New lighting controls for British Library
The staged replacement and upgrading of the lighting-control system in the British Library has been achieved with a system based on the European Installation Bus and installed by Andromeda Telematics.
To replace and upgrade its existing lighting-control system, the British Library has opted for a system based on the European Installation Bus from Andromeda Telematics. Working through Balfour Kilpatrick, Andromeda is replacing the existing system in stages and providing additional functions, including DALI control and head-end graphical packaged providing time-based scheduling, manual over-ride and field status such as real-time lamp failure. The system has facilities for constant light output, energy reduction and controlling blinds and screens in meeting rooms. The new system connects all the risers in the basement with an EIB bus that extends throughout the building. Delivering one system in such a large building (there is 112 000 m2 of floor space) was achieved with an IP system using copper and fibre optics. Commissioning is carried out at night to avoid disruption. Mike Wildsmith, the electrical services engineer at the British Library, says, ‘The EIB lighting-control system was able to fulfil all our operational and installation requirements.’