Luminaires are becoming smart nodes on powerful data networks. How is this happening and what are the benefits of a sensor-rich network?
There has been a lot of talk about cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models these days but both are relatively new to the lighting industry. Let’s take a look at what they are as well as their roles in commercial lighting.
Lighting controls range from simple switches to networked light management systems that leverage the latest technologies. Commercial real estate including offices, hospitals, retail establishments, schools and universities have all adopted smart lighting systems. The initial benefits that drew early adopters to smart lighting were the dramatic reductions in energy usage and the related costs. Today’s systems, however, are more technologically advanced and offer so much more.
There is a revolution happening in commercial lighting. Networked light management systems are now considered essential for realizing maximum energy savings. Due to energy code requirements, they are increasingly becoming a requirement of standard lighting applications. As the popularity increases and code requirements tighten, the software that runs these systems becomes more important.
A major medical center in Lincoln, Nebraska with facilities totaling approximately 3 million square feet across two campuses, recently upgraded its lighting system as part of a remodeling project. In addition to the common requirements of reducing energy usage and the related operating expenses, the facilities staff required a centrally-managed and forward-thinking system that could support a wide range of environments including patient care rooms, diagnostics labs, office space and more. In addition, the medical center staff was concerned about the direct impact the lighting system could have on patient care and comfort, as well as staff productivity and ease of use.
This blog post is the second of a 2-part introductory series on Smart Lighting and IoT. In part 1, we highlighted how intelligent lighting systems are perfect platform for enabling smart building-related IoT applications. In this post, we discuss what you should look for when selecting a smart lighting system as your IoT platform.
Smart lighting is playing a pivotal role in unlocking the power of the IoT and smart building applications beyond lighting. An intelligent, sensor-laden lighting system can form the central nervous system of a building, enabling smart lighting and other current and future IoT applications.
Selecting a smart lighting system can be daunting partly because you need to have a basic understanding of networking. How will the luminaires, sensors and controls connect and reliably communicate with each other on your smart lighting network?
The term ‘Internet of Things’ is a growing topic of conversation. What exactly is the Internet of Things (IoT) and what does smart lighting have to do with it?
How often have we heard a frazzled parent explain a teenager’s irritable mood on lack of sleep? We all know that sleep plays a critical role in our mood and our levels of concentration and alertness. Through numerous research studies, we now know that quality of sleep also affects long-term health and overall wellbeing. Poor sleep is linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
This post is the second of a 2-part introductory series on Passive InfraRed (PIR) sensors. In part 1, we highlighted how PIR sensors detect motion, discussed the importance of the sensor lens, and the different types of motion that can be detected. Here we look at proper sensor placement and setting accurate sensitivity levels as well as how to reduce false triggers and sensor time-outs.