LED fixtures are developing very quickly. Besides continuous improvements in light quality and light output, major developments are happening in lighting management the world over.
This is also the case at Bever Innovations, which is now working on the next phase in LED development, whereby LED fixtures not only communicate remotely with each other, but also make connections with other technological processes at fuel stations. At Shell station De Gouwe in Noordgouwe, Bever Innovations recently performed a practical test using the latest LED fixtures, LS LED canopy bulbs and forecourt lighting. The results of this test were so good that worldwide implementation is now very close.
“The practical test provided a clear insight into the effects and possibilities of our recent innovations”, explains commercial director of Bever Innovations. “By using our latest LED fixtures, LS Downlights and forecourt lighting, in combination with our Bever Smart Technlogy and Bever App for tablets and smartphones, business owners will for example, always be able to get an insight into activity at their fuel station e.g., the most popular pumps and the routes customers take when walking on the forecourt. This not only allows them to modify their lighting management and marketing initiatives, but also to improve safety and customer satisfaction.”
One of the examples he mentions is the intelligent connection between LED fixtures and various light sensors, PIR motion detectors and pumps on the forecourt. “All LED fixtures are switched off when there is enough daylight. However, as soon as it gets dark, all forecourt and canopy fixtures automatically switch to stand-by mode.
This means the fuel station will always be clearly visible – also from a distance, while energy consumption is also managed effectively.” As soon as a car approaches the entrance of the fuel station, the motion detectors automatically sends a signal to the Smart Ambiente entrance fixtures and the LS canopy fixtures, which immediately scale up to 80% of their lighting capacity. “This means customers are effectively and safely illuminated when they drive on to the forecourt and when they get out of, and fill up, their vehicles.” After a few minutes, the fixtures near the driveway dim to their initial light output, while the Ambiente forecourt fixtures near the exit scale up from 30% to 80% of their maximum output. “This configuration remains active as long as movement is detected under the canopy. The fixtures then automatically and gradually dim to 10% of their maximum light output (Deep-Dim mode), which means energy consumption can be kept to a minimum.”
NO SEPARATE INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDED
This Smart Technology allows Bever LED fixtures to precisely follow the speed and direction of movements on the forecourt. “This is of great benefit to our clients, as is the fast and simple installation. There is no need to install separate infrastructure when implementing our LED fixtures because they only need the power cables already present at existing stations.
CONNECTION TO ALARM SYSTEM
Besides standard lighting connections, the practical test at Shell station De Gouwe also involved examining connections between Bever lighting, Smart Technology and alarm activation. “The alarm system is automatically activated using sensors if unusual movements are detected on the forecourt. Besides the signal sent by the alarm to the security service, a signal can also be sent to our lighting system, which will then automatically increase the lighting. This means the station will be fully lit if there is any trouble.’ Bever Innovations is currently optimising this development so, besides the alarm system, other similar systems can also be intelligently integrated.
Ideal visibility: As soon as it becomes dark, all forecourt and canopy fixtures automatically scale up to stand-by mode, which means the fuel station will always be clearly visible – also from a distance, and energy consumption can be managed effectively.
Intelligent lighting connection: Customers are effectively and safely illuminated when they drive on to the forecourt and when they get out of, and fill up, their vehicles.
Minimal energy consumption: Once activity is no longer detected, the fixtures automatically and gradually dim to 10% of their maximum light output (Deep-Dim mode) or any other desired level, which means energy consumption can be kept to a minimum.