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Innovative LED and Smart Lighting Applications in Commercial Buildings Expected to Grow

Monday, March 9, 2020 By Niki Schillero

2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year for innovation and smart lighting. More facility managers (FMs) are expected to leverage the latest technology advancements in LED, lighting controls, and Internet of Things (IoT) components to improve lighting system design, energy efficiency, and building occupant experience.
 
According to SmartCitiesWorld, the connected lighting market is set to grow nearly 30% by 2023. While there are several factors that will contribute to this growth, it will be predominantly driven by demands for increased energy efficiency amid environmental concerns, and the availability of innovative smart lighting technology for cities, offices, commercial buildings, and multi-site facilities.
 

LED SMART LIGHTING IMPROVES BUILDING OCCUPANT EXPERIENCE

Delivering an optimal occupant experience is an essential objective when it comes to facility management, so understanding how LEDs, smart lighting and controls can elevate that experience is especially important for FMs.
 
In addition to focusing on bottom-line needs (budget, meeting building requirements or certifications) and regular daily tasks, Facility Managers spend a tremendous amount of time keeping up with requests to fix or improve critical assets. The implementation of LED, smart lighting and lighting controls provides them with significant time and cost savings, as well as an abundance of functional benefits for occupants.
 
Since LED lighting delivers warm or cool light with high color rendering index (CRI) and consistent color, upgrading outdated fixtures with LEDs can improve the visual experience. Compared to traditional lighting technology, LEDs produce light that more closely emulates natural sunlight – meaning there’s better color recognition and a noticeably better visual environment for occupants.
 
For example, cooler light temperatures are said to help improve productivity and awareness in education settings through­out the school day. With two-thirds of the brain devoted to visual processing, quality lighting in classroom settings is imperative to the continued education of students. Color rendering performance helps increase reading comprehension and accuracy while delivering the kind of full-spectrum light shown in studies to result in better student work habits, improved academic performance, lower fatigue and more positive attitudes.
 
Lighting controls can also improve lighting experiences for occupants. Un­like other technologies, LED lighting is easily adjustable and controllable in many ways to provide customizable spaces. Advanced lighting controls, for example, can adjust the light output de­pending on the amount of natural light in the room. As a natural complement to LED lighting systems, this “daylighting” approach has been associated with improved mood, enhanced morale, lower fatigue and reduced eyestrain. Additionally, LED technology has enabled incredible flex­ibility by offering in-field color tempera­ture changes (cool to warm) that can be selected by user preference or space re­quirements.
 

A FUTURE FILLED WITH SMART LIGHTING AND OTHER NEW INNOVATIONS

The relationship between commercial property developers and their tenants is evolving. Across the country, there’s a growing trend toward smart lighting systems that creates more value for property developers, building owners, property managers, and tenants – all with different but complementary needs focused on their common goal of creating a better occupant experience.
 
Smart lighting solutions are playing a major role in building experience. Not only do they enhance occupant comfort and savings, but these solutions also contribute to an elevated human experience within the building’s environment.
 
Moving forward, we can expect to see the convergence of technology and market demands pushed to new heights as the lighting industry continues to modernize and improve LED design, including comprehensive integration of smart lighting technology.
 
There are a few innovative LED and smart lighting trends currently forecasted to have a big impact on the industry:

  • LED Fixtures Will Become IoT Enabled
    The majority of bulbs that are sold in stores, including LEDs, are not yet ready for IoT integration. What does that mean exactly? It means that they aren’t considered a smart light that has the ability to be turned on, up, dimmed or off by an app or a smart device, such as Alexa or Google Home. This capability will soon become a must-have, and we can expect to see this technology in full effect over the course of the next few years, for the world as we know it is becoming more and more digitally connected. 

  • Various LED Design and Slim Profiles
    When it comes to LED, design is extremely important and has been a key differentiator since its debut. Lighting design is moving toward slim profiles, meaning the fixture itself will take up less space while still giving off enough light. The ability to provide more light and more flexibility in less space is also a game changer when it comes to the installation and maintenance of these fixtures. 

  • Color Temperature LEDs to Become a Key Focus
    The temperatures of traditional LEDs can range between 2700K and 7000K. Temperatures that range from 2000K to 3000K produce a light that is warmer, cozier, calming and more intimate for most rooms in a house or restaurant, compared to the cool white light produced between 6000K and 7000K that is more appropriate for office spaces, task lighting, and other spaces of that nature. 

  • Energy Efficiency Will Continue to Dominate
    Because LEDs use up to 90% less energy, their adoption contributes to a decrease in operational budgets, saving maintenance and replacement cost due to life expectancy. With an increased focus on energy initiatives – sustainability, efficiency, renewables, etc – amid environmental concerns, the push for energy savings will continue to be at the core of how LED lighting and lighting controls evolve.

LED and smart lighting systems are an important investment for the future of your facility. Whether you’re planning new construction, overseeing a retrofit, or renovation projects, lighting will always play a vital role and the technologies available are ever-evolving.
 
These cutting-edge innovations are improving the overall occupant experience, all while helping facility managers reach their bottom-line benefits and goals.
 
Illumetek is known for our lighting, electrical, controls, and smart lighting installation experience and staying ahead of the curve with the newest technologies. Let us help you transform your facility into an energy efficient, connected building and start illuminating the way in 2020! You can contact us at hello@illumetek.com or at (800) 644-2566 to get more information.


 

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