Harvard Engineering has shown unwavering confidence in its own products’ capabilities by installing its controls equipment at its new headquarters

Harvard Engineering has recently moved into new premises at Normanton, Wakefield in West Yorkshire. The new facility has a world-class research and development centre including a manufacturing plant with advanced automated assembly equipment, large open plan offices and a showroom.

Harvard has fitted the entire facility with a number of its own solutions, including Dali LED drivers throughout. Harvard’s Dali drivers deliver high performance and high efficiency for powering high brightness LEDs from a mains supply.


The LED drivers provide dimming capabilities across a wide range of output currents, which means that Harvard can maximise energy savings and create different levels of lighting by smoothly dimming LEDs at specific times.

The Dali drivers let Harvard use digital programming to set different lighting and ambient levels for displays for visiting customers. Being motion activated, the drivers also turn the lights off completely should a room be empty.

In the car park, Harvard has installed its LeafNut streetlighting monitoring and control system. LeafNut provides complete control and monitoring over individual or groups of street lights, controlled via a computer, laptop or even a smart phone.

Michael McDonnell, sales and marketing director at Harvard Engineering, says: ‘Not only is LED lighting becoming more widely used but an increasing number of local authorities are looking for innovative applications like LeafNut to manage their street lights. Due to growing demand, we are also opening new offices in Australia and Italy.’

On the lectern with CP

CP Electronics has installed controls at the refurbished Worcester Royal Infirmary building, which now forms part of the University of Worcester. The brief was to provide accurate and easy adjustment of light levels, particularly for the lecture areas which have to cater for both traditional teaching and high-tech presentations.

A £6 million refurbishment to create new facilities for students will house the Worcester Business School, along with a new wellbeing centre, teaching spaces and computer suites.

Installed and specified by Mitie Engineering Services (Midlands), products from CP include passive infrared detector EBDSPIR-PRM, which can be set for absence or presence detection, switching the load on or off according to occupancy, using its built-in photocell. Specifically designed for use in open plan areas, corridors and aisles, CP’s MWS-3 Multi-Sense has been used throughout the refurbishment.

Unlike fixed-head sensors, the MWS-3 uses an adjustable sensor head to provide a unique presence detection capability. By changing the angle of the sensor head,
different detection patterns are achieved for variations in area coverage with a reduced number of sensors.

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