Design-in guide for wireless drivers and applications

Technical Application Knowledge: From practice, for practice

Modern light management systems are designed to simplify the entire integration process of lighting systems – from planning and commissioning to installation and daily use – in being intuitive, timesaving, easy-to-use and comfortable.
This is how the advantages of wireless technology pay off!
Whether there is a need for flexible multi-purpose areas or rentable office space with customization option in terms of light functionality, with wireless lighting components this is a task easy to accomplish.

Some of the key advantages of wireless light systems are:

  • Scalability for system extensions and building/location expansions
  • Easy to adapt to new space usage concepts, e.g. new tenants
  • Applicable in infrastructures not prepared for rewiring or general changes
  • Reduced downtime during installation/ refurbishment compared to wired installations
  • Maximum flexibility for new installations and especially for retrofitting or adaption of existing installations

By using wireless technology in light installations, certain design-in rules have to be considered to guarantee a stable data transmission as well as transmission range between multiple wireless nodes.

The following points are general guidelines for wireless node placement to optimize the stability and effective range of the wireless connection:

  1. Preferable installation on systems free from metal obstructions or materials that significantly weaken the radio frequency signal (e.g. fiber-reinforced plastic).
  2. Do not completely enclose wireless components inside metal boxes!
  3. Keep a distance of at least 1 cm between the antenna area and the mounting surface.
  4. Do not wire cables (mains voltage, LED supply wires) near the antenna area.
  5. Consider an installation height above the furniture and human obstacles (e.g.: 1.6 m from the floor). This is important for the wireless communication range. The wireless range between the nodes is smaller than between a node and a smartphone because the nodes are partly surrounded by metal housings while the smartphone is not.

As Inventronics is providing a broad portfolio of wireless drivers and lighting components, they have created a technical brochure meant to answer questions on wireless applications and giving advice on “Dos” and “Don’ts” in wireless installations.

Please find the “Design-in guide for wireless drivers and applicationshere.

Light can be flexible, intuitive and easy-to-use – just go for it!