Whether at home, in the office or in a hotel, people value the ability to control their lighting wherever they are to reduce energy, create an atmosphere or simply deliver less light.
Besides switching, the most popular form of lighting control is ‘dimming’, which traditionally uses the power cable between the dimmer and a luminaire. Nowadays the power cable between the luminaire and the dimmer is becoming redundant and will hinder the introduction of new means to control lamps and luminaires.
Wireless technologies are the simplest and most convenient form of new lighting control. Wireless control saves time, money and installation effort. In addition, it opens up many possibilities and enables freedom of positioning.
Trends in Connected Lighting
•Use of wireless connected devices has become widespread; rapid market adoption of smart phones and tablet computers has initiated a change in the way people control devices
•Wireless networks have been installed in many residential and commercial buildings. This enables new value-added functionalities, home and building automation, and a reduction in energy consumption
•The advent of LED technology brings the potential of exciting new functionality which will require innovative control mechanisms
•Using wireless lighting controls, users will be able to easily switch, dim, change color, make group color settings and much more
•Wireless connected lighting enriches the customer experience, in a very simple manner
•Products have become interoperable. The lighting industry is converging on the ZigBee Light Link protocol, which is now being merged into the new ZigBee 3.0 standard
•The market will grow rapidly
Single-chip wireless technology is mature and approaching sub-$1 pricing