Can Networking Lighting Become A Killer App For Networking?

- Jul 20, 2017-

There is a saying: By 2020, the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to cover 20 to 5 billion units. People believe that things will be everywhere, almost affecting all aspects of modern life. So far, although the application of things is very interesting, but failed to follow the professional forecast, in the market showed explosive growth. There is not enough, with a clear economic interests of the use of cases to start the Internet of things self-strengthening market growth.

The industry has made progress in reducing link costs, but progress is not fast enough for demand to grow and the corresponding mass production prices to halt the actual market takeoff. Tens of billions of equipment is expected to serve such a wide range of applications, so that the program alone can not achieve the cost of significant production costs required. What is needed now is a single application that itself can generate the demand for billions of devices.

The following look at networking lighting.

Artificial lighting has been used for thousands of years; electrical lighting began in 1880. Today, every continent, every country, almost every city, town and village has some form of electrical lighting, but the traditional incandescent lamp power consumption, and energy costs gradually increased, prompting the industry and the government to seek low power Consumption of substitutes. Compact Fluorescent Bulb (CFL) is the first result, but the fact that LED is a logical successor.

But Daniel Cooley, senior vice president and general manager of Silicon Labs' Internet of Things products, said in an interview that the growing success of LED lighting technology is paving the way for ever-connected networking lighting. The key is that LED manufacturers have to learn how to integrate electronic components in the bulb, and how to reduce costs. "With that," says Cooley, "adding more chips is easier and creating a smart, cost-effective and glowing electronics."

Will networking lighting be a killer application?

Cooley added that adding the Internet of Things technology to the lighting business model already has a positive return on investment. The government is mandated to reduce energy consumption is a factor, if you can control the bulb itself, it will be easier to meet the standard. If the lamp itself can be closed in the room (or even corridor) nobody, or through the mobile phone application remote control, can significantly reduce energy consumption.

The networking lighting eliminates the need to connect the lamp switch directly to the fixture. This not only reduces the amount of wiring required for most, but also simplifies the electrical design of the building while providing installation flexibility for lamps and switches.

But the low cost is not the only potential benefit of networking lighting. The bulb supplier can integrate the Bluetooth beacon into the light bulb, providing a quick and easy way for the retailer to simply set the location service by replacing the bulb. The color and brightness of the network lighting can be set up, then the owner and car dealers and restaurants and other retailers will be able to control its environmental atmosphere.

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