Many of the world’s leading companies are known for their unique interiors and often, the way in which their buildings are lit can form part of the brand’s identity. Think Apple and you associate its stores with bright lighting and minimalist décor. On the other hand, clothing company Hollister has previously made national headlines due to its dimly lit shopping environment. Undeniably though, the atmosphere in both stores have become synonymous with their household names.

To offer luxurious surroundings and furnishings to occupants, customers or guests is an investment many businesses cannot afford to prioritise. However, with a suitable lighting control system, an atmosphere that oozes of style and elegance is easier to achieve than you might think.

A change of scenery

Effective lighting control systems can be used to change the mood within a room, depending on the occasion.

For instance, the newly promoted Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers, were recently looking to use a lighting control system to impress guests in the club’s main boardroom. Used for conferences, matchday hospitality and functions such as weddings, the multifunctional room required a variety of different lighting scenes to set the appropriate tone but retain the room’s lavish character.

Providing this functionality was the RAPID system from CP Electronics, the UK’s largest supplier of lighting controls. Using a scene plate, this fully addressable system enables Wolves’ team to operate eight different pre-programmed scenes. Scenes include controlling perimeter lights, through to dimming them to an optimal level for presentations, and even a ‘disco’ lighting setting at a touch of button. Furthermore, the system allows users to set the scene by controlling the lights with a smartphone via the Rapid Scene Control App.

Leading the way with the electronics and lighting work was Stuart Walters, Managing Director of CKW Contracts.

He said: “While football is the main revenue generator, we understood that Wolves also do a lot of business through the corporate side. To that end, their main boardroom needed to excite.

“Not only does CP Electronic’s RAPID system give the space that wow factor, it’s also easy to control for the end users, and with a fully addressable system, it can be easily re-programmed if required”.

Elevating status

Similarly, CitySuites in Manchester has recently cemented its place as one of the city’s most desirable places to live and stay. With the likes of Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, as one of its residents and Michelin Starred chef, Tim Allen, serving up some of the finest cuisine within its walls, it was integral that the building’s lighting matched the status of its clientele.

To help create and control the luxury ambience of CitySuites, CP Electronics supplied its D-Mate® room control system to the communal areas of the building, including the reception, gym and pool.

Matthew Liffen, Commercial Manager for the project’s principal building contractor, AMEON, said, “CP Electronics demonstrated an understanding of the luxury feel we were going for with CitySuites immediately with the suggestion of their D-Mate® system. The scene setting plate in the reception allows reception staff to easily control the lighting and mood, while it was simple to commission, adaptable, and helps CitySuites save energy and cost when areas aren’t in use.

“This is particularly the case with the gym, which has been split into two halves. If guests aren’t using one half of the gym, then the lights stay off.”

Stylish yet sustainable

While most assume that luxury means spending without boundaries, CitySuites is keen to be sustainable while still offering the quality they are striving for.

To that end, corridors that link the building and apartments have all been installed with standalone long-range microwave detectors. These detectors are set to presence detection mode and work via motion sensors. The long-range microwaves pick up movement and switch the lights on when motion is detected and turn the lights off again when there is no movement.

With long corridors, CP Electronics specified microwave detectors that can sense movement up to 25-30 metres away from where the detector is installed. This means, potentially, only one detector is needed per corridor and capital expenditure on detectors is reduced, while maintenance is also decreased in the long term.

“Even though CitySuites’ main clientele will be executive guests, it is still imperative that costs are kept down wherever possible. With our clever D-Mate® system, we have been able to offer that luxury control and feel. Energy use is kept to a minimum through automatic dimming of lights in communal areas and switching off entirely in corridors,” said Nick Booth, Area Sales Manager for CP Electronics.

A viable alternative

Before splashing out on extravagant furniture or redecorating a room, it quite literally pays to consider how lighting control systems could change its mood.

The technology’s ability to create luxurious settings combined with its power to provide significant efficiency benefits, means luxury can be achieved without the associated costs. The system will recoup costs over a realistic period of time.

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