Connected Smart Lighting

  • Wout van Bommel


Connected smart lighting refers to lighting installations in which the luminaires, with integrated sensors, are interconnected in a wired or wireless network to both control and monitor the lighting. Microcontrollers and many sensors, like light, occupancy, temperature, humidity and noise sensors, are small enough to be incorporated in a luminaire. In this way, the luminaire becomes both a source of light and information. Connected, smart lighting systems using such luminaires can be used for many more purposes than energy conservation alone. By collecting, for example, data on the actual use of a space and the movement of people, automated space management is possible while ensuring user satisfaction. The sensors used in the smart lighting network can be expanded with sensors that measure parameters needed for other installations in the building such as temperature, humidity and air quality sensors. The smart lighting network so becomes the “heart” of a smart building.

Smart networks can use many different protocols for communication between all the connected devices. For wired networks, the 0–10 V DC, DALI, DMX 512 and DMX 512-RDM protocols, and for wireless networks the ZigBee, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi protocols are discussed.

Ethernet data communication cables can be used, simultaneously, for data communication and for supplying power to connected electric devices including LED luminaires: power over Ethernet (PoE). The use of a separate mains power cable net is thus no longer needed. It reduces cable and installation costs considerably, makes the system more robust and simplifies maintenance and making changes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wout van Bommel
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  1. 1.Van Bommel Lighting ConsultantNuenenThe Netherlands

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