It seems that the Internet is constantly evolving. With each passing month, we hear about some hot new technology or a revolutionary way of doing things. That’s just the nature of the Internet.
By now, you may have already heard about the Internet of Things (IoT). It has already started developing and new IoT products are starting to hit the market. One area that is especially interesting regarding the Internet of Things is lighting. But before we discuss the benefits of IoT when combined with lighting, we first need to define IoT.
What is IoT?
There are many ways of describing the concepts behind the Internet of Things. First and foremost, understand that more and more devices are taking advantage of the Internet with each passing day. In the not-so-distant past, only human users using a computer could connect to the Internet.
Today, however, we experience enhanced benefits of products that connect and share information online. Cars have access to GPS devices, refrigerators help manage your groceries and even download recipes, and every day there seems to be a new ‘Internet-friendly’ version of an older product.
Heck, there is probably even a toaster that connects to the Internet now! All of these inanimate objects – or things – connect to the Internet in real time to provide people with better solutions to their problems. The Internet of Things is the idea that in the future, just about everything will be connected to the Internet to provide more benefits.
What This Means for Lighting
This is pretty exciting for the world of lighting. You might be asking yourself, “Why the heck would I want to provide my lighting infrastructure with an Internet connection?” Well, there are many reasons. Once your lights have the ability to share information online, there are a lot of possibilities. You would have a degree of control like never before, and the potential is limitless.
One area that seems to be getting a lot of attention is energy efficiency. External servers and management systems could ensure the optimal use of lighting and power. In turn, this would save a lot of energy and money.
However, you would also be able to turn your lights on and off as well as dim them with a mobile device – such as a tablet or your smart phone. You wouldn’t even need to get up to flip the switch!
This will make lighting much more dynamic. Instead of the traditional on/off types of lighting, you will be able to repurpose your space with a variety of lighting options. When combined with LEDs, you will be able to change the color, brightness, or even schedule changes with a timer. In a commercial environment, this presents a wide variety of ways to save money in the long run. Plus, you’ll never wonder if you left the lights on again. You could simply check while you are at home and turn them off remotely if you did leave them on!