Is This The Future of Intelligent Lighting Control Systems?

Future Of Lighting Control Systems

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Today, the lines have blurred between lighting manufacturers and lighting control manufacturers. Lighting Control Systems now represent cohesive ecosystems of connected parts – drivers, ballasts, controllers – which have been tested to comply with International Standards.

These International Standards work to guarantee lighting control performance and functionality across separate manufacturers so that building owners can select Lighting Control Systems from the vendor they choose, with a minimum performance expectation and future options for supply, repair and maintenance from any other vendor.

In the past, Lighting Control Systems have required highly specialised, highly trained and expensive personnel to commission and prepare these systems for end user occupancy.

By simplifying the design, installation and commissioning process; lowering system setup and maintenance complexity; and creating these systems with familiar and modern design paradigms removes costs and overhead at all levels.

Trends: Future of Intelligent Lighting Control Systems

  1. Transformation to Lighting Systems Paradigm
  2. Open Standard Implementation
  3. System Commissioning Simplification resulting in costs reductions
  4. IT Convergence & System Security
  5. LED Control Performance

This cohesive Lighting Systems trend is best achieved through standardisation.

This standardisation also provides building owners, who are increasingly demanding more advanced levels of control and automation within their properties focused on energy efficiency, occupant comfort and productivity (with as little human intervention as possible), opportunities to integrate, control and assimilate these Lighting Systems into the larger building control ecosystem, painlessly and securely.

Future Security of Lighting Control Systems in an I.T World

This is largely due to the convergence of lighting systems into the ubiquitous networking infrastructure which has changed the way lighting control systems are both installed and how they operate.

Importantly, in an ever changing world of political instability and global preparedness, coupled with this migration to the Internet of Things and networking infrastructure, maintaining the lighting systems security is paramount and top of building owners minds when selecting lighting systems for now and the future.

A transformation has occurred from lighting control systems to Lighting Systems. It has been driven, to date, by the advent and disruption of LED Lighting and the ability of Lighting Control System to provide an acceptable performance levels when controlling these light sources.

The DNA of Lighting Systems will continue to advance into the I.T realm where the economies of scale of installation and data speeds can have a profound effect on cost reduction and what a Lighting System is and how it can be used for controlling lighting and beyond.

The risk for lighting systems in this converging world is being overrun by IT frameworks and protocols which inhibit or disallow lighting specific control paradigms under the guise of security concerns, or transparently, from a commercial motivation of these larger IT vendors.