Optimize your office and boost employee productivity with connected lighting

Why Smart Buildings?

Companies must embrace the digital disruption to stay relevant, profitable and attract talent. 

So what does this mean for the real estate world?

Internet of Things (IoT) is the central tenet of smart buildings where devices collect and share data about themselves, their users, their environments, and the other devices with which they connect. This data provides insights allowing businesses to maximize energy savings, optimize space and improve employee wellbeing and productivity.

Groundbreaking collaboration

The Philips intelligent connected lighting system at The Edge is the world’s first fully-realized system of its kind. Watch the video or download the case study.

What is the role of lighting in a smart building?

What is the role of lighting in a smart building?

The digital nature of LED technology brings illumination and IT together, allowing lighting systems to participate in the Internet of Things. Philips connected lighting systems uses Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology into the IoT – an ideal way to support efficiencies across a smart building according to the 3-30-300 Principle.

The 3-30-300SM Principle developed by real estate company Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), compares the relative amounts of money that organizations typically spend on utilities, rent, and payroll. If a business spends $3 per square foot per year for utilities, it spends $30 for rent and $300 for payroll.

Technology in action

Day in the life of an office worker

Click here to download an hour-by-hour example of a workers' day in an office enhanced with connected a PoE lighting system? 

Day in the life of a facilities manager

Click here to see how a connected lighting PoE system can empower facility managers to run buildings more efficiently.

How connected lighting works


Low voltage power is transmitted over existing Ethernet cables to operate the luminaires, while high volumes of data are sent and collected. Integrating a Philips connected lighting system using Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology into the IoT is an ideal way to meet sustainability goals and realize financing savings from space optimization and employee productivity.

Hassle Free Installation

Features Benefits
Low voltage digital infrastructure
Installation savings with low voltage lighting
Integration of conventional luminaires into the same network​
Lower the overall design & construction costs by achieving a balanced lighting design.
Centralized and distributed architecture for connected lighting
Reduce installation costs and labor effort by minimizing ethernet cable runs.
UL924 compliant for emergency lighting applications​​ No need for separate network for emergency lighting option, use connectivity to schedule and generate emergency lighting performance test & reports.
Case study – Read about how CompuCom saved 16% in construction cost savings with PoE lighting

Operational Efficiency

Features Benefits
High bandwidth data transmission Improved occupant comfort and well being
Open APIs and ease of integration​ Create custom data analytics, establish communication link with multiple systems and minimize the incremental cost of adding new features & capabilities over the lifetime of your building.​
Non-intrusive people counting technology​​ Optimize meeting room size & schedules and streamline workspace planning activities based on granular people counting data.
SDK for various Apps​​ Lower your in-house development costs & effort by leveraging Interact SDK for your own apps.​


Features Benefits
Code compliant lighting controls system with integrated smart sensors
Achieve your sustainability and energy savings targets. Design and install PoE enabled lighting solutions with ease and simplify permits, inspections and certification processes.
Environmental sensors​​ Ensure occupant comfort and wellness​.
Wide range of compatible LED luminaires​ Improved occupant comfort and well being​ through glare control

Well-being and Productivity

Features Benefits
Tunable white technology Drive wellness initiatives through human centric lighting.
Workspace App for employees​ Improve employee engagement with a personalized tool that supports identification of points of interest, amenities, finds colleagues, allows for  real time reservations, lighting & temperature adjustments.
Environmental sensors​​ Ensure occupant comfort and wellness​.
IoT Apps for space management and visitor experience​​ Enhance employee and visitor experience through digital check in services, real time room/desk reservations capabilities and realize occupant time savings through lighting based wayfinding.

Case Studies

The Edge

At The Edge, a state-of-the-art Philips connected lighting system helps create a more comfortable, productive, and sustainable environment.

"The Edge is now the cheapest office in the world of Deloitte. They have added nearly 1,000 workers to the space and have four times more applicants than before."

- Erik Ubels, Chief Technology Officer at OVG

The Future of Offices, Toronto

To showcase how Philips lighting and Cisco can work together to unlock the benefits of the IoT in offices, Cisco has installed a state-of-the-art Philips connected lighting system at its Canadian headquarters in Toronto.

"The possibilities of this connected lighting system are endless. There are so many capabilities of this system that we haven’t even explored yet.”

- Richard Lees, Senior Project Manager at CBRE Limited

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University

The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HMBSU) uses technology to make the learning environment more engaging, adaptive, and immersive. It combines web-based and classroom learning to lead modern university education.

"Being the first university in the world to have a smart lighting system will better equip us to deliver highly personalized learning experiences.''

- Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor  Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University

Downloads & Links

Below you will find resources for PoE Connected Lighting and the Philips technology and products that exist to support it.

Ethernet gateway and Switch

PoE Technology Enabled Luminaires

The luminaires listed below are only a selection of the fixtures that can be used with PoE technology.  Click here to contact your local Lighting sales representative.




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