It is said that IoT lighting will become the latest game rule changer. As an industry, its market value is expected to grow to $4.5 billion by 2026, and it is also known as "the subversive force of the lighting industry." So what exactly is IoT lighting? How do commercial buildings benefit?
Intelligent lighting based on the Internet of Things
As business owners and facility managers become more aware of the effective use of energy, they are more likely to implement some type of lighting control system. Many of these systems now exist and are sometimes part of a building management system that creates a fixed schedule for the lights (turned off when no one is there) to help save energy and reduce costs.
The IoT lighting system goes one step further. Imagine that the lights turn on automatically a few minutes before the start of the meeting; or get information about how long the customer is standing in the aisle of the retail store and what items they are looking at. These things can be achieved through IoT lighting.
IoT smart lighting uses wireless switches and does not require the lighting switches to be embedded in the luminaires, which are then connected to a network, allowing them to be monitored from the cloud. With the web or mobile app, you can manage individual lights or groups of lights based on occupancy, outdoor light levels, and time of day; you can also control dimming and discoloration. Smart fixtures like this can also transmit information about damage and burnout of lighting equipment in real time.
Because light bulbs are ubiquitous in buildings, these networked light bulbs are also a great way to collect additional data from buildings. Sensors can be embedded in the fixture to collect and transmit information about the facility, including room occupancy, air quality and temperature. The more information you get about how buildings are used, the more you have the ability to manage them more effectively.
Some potential uses of IoT lighting in commercial facilities:
Illumination-based indoor positioning system: At the end of 2017, Target achieved indoor positioning using a Bluetooth chip embedded in the LED ceiling light. The customer can access the interactive store map through the mobile phone, which guides the customer to find the desired item in the aisle.
Asset Tracking: For key assets tagged with sensors, IoT lighting can locate them based on the signals they send.
Monitor the condition of perishable goods: Goods that require specific environmental conditions (such as temperature and humidity) can benefit from intelligent lighting solutions that continuously monitor storage rooms or areas. Alerts can be set to monitor for anomalies and prevent spoilage.
Space utilization: IoT lighting can collect occupancy data and then analyze it to optimize building use. Analysis of this data can help you better manage your space and respond to under- or over-utilization.
Intelligent lighting strategy starts with LED
Whether you're thinking about implementing an intelligent lighting system based on the Internet of Things, it's wise to evaluate the most basic elements of a lighting strategy: light bulbs. Incandescent bulbs are still widely used, but with the advent of LEDs, this is changing.
In essence, LED bulbs produce more light than conventional bulbs. When they were first introduced, they emitted more "cold" white light, and today they provide the same natural "warm" light as incandescent lamps.
Many companies around the world have turned to LEDs, which can be easily installed in existing lighting in most commercial buildings. The reason they are installed is that LEDs are up to 75% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, and their bulb life is more than 25 times higher than incandescent bulbs, and usually produces better light quality than incandescent bulbs. In addition to saving money on energy use, many power companies also provide energy-saving subsidies as incentives for companies to retrofit LEDs. Lighting retrofits are often considered to be the easiest to achieve because they can help to significantly reduce energy consumption immediately and easily.
LED lighting is not only suitable for office buildings, but also for almost all other types of commercial facilities:
Warehouse and industrial environments: Large venues like this benefit from LED lighting because they consume less energy and LEDs can illuminate in a particular direction (unlike incandescent and fluorescent).
Indoor farms: Some high-tech farms around the world are using LED lights to optimize plant growth. They do this by customizing the light "recipes" and can influence how plants grow and how they taste.
Commercial parking: For safety purposes, lighting quality is critical in indoor and outdoor parking facilities. In addition to saving money, security is also one of the reasons why parking lighting has become the fastest growing LED commercial lighting market.
Healthcare facilities: The design of the healthcare facility is for patient comfort, and LED lighting helps create the ideal light output for the environment while increasing efficiency.
Correctional facilities: Correctional facilities have a variety of lighting needs, from cells and activity rooms to lounges and corridors. LED lights do not interfere with safety and the camera, they maintain uniform, high-quality light, which increases visibility.
Educational facilities: LED lights are ideal for schools with limited budgets, and energy savings can be reused for technology and other educational resources.
Retail Facilities: More and more retailers are using LED lighting to add aesthetic and visual appeal to their stores, creating an exceptional shopping experience. Proper in-store lighting can increase sales.
Because LED lights are naturally friendly to digital controls, they are ideal for IoT applications. IoT LED lighting is the ideal way to achieve maximum savings and gain valuable operational insights that can improve every aspect of your building management.