System Design Types

System Design Types

At the beginning of the system design process, you will need to consider a number of factors about the project:

  • Construction type (new or existing)
  • Construction materials
  • Building size and layout
  • Load types and requirements
  • Room aesthetics

These factors will largely determine the type of lighting solution you should specify. Awareness of the key system design types is a good first step in determining the ideal lighting solution for a given project. Lighting solutions can be placed into four main categories:

  • Wireless
  • Centralized (Panelized Lighting)
  • Distributed (Panelized Lighting)
  • Hybrid (Panelized and Wireless Lighting)

NOTE: We provide a Lighting Design Review Service to help in the correct specification of equipment before client purchase.



Wireless Lighting devices feature time-tested and reliable ZigBee• two-way wireless communication. We use a standards-based, wireless mesh technology designed to address the unique needs of low-cost, low-power wireless sensor and control networks, eliminating the need for control wiring to be pulled throughout a home or business. Utilizing a wireless mesh topology, every wireless switch, dimmer, or keypad serves as a wireless repeater, providing increased range and network reliability due to signal redundancy. All wireless switches and dimmers are compatible with traditional electrical wiring standards, allowing basic controls to be easily upgraded to intelligent lighting.


Wireless Lighting systems are ideal for both existing construction and new construction installations. It’s the best solution for clients who already have electrical wiring in place or want to route all electrical wiring the traditional way (to wall switches and then to loads). There are applications where wireless communications can be problematic due to building size, construction materials, or wireless interference. In these projects, care must be given to deploy wireless nodes, repeaters, and extenders/access points to ensure good lighting performance. Building size and construction materials have an impact on overall system performance.