Wall controls form the only touchpoint for individual room users and that room’s lighting control system. As such, these interfaces strongly influence user understanding and utilization of the system, as well as overall acceptance. The Next Generation Lighting Systems (NGLS) program began an evaluation of the wall controls in 14 connected lighting systems installed in various rooms of the NGLS
Living Lab at Parsons School of Design in New York City. These systems demonstrate the wide range of approaches to wall control setup and functionality taken by manufacturers. Characterizing the 14 controls across six attributes, only four, or 29%, were identical. Requirements for wall control design were not specified explicitly by NGLS. Rather, wall controls were required to provide system performance according to three criteria: vacancy control (manual on/auto off) of two zones;
manual continuous dimming of the same two zones; and an AV presentation mode in one of the two zones. This report examines the classification of entries, the assessment method used to evaluate the systems from installation through day-to-day use, and the system performance observed to date for each.