Connected lighting and its benefits for businesses
Over the years, we have seen a change in lighting fixtures. From keeping the functionality intact to be available in unique designs, hues and tones, luminaries have continuously been transforming to increase efficiency and save energy. In this act of stepping up things to make life more convenient, engineers formulated something called connected lighting, an amalgamation of LED lighting and information technology that transformed the industry, especially the commercial lighting market.
To elaborate, Connected lighting refers to a system of light fixtures with sensors attached to a central network through the Internet of Things (IoT), allowing them to send and receive data. As each light or bulb has a unique hardware address that connects it to the internet, the statistics accumulated from it can be beneficial for enterprises for data collection, interoperability and leveraging IoT to deliver convergent lighting solutions.
So, let’s look at some benefits of connected lighting for businesses-
- Energy efficient
In combination with LED technology, a connected lighting system can reduce energy cost by 90 per cent, thus paying back its initial investment cost in a short time.
- Allows Real-time adjustments
Connected lighting is the most energy-efficient for today’s smart buildings. The energy-saving luminaires are controlled via IP to get information about building usage and help in real-time adjustments for improved performance, comfort, and security.
- Reduce maintenance cost
It also reduces maintenance costs by offering real-time diagnostics and anticipating any service in the future, thereby making it more efficient.
This feature is one of the significant highlights of connected lighting as it helps companies save cost by preserving energy. The option of scheduling, i.e. turning on and even switching off the lights at a specific time of all or defined lights, can lower electricity bills. Similarly, offices can automatically turn off or dim the lights at certain times of the day or based on sunrise or sunset.
- Daylight Harvesting
To turn offices from conventional to smart, daylight harvesting is a strategy companies should definitely implement. This will facilitate interior lighting to automatically adjust to maintain a target light level, thus saving energy and reducing electricity bills.
- Systems Integration
Another powerful feature of connected lighting is its integration with the HVAC and fire alarm system. It also allows lights to set at a cascading pointing to exit in case of fire.
Connected lighting maybe a new concept that will take its time to get adapted. But once implemented, it will be beneficial for organizations in the above and many other cost-saving and energy preserving ways. For this, leading electric companies like Havells are taking the right steps to make it a reality for everyone to benefit for it.