July 12, 2017: Smart LED lightinghas emerged as one of the most promising and talked-about technologies in the lighting industry. It is indeed loaded with numerous benefits but there are certain limitations that the users need to know. However, these limitations may not apply to all smart LED lighting applications.
Blocking the path of smart LED lighting
Smart LED lighting is well-known for its numerous benefits. One of the major benefits of smart LED lighting, for which users prefer it, is its capability to save energy when used with lighting controls.However, only few end-users would actually want to add smart lighting controls and networking with their existing LED lighting system due to higher price issue.
The fact is that the energy-saving advantage of smart lighting is only recognized when it is used with LED lighting. So, if a consumer has switched over to LED lighting, the probability of adding smart controls to their existing lighting system is not always possible.
Many cities that are installing smart LED lighting as streetlight applications argue that energy savings is not the only criteria toinstall LED smart lighting. Cities install smart LED streetlight systems for advantages like reduced maintenance costs, energy savings, traffic monitoring, etc.
Smart lighting also causes problems in the field of evaluation, measurement and verification (EMV). EMV is used to validate government subsidies and rebates to encourage cities to use efficient and energy-saving technologies like smart LED street lighting.
Although technological advancements are speedily taking place in smart LED lighting, its installation in new buildings, or other applications like street lighting will still take some time. By integrating smart LED lighting into buildings, all HVAC units, lighting systems and related building equipment can be monitored directly. Smart LED lighting would allow constant flow of data can make real-time system changes possible and ensure that the facility is running efficiently. But integration of smart LED lighting with buildings will still take some more years because there are several interoperability issues that the LED industry needs to look into.
Another limitation that blocks the way to mass adoption of smart LED lighting is that fact that many lighting companies are still not ready to handle this advanced technology. They lack in-house resources and talent to compete in the domain of smart LED lighting.
However, smart LED lighting is emerging fast and will claim a huge market share of the LED lighting in the coming years. Soon all LED lighting companies worldwide would have to compete in this industry. Moreover, lighting programs like DOE’s Solid-State Lighting Consortium, Design Lights Consortium, and Energy Star have all taken smart LED lighting into consideration. So it is obvious that smart lighting has a bright future in the coming years.