Oct 6, 2017: With fast advancements in LED technology, a simple LED bulb is no longer just a souce of lighting—it has become a multi-functional gadget that can connect with the web, influence human behaviour, work with sensors and much more.
At present, the lighting industry has shifted from the traditional filament lighting to electronic systems. This has opened up numerous opportunities to develop smart and connected lighting systems.
Today’s LED lighting systems can be embedded withsmoke detectors, heat sensors, cameras, speakers, etc.However all such additional facilities come with a price.
New smart LED lighting systems
With the demand for smart LED lighting rising across the globe, companies are coming up with new offerings to fulfill the needs of the users. Enlighted Inc has come up with appealing developments in smart lighting systems, particularly for theretail sector.The company hasincorporated sensors within lightingsystem, which helps to track movement of customers around a retail space. This will help the retailers to gain critical feedback of their consumers, points of sale (POS), consumer behavior, etc.
For office applications, LED lighting vendors havebrought about user-friendly and user-focused systems. For instance, the desks of an office can control individual lighting, as a result, and staff member can dim individuallights up or down through a desktop or his/hersmartphones .
These desk clusters can change the lights to imitate the natural daylight. This eventually, influences the circadian rhythm of the staff members. In the evening, they can make the lights warmer, allowing the release of melatonin and preparing the body to rest. These functions are possible with the help of intelligent lighting controls and sensors, which also help to save energy.
LED technology such as cloud-based lighting opens up an array of opportunities for facility management. For instance, a hotel has numerous light points. A two-way control system can communicate withthe maintenance team if a downlight in a guest room toilet has failed, without the need to perform regular inspections.
In addition, the system cancollect information about a user’s behaviour. For instance, a corridor that dims down after 10 minutes of inactivity could ultimately be adjusted to five on the basis of the usage pattern. This means that at the end of the year, those five minutes willsymbolize hours of energy saving.
LED is about activity-based lighting, which refers to having light where it is absolutely necessary. For instance, daylight sensors help in measuring the actual daylight inside the room and then regulate the artificial light to ensure outstanding visibility.
Such sensors can accurately monitor any walking or driving motion with ceiling heights up to 20 metres, making it perfect for application-specific solutions in which high energy efficiency is of key importance.
Not only lighting systems are getting more efficient and smart, the fittings are equally smarter and efficient. Since LED is a controllable and manageable component, fittings can now adapt to severe weather conditions, and guarantees high performance.The smartlighting fittings react extremely well to diverse conditions and can withstand adjustments in intensity.