Chapter 11

Mechanical Systems

A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist. —Buckminster Fuller, philosopher, inventor, and architect

The science and engineering of automated lighting systems have matured to the point where reliability, in general, has greatly improved and the mean time between failures is surprisingly high. That wasn’t always the case. Automated lighting used to be part engineering and part re-engineering.

Some of the improvements can be attributed to the natural evolution and development of products and some to the application of better materials, such as the introduction of high-tech plastics and manufacturing techniques like surface mount technology. ...

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