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1. (WO2017129574) MESSAGE DELAY MANAGEMENT IN LIGHTING CONTROL NETWORKS.
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CLAIMS:

1. System (200) for controlling lighting control components (301, LI -LI 6) within a lighting control system comprising two or more lighting components (LI -LI 6) and a sensor component controllable in accordance with a lighting scene defined in a lighting plan (204), the system comprising a processing unit configured to

determine a set of two or more lighting control components (LI -LI 6) involved in a first lighting scene,

map the set of two or more lighting control components onto the communication network (100) topology,

determine a time delay for respective commands sent to the respective lighting control components (L 1 , ... ,L 16) of the set of two or more lighting control components based at least in part on measurement data provided by the sensor component; and

based on the determined time delay compute a time offset for commands to the respective lighting control components (L 1 , ... ,L 16) of the set of two or more lighting control components to switch each lighting control component of the set of two or more lighting control components at a determined point in time (tl , t2, ...tl 6).

2. System (200) according to claim 1, wherein the respective time offsets are used to determine an order in which the commands are transmitted to the respective lighting control components.

3. System (200) according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the processing unit is configured to provide augmentation data based on the computed time offsets with the corresponding commands to the respective lighting control components.

4. System (200) according to claim 1, wherein the respective time offsets computed in accordance with the first lighting scene are stored at the respective lighting control components.

5. System (200) according to claim 1, wherein the processing unit is further configured to initiate the submission of test messages to compute and/or validate the time offset for respective lighting control components in accordance with a received response to the test message.

6. System (200) according to claim 1-3, wherein the respective determined points in time

(i) are exactly the same (tl; t2) for all lighting control components; or

(ii) are delayed (t 1 -t 16) by predetermined intervals (α, β).

7. System (200) according to claim 1, wherein the processing unit is further configured to compute the time offset for respective commands sent to the respective lighting control components of the set of two or more lighting control components in dependence of a type of the respective lighting control components.

8. Method for controlling lighting control components (301, LI -LI 6) within a lighting control system comprising two or more lighting control components and a sensor component controllable in accordance with a lighting scene defined in a lighting plan (204), the method comprising

determining a set of two or more lighting control components (LI -LI 6) involved in a first lighting scene,

mapping the set of two or more lighting control components onto the communication network topology,

determining a time delay for respective commands sent to the respective lighting control components (L 1 , ... ,L 16) of the set of two or more lighting control components based at least in part on measurement data provided by the sensor component; and

based on the determined time delay computing a time offset for commands to the respective lighting control components (L 1 , ... ,L 16) of the set of two or more lighting control components to switch each lighting control component of the set of two or more lighting control components at a determined point in time (tl, t2,...tl6).

9. Method according to claim 8, further comprising determining an order in which the commands are transmitted to the respective lighting control components based on the respective time offsets.

10. Method according to claim 8 or 9, further comprising augmentation data based on the computed time offsets with the corresponding commands to the respective lighting control components.

11. Method according to claim 8, further comprising storing the respective time offsets computed in accordance with the first lighting scene at the respective lighting control components.

12. Method according to claim 8, further comprising initiating the submission of test messages to compute and/or validate the time offset for respective lighting control components in accordance with a received response to the test message.

13. Method according to claim 8-10, wherein the respective determined points in time

(i) are exactly the same for all lighting control components; or (ii) are delayed by predetermined intervals (α, β).

14. Method according to claim 8, further comprising computing the time offset for respective commands sent to the respective lighting control components of the set of two or more lighting control components in dependence of a type of the respective lighting control components.

15. A computer program for controlling lighting control components (301, LI -LI 6) within a lighting control system comprising two or more lighting control components controllable in accordance with an lighting scene defined in an lighting plan (204), the computer program being executable in an processing unit, the computer program comprising program code means for causing the processing unit to carry out a method as defined in claims 8-14 when the computer program is executed in the processing unit.