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Title: Investigation of an integrated automated blinds and dimmable lighting system for tropical climate in a rotatable testbed facility
Authors: Babu, Sushanth
Zhou, Jian
Wan, Man Pun
Zhang, Zhe
Gao, Chun-ping
Valliappan, Selvam
Goh, Alice
Seoh, Alvin
Lamano, Adrian Sansoldi
Sarvaiya, Jatin Narotam
Kumar, Divya E. V. S. Kiran
Keywords: Lighting
Engineering::Environmental engineering
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Babu, S., Zhou, J., Wan, M. P., Lamano, A. S., Sarvaiya, J. N., Zhang, Z., . . . Seoh, A. (2019). Investigation of an integrated automated blinds and dimmable lighting system for tropical climate in a rotatable testbed facility. Energy and Buildings, 183, 356-376. doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.11.007
Series/Report no.: Energy and Buildings
Abstract: Performance of automated blinds and auto-dimming lighting system in providing lighting energy savings and occupant visual comfort was studied in a rotatable testbed facility located in tropical Singapore. The automated Venetian blinds system, consisting of a daylight-redirecting top portion and a glare-controlling bottom portion, was controlled by an in-house developed control algorithm designed specifically for tropical climate of Singapore to introduce maximum daylight while minimising Daylight Glare Probability (DGP). The auto-dimming lighting system used Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) controller to control T5 fluorescent and LED luminaries. Energy consumption by the lighting system, working plane illumination distribution and DGP were monitored by a network of sensors and high-dynamic range (HDR) camera systems. Compared to non-dimmable T5 lighting, LED lamps provided about 24% of lighting energy savings. Auto-dimming technology showed about 46% lighting energy savings. LED lamps coupled with auto-dimming showed around 80% lighting energy savings. Without window blinds, the working plane illuminance exceeded the recommended 3000 lx level during certain time of the day and DGP exceeded 0.35. The automated blinds effectively eliminated glare discomfort, and with the automated blinds working in conjunction with the auto-dimming, significant lighting energy savings was achieved without compromising the illuminance level at the working plane. 75% of lighting energy savings was achieved for North orientation and 63% for East orientation. Façade orientation was found to have a significant impact on the lighting energy savings potential, with the North orientation achieving higher daylight savings due to higher daylight redirection possibility throughout the day. The lighting energy savings potential is higher for clearer sky conditions due to higher daylight availability. Implementation of daylight re-directing shading system has significant lighting energy savings in the tropics. These lighting energy savings can be captured by deploying an auto-dimming system. With careful design of the system and control algorithm, the lighting energy savings can be achieved while maintaining good visual comfort.
ISSN: 0378-7788
DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.11.007
Rights: © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. This paper was published in Energy and Buildings and is made available with permission of Elsevier B.V.
Fulltext Permission: open
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