We are currently in the throes of a digital lighting revolution. One in which connectivity, controls and data are helping us move closer to realizing the full potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). From cities and stores to offices and homes, existing lighting infrastructures are being transformed into information pathways with the capacity to collect, share and analyze data. These pathways provide insights that will help shape the future.
Today’s lighting revolution was born out of the industry’s legacy in energy efficiency innovation. The U.S. Energy Information Association estimates that lighting accounts for 10 percent of total electricity consumption in the U.S. Switching to LED enables light-related energy savings up to 50 percent. And that number jumps to 80 percent when paired with smart controls.
Further fueling the future of lighting is the rapid adoption and new applications of lighting systems and services that take advantage of the enormous potential of connected LED lighting. These lighting systems are becoming a conduit to exciting new services, optimized by data and automation, which can help increase operational efficiency, enhance productivity and deliver value in new ways.
For example, the City of Los Angeles is converting and connecting more than 215,000 LED streetlights throughout the city in partnership with Philips Lighting. The goal is to leverage one of the city’s most ubiquitous and valuable assets – its street lighting – to expand “smart city” capabilities that will improve public safety and support city services for residents, visitors and local businesses.
In Amsterdam, the world’s most sustainable office building, The Edge, deployed a connected lighting system enabling employees to personalize the lighting according to taste or task at their workspaces via a smartphone app. This system simultaneously captures data that dramatically reduces energy and operating costs while improving workspace utilization and comfort. As a result, the number of applicants interested in working in The Edge has quadrupled.
There is no doubt that today’s lighting extends far beyond illumination. Light is a source of inspiration and intelligence, which can be harnessed to improve how people see and experience their world. Today’s lighting innovations are about connecting, responding and transforming. By utilizing these innovative systems and services, we can make homes more comfortable, offices more productive, businesses more profitable, cities safer, and people’s lives better