16 November 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Too many operatives in charge of building design and smart lighting do not put users first, a lighting engineer told the Lux Live show in London this week.
Craig Casey, a senior building engineer from Lutron Electronics, told delegates at the biggest annual lighting show in Europe, that considering people is often "left to last compared to energy and operations".
He said the "human side" of smart lighting was often neglected and called for a better system that would support occupants and facilities managers.
Casey told attendees: "If I am talking about a hospital. A nurse comes in and checks on her patient at night. That's the scenario and I need to define what happens in that scenario. Should time of day affect what happens? Should light levels be different from the day when a nurse comes in, to at night when patients are sleeping? It does matter. When we are looking at schematic designs we want to visualise these things and consider the persona of a person - the nurse and other users."
He added: "Smart lighting systems are great, but we have to care about people first... Otherwise what could happen is that facilities managers, instead of focusing on energy efficiency and operational efficiency all they are going to be doing is taking phone calls about how the lighting is not working the way users want it. If they are wasting their time, they are not getting [to focus on the other] efficiencies."