, results in a narrower (and less expensive) gauge of cable being required.  Cable types are defined by their Belden equivalents (universally referenced).

Cable (Belden spec.)  Cable Size  Voltage Rating (V)  Maximum cable run in metres (per installed PLU)      
AWG mm2 100 125 150 175 200 225 249
8762/8205 20  0.5  300        1500  1300  1100  1000 
8760/8461  18  0.8  300              1500 
8719/8471  16  1.3  600/300              1500 

Similarly, a list with the choice of cables suitable for networking panels is shown below:

Manufaturer Model Cable Type
Belden 8205 Unscreened twisted pair 20 AWG (0.5mm2)
Belden 8461 Unscreened twisted pair 18 AWG (0.8mm2)
Belden 8760 Unscreened twisted pair 18 AWG (0.79mm2)
Belden 8762 Unscreened twisted pair 20 AWG (0.56mm2)
Alpha & BICC Alpha 2421 Screened twisted pair 18 AWG Type 2
BICC H8093  
Alpha & BICC Alpha 2411 Screened twisted pair 18 AWG Type 2
BICC H8091  
Belden   Screened twisted pair 20 AWG Type E buried distribution wire



How much cable can I run between networked panels?

Depending on the type of network, for a simple radial, the limit is a total length of 1.5km for the network.  With a loop type arrangement, the distance permitted between panels is 1.5km with a total network length of 20km.  Please remember that the type of network installed requires the correct networks cards in each panel.