A new report highlights the key trends in the Smart Lighting space, predicting “mood lighting” as a focal point for companies in 2014. But what does that actually mean for residential lighting?
With 4 years of analysis, NanoMarkets have forecast that a focus on mood and health lighting may be the next smart lighting market development in this Internet-of-Things (IoT) era.
The latest control and sensor technologies are likely to have a massive impact on the future development of smart lighting products. As the report suggests, there is considerable potential for smart mood lighting – essentially networking and control of mood lighting through smart LED technology and individual control – in commercial settings; illustrated by Philips‘ adoption of a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) system connecting office lighting fixtures to a building’s IT network and the industry-wide adoption of DALI systems. But what does that mean for the residential sphere?
As with all technologies, a period of commercial development is likely to take a few years before a refined product hits the residential market, but already there are some key indications that smart mood lighting may pick up speed alongside developments in building automation systems and control.
Parallels can already be drawn between Osram’s commercial dynamic lighting systems that imitate natural light – producing bluer tones designed to stir and energise you in the morning and redder, more relaxing light in the evening – and Philip’s residential “Hue” system – allowing personal control over light intensity, colour and timing with their app based controls. Both are proponents of the notion that mood and behaviour can be directly influenced, and altered by lighting systems. “Mood” may be harder to quantify than energy efficiency or cost, and although sceptics may scoff at the idea, it is likely that we will see more evidence to support these claims, thus further developments are likely to emerge in this spectrum.
For residential lighting, these developments could also indicate that the future lies in more integrated, home networked lighting solutions, alongside innovations in smart lighting systems used for air quality monitoring or even the delivery of information services.
No matter where the future may lie, there is little doubt that as suppliers focus on innovative ways to adopt smart mood lighting solutions throughout residential and commercial projects, future developments are likely to hinge on the progress and adoption of LED and OLED technologies.
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