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Lighting Trends Are All Well and Good
FROM the EDITOR
As I write this, I’ve recently returned from my first show
as BUILDINGS editor. I spent two very full days at
Lightfair, getting a look at the lighting industry, trends
and technologies. Nothing compares to getting to see
the products and meet the people behind them in person.
On the expo floor and in the sessions, there was a lot of talk around a few themes – lighting control systems and sensors and human-centric lighting.
I even overheard that LED isn’t the new thing; people have moved beyond that and are now realizing
what else lighting can accomplish. They have gone from a functional to an additive experience.
Lighting Control Systems and Sensors
By far the most talked-about items were lighting controls and how sensors and apps can help create a
smart environment and solutions to be part of the Internet of Things. Almost everyone seems to offer some
version, and they are all different, with features ranging from:
n The way the controls and app talk – e.g. Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Bluetooth or antenna
n How far or close you need to be to control it
n Types of reporting and analytics they provide (with almost all supporting real-time updates)
n Level of security
The apps are going beyond displaying energy usage and savings to monitor environments. For example,
facilities managers and building owners can see who’s in the building and focus on space optimization.
One nice thing is that a lot of companies are offering brand-agnostic solutions that are quick and easy to
set up. That’s great news if you’re looking to dip your toes into the lighting control platform.
Human-centric lighting is getting a lot of attention, as it can play a role in health and wellbeing and bringing more natural light indoors. While human-centric lighting makes sense and has value in office environments, a lot of the focus at Lightfair was on school and hospital applications. It can:
n Change lighting to how it would be through the day, both in amount and position of sunlight
n Mimic the lighting that is currently outside (read more in “The Future of Tunable Lighting,” bit.ly/2j TvR5Y)
n Create the right light for the situation or work being done
A selling point is that you don’t need different fixtures or lights for different reasons. It allows occupants
the flexibility of what a room is used for, or what response you want from occupants.
If you weren’t able to attend Lightfair and want to see what new and great things there are in lighting:
n Read our complete Lightfair coverage and view all lighting content ( bit.ly/2I7i7Ce), including articles,
educational webinars and new products.
n Check out the winners of our Money-Saving Products awards (page 24). Chosen by the BUILDINGS media
editors, 67 products in lighting and other categories were determined to support commercial buildings
and create cost savings to facility managers.
Valerie Dennis Craven
Editor in Chief