The big data aspect of LED lighting

I’ve always believed the data friendly nature of LED lighting design would open up opportunities to use LEDs for more than just lighting. (There are actually experiments ongoing to use micro-LEDs to transmit data as light in a wireless network.) While we’re likely a ways away from so-called Li-Fi, Gigaom’s David Meyer reports on Philips’ new connected office lighting system. The system utilizes power-over-internet where the cabled connection provides sufficient power for LED lighting. The lighting systems also contain sensors for humidity, temperature and judging whether someone’s in a room.

Addressing the data potential of such new technology, Meyer writes:

The real pitch here is for building owners and facility managers. By measuring occupancy levels and energy usage, and displaying the results through Philips’s software, the system would make it easier to figure out when to heat certain areas, how often specific rooms need cleaning, and of course what should be lit at certain times of day.

The potential to leverage the data in Philips’ new lighting systems could have downstream impacts on building energy management systems (BEMS), particularly if facilities managers become educated enough and proficient with building data to start automating decisions based on lighting and sensor data. Philips is showcasing its new lighting tech in Deloite’s Amsterdam office.