Redwood Systems has developed an innovative energy-efficient lighting system that provides advanced control capabilities along with rich building performance data to improve how commercial buildings are lit, heated, occupied, and managed.
Traditional Lighting and Controls
Current controls are built around and on top of the existing electrical wiring that powers lighting. Whether dimming, detecting motion, implementing daylighting, or managing to a scheduler, all of these systems sit "on top" of the power system and have fixed dependencies on the circuitry. As a result, they tend to be complex to set up, expensive to install and difficult to modify once deployed.
[Click image to enlarge]
Conventional controls are overlays on the existing AC power system making them expensive to install and difficult to modify.
A Single, Cost-Effective Building-Performance Lighting Platform
Redwood’s innovative approach combines power, control, and communication technologies over a single low-voltage wire or category cable. This DC-powered “self-aware” network architecture automates lighting and enables building intelligence. Redwood is a single system that is simple to install and commission as a cohesive network of fixture and sensor hardware that is administered centrally through a web-based dashboard from PCs and smartphones.
[Click image to enlarge]
The Redwood System is possible through the integration of technical advances across LEDs, microprocessors, DC-powered devices and sensors. Together, these technologies allow Redwood to deploy a centralized power and control platform that communicates with a fine-grained “building fabric” composed of a dense network of sensors and fixtures throughout a building. This approach enables the system to intelligently optimize where and how much power is needed for various applications such as lighting, heating, air flow, window shading, plug and process loads, and support utility demand response programs.
This architecture has been deployed in leading commercial office, data center, and school projects, saving commercial buildings 75% of the energy consumed while providing a new platform for improved building intelligence.
Redwood Systems’ approach brings a number of key benefits including:
- Highly tuned energy savings
- Real-time energy management and reporting
- Monitor and enhance workplace productivity
- Reduced installation, commissioning and maintenance costs
- Flexible, scalable, open platform