The LED industry is constantly evolving and new trends and technology are being developed at a rapid pace. Below are a few of the latest trends in the industry to help keep you up to date.
The next big thing in lighting will be connectivity or lighting controls. Lighting control is the ability to regulate the level and quality of light in a given space for different situations. Controlling light not only enhances the experience, improves visibility, but it can also result in up to 70% reduction in lighting costs. By upgrading the controls on your lighting system, you can automatically save energy by using occupancy sensors that will automatically turn on or off depending on whether the room is occupied. Daylight harvesting using photo-sensors, can detect natural light levels and adjust your lighting accordingly to save energy. By using sensors for occupancy and daylight harvesting, you can dim or turn off lighting when it is not being used. Turning the lights down by just a small percentage will result in energy savings without forfeiting the room’s light levels. The use of lighting controls can help create the perfect balance between natural and electric light and create an inviting and energy efficient environment.
The Internet of Things
The internet of things (IoT) is the network of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data. Lighting is an ideal setting for internet-of-things services to be built on, because it’s already in the ceiling of every building wired up and ready to go. You only have to add sensors, such as photocells, cameras or occupancy sensors, and a data connection.
Everything’s going wireless these days, and lighting control is no exception. It’s going to be more and more common for the user’s control device to be a tablet or phone that’s not wired to anything. The advantage of this new technology means there is no need to install new wires on to most current systems.
We’ve all heard of Wi-Fi, but the next thing might be Li-Fi. Instead of accessing the Internet wirelessly using radio frequencies, like Wi-Fi does, you use the visible light spectrum. Li-Fi uses the light waves from LED light bulbs to transmit data so it provides illumination and wireless data communications at the same time and with the same device. Wherever there is an LED light, there is the potential with Li-Fi to access the Internet at incredibly fast speeds in a safe and secure manner. Fundamentally, the competitive advantages of Li-Fi over traditional radio-based communications stem from the physics of the propagation medium. Light by its very nature is directional, does not penetrate opaque objects and is inherently safe, offering more secure and better localized wireless communications. Scientists have made it possible to achieve speeds of 224 gigabits per second in the lab using Li-Fi earlier this year, and the potential technology could forever change the way we view and use the Internet.
Lighting isn’t just about light any more. It’s about data. Indoor positioning that tracks people’s position using LED luminaires and their smartphones would help bring the power of GPS indoors. Retailers could enhance the shopping experience with indoor positioning and in-store promotions, giving shoppers new reasons to buy. Hospitals could use the technology to help patients arrive on time for appointments and reduce stress. Businesses could help warehouse staff work more efficiently with easier product finding and location-based stocking instructions. Employers could give employees lighting and temperature controls for their workspaces, or could suggest nearby empty meeting rooms based on current location, making them more comfortable and productive. The applications are limitless and the market is just now understanding how to utilize the technology.
To Learn More about these technologies or find out how much you could be saving, contact Accurate Technologies, Inc. at (888) 439-7656 or visit www.accuratetechinc.com .