At Parsons School of Design in New York City, 15 advanced connected lighting systems are installed in multiple working classrooms. Initial evaluations in this Living Lab shared insights from installers and evaluators during installation, configuration, and initial operation.
Ongoing evaluations assess system performance, maintenance, and aspects of daylighting. The systems are used daily by instructors and students, who provide valuable feedback on system performance and user satisfaction.
The ongoing research at Parsons—representing a range of manufacturers, control systems, and luminaire types—is documented in the “Inside the Living Lab” series:
- An Observational Understanding of Connected Lighting Systems (Report, May 2021)
- The Impact of Wall Control Performance on Connected Lighting Systems (Report, March 2021)
- The Influence of Communication on the Complexity of Connected Lighting Systems (Report, July 2021)
- Characterizing Connected Lighting Systems (Report, January 2022)
- Presence Detection in Connected Lighting Systems (Report, February 2022)
A new tool in development will help decision makers select lighting control systems to satisfy project objectives. The tool provides a systematic approach to determine controls objectives, system capability considerations, networking and communication options, and documentation needs.