What comes to mind when someone mentions connected LED lighting system for the industrial & commercial (C&I) application? Is it energy saving, networking, remote control, or data collection? How about interoperability?
Your answer to that question may depend on the level of connectivity you design into the lighting system. The following diagrams illustrate the different level of connectivity.
Group A: This is the simplest setup. The luminaires might be standalone and not connected to anything other than the wall switch. They use the analog LED driver.
Group B: The luminaires and are part of a lighting control system. They too use the analog LED driver.
Group C: The luminaires not only utilize the latest digital lighting control system, but are also equipped with the digital LED driver.
The last category represents a growing segment of the luminaires that are being installed today. The reason they are becoming more popular is that they support all the characteristics listed above—energy saving, networking, remote control, data collection, and interoperability—from day one.