Smart Lighting: Everything You Need to Know.

In such a technology-driven era, many companies are transforming their buildings and office spaces into “Smart Buildings.” The smart integration includes streamlining the company’s tech resources, computer management systems, and more. Additionally, this even includes integrating the building’s lighting system – because, after all, lighting solutions continue to drive the digital transformation of the lighting industry in relation to increased safety and security measures.

But what even is “smart lighting,” and is it really necessary for schools, hospitals, and corporations? The experts at Information Transport Solutions (ITS) are here to give you the inside scoop on everything surrounding smart lighting, Igor technology, and everything in between.

What Is Smart Lighting?

Smart lighting is technology designed for increased energy efficiency and security. This may include high-efficiency fixtures and automated light controls that make adjustments based on conditions such as occupancy or daylight availability. Smart lighting repositions your building’s lighting system on a more automated track.

By now, you have probably heard of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the subsequent movement by companies to integrate IoT into their workspaces. Smart lighting products are set to become more common in commercial spaces, offices, school, hospitals, and more. In fact, resources such as Navigant Research report the global market revenue for smart lighting is expected to grow from $651.1 million in 2017 to $4.5 billion in 2026 thanks to wide implementation of these systems.

The Benefits of Smart Lighting

Easy Installation and Control

Smart lighting systems are equipped with unique sensors that enable the light to power on and off based on sensor-sourced data. This may include light adjustments based on room occupancy, natural light interference, traffic patterns, and more. Cloud-based digital applications communicate directly with the sensors to coordinate lighting strategies for the perfect electric output, every time.

This smart technology allows facility managers to control every aspect of a building’s lighting system from their digital device – whether they are in the specific room/area or not! Additionally, energy usage software helps users identify patterns and any abnormalities and inefficiencies that signal opportunities to improve operations, productivity, and safety.

Efficient Energy Savings

Smart lighting integration provides an immediate return in the form of energy savings. The best part? The experts at ITS can help you incorporate a smart lighting system into your already-established lighting fixtures (no need for expensive, extensive remodels). Through a combination of advanced controls such as task tuning and daylight harvesting, an intelligent LED lighting system can drive lighting-related energy savings of up to 90 percent.

Over time, especially, these savings more than justify the benefit of transition from traditional lighting to smart lighting.

A Streamlined System

Smart lighting is merely the start of creating a data-driven enterprise that runs more efficiently while cutting overall costs. Because intelligent lights are fully connected, they present an ideal foundation for smart sensors related to new, IoT-based building management applications (ones that reach far beyond lighting, even!).

All of these sensor-driven solutions are designed to lower overhead costs, keep inventory fresh, protect organizational assets and associated persons, and introduce a stream of data-driven insights that allow companies to easily identify new opportunities for operational efficiencies.

What Is Igor Technology?

The Igor Company has developed a smart, Power over Ethernet (PoE) product to help companies better manage lighting and electricity in their buildings.

Igor’s smart lighting technology platform leverages the integration of PoE connectivity with its patented software to not only control sensors but, as outlined above, provide data-driven intelligence to facility owners, managers and their associated consumers, customers, etc.

Smart lighting solutions are driving the digital transformation of the lighting industry with the creation of the “digital ceiling.” Igor’s innovative PoE platform enables unprecedented levels of intelligent control over LED lighting systems by leveraging the technology convergence of IoT with the disruption of smart lighting.

The experts at ITS support and carry Igor’s PoE lighting platform that enables unparalleled levels of intelligent control – including motion-censored lighting and high-speed-data-driven intelligence.

Smart Lighting Specifics by Industry

Not yet convinced that smart lighting is all it’s cracked up to be? Consider these surprising (and beneficial) statistics that range across ITS’s wide variety of client industries.

Smart Lighting and Schools

Check this out: a 2016 study involved two classrooms of 54 fourth-grade students taking math tests. One classroom was equipped with standard fluorescent lighting. The other classroom had smart, LED lighting that could be adjusted to vary the color temperature between a relaxed, “warm” white and a “cool” hue. The result? Students were more alert and scored significantly higher on tests in the classroom with the adjustable lighting.

Smart lighting isn’t just safer; it’s also lighting the way toward a better education!

Smart Lighting and Hospitals

Believe it or not, light plays a significant role in human health and productivity.

Hospitals and healthcare facilities are finding that integrating smart, LED lighting systems can have a huge impact on every level of their function. That’s because, aside from its energy and cost-saving properties, it can also bring measurable improvements to a facility’s performance in terms of patient recovery times, patient experience, medical staff performance, and staff job satisfaction.

It’s true! Smart lighting may also contribute to reductions in accidents and errors; an increased sense of security for visitors and staff; and even better cleaning by maintenance staff. Those advantages can, in turn, yield financial benefits that go far beyond the cost of energy.

There have been a number of studies that have reported a strong correlation between employee mood and energy levels relating to certain hues of light (just like with the students). Red, for instance, has been shown to have a more relaxing effect while blue has been documented as bringing about a more alert and energized state of mind – very conducive to production.

Any corp. owner knows that a boost in productivity is a good thing, so energizing and engaging the workforce should be high on priority list! And… if all that requires takes is adjusting the smart lighting setting in their workspace, an easier, more cost-effective alternative is certainly hard to come by!

Are you ready to bring your building, school, or workplace to the next level by incorporating a smart lighting system? Get in touch with the experts at ITS today to discuss the next steps to take!

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