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Noise Guide

Noise Guide with green yellow and red lights

Reduce office noise and interruptions with this simple and effective Noise level indicator

Why our customers use Noise Guide:

  • Makes office noise visible
  • Reminds everyone when it is time to quiet down
  • Simple and effective way of reducing office noise
  • Software allows you to analyze noise levels

Find out how you can use Noise Guide to reduce your office noise levels.

For a full list of the product specifications, you can download the Noise Guide product sheet.

How to view Noise Measurements

This video shows you how to:

  • Download noise measurements with a USB
  • Transfer noise measurements to the Software

How to configure with USB

This video shows you how to:

  • Configure your Noise Guide with a USB


FAQ about Noise Guide

What is the measuring range of the Noise Guide?

The Noise Guide has a measuring range of approximately 10 meters. The visualization indicates the coverage of a Noise Guide in an office island setting.

Noise Guide Measuring range
What if I need to measure noise in the entire office?

You can compare noise levels for each area of the office to each other using the software. You can name each Noise Guide, corresponding to its position in the office, allowing you to easily get an overview of noise levels for each area of the office. The Noise Guide is quite easy to move, making it possible to switch locations of the Noise Guide, for instance on a weekly basis. Or you can use several Noise Guides, allowing you to cover the entire office space.

What is the internal memory capacity of the Noise Guide?

The internal log is 16 Mb which gives you around 600 days log time with LAeq 1minute measurements.

How do I know which setting to choose? Is my office noisy, normal or quiet?

When you want to find the right setting for your specific office, we recommend that you consider these factors:

  1. How many people are you in the office on a regular day?
  2. How much of your work requires that you talk to each other or on the phone?
  3. How much of your work requires a high level of concentration?

You can start by trying out one of the settings for a couple of days and pay attention to whether the Noise Guide is constantly red or never red (not even when you would have expected it to be so) and adjust to one of the other settings accordingly.

What do I do if the initial effect of the Noise Guide starts to wear off?

It is important to acknowledge that the Noise Guide is not a standalone fix that will solve all your noise related issues in the office. It is merely one step on the way to lowering noise levels in your office and should be used in combination with a general focus on lowering noise. To see more ideas on how to address noise issues in the office, go to How to handle noise (on

What is the deviation of the measurements from the Noise Guide?

The deviation of the Noise Guide is +/- 3 dB

Which functions does the Noise Guide USB have?

The Noise Guide USB key contains the Noise Guide software, allowing you to install it on your PC. After installation, the USB key can be used for 4 other purposes:

  1. You can use the USB key to transfer log measurements from the internal log of your Noise Guide to the Noise Guide software.
  2. You can transfer your light configuration from the software to the Noise Guide by USB instead of having the Noise Guide directly connected to your PC. This is useful if you want to change the configuration on multiple Noise Guide devices.
  3. You can log directly on the USB key. All log measurements will be logged directly on the USB key as well as in the internal log. This is useful if you need a higher resolution than LAeq 1min for your measurements. This way, you get the full resolution which is 8 measuring points every second. The log measurements can be viewed as LAeq measurements in the software afterwards. You can learn how to transfer the measurements from the USB log to the software here
  4. If needed, you can update the firmware in the Noise Guide by USB. Some firewalls will prevent the software from downloading a firmware update. Please contact our support team support(a) for firmware files and installation instructions.
    Note! You must make a factory reset of the Noise Guide afterwards via the software.

Note! For the Noise Guide to be able to tell which function it needs to perform it is important that you format the USB key before each task.

FAQ about Measurements & Software

How do I view my measurements in the Noise Guide Software?

There are 2 ways you can view measurements in the Software:

  1. Connect the Noise Guide directly to your PC.

NOTE! You need to have the software running on your PC for the device to store the log files in the library

  1. Extract the measurements from the internal log. You can see how in the video below

Why can’t I download my noise measurements from the internal log to my USB key?

Make sure the USB drive is formatted (FAT 32) before using it, and make sure the USB drive is empty, before inserting it into your device. You can see how to download measurements from your Noise Guide in this video:

How do I sort my measurements in the software library?

You can sort your measurements using the file explorer. Learn how in this document

Can I view and compare dates from different days or different devices?

You are not able to compare measurements in the Noise Guide software, but this can be done by exporting the values you want to compare into a new excel sheet and make a graph. Learn how in this document

Can I view a specific time interval for a certain day in the software, instead of 24 hours?

You can use ‘show marker’ when viewing your measurements to define a certain time interval. Chart statistics and the tab ‘summary’ will then show the statistics for the defined area. Just mark the box ‘show marker’ and drag the markers to the time interval you are interested in viewing.

Can I view my measurements as LAeq 1s?

This video shows you how to view your measurements as LAeq 1s:

Why can't I view my graphs properly?

Some customers experience that the graph with data imported from USB does not appear in the software. If this is the case, try installing/updating the .NET framework to the latest version.

To find out what version you are running, go to the ‘Add or Remove Programs’ tab in the Control Panel on your PC and locate the Microsoft.NET framework:

If you do not have the .NET framework or if you have an older version than 3.5, please go to Microsoft’s website and download and install it.