Lighting is an area that is not given a huge amount of thought by its end users, but building managers and owners have to be aware of the latest issues in the lighting industry. As technology progresses, the lighting infrastructure and outdated cabling that is used in buildings all over the world needs to be reviewed, and more and more people are taking advantage of the huge benefits that LED light products offer for their users. The energy savings that LED office lighting provides for example is huge, with some sites showing reduced energy consumption by as much as 80%! Updating the lighting infrastructure is therefore one of the most effective ways to slash the energy bills. In addition to this, the next wave of benefits that LED office lighting is set to provide will be beginning to roll out very shortly: connected lighting.
Connected lighting is run on modern infrastructure that connects lighting to an intelligence system. These systems are then able to connect and communicate with other smart devices in the building such as smartphones or home assistant devices. As commercial businesses are continuing to look towards ways of improving efficiencies and delivering optimised, sustainable energy savings, connected office lighting will be the future for many of these.
This technology will also be revolutionary for building owners and managers, as it gives insights that were previously unheard of. Switching the cabling of traditional lighting infrastructure to modernised connected lighting provides benefits such as the ability to track data, view analytics, control security features or view ongoing energy savings. Connected lighting also gives building managers the capability to be in control of their infrastructure with unprecedented ease. The technology is so advanced that it can be used to help space planning, immediately recognize space utilization issues and enhance security and safety procedures within an office, all in real time. This information all then combines together to provide the most efficient working environment possible.
Philips is one of the leading providers of connected lighting solutions. Their lighting system of uniquely identifiable luminaires are integrated into the network of the site where the lighting is installed, where it can then share information about its current status. This gives the system the intelligence that it needs to update the system with statistics regarding room occupancy, emerging usage patterns, temperature or humidity changes for example. With a Philips system, offices will be able to benefit from enhanced productivity with customisable settings for each employee and monetary savings of up to 80%. Connected lighting really does mean that the office can work for everyone rather than having a blanket, one size fits all lighting solution.