4 Mar 2015 / BAG /

The new LIGHTGATE app makes MixedWhite programming quick and simple

Programming Circadian Light Simply and Quickly

Programming circadian daylight sequences can be so simple – specifying colour chases and lighting intensity levels conveniently and intuitively using a smartphone app. The new LIGHTGATE app from BAG electronics (available for free for iOS 8 and suitable for iPhone and iPad) makes MixedWhite applications even simpler and quicker. The basis of the system is an intelligently designed complete solution for efficiently getting started with Human Centric Lighting (HCL) applications, bringing daylight sequences into interiors together with the LIGHTGATE touch panel or clock module from BAG.

Together with the BAG MixedWhite plus controller, the touch panel with its graphical user interface, or optionally the clock module as an entrylevel solution, enable automatic colour temperature and brightness control in lighting installations – each in accordance with the time of day. Users manually define individual settings using the touch panel or a standard push-button. The new LIGHTGATE app significantly simplifies control and programming. The application for devices with iOS 8 operating systems enables the setting of modified curves for the four seasons of the year (absolutely or depending on the sun’s position), the setting of a universal curve for the complete year, or else defined operating durations according to week days and times.

Parameter forwarding via flash
Handling is as simple as the programming options are astounding. Desired system parameters are initially set with the LIGHTGATE app, and the data is then transmitted via light pulses generated with the flash light LED of the smartphone. Light-sensitive reception diodes that receive and save the signals are located on the touch panel and clock module.

The MixedWhite plus system features two operating modes, automatic mode and manual mode, whereby users modify the brightness and colour temperature of lighting according to requirements.

An efficient start into Human Centric Lighting applications
With this complete system, BAG enables the rapid and user-friendly implementation of Human Centric Lighting solutions. The core of the MixedWhite solution consists of ZITARES intelligent, enabling economic implementation thanks to two independently controllable output channels. Even greater energy efficiency is achieved with daylightdependent control in combination with presence detection.

About Human Centric Lighting:
With HCL applications, the aim is to focus on the effects of light on human well-being and health. The spectral composition of light expressed in the most similar colour temperature as well as the lighting level are oriented to the natural course of daylight, and simulate this as far as possible. These parameters significantly determine whether light has an activating or calming effect on the human organism.

Light adapting to the human biological rhythm
The human hormone balance is responsible for this, especially the hormone melatonin, responsible for waking and sleeping behaviour. The blue component contained in daylight controls the melatonin level via receptors in the eye, and therefore on the one hand the ability to concentrate and levels of alertness, and on the other hand an inclination to sleep. If artificial light is modified to the natural human biological rhythm by regulating the colour temperature, the capability for concentration and also productivity can be significantly improved. Scientific surveys have shown that error quotas in schools can be cut by more than 30%, while work speed increases by the same amount. The productivity of people at workstations is also increased by almost 20% in addition to improved motivation.

 

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