14 Dec 2015 / Tridonic /

A new dimension for connected light

connecDIM provides differentiated and individual lighting moods in both the administration offices and the production facilities in the new headquarters of Sattler Lighting.

The new headquarters of Sattler Lighting, a specialist luminaire manufacturer based in Germany, has a floor area of around 2500 square metres and accommodates a large showroom, generous meeting rooms and offices in addition to storerooms and social areas. Production facilities, warehousing, a dispatch centre, laboratories and workshops are also located at the new site. The lighting for the entire building is controlled by a connecDIM light management system from Tridonic.

A new dimension for connected light

Corporate culture reflected in the building

The entrance for visitors and employees, which acts as the company's calling card, is beautifully understated. From the outside the main entrance is discreetly integrated in the facade. It then opens into a magnificent foyer stretching over two floors, combining cosmopolitan flair with a sense of comfort and well-being. The materials used – polished concrete for the multi-functional reception desk, oak veneer for the walls, and Pandomo flooring for the showroom – are a successful combination of industrial design and high-quality craftsmanship.

Highlights from the Sattler collection of luminaires are carefully displayed here: innovative luminaires of striking design, with high-quality finishes for public and commercial buildings. One of the design features of the company's product portfolio is the circular shape of the luminaires, which are available in a wide range of sizes up to extremely large diameters of more than three metres.

A communicative atmosphere

The offices are open-plan, like the rest of the building, allowing staff to see into and through neighbouring areas. It is immediately obvious that communication is a major element in Sattler's corporate culture. Integrated in the traffic zone that links the administration and production areas are a number of conference islands that are perfect for spontaneous discussions. The office zones themselves with their workbench desks also offer plenty of space for ad-hoc meetings where plans and drawings can be spread out. To help people find their way about, the felt-lined acoustic partitions along the main axis in the office zone are colour-coded: green for Purchasing and Accounts, red for Exports, yellow for Domestic Sales, blue for Design and Construction, and grey for Project Management.

A new dimension for connected light

Energy conscious

It goes without saying that a company such as Sattler would be setting the highest possible standards in terms of the energy consumption of its new building. The temperature in the entire building, including the production areas, is regulated via underfloor heating and ground load cooling with an integrated heat pump, which results in very low feed temperatures and low consumption values. To absorb temperature peaks the showroom and the offices have an air-conditioning system integrated in the ceiling which can be controlled by the employees zone by zone. 
And it also goes without saying that the lighting in the entire building is state of the-art with regard to technology, visual comfort and energy efficiency. Long-life LED light sources are used together with a differentiated light management system which regulates the artificial lighting according to the amount of available daylight, creating the ideal conditions with optimum energy efficiency based on demand.

The lights follow you round

Ulrich Sattler, second generation owner and managing director of Sattler Lighting, is enthusiastic about the dynamic lighting system in his company's new headquarters. "Coming into work in the morning is pretty magical. I don't have to fumble for any light switches. The lights go on automatically and then follow me round as I walk through the different areas". There is also the reassurance of knowing that the lights will definitely be switched off when the last person leaves a particular work zone. Ulrich Sattler is also pleased for aesthetic reasons that there are no switches on the walls. 
More than 50 sensors send movement and/or ambient light parameters to the connecDIM Gateway. This is the heart of the system and can control up to 256 luminaires on four DALI lines independently of one another, in other words individually. At Sattler there are two gateways offering a total of eight lines. This provides enough freedom to respond with a high degree of flexibility to any changes in the use of rooms and to any future expansion.

Control based on demand

The daylight sensors inform the connecDIM Gateway whether, how and in which colour and intensity it should switch on or dim the light. The aim is to provide a minimum illuminance of 700 lux at the workstations. "We can set both the illuminance and the light colour (Tunable White) on the basis of demand", explained Gisbert Schubert, Tridonic Technical Sales Service. It is therefore possible to control the colour temperature to simulate the changes in natural daylight over the course of a day. "The system tells us the sunrise and sunset times", added Gisbert Schubert.

connecDIM is based on standard hardware and internet technologies, which means users do not have to invest in expensive specialist hardware and software. Once connected to the internet, the gateway collects all the data and parameters from all the connected DALI devices and transfers them via TCP/IP to the central connecDIM cloud. connecDIM is easy to control from a PC or via an app on a smartphone or tablet.

A pleasant working environment

Ulrich Sattler is convinced that the connecDIM light management system was the right decision for the new headquarters. The importance of differentiated and individually controllable lighting for offices has been underlined by numerous studies, not least by the global user study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute in cooperation with Zumtobel. "In our new building we now have a flexible lighting concept that can be individually adapted to suit the needs of our employees in administration and in production", added the managing director. Lighting that is tailored to the needs of users has been shown to improve their well-being and make workplaces more attractive. And this is very evident in the new Sattler headquarters.

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