Hyvve : a modular and flexible light system

Remco Magielse, Joep W. Frens

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In this paper we present Hyvve as a flexible, distributed, modular lighting system. Our experiences with designing various intelligent lighting environments taught us that the available equipment is often cumbersome and puzzling to install. Moreover software applications to control lighting equipment often do not provide the freedom the designer requires. Hyvve provides an infrastructure that combines both hard- and software. It consists of hexagonal-shaped ceiling tiles that comprise of a wireless node and three warm white, three cool white LEDs and two LED drivers. Sensors can be connected to the tile by means of various sensor boxes. JAVA based software packages facilitate easy set up and control of the Hyvve system. These packages allow for programming new applications and behaviors into the system. To exemplify the versatility of the system we present three different applications. The showcases corroborate the flexible, modular, and aesthetic qualities of Hyvve as a versatile tool for designing lighting environments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th International Conference on Intelligent Environments, IE 2013
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-0-7695-5038-1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2013
Event9th International Conference on Intelligent Environments, IE 2013 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 18 Jul 201319 Jul 2013


Conference9th International Conference on Intelligent Environments, IE 2013
Abbreviated titleIE '13


  • intelligent environments
  • lighting
  • system design
  • tools for design


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