Tallest tower yet to feature smart lights from head to toe

Although the new tower will be at the forefront of lighting control, it will not feature Power over Ethernet (PoE).

A brand new 42-floor office and residential skyscraper in Toronto will feature intelligent lighting controls, the tallest structure yet to be fitted out with the technology from top to bottom.

The 617ft Ernst and Young tower, which is due to be completed next year, is the latest example of the real estate business starting to get behind the lighting industry’s turn towards smart fixtures and the Internet of Things.

Although not much hard detail is yet known about how the system will work, LEDs Magazine speculated that it would involve smart phone apps being used to turn light fixtures on and off and to brighten or soften light temperatures and colours. Users will need to make their individual LED lights IP addressable for the technology to work.

Although the tower, on completion, will be at the cutting edge of modern lighting control, it will not feature Power over Ethernet (PoE).

PoE sends both data and electricity to LED fixtures and is a technology that many expect will come to dominate office lighting schemes over the course of the next few years. Use of the system also removes the costs associated with wiring and electricians.

Canadian lighting company Metalumen will provide luminaires for the Toronto project. It was decided when the project was specified that PoE could not manage the wattage required for LEDs.

That decision was made some four to five years ago and Power over Ethernet technology is now advancing at a much faster rate.

  • You can find out more about Power over Ethernet technology and smart lighting at this year's Lux Live. The exhibition will be held in London on Wednesday 23 November  and Thursday 24 November 2016. Entry is free and you can register at www.luxlive.co.uk

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