IOL – Internet of Lights
With the improvement and advancement in technology LED lights promise to make lights more functional illuminations. This is Lighting 2.0: efficient, high-quality lighting that can communicate and interact with its environment, as well as with the users that it serves. The essential components of lighting 2.0 are quality of lights, control and communications, and awareness and sensing. High-quality light is required to enrich an environment and make it feel welcoming. As with fluorescent lighting, quality of light trumps efficiency for adoption in retail and hospitality environments. Awareness and sensing allow people to engage with one another and the lit environment within a space. Control and communications capabilities help maximize ownership value and minimize costs.
Just as Smartphone’s evolved from wired single-purpose analog devices into all-encompassing mobile digital platforms, Lighting 2.0 is transforming our fundamental relationship with lighting. And just as Smartphone’s have become gateways to the Internet of Things, products based on Lighting 2.0 technologies and principles will also enable the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in professionally lit spaces.
Smart lighting, particularly for indoor spaces, encompasses aesthetic requirements for both luminaire and quality of light, plus practical operating and management parameters including space, wiring, provisioning and maintenance. The fixtures all need to look good, and the light emitted should be of uniform quality. Indoor smart lighting requires a light engine that can be shared among a range of fixtures to ensure uniform light quality, functionality and performance throughout a space. Because luminaire space is at a premium, smart lighting has followed the consumer electronics industry’s approach of “smaller, better, faster, cheaper” to integrate control, communications, and drive and sensor components and technologies within a single small module