Immediately there was an surprise, albeit a good one, as we went to switch out the LED T8 tubes, sensors and switches – an electrician already very kindly fitted them for us. Good thing too as I thought replacement starters were just end caps and would have thrown them in the bin. Once they had been plugged in the lights turns on and off without the gateway even installed. Nice to know that even if I messed up the commissioning, they would still have office lighting - I could breathe a little easier.
Then came the gateway; and, what turned out to be, not my finest moment. LAN cable to connect the router to the Interact Pro Gateway – Check. Gateway plugged in – Check. Scanned the QR code on the gateway as per the instructions – failed. Tried again – failed. What followed was 5 minutes of confusion and swearing profusely as I struggled to comprehend why it wouldn’t work. Only for my colleague to wander over and point out that while I had plugged the gateway in… I hadn’t actually turned the power on. Oh the shame. Surprise surprise, it worked first time when it had electricity.
The rest really was child’s play as I followed the instructions on the app– although probably worth mentioning that children are pretty handy with apps and smartphones these days, but you know what I mean. Press the button ‘discover lights’ and the phone whirred away for a few minutes and discovered the lights. Created 3 groups – kitchen, Main office and meeting room. Then tap a light so it flashes to tell you which one it is and assign it to a room. Simples (best meerkat impression). Handy tip though – don’t tap too many at once otherwise you will turn the office into some sort of weird formal disco.