September 3, 2015: According to Gartner, Inc., smart lighting installations are expected to increase from 46 million units in 2015 to 2.54 billion units by 2020. Globally, in 2014 about 300-500 million sq ft of commercial space were equipped with smart lighting. However, this estimate will double in 2015 due to increased growth in the smart lighting market.
Gartner believes that Internet of Things (IoT) applications are driving smart lighting technologies.
Smart lighting involves a lighting system that is connected to a network which allows it to be both controlled and monitored through cloud technology, or from a centralized system.
Dean Freeman, research vice president at Gartner, said, ?Smart solid-state lighting in office buildings and industrial installations has the potential to reduce energy costs by 90%; however, achieving these costs takes more than just installing LED lighting. To successfully achieve the lowest electricity cost, in addition to achieving safety and security and enhancing the office environment, lighting product managers at technology and service providers will need to implement five key strategic phases of smart lighting: (1) LED lighting, (2) sensors and controls, (3) connectivity, (4) analytics and (5) intelligence.?
?Smart solid-state lighting (SSL) costs are now at a point at which it is compelling to implement just the lighting. Energy savings of up to 50% have been well-documented in many installations, and they are difficult to resist when replacing incandescent or high-intensity discharge systems in a warehouse. In a fluorescent installation, energy cost savings of up to 25% can be achieved, along with considerable savings in lighting maintenance,? added Freeman.
Establishing Lighting as a Service (LaaS) would allow lighting providers to maintain systems effectively while slashing costs for clients. Gartner predicts that increased adoption of smart lighting will lead to an emergence of LaaS providers.