RGBW Colour Control

RGBW colour control is now being requested more than ever for decorative or specialist lighting.

RGBW colour control

RGBW Colour Control

RGBW simply stands for red, green, blue and white. An RGBW luminaire allows lighting scenes to be created out of these colours. The white channel of the RGBW luminaire can be used on it’s own for times when only a white light is needed.

The Benefits Of Colour In Different Settings

Introducing colour into spaces helps create dynamic and welcoming settings. RGBW colour control has many different uses for a variety of sector applications.

Benefits Of RGBW Lighting In Custodial And Secure Health Facilities

  1. Customisable Lighting For Different Areas: RGBW lighting allows for customising lighting in different zones or areas within the facilities. Specific areas may require specific colours or variations of colours for surveillance and monitoring, while others may need softer, more calming lighting for comfort.
  2. Psychological Impact: Colours have psychological effects on individuals. In custodial settings, calming colours can help reduce aggression and stress levels. In secure health settings, soothing colours can contribute to a more relaxed atmosphere, supporting the healing process.
  3. Supports Behaviour Management: In both custodial and secure health settings, lighting can play a role in behaviour management. Strategic use of lighting, such as brighter lighting during specific activities or dimmer lighting during quiet hours, can influence behaviour positively.
  4. Durability And Energy Efficiency: LED-based RGBW lighting is known for its durability and energy efficiency, making it cost-effective for custodial and healthcare facilities.
  5. Smart Lighting Management: RGBW lighting systems can be integrated with smart controls and management systems. This enables remote monitoring, lighting schedules, and energy usage optimisation, contributing to efficient facility management and cost savings.

Benefits Of RGBW Lighting In Community And Public Settings

  1. Enhanced Aesthetics And Visual Appeal: RGBW lighting allows for a wide range of colours and lighting effects, enhancing the visual appeal of public spaces. It can transform ordinary spaces into captivating, vibrant, and immersive environments, attracting visitors and creating memorable experiences.
  2. Community Identity And Branding: RGBW lighting can be used to showcase community identity, landmarks, or cultural symbols, creating a sense of pride.
  3. Wayfinding And Safety: Properly designed RGBW lighting can aid in wayfinding, guiding visitors through public spaces and ensuring their safety, especially during nighttime or low-light conditions.
  4. Energy Efficiency And Sustainability: LED-based RGBW lighting is energy-efficient, contributing to reduced energy consumption and lower operational costs for community and public spaces.
  5. Safety And Security: Well-designed RGBW lighting enhances security in public spaces, making them more inviting and safer for visitors. Proper lighting can deter potential criminal activities and provide better visibility for surveillance cameras.
  6. Community Cohesion And Social Interaction: Illuminated public spaces often become gathering points for community members, fostering social interaction and cohesion among residents.
  7. Adaptive Lighting And Smart Controls: RGBW lighting systems with smart controls allow for adaptive lighting, adjusting brightness and colour according to natural light levels or specific events.

Benefits Of RGBW Lighting In Transport Settings

  1. Enhanced Safety And Wayfinding: RGBW lighting can improve visibility and wayfinding in transport settings. Properly lit areas make it easier for travellers to navigate through busy terminals. Therefore, reducing the risk of accidents and improving overall safety.
  2. Customisable Lighting For Different Areas: Different areas within transport facilities have distinct lighting needs. RGBW lighting allows for customised lighting solutions for ticketing counters, waiting areas, boarding gates, and restrooms, catering to specific requirements and creating a more pleasant environment for travellers.
  3. Passenger Comfort And Well-being: RGBW lighting can be adjusted to create a soothing and calming ambiance for passengers during their travel experience. Warm, inviting lighting in waiting areas and boarding gates can enhance passenger comfort, reducing stress and anxiety associated with travel.
  4. Visual Appeal And Aesthetics: Transport facilities are often bustling hubs with large crowds. RGBW lighting can enhance the visual appeal of these spaces. Therefore, creating a welcoming atmosphere and making the environment more attractive to passengers.
  5. Environmental Awareness And Energy Efficiency: LED-based RGBW lighting is energy-efficient, contributing to reduced energy consumption and lower operating costs for transport facilities. Smart controls and sensors can optimise lighting based on passenger flow and natural light levels, further conserving energy.
  6. Adaptive Lighting For Different Times Of Day: RGBW lighting systems can be programmed to adjust the colour temperature and brightness throughout the day. Cooler lighting during daytime and warmer lighting during evening hours.

Our RGBW Range

RGBW Colour Control Methods

At Designplan our RGBW luminaires can utilise DALI, DMX or wireless control methods. They can be adapted to the needs of your project.


DALI is an industry-standardized protocol. It is specified in the multi-part international standard IEC 62386. A DALI lighting control system will be able to control each colour element in a RGBW luminaire. DALI can create any colour by mixing red, green, blue and white to the required setting.


DMX is a lighting control protocol that can be used to create visual effects for façade and inground lighting. We can provide DMX control for some of our RGBW luminaire range for relevant applications.

Wireless Control

For applications in secure health settings, for example a sensory room, we have a range of luminaires that are wirelessly enabled using Casambi communication. A specific lighting setting can be chosen using a keypad or mobile app.

Further Information

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