Lighting to guide shoppers around huge Singapore mall

VLC uses different frequencies emitting from light fixtures dotted around a large building.

Visible light communication (VLC) is being installed in the gargantuan CapitaLand Mall in Singapore to help shoppers find their favourite stores amid a labyrinth of aisles and corridors.

VLC uses different frequencies emitting from light fixtures dotted around a building, which can then be located using a smartphone and utilised to guide someone through a complicated indoor space.

The technology utilizes Philips’ fixtures, which have been used to the same purpose in smaller supermarkets in Dubai and Lille.

The indoor way-finding service is not ever-present and users have to log into an app and activate a smart phone camera to be able to use the technology.

Currently VLC empowered fixtures are limited to a single shade of white, but it is hoped that, in the future, the colour temperature will be able to be adjusted, in order to create a warmer feel.

Smart lighting is not just being put to good use in over-complicated shopping malls, it is also being used in the industrial sector.

A warehouse in Singapore, for example, is currently utilising a Philips lighting system that uses ZigBee wireless to detect how occupied a zone within the site is. The system also uses Power over Ethernet, to power 2,500 light points. 

  • You can find out more about the role the Internet of Things will play in the lighting industry, whether as a means of controlling light or as a source of data, by listening in to our upcoming webinar on IoT on the 26th of October. You can find out more and register to listen by clicking here


  • You can find out more about visible light communication at this year's Lux Live. The exhibition will take place at ExCeL London on Wednesday 23 November and Thursday 24 November and entrance is free if you pre-register at