Human-centric lighting with integrated Casambi revolutionises new Bristol office space

When ETS Group shifted to new premises in Bristol, owner Mark Cole had a clear vision for the new space. Connected Light utilised Casambi’s Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to provide a bespoke design and commissioning solution that offered innovative lighting and full controls to fit the business’ needs.

Originally a money vault from the early nineties, the location was purchased by an electrical specialist company, ETS, as their new office space. Many original design features were preserved, such as scaffolding bars on the walls and visible electrics, all of which provided a rich variety of textures and concepts to work with.

Connected Light director and project lead, Matt Holway, says, “ETS wanted to create a space with wow-factor, and be able to use their office as a showroom for their clients. It was a blank canvas for us to work on, with the added bonus of lots of great architectural detail to create features from.”

The aim was to create a solution that could take the blank canvas available and transform it into a bright, modern showroom representative of the company’s capabilities while providing a comfortable and welcoming aesthetic for staff to work in. Because lighting technology changes frequently, ETS also wanted to use modern solutions that would last a long time without the need for replacement.

The uniqueness of this design was a core part of this project

ETS Managing Director, Mark Cole, had designed the office himself from start to finish, covering all aspects of how the space would look. He needed someone to turn his vision for the new lighting into reality, from landscaping to internal decorations, kitchen designs, and bathrooms.

Due to the time and work committed to the project, it was important for ETS to envision the outcome before completion. 3D design software was used to render a complete visualisation of the results in ETS’ very own space, which helped Mark and colleagues feel confident about the project and how it would look as it progressed.

The challenge of fully controlling the lighting of such a varied and exciting space was resolved through Casambi technology, which can work with all major lighting manufacturers.  A range of products, including accent lighting, colour change technologies, and suspended linear profiles, were integrated with Casambi controls, allowing light sources to be controlled and dimmed throughout the office via a single Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) mesh.

Human-centric lighting was utilised throughout each department, enabling the lighting to be programmed to different temperature levels, which mimics natural human circadian rhythms and matches the level of daylight outside – providing a more natural, comfortable atmosphere for staff and visitors.

The techniques and products used were curated into a stylish visual experience that Matt from Connected Light describes as a “spectrum of different lighting concepts.” The office provides a modern, warm, and welcoming atmosphere for staff and has already proven to be a popular talking point for visitors to the building.

“The feedback for our new lighting has been really positive from both our staff and visitors. I loved the idea of bringing daylight in from the outdoors and wanted this style of lighting for the new office. The final result is outstanding – the design and controls make the office look smart and sophisticated and the service was second to none.” – Mark Cole, Director

With Casambi controls in place, ETS can fully adjust their new lighting system to fulfil their day-to-day needs. ETS took a significant technology generational step to have the vision and confidence in the solution from Connected Light.

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