Networked Lighting Control
Digital Networked Lighting Controls or sometimes Networked or Addressable Lighting Controls are defined by CSI 260943. This is one of several lighting specifications published by the Construction Standards Institute. Like other Building Automation Systems (BAS), networked lighting controls typically spans an entire building to create an Internet of Things (IoT). Similar systems include HVAC, security, fire alarm, and access control. All of these have both a control and management component with most control being local while system management is central.
Unlike other BAS systems, network lighting control is typically not provided by a single entity. This is the result of lighting controls and lighting in general being too big and integrated. That leaves electricians in the uncomfortable position of trying to provide and install sophisticated controls without the detailed knowledge and experience to do so. To resolve this problem, the industry created the CSI 260943 specification which creates shared responsibility between a Lighting Control System Provider (LCSP) and the installing Electrical Contractor (EC). The primary responsibility for providing “a complete and operational” system rests with the EC; but to assure this happens, the EC is required to engage with a LCSP to provide the necessary capabilities to include design, shop drawings, active control components, and system acceptance, warranty, training, and support.