Supplier Collaboration Needed for Smart Lighting
Energy costs can be reduced by at least 90 percent by implementing smart lighting systems, according to recent research from Gartner.
This tremendous cost savings, which is expected to drive greater adoption, opens up big opportunities for component manufacturers – including makers of LEDs, sensors & controls, and interconnects. These component vendors can extend their reach into new markets and gain market share in the growing Internet of Things (IoT) space if they are willing to collaborate with other vendors to bring complete intelligent lighting solutions to market.
Gartner attributes the rapid move to smart lighting technology to Internet of Things (IoT) architectures, which is forecast to grow from 46 million units in 2015 to 2.54 billion units in 2020. In addition, Gartner expects the estimated 300 to 500-million-square-feet of commercial space worldwide with intelligent or smart lighting in 2014 to double this year.
Think about it – a smart lighting system includes the LED lighting (LEDs & associated components – drivers, connectors, PCBs, heat sinks, thermal protection, etc.), sensors and controls, connectivity, intelligence, and the emerging analytics and cloud pieces. One of the challenges is that many LED lighting designers don’t have a lot of experience on the electronics side for things like power, PCB design/layout and thermal design. Now add connectivity, intelligence, and analytics layers on top of the design, and it’s becoming a bigger challenge for them.
According to Gartner’s report “Market Trends: The Five Phases That Smart Lighting Providers Must Address to Be Successful in the Internet of Things,” in order to get the biggest cost savings in addition to meeting security and safetyClass X capacitors are used in “across-the-line” applications where their failure would not lead to electric shock. Class X safety caps are used between the “live” wires carrying the incoming AC current. In this position, a capacitor failure should not cause any electrical shock hazards, rather, a capacitor failure “between-the-lines” would usually cause a fuse or circuit breaker to open. concerns, lighting product managers and service providers need to implement five key phases of smart lighting.
“Smart solid-state lighting in office buildings and industrial installations has the potential to reduce energy costs by 90 percent; however, achieving these costs takes more than just installing light-emitting diode (LED) lighting,” said Dean Freeman, research vice president at Gartner, in a statement. “To successfully achieve the lowest electricity cost, in addition to achieving safetyClass X capacitors are used in “across-the-line” applications where their failure would not lead to electric shock. Class X safety caps are used between the “live” wires carrying the incoming AC current. In this position, a capacitor failure should not cause any electrical shock hazards, rather, a capacitor failure “between-the-lines” would usually cause a fuse or circuit breaker to open. and security and enhancing the office environment, lighting product managers at technology and service providers will need to implement five key strategic phases of smart lighting: (1) LED lighting, (2) sensors and controls, (3) connectivity, (4) analytics and (5) intelligence.”