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Staying ahead

 

Lighting isn’t just lighting anymore. It’s taking on a whole new role in our cities, homes, streets and offices as the conduit to and from the Internet of Things. If you thought the transition to LED was rapid, brace yourself for the race to connected lighting – one of today’s most rapidly developing technologies. To help you stay on top of breaking news, innovation and emerging standards, this page connects you to our thought leaders and provides a curated selection of relevant resources. 

Evolving DALI into the sensor-ready (SR) standard

Sensor-Ready (SR) driving the (r)evolution of DALI into the IoT

 

Commercial lighting’s support for wireless communications is propelling it into the spotlight as an infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT). To make this happen, the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) protocol had to evolve. Enter the sensor-ready (SR) interface and the SR standard, a new set of specifications approved just this month by Digital Illumination Interface Alliance (DiiA). They standardize how DALI drivers report data and make it easier to turn luminaires into communication nodes, paving the way for new IoT applications for lighting.

Is a Hue moment approaching for smart commercial lighting?

 

With smart commercial lighting in the early stage of adoption, the connected lighting industry is working hard to define use cases, bring down cost and complexity and establish a future-proof foundation in the Sensor Ready (SR) standard. In trying to create new value in a mature industry, we’re following in the footsteps of Philips Hue, the LED light bulb that helped to spark consumer interest in the smart home. So what can we learn from Hue?

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Let’s play component roulette

 

City authorities drove one of the fastest technology shifts when they upgraded street lighting to LED. Can digital fingerprints solve this problem?


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Emergency Lighting
and Internet of Things

 

Emergency lighting systems for commercial buildings typically do not get the attention they deserve.  Most people probably pass them every day without considering their importance. Losing regular power due to an unforeseeable event is a completely different matter. Remember the power outage during the 2013 Super Bowl XLVII?  This power loss is one of the worst-case scenarios that none of the building owners or property managers ever want to experience.   

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Standardization is Key for Driving Smart Lighting Adoption

 

We live in a world of “hyperconnectivity”, which is a term invented by Canadian social scientists Anabel Quan-Haase and Barry Wellman (source) in 2001.  Think of how digitally interconnected we are to the physical world around us.  Beyond the smartphones, tablets, and computers we use each day, there are countless smart sensors in the cars we drive, the places we work, and the communities we live in.

Using light to manage space

Using light to manage space

 

Most facility managers are initially motivated to take up connected LED lighting to reduce energy costs. Based on the 2017 field study by the Design Light Consortium (DLC) in the US, network lighting control (NLC) systems can potentially produce an additional 47% of energy savings to an existing lighting system.  Connected LED lighting is also an obvious way to meet sustainability compliance and the investment pays for itself. No brainer.

Getting streetwise about outdoor lighting

Getting streetwise about outdoor lighting

 

According to Gartner, “Intelligent streetlights will be one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the city.”[1]  But if that’s the case, most cities are still in the dark. Many authorities don’t know how many street lights they operate, at what power level and which types.

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Lights down. Savings up.

 

Have you ever wandered through a city at night and noticed entire office floors where the lights are burning brightly, but there’s no one there? Or been inside a building during the day and wondered why every single light is on, yet the space is filled with sunlight? It’s not a small problem. Wasted energy is hugely expensive for homes, businesses, governments, and the planet. And yet the solution is remarkably simple.

How luminaires can work smarter for all

How luminaires can work smarter for all

 

We all know that lighting can be adjusted in many ways –  from daylight dimming to task tuning via manual or scheduled controls. But while it’s useful to match lighting to different personal preferences, it’s even more useful to understand how and what different settings can create.

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In a connected world, what happens to lighting?

 

Digital connectivity is changing the world around us. Take the television. Only a few years ago, complex rating systems determined which shows were popular with which audiences. That’s all been superseded with connected TVs, on-demand digital channels and sophisticated analytics, which assess individual viewing habits and serve up suggestions based on preferences.