Cosmicnode’s Wireless Lighting Controls improve game experience and deliver energy savings at Belgian Volleyball Sports Hall

September 21, 2023

Cosmicnode’s wireless controls were recently installed in a volleyball sports hall inn Genk, Belgium, demonstrating their versatility and suitability for a wide range of applications.

The owner commissioned the project to modernize the outdated and inflexible lighting installation. The objective was to implement a user-friendly, adaptable system that would enhance the experience for both players and spectators, while also reducing the sports hall’s energy consumption.

Werner Van Genechten of VGL Elektro, the electrical installer for the project, selected Cosmicnode’s wireless lighting controls for specific reasons. He elaborated:

“Cosmicnode was the preferred choice for several reasons. Firstly, the Cosmicnode system is user-friendly, and the commissioning process is remarkably straightforward. Secondly, the wireless control system provided a cost-effective and sturdy solution that could be seamlessly integrated with minimal disruption to the existing infrastructure. Lastly, Cosmicnode’s system perfectly aligned with the customer’s need for both app-based and switch-based control.”

The Cosmicnode wireless controls bring numerous advantages to the volleyball sports hall and have fully satisfied the client’s expectations.


With the newly introduced ability to create scenes, operators can now produce dynamic lighting effects during games and events, such as using flashing lights to kick off a match.

Moreover, the group control functionality enables the creation of a more visually captivating environment for spectators. During matches, the volleyball court is brightly illuminated while the viewing and seating areas are dimmed to an optimal level, resulting in an overall enhanced gaming experience.

The implementation of Cosmicnode wireless controls has introduced dimming capabilities to the hall, allowing for the adjustment of lighting levels to match specific activities, such as matchdays, practice sessions, and tournaments. This not only promotes energy savings but also reduces unnecessary energy consumption and associated carbon emissions, as opposed to the previous binary on/off option.

The flexibility of control is guaranteed as the lights can be managed through a mobile app, iPad, or tablet. Additionally, energy harvesting wireless switches are deployed for manual control.

Project credits:
Location: Genk, Belgium
Electrical Installer: VGL Elektro
Luminaire: Noxion LED Highbay Ecowhite
Wireless Switch: EnOcean
Wireless Lighting Controls: Cosmicnode


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Quality of Service(QoS)

The best-in-class Quality of Service (QoS) – bandwidth and latency for a wireless mesh network depends on the specific application. Cosmicnode wireless mesh network designed for high-performance applications such as real-time control and monitoring.

Over-the-Air (OTA) firmware update

supports device Over-the-Air (OTA) firmware updates over the mesh network. This means that firmware updates can be pushed to all devices on the network without the need to manually update each device individually. OTA can be performed even if some of the devices on the network are offline.

Bi-directional communication

Near real-time bidirectional communication is a type of communication that allows data to be transmitted and received in both directions with minimal latency. This makes it ideal for applications where it is important to have a quick response time, such as real-time control and monitoring.

Efficiency & Collision Avoidance

Cosmicnode wireless mesh network uses a proprietary routing algorithm designed for efficiency and collision avoidance. This algorithm is based on a number of factors, including the distance between nodes, the quality of the links between nodes, and the current traffic load on the network. It is designed to find the most efficient path for data packets to travel. 

No Single Point of Failure

All mesh nodes in a network can communicate with each other directly, without the need for a central bridge or coordinator. This decentralized communication structure makes mesh networks highly resilient to failures and capable of scaling to large numbers of nodes. Every mesh node can be configured as a transmitter and a receiver, and can forward data packets to other nodes in the network.

Lowest single hop latency

Cosmicnode wireless mesh network has a single hop latency of 15ms. This is the time it takes for a data packet to travel from one mesh node to another. This is a very low latency, which makes Cosmicnode ideal for applications such as real-time control and monitoring.
  •   Efficient routing algorithms: Cosmicnode uses efficient routing algorithms to quickly find the best path for data packets to travel.
  •   Adaptive channel selection: Cosmicnode uses adaptive channel selection to choose the best channel for data transmission based on current conditions.

Highly reliable and scalable

A distributed, highly reliable, scalable, and bidirectional wireless mesh network is a type of network that is designed to be resilient to failures and to be able to handle a large number of devices. It is also designed to be able to communicate in both directions, which makes it ideal for applications such as real-time control and monitoring.

Multi Radio Technology BLE and 2.4GHz

Cosmicnode wireless mesh network uses BLE and 2.4GHz in a complementary way. BLE is used for low-power communication and mesh networking, while 2.4GHz is used for high-bandwidth communication. This combination of technologies allows the Cosmicnode wireless mesh network to provide a highly reliable, low latency, and scalable solution for a wide range of applications. BLE BLE is a low-power wireless technology that is well-suited for wireless mesh networks. BLE has a number of advantages for mesh networks, including:
  •  Low power consumption: BLE devices consume very little power, which is important for mesh networks where devices may be battery powered.
  •  Short-to-mid range: BLE devices can have a range of up to 100 meters in ideal conditions. This makes BLE suitable for mesh networks where devices may be spread out over a large area.
  •  Mesh networking support: BLE supports mesh networking out of the box, making it easy to create mesh networks with BLE devices.  
2.4GHz 2.4GHz is a high-bandwidth wireless technology that is well-suited for applications that require high data throughput. 2.4GHz has a number of advantages for mesh networks, including: High bandwidth: 2.4GHz devices can support data rates of up to 250 kbps. This makes 2.4GHz suitable for mesh networks where devices need to transfer large amounts of data, such as real-time video or audio. Long range: 2.4GHz devices can have a range of up to 1000 meters in ideal conditions. This makes 2.4GHz suitable for mesh networks where devices may be spread out over a large area.

System Integrators and Installers

Cosmicnode lighting control system is easy to install and commission. Integration with wide range of lighting control products and accessories from different manufacturers and vendors. Offer third party integration API’s and gateways (supported protocols Modbus, SDDP, MQTT, Rest API). Mobile app SDK for custom app development or integration to existing app eco-system.