1. Power over Ethernet (PoE) wiring is revolutionizing how electrical contractors will install lighting systems.
During our tour of the Eaton Cooper Lighting booth, Kraig Kasler, president of that company’s lighting division told us that PoE wiring for LED lighting systems can be 20% less expensive to than traditional wiring methods.
2. Tuneable white light will cut down on the number of LED fixtures electrical distributors need to carry.
Quite a few LED vendors were promoting fixtures that could be programmed to deliver light in a wide range of color temperatures. For example, ABBLighting’s human centric LED Light Troffer retrofit kit can be set to run automatically or allows you to change the lighting with one of several presets such as sunrise/sunset, best lighting for reading (4100K) or best for working (5000K). The adjustable color temperature ranges is 2700-6500K and has a CRI of more than 80.
3. Fixtures are starting to do much more than just light up spaces.
Michael Healander, V.P. of business development for the Acuity Brands’ recently acquired Geometri business unit is excited about the possibilities of the software he helped develop to empower lighting fixtures with eyes that can monitor shoppers in stores, travelers in airports and even attendees at trade shows. In the Acuity booth, Healander, Geometri’s founder, showed how the system could watch booth traffic and then report back to each night about which booth displays attracted the most attention and where attendees lingered the longest.
4. New applications for LED lighting are continually being developed.
At the Osram Sylvania media event, the company showed off an experimental drone with a LED spotlight that could be used for search & rescue missions and night-time surveillance applications.
5. “Smart City” projects with connected lighting systems for municipalities are still in the beta phase but are showing promise.
One LightFair conference session offered a good example of how lighting and networking companies are working together with a city to provide a networked lighting system that can save energy, enhance public safety, and provide WiFi hot spots. Hugh Martin, CEO, Sensity (left); Steve Steinhilber, V.P. CISCO, Industry Solutions group (right), and Bob Bennett, CIO of the city of Kansas City, Mo. (not shown), discussed a beta project along Kansas City’s streetcar line that will provide civic benefits such as information on foot traffic along the streetcar corridor; WiFi hot spots; and enhanced lighting control.