Industrial environments from warehouses to manufacturing plants are more harsh than typical work environments such as commercial office space. Temperatures can be extremely cold or hot because of a lack of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and equipment may be partially exposed to the elements. In addition, there may be heavy equipment and machinery that causes voltage spikes and vibration, or other environmental conditions such as humidity and dust that affect equipment performance and long-term reliability.
Choosing the right architectural fixture is a vital step in successful lighting design. And it is not just the physical aesthetics of the fixture that support the design plan. The inner workings of the luminaire--specifically the LED driver technology--plays a critical role in meeting a lighting plan’s quality of light and efficacy requirements. And not all LED drivers are created equal.
Tunable White (TW) technology traditionally has been used to help designers achieve their aesthetic visions for a space, but recently its support of the human circadian rhythm has spurred its use in commercial real estate for applications beyond aesthetics. Organizations are increasingly focused on improving workplace health and well-being as well as productivity, which in turn is prompting building owners and facility managers to incorporate TW technology into their lighting strategies.
Successful architectural lighting design requires professionals that have artistic vision along with solid technical aptitude. These experts need to couple their creativity with knowledge of building codes, physics, optics, sustainability practices, internet of things (IoT), LED and control technologies and human-centric lighting, and more. Today’s lighting designers take a holistic approach to illuminating a property with attention to the aesthetic, functional, and energy efficiency aspects of lighting.
As cities grow, smart street lighting will play an important role. According to the United Nations, 68% of the world population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050. North America, one of the most urbanized regions of the world, had 82% of its population living in urban areas in 2018.
The latest beacon technology is enabling new applications in healthcare, higher-ed, and commercial real estate.
A broadening of the role of luminaires and a continued focus on people and energy efficiency are three top commercial lighting trends projected for 2020.
Initially, energy savings was the central driver for smart building technology adoption. Substantiating that investment was straightforward and easily backed up. Fast forward a decade, and many building owners and managers now realize the additional benefits of a connected, sensor-laden technology infrastructure that supports building efficiencies, predictive maintenance, physical security, and increased occupant safety, comfort and productivity. Energy savings remain part of the conversation, but it is not the only motivation.
Editor’s note: This popular post was originally published in February 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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?
In this article, we focus on cyber-attacks and insider threats to the smart lighting system and the countermeasures an organization can take to help minimize these incidents.