One World Trade Center, soon to be the tallest building in the United States and one of the tallest in the world at a height of 1,776 feet, is the main building of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan. The facility was in need of a lighting control system to flexibly and efficiently illuminate 2.6 million square feet of office space, as well as an observation deck, restaurant, parking, and broadcast and antenna facilities.

After a rigorous selection process, Brazill Brothers, an electrical manufacturers rep based in Metuchen, N.J., was chosen to provide a LonWorks-enabled ProSys LM lighting control system from GE Lighting. The system includes a network of relay panels and occupant control switches lined by a 4-wire dataline to form a reconfigurable, “softwired” switching platform that links occupant switches, relays and lighting zones together. A network of ProSys panels can accept a virtually unlimited number of intelligent devices such as panels, switches or LonWorks-enabled lighting systems, ensuring seamless integration into a building automation system and reducing expansion costs over time.

Once installed in One World Trade Center, the ProSys panels and switches installed on each floor will work together to control lighting in various zones of the building, including core building functions such as elevator shafts and maintenance access lighting. Built-in timers will provide easily customizable, automatic-timing functionality, allowing for lighting on/off scheduling for every day of the week and 32 holidays, as well as integration with daylight harvesting technology for maximum illumination efficiency. A web-based, front-end user interface will also allow for technicians to easily configure lighting schedules and monitor performance based on live usage reporting through a standard web browser, ultimately ensuring consistency and electricity savings throughout the building.

GE Lighting products were also selected for the One World Trade Center lighting system project. In fact, Brazill Brothers will also install and tailor the GE Lighting control system to meet tenant and building management needs. One World Trade Center is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2013.