lightning protection devices to prevent high altitude short-circuit problems and pre-programmed time clock functions that enables automatic lighting resetting in case of a power blackout.
As the tallest building in the world, energy conservation is also on the top of the shopping list for the management of Taipei 101. Lutron systems can measure and monitor lighting system energy usage and peak demand, allowing the facilities team to minimize energy charges.
The biggest challenge of the project is associated with ‘Mother Nature’, as Taiwan is located in an active earthquake zone with frequent typhoons during summertime. To alleviate wind pressure and to provide the best safety measures and efficient services, a mechanical floor is created with every 8 floors of office, totaling 11 mechanical floors in the building. With maximum wind speed expected to be over 250 km per hour, the architect installed two wind dampers - a 680 ton swinging pendulum suspended from the 89th floor, and another designed as a 15 meter high tower sitting atop the building. These dampers will reduce wind movement during a typhoon and automatically lock up when an earthquake hits.
Chris Liu of Litenet Corporation found Lutron extremely helpful when coping with the challenge. Lutron products are all lightning-strike protected, eliminating chances of short circuits, and the high durability of its products can withstand exposure on the exterior of the building where wind pressure is estimated to be above 250 km per hour.
Liu enjoyed using Lutron systems, and considered them the best in the market; he actually started using Lutron products 18 years ago and has adopted them in many key projects he undertook in Taiwan.
“Quality, innovation and user-friendliness are the three reasons I picked Lutron,” said Liu. “Lutron’s products have zero defects, and its technology is constantly challenging the boundaries of the lighting market, while its user-friendly features allow anyone to master in a short time. For an important project like the Taipei Financial Center, I wouldn’t trust any lighting control specialist other than Lutron.”