Connected Lighting: Where's the Future?

By Roger ElliottJanuary 29, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is fast mutating into Internet of Everything (IoE), where it's not just computers or smartphones but everything from AC units, refrigerators, lights, and fitness monitors connected with each other and the internet. Among all things connected, there’s a huge hype surrounding connected lighting, which is estimated to be a major trend in 2017 and beyond.

Be it a home, an office, or a hotel, connected lighting technologies are expected to command a whole lot of possibilities like personalized ambiance and freedom of positioning while saving time, money, and hectic installation efforts.

Opportunities of Connected Lighting at Home

Connected lighting systems allow homeowners to gain total control over their wireless lighting fixtures and its associated elements such as remotes, timers, controls, and switches. Application of connected lighting enables home users to easily switch, dim, and alter the color scheme to suit a specific task, time of day, or the desired ambiance.

Key Highlights of Connected Lighting at Home

Wireless and connected lighting enhances the user experience in the following ways:

  • Facilitates an improved quality of life
  • Leverages freedom of choice
  • Provides access to interoperable switches and bulbs
  • Superb intuitive controls and easy installation
  • Offers a backbone for the home automation network

Potential of Connected Lighting in Buildings and Office Spaces

Tech advancements in connected lightings are presenting new dimensions that are rapidly changing the way we shape spaces and heighten comfort levels. With wireless smart lightings, it’s now possible to create and control the environment of a building or an office space by simply tapping a smartphone or a tablet application.

Key Benefits of Connected Lighting in Buildings and Offices

Connected lighting systems offer a varied range of benefits for buildings and offices. Such systems allow enhanced energy efficiency, flexible control of lighting fixtures, a cost-effective configuration, and improved quality of light. Advantages of connected lighting in commercial spaces include: 

Reduced total cost of ownership - The shift to connected lighting drives greater efficiency, optimized energy utilization, and easy controllability among other favorable economics such as occupancy sensing and a decreased cost of installation.

Improved flexibility - Connected lighting networks can be easily configured and reconfigured, which promotes flexible usage of space within a building, motivating operational efficiency and lower costs.

Heightened user experience and productivity -Controllable connected lighting can be tailored to meet specific conditions that contribute significantly towards optimizing an office environment. Individual employees can pick on personalized lighting themes, which greatly increases their comfort levels, performance, and productivity.

Connected infrastructure - Wireless lighting, in today's modern buildings, forms an integral part of the infrastructure that presents wide-ranging opportunities for data analysis and other important administrative functionalities. A connected lighting infrastructure offers the scope for higher productivity through dynamic utilization of essential resources.

App-linked connected lighting has enough steam to unleash even more compelling benefits with significant room for further improvements through advanced optics, electronic designs, materials, and system intelligence. As such, the future of connected lighting looks promising and bright.

To learn more about connected lighting products from WPGA, please contact a Lighting Specialist today.