College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering

College - Author 2

College of Engineering

Department - Author 2

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree - Author 2

BS in Electrical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Taufik, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department


The goal of this project is to design and construct the first lab experiment for the newly developed EE435 laboratory course. The experiment entails PLC programming to automate LED lighting in a simulated building. Starting with why PLCs are used, how to use the interface of EcoStruxure Control Expert V15.0 and practice using logic to control the dimming of a Light Emitting Diode (LED) to sustain a certain number of lumens consistent in a zone. Through the lab manual developed in this project, students will gain experience of creating logic designs using Function Block Diagram (FBD) and learn the layout of the software, EcoStruxure Control Expert V15.0. The use of LED drivers for controlling LED lighting in a zone demonstrates how PLCs are used in industrial settings to automate lighting operation that save energy; thus, the cost associated with energy use. Students will visually see their logic design in a simulated building where the indoor lighting adjusts to the outdoor light in real time. Using ControlExpert, software for Schneider Electric product, logic was successfully created to dim and brighten light according to external ambient light. A 3D model of the simulated building was also developed to allow future modifications and improvements to be easy and accessible.