Smart lighting could become the norm 'within the decade'

More and more inteligent lighting led smart city projects are under development, but high costs are preventing the technology from becoming widespread.

Smart lighting is on the rise and the lighting industry has pinned its future wealth and wellbeing on its success, but its dominance is currently far from cemented. However, supremacy could be on the cards quicker than we think.

Harshvardhan Chitale, vice chairman and managing director of Philips Lighting in India, has claimed in a new interview that smart lighting will become ‘the default option’ in homes within the next five to ten years.

He also went on to predict that smart lighting will become one of the most popular Internet of Things devices within that same time period.

‘Today, when we think of buying a phone, we don’t think of a landline phone.

By default, we think of a mobile or a smartphone,' Chitale told India’s largest independent news service IANS.

We anticipate that over the next five to ten years, closer to five years potentially, when people think of upgrading their existing lights or installing new ones, they would immediately install lights or lighting systems which are smart, without thinking twice.’

Smart lighting is currently gaining traction in smart city projects around the globe and India has recently launched a government backed smart city initiative to ensure one of the most populous nations on earth is not left behind. 

But if smart lighting is going to achieve anything like the dominance that Chitale expects, then it is going to have to overcome a number of problems.

We anticipate that over the next five to ten years, closer to five years potentially, when people think of upgrading their existing lights or installing new ones, they would immediately install lights or lighting systems which are smart, without thinking twice.

Harshvardhan Chitale, vice chairman and managing director of Philips Lighting India

The main issue currently preventing a more dramatic uptake in internet of things products in the home is security and the risk of hacking.

As companies rush to get IoT products to market there are fears that cyber security is being rushed for the sake of making a quick buck, putting customers at risk in the process.

‘We’re opening Pandora’s Box, we are starting to see huge amounts of IoT devices being developed that are vulnerable and I don’t think it will be too long before we see another big story about IoT devices being hacked.

We are turning the internet against us,’ IoT security expert and ethical hacker Ken Munro told Lux.

High costs are the main issue currently preventing the wide-spread uptake of intelligent lighting-led smart city projects by local authorities.

‘The cost of smart cities currently outweighs the benefits to the end user, at the moment,’ Eddie Henry of Light and Life Associates told Lux. ‘But that could change.’

Watch our interview with ethical hacker Ken Munro below:

 

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