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Software Takes Center Stage in Commercial Light Management Systems

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.

Medical Center Streamlines Staff Activities with Smart Lighting System

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.

5 Tips for Choosing a Smart Lighting IoT Platform 

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.

The Basics: What You Need to Know About Smart Lighting Networks

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? 

What is the Connection between Smart Lighting and IoT?

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?

Why Human-Centric Lighting is the New Prescription for Eldercare

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. 

Best Practices for Using PIR Sensors

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.

Top Commercial Lighting Trends for 2018

It’s that time of the year! It’s time for our annual prediction list of top commercial lighting trends for the coming year. 

Those that made our top 5 list for 2018 have broad impact across the commercial lighting industry. Each highlights how technology-driven the industry has become and indicates the direction we see lighting systems take as part of the broader smart building and IoT world. It’s going to be an exciting year!

Smart Control Strategies for Lighting and Plug Load

Advances in lighting technologies coupled with building code requirements have resulted in a sharp decline in the amount of electricity used for lighting commercial buildings. Despite that success, there is still room for substantial improvement. The most recent report by the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), says that lighting still accounts for 17% of all electricity consumed in U.S. commercial buildings. 

Changing Workforce Demands Workspace Transformation

Today’s workforce is undergoing profound changes. Baby boomers are staying in the workforce longer and plan to retire later than any other previous generation. A 2015 Gallup poll reported that 37% of non-retired Americans said they don’t expect to stop working until after age 65.That is up considerably from the 14% who said this in 1995.  Couple that with millennials who are accustomed to flexibility, openness, and instant connectivity that are taking over a lion’s share of jobs. By 2020 these digital native, hyper-connected millennials will make up 50% of the workforce and 75% by 2025, according to public policy research firm Brookings Institution.