Internet of Lights, the sustainable future of lighting

Internet of Lights, the sustainable future of lighting

According to recent data, Italy’s public lighting network accounts for 12% of the country’s total electricity power (over 100 kWh per person, twice the figure in Germany and in Great Britain) and generates a public expense of about € 1.5 billion. These high figures – without leading to satisfying results – are due to the increased energy waste generated by obsolete technologies and techniques. These figures also concern the private lighting sector. Luckily, the issue can be solved in different ways.

As a matter of fact, the world of lighting is being affected by a truly revolutionary change. A remarkable signal of what is happening has been received at the recent Frankfurt’s Light+Building. The message perceived at the trade show was that the world of lighting is adjusting effectively to the well-known – at least for its meaning – Internet of Things (IoT). In fact, it is not rare to hear about the Internet of Lights.

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To this end, it is interesting to point out how the European association of manufacturers and national lighting associations (Lighting Europe) has planned the growth objectives of the European lighting industry by 2025. The central element of lighting is the wellbeing of people, but lighting should also have some features that cannot be ignored: energy efficiency, sustainability, environment protection and the ability to create comfort and increase productivity. Ambitious, yet possible goals. The current state of the studies on the effects of natural and artificial lighting on human activity has led interesting results that can be combined with the available technology, especially in terms of LED sources and lighting control.

Dynamic lights can be programmed, controlled and managed effectively and efficiently thanks to the Internet. The increasing integration between the electricity network and the Internet through smart grids is creating a more controllable distribution of light, preventing waste and increasing the use of alternative energy sources.

Lighting represents a significant part of our energy consumptions: thanks to the use of LED sources and smart grids, and without giving up on efficiency and effectiveness – on the contrary increasing them – we can drastically reduce costs. A bright future is already seen in street lighting applications thanks to highly advanced products.

Disano illuminazione produces a vast range of lighting fixtures equipped with smart systems for the correct control and management of lights. One of its top sellers is Sella LED, a street lighting fixture that can be equipped with different smart systems.

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Light flux regulation system
An electronic device based on a microchip designed to control the luminous flux and allow a constant dimming of lights from 10 to 100%, with proportional energy savings. The lighting fixture can work at reduced power at pre-programmed times.

Programmable time system
A device capable of reducing the luminous flux at night without the need of supplementary infrastructure. The device can dim lights in up to 5 steps. It is factory-programmed by Disano illuminazione, releasing the user from any further programming during the installation.

Power line carrier (PLC) remote control
The lighting fixture or the light pole can contain a controller capable of monitoring the fixture’s operating parameters. This point-to-point remote control system is based on the power line carrier (PLC) technology that allows the two-way communication of digital information between the module installed on the fixture and the controller. The communication between the control centre (PC) and the point-to-point system occurs from the board, via conventional channels (GSM-GPRS-LAN etc.).

Wireless remote control
LED light is also Wi-Fi. There are systems that can “govern” the LEDs installed on Sella with a dedicated remote controller or directly from the user’s smartphone.

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