Connected lighting - Increased control, reduced waste, more efficient maintenance
Connected lighting can go beyond illumination and help save money, improve space utilisation, and enhance student and staff learning environments within your university. Unlike traditional HID or fluorescent lighting, it’s much easier to add controls to LED lamps and fixtures. This allows for increased flexibility, e.g. when the brightness or colour of the lighting needs to be changed to better match student activity. Connectivity through the Internet of Things (IoT) technology allows for the control of lighting remotely, along with the ability to automate lighting to turn on and off based on occupancy. This control and management also reduce waste and improves efficiency of maintenance, which drives additional energy savings. This extra saving can be as much as 30% on top of the 40-50% saving gained by switching to LED technology.
At Eindhoven’s University of Technology, smart lighting has been used to drastically reduce the CO2 emissions of its main building, Atlas, by 80%, leading to a 60% saving in energy bills. According to BREEAM, it is now the most sustainable educational building in the world. In 2018, Signify’s Interact system was installed in the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University in Dubai, which, through sensors embedded in luminaires, can monitor human presence to switch off lighting and air conditioning when students vacate the room. Furthermore, light points are controlled using smartphones and tablets and famously the university is the first to have zero light switches. Coded light transmitted by ceiling luminaires is also used for indoor navigation. Integrated with the university’s smartphone app, it helps students find available rooms or leads them to their classes – so no excuse for being late to a tutorial.