Spreading bright ideas at LEDucation 2019
The largest LED trade show and forum in the United States is coming up in March—and SENSO will be there. It’s not every day that we get to share our products and stay up to date with the latest advancements in LED technology with 6,000 other LED professionals.
Our sales team will be in New York City to showcase our latest made-in-Canada designs, such as the Vesta 1 system, the stylish Black Lens Dagger, and our new IP- and IK-rated Trident linear profile, poured in our controlled environment resin lab. We’ll probably be mentioning how SENSO maintains its quality standards by testing our fixtures with our in-house, state-of-the-art Goniophotometer, too.
Find Us At Booth GB 708
The trade show is also a great opportunity to learn about the newest trends and developments in LED technology, from design and controls, even to how lighting fixture design can play a role in office acoustics! We’re looking forward to coming back with new knowledge as we continuously improve our products.
Learn more at LEDucation.org.
Let it shine! Raising SENSO’s Colour Rendering Index
Whether it’s fresh food, fashion choices, splashy art, or eye-catching products, colour is key to so many human experiences. And without light, colour simply can’t exist.
In a way, SENSO is in the business of bringing colours to life. That’s why a fixture’s Colour Rendering Index (CRI) is a key consideration of any project.
CRI is a measurement, on a scale of 1 to 100, of a light’s ability to show colours naturally, allowing the human eye to detect subtle variations. Higher CRI ratings mean that a light is better at rendering colour; lower CRI ratings are cheaper and make colours appear dull or unnatural.
As LED technology improves, expectations rise. As we pride ourselves on being leaders and not laggards, SENSO is standardizing all of our module fixtures (used in the majority of our downlights) to 90 CRI. The usual threshold to be considered a quality product is 83 CRI, but more and more frequently 90 CRI is now considered the minimum.
As we keep up with the latest advances in lighting engineering and design, SENSO can offer exceptional colour quality coupled with the high energy-efficiency of LED lights. With all of our products capable of 90 CRI in a wide array of colour temperatures, we’re ready to find the perfect solution for any project—in full, living colour.
Knowledge is power. That’s true in all areas of life, and it’s true of the technology we use for our lighting solutions. For the final instalment of Senso’s five-part series on the Xicato XIM module, we’re looking at its ability to gather and analyze data.
Over the past few months, we’ve shared some of our favourite aspects of the XIM module, from its superior dimming and controls, the exciting opportunities of its Bluetooth beacons, and the power of its sensor capabilities such as motion detection and daylight harvesting.
All of these features are enhanced by XIM’s on-board sensor and microprocessor, small but mighty components that store operational data. This smart technology monitors and records the status of the module’s hardware, allowing you to evaluate performance over time. If anything is running at less than optimal standards, the sensor and microprocessor will be the first to know.
For example, XIM’s analytics are able to inform you of any LED failures, colour shifting, or fading. Because the microprocessor is constantly collecting data, you can pinpoint where things went wrong, making it easier to find a solution or optimize performance. This is just one more reason we love XIM here at Senso—the confidence that your lighting module is top-notch at all times, along with the data to support it.
We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Xicato’s XIM module as much as we enjoy working with it! Be sure to explore our earlier articles all about XIM:
Lighting should to meet the needs of the humans using a space—and sometimes that means knowing when to turn off. By using sensors for motion detection and daylight harvesting, lighting can be designed to adapt to how you’re using a space and whether there are other sources of light. .
For part four of Senso’s five-part series on the Xicato XIM module, we’re taking a closer look at its sensor capabilities.
The Xicato Intelligent Sensors (XIS) are compatible with the XIM modules and communicate wirelessly over Bluetooth. XIS can detect changing environments so that lights can be programmed to respond accordingly. Uses include:
Occupancy detection: activates lights when someone enters the room, fading down the lights after a set time period. For example, rooms that are infrequently accessed, like supply closets, would benefit from occupancy detection.
Vacancy detection: like occupancy detection, but in reverse. Vacancy detection will dim lights after a pre-set timeout period if no occupancy is detected.
Daylight compensation: perfect for spaces that enjoy lots of natural light. On sunny days, or even cloudy ones, XIS helps lighting adapt to the amount of ambient light, increasing brightness as darkness falls.
Art conservation: since light can be damaging to artwork, sensors are crucial in optimizing the type of light exposed to your artwork, and can also switch the lights off when no viewer is present. Your watercolour collection will thank you!
XIS can also broadcast by beacon (see part 3 of our series about XIM), meaning that it’s adaptable to retail and customer-focused experiences.
Learn more about XIS
part 1: introductions
Just as delicious meals come from high-quality ingredients, good lighting design relies on the best hardware to illuminate your space. That’s why Senso Lighting is a strong supporter of Xicato LED modules—we use them whenever possible!
Xicato’s XIM module is one of our favourites. With an integrated driver, this LED module is Xicato’s solution for intelligent lighting. Producing 100+ lumens per watt at operating conditions, XIM offers the best colour consistency in the industry, and a colour temperature range from 2700K to 4000K. Available in 19mm and 9mm, XIM is a perfect fit for elegant designs that wouldn’t suit bulkier options.
It gets better: the XIM module’s on-board sensors and microprocessors store data by the hour, and XIM self-adjusts to avoid overheating. Able to connect with Bluetooth, DALI and standard 1-10V dimming, XIM offers smooth, deep dimming 0.1% to match changing needs throughout the day.
And XIM is here to stay. Its future-proof platform, including Bluetooth, sensors, programming tools and gateway, allows for expanded capabilities as technology evolves.
All that to say, besides high performance, reduced energy costs and enhanced aesthetic appeal, XIM is simply one darn clever module. No wonder we’re such fans!
Keep an eye out for our upcoming posts on Xicato’s XIM module:
- Part 2: Controls and dimming
- Part 3: Bluetooth Beacon Technology
- Part 4: Motion detection and daylight harvesting
- Part 5: Module analytics