Back in 2015, global ad agency R/GA asked over 1,000 of its New York employees what they most wanted in their new office space. One of the top requests was for more natural light. However, this posed a challenge. In the 200,000 square foot space, the majority of employees sit away from windows. Artificial light that mimics natural daylight was the answer. R/GA chose LED lighting from Ketra. The company implemented Ketra’s Natural Light throughout the office, giving employees access to light that mimics natural daylight. The company contracted Susan Tillotson of Tillotson Design Assoc. to develop a new lighting scheme for the office building’s interior.
The lighting scheme involved the installation of over 10,000 S38 LED lamps from Ketra in fixtures throughout the office. Additionally, the plan included 140 of Ketra’s G2 Linear luminaires. For control, the lighting uses 234 of Ketra’s N3 satellite. The N3 satellite provides several system functions including controlling the luminaires, allowing the integration of third-party control and lighting products, and providing onboard memory and astronomical time clock functionality.
The N3 satellite extends the Bluetooth Mesh network to all the areas in the office. Uniquely, Ketra’s N3 satellite offers multiple control inputs and outputs for integration of third-party control and lighting products. The N3 satellite supports 0-10V dimming, 0-24V dimming, and DMX control protocols.
With the help of LED lighting and controls from Ketra, Tillotson successfully made the office a bright and inviting atmosphere that meets the desires of employees. Also, Suzan Tillotson, the lighting designer for the office space, has won LDA’s 2017 Lighting Designer of the Year award. R/GA was also the winner of LDA’s 2017 Workplace of the Year, led by Tillotson Design Associates and Foster & Partners Architects.