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Lessons in Control from CP Electronics

Lighting at the new facilities within Cambridge Regional College, Science Park Campus, is being controlled with the help of ceiling mounted PIR presence detectors and MWS3 microwave detectors from CP Electronics. As part of a strategy to reduce energy consumption, the detectors have been installed in corridors, toilets and foyers as well as providing daylight dimming options in classrooms.

Lessons in Control from CP Electronics

Specified by contractors T Clarke, Midlands, CP’s Vitesse Plus Lighting Distribution System has been used throughout the extended sports hall facility and also within the new buildings which house catering, hair and beauty and motor vehicle facilities.. Vitesse is a marshalling box with simple, pluggable outputs for extreme ease of installation and commissioning. It provides up to 10 outputs, enabling it to be used with a range of control options including photocell-controlled and manual dimming, presence or absence detection, corridor linking and manual switching, as well as testing of emergency lighting. It also offers a manual override for the presence detection. With three configurable channels and numerable functions, Vitesse Plus provides a high level of lighting control without the need for a control network.

For changing zones in the sports hall, along with teaching and staff areas at the college, CP’s MWS3-DD presence detectors, connected to the Vitesse System, have been installed offering detection and dimming control in one compact unit. MWS3-DD also has an adjustable sensor head capable of producing different detection patterns.

Presence detection in the form of CP’s MWS-1 has been used in all of the corridors in the newly built areas of the college, also linked with Vitesse. Utilising a self-contained microwave detector, the unit requires no separate control or power supply boxes and its detection range of up to 30 metres makes it ideal for use over large areas. With no external lens, the sensor unit is unobtrusive and vandal resistant. The major benefit of the MWS range is that no external control boxes are required, therefore the units are quick and easy to install, whilst proving very cost effective.

As part of the college installation, the bistro area required a dimmable lighting system with scene setting for different applications and CP’s Rapid system was chosen for this application. Rapid is a fully addressable, networked lighting management system which is fully configurable, enabling a change of illumination to suit the mood in the area, without the need to change the hard wiring.

Following the installation, contracts manager Chris Holttum at T Clarke commented "We have used CP’s products in other installations and have always found them reliable and very easy to install. The products are ideal for education projects where lighting has to be flexible but where energy saving is also a key issue".

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