Philips recently rolled out its latest in connected lighting systems, including Power over Ethernet (PoE) luminaires, app-based controls, and cloud-based technologies.
Those innovations include luminous carpets and ceilings, as well as HealWell lighting systems for hospital environments, and new applications that allow remote management of lighting technologies.
Philips Lighting CEO Eric Rondolat notes: “We live in an Internet age marked by 24/7 connectivity, and these trends are fundamentally transforming the way we use and interact with light.”Many communities are considering, researching, or implementing microgrid solutions. The underlying rationale often involves complex business, operational, and economic issues. See our FREE Special Report: Understanding Microgrids. Download it now!
Value propositions focus on lighting that transcends illumination and energy efficiency, he adds. “For example, this includes streetlights that communicate their location and slash the cost of maintenance, office lighting to improve productivity, and supermarket lighting to enhance customer loyalty by enabling special offers to be pushed to shoppers’ smartphones,” says Rondolat.
Philips’ latest architectural application is the Philips OneSpace luminous ceiling, which integrates LED lights with textiles to create a white light ceiling surface that hides the source of light, offering architects a solution for uniform, glare-free functional white light for hospitality, public, and retail spaces. The system has an ultra-thin minimalistic design and is available in customized sizes and a variety of mounting options.
Philips eW Fuse Powercore luminaire has a design that shapes and directs light to produce optimal uniform illumination for either washing, where the beam from lights mounted on the ceiling fall at a wide angle, enhancing a wall’s smoothness and eliminating shadows, and also for grazing, a technique where lights are positioned closely to a wall, either from the floor or ceiling, to force the beam of light to hit the wall at a narrow angle; grazing draws the eye to the wall’s texture by creating a shadow. Combined with ActiveSite, the luminaire supports remote monitoring and management of individual light points.
Philips and Tandus Centiva have integrated luminous carpets into commercial interior design, using them as programmable messaging tools capable of informing, directing, welcoming, and inspiring people. For example, the carpets can direct people to building exits in case of an emergency, or point them to the coffee machine or restrooms.
The Philips HealWell lighting system uses spectrally tunable LED luminaires with integrated controls for a health care solution that supports circadian rhythms and improves sleep for patients, and provides a comfortable environment for staff and caregivers.
Southland Industries offers a variety of innovative lighting control technologies, including those that integrate occupancy control and logging, tying into building management systems and simultaneously controlling lighting and ventilation. “This is something we have been doing to decrease the number of sensors needed to reduce lighting levels and control ventilation levels at the same time,” says Bridgette Rodgers P.E., energy engineer.
Rich Paroby, P.E., project developer, adds that a similar innovation is using controls to integrate lighting and plug loads wirelessly at the individual workspace level.
Southland Industries has both radial, relay-based topologies to topology-free systems, both utilizing PC- and Web-based scheduling controls to offer both local and remote communications, says Michael Starego, P.E., associate principal electrical engineer. “Topology-free systems offer distributed, addressable, and intelligent devices that—wired or wireless—tie into a central network for local or Web-based control and data logging,” says Starego. “Our innovative use of wireless control technologies allows for greater opportunities with decreased cost, reducing both material and labor requirements, while also providing the same benefits and capabilities of traditional wired systems.”Add Distributed Energy Weekly and Energy Storage Solutions to your Newsletter Preferences and keep up with the latest articles stored and distributed power, battery storage solar microgrids, HVAC options, and smart energy systems and LED lighting retrofits.