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10 Tips on Selecting the Best Smart Lighting IoT Platform

An intelligent Light Management System (LMS) is an ideal IoT platform. It integrates sensors, control software, cloud connectivity, wireless communications and more to create a flexible infrastructure solution that supports data-driven automated lighting solutions and other smart building-related applications. Lighting is ubiquitous throughout commercial spaces. When sensors are a significant part of the light management system, the solution provides the ideal means of collecting data about the environmental conditions and use of the building.

October is National Energy Awareness Month

Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) designates October as National Energy Awareness Month also known as Energy Action Month. This observance promotes smart energy choices and showcases how critical energy is to our national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being.  The effort also helps increase recognition of the importance of sustainability in managing the nation’s energy resources.

Six More Product Innovation Awards? Why, Thank You!

We are pleased to announce that several customer favorites, OPTOTRONIC® LED Drivers and the ENCELIUM EDGE™ Light Management System, have each won multiple product awards for innovation and excellence from respected industry organizations! These awards are in addition to the seven awards mentioned in a previous 2018 blog post.

Networking Basics for Lighting Professionals

As lighting becomes more connected, facility managers, agents, architects and designers need to learn networking basics and terminology. While designing and installing a network sounds daunting, it is easier once you understand the basics. In this post, we talk about networking basics for smart lighting.

Human Centric Lighting in Commercial Offices Boosts Health, Well-being & Productivity

The connection between natural light and health, well-being and productivity are widely known. However, in today’s society where the majority of people spend up to 90% of their time indoors, it is often hard to reap the benefits of natural light. 

The Real Impact of Tariffs on US Businesses

From the country’s infancy, US Presidents have used tariffs as an economic policy tool. The first significant piece of legislation passed by the new Congress and signed by President George Washington was the Tariff Act of 1789. Back when the US didn’t have a federal income tax, tariffs were intended to raise funds for the federal government while having the additional benefit of promoting domestic industrial development. 

Extend the Life of LED Luminaires with Preventive Maintenance

We’ve all heard about the key attributes of LED luminaires over traditional incandescent, fluorescent and halogen fixtures: greater energy efficiency, resistance to breakage, less heat emitted, and a longer lifespan. These benefits are easy to see or measure and are responsible for the widespread adoption of this technology across the commercial real estate industry. In addition, because SSL fixtures are digital in nature, important data about the location and health of a specific fixture or fixtures across a facility can be captured and leveraged by facilities teams.

How Integrated Sensors in Luminaires are Changing Commercial Real Estate

Luminaires are becoming smart nodes on powerful data networks. How is this happening and what are the benefits of a sensor-rich network?

 

What You Need to Know About Cloud, SaaS, and Lighting Systems

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.

The Many Advantages of Upgrading Your Lighting System

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.