installed base, in 2014. A-lamps, directional products and outdoor luminaires led adoption. In that year, LED high-bay and
linear luminaire markets were just emerging. However, we are
at the cusp of major growth. The DOE forecasted that, by 2020,
LEDs will represent more than 40 percent of the commercial
sector’s installed lighting base in lumen-hours. The percentage
swings to about 25 percent in the industrial sector and about 75
percent in the outdoor sector.
LED product performance continues to increase while
costs decline, making LEDs predominant in new construction
lighting sales. Further sweetened by utility rebates, it also is
positioning LED options well for upgrades in existing buildings. A significant number of LED luminaires will be installed
in the next 5–10 years, and they can be specified with intelligent
lighting controls and onboard sensors.
The installation of LED luminaires almost anywhere lighting is used provides a simple opportunity to embed additional
sensors into the luminaire and enact broad IIo T strategies. As
the cost of these sensors continues to decline alongside LEDs,
IIo T deployment becomes even more economical.
“Being architecturally integrated with the building ceiling
subsystem, lighting can act as a host for sensors and annunciators that can benefit the building owner and the building
occupants,” said Geoff Hammett, product manager, Eaton’s
Lighting Division, which is based in Peachtree City, Ga.
“Lighting is an infrastructure that can be leveraged to
deliver insights on spaces,” said Chuck Piccirillo, director of
marketing, Encelium by Osram, Boston. “If sensors are embed-
ded into each luminaire, then there could be thousands of data
points in a typical building to provide granular insights for
creating productive workplaces, comfortable environments
for occupants, and efficient and safer factories/warehouses.”
For this reason, LED lighting has been touted as a delivery
platform for the IIo T, suggesting a central role in its deployment in both new and existing buildings. Lighting is installed
almost everywhere in the built environment, providing valuable real estate for IIo T usage.
LED lighting and intelligent control, ideally paired, bring considerable features and benefits to a building. The introduction
of additional sensors opens up a whole world of analytics and
dramatically increases the value of new lighting.
“How we think about lighting has fundamentally changed
with the blending of our physical and digital worlds,” Brown
said. “Suddenly, lighting is considerably more important to
how businesses and cities operate in the most efficient manner.
Going forward, the focus of industry is on using data to reduce
costs, create new revenue streams and improve services.”
“The next phase is gathering insights to provide prescrip-
tive, or proactive, actions to owners and users of smart systems,”
Piccirillo said. “That, and utilizing multiple data points to gain
The IIo T extends the utility of advanced
lighting and control systems with
additional sensing that can produce
data and transform business.