Digital lighting has joined the ranks of smart systems, and is being used in ways we never thought possible a few years ago.
Lighting gives us the potential to create digital lighting networks that let us use light in new ways, bringing benefits to owners, users and consumers.
Here are a few examples. We can check parking space availability and traffic data, helping people and vehicles move more efficiently. We can have lighting that adapts to the changing weather or for security, together with live and localised traffic information. Asset management, energy reporting and tuning our lighting to the tasks we are performing is possible, and we can tune our lighting to different colour temperatures, creating a different ambience in a space. Boosting city-wide Wi-Fi signals is also possible through smart lighting networks. And we can set the lighting ambience in our homes as we travel to and from them.
The way we shop will be revolutionised by the services we have available now and in the future through lighting. For example, location services for shoppers are being tested by some of the big supermarkets. This can give retailers and customers immense benefits, making shopping more efficient and more fun while stimulating revenue growth.
We are seeing a mass migration to digital lighting in the retail environment to create well-lit, energy efficient spaces where customers want to spend more time and more money. Things are moving so fast and the potential for lighting to further enhance the experience for consumers, save energy for the owners and deliver data is boundless.
The younger generation will adopt new digital technology, and it is up to us in the lighting industry to ensure we are involved in deploying the technology in cities, businesses, offices and the home.
We are indeed expanding the boundaries of lighting.
Alasdair McRury is president of the Lighting Industry Association and VP and MD, European operations, Holophane Europe