In 2019, look for the refinement and growth of new lighting technologies launched in 2018. Here are three emerging lighting technology trends that we can expect to see more of in 2019.
Smart connected lighting.
Connected domestic devices and energy conservation have become major lifestyle drivers. The world has adopted LEDs and according to market research firm Million Insights, the global LED lighting market is expected to value at $108 billion by 2025. This mass-scale LED adoption has improved the scope of advanced designs and performance. Added to that, the advent of industry 4.0., Internet of Things, and the demand for intelligent solutions at home has led industry players to further develop LED lighting giving rise to ‘smart LEDs’ which will continue to take the world by storm in 2019.
2019 is set to be the year of Bluetooth Mesh
Smart LED lighting control has been with us for some time but until now, implementing a building wide control system for lighting has remained a challenge. There have been many potential integration strategies and products for retrofits and new construction. However, without a single dominant control technology, lighting control adoption has been slow since no one wants to back the wrong technology.
At the same time, the benefits of building-wide lighting control are too great to ignore. Many of these constraints are being removed by Bluetooth Mesh, which is becoming the common standard for open and extendible lighting control and more. Bluetooth Mesh delivers the promise of choosing from multiple vendors, and can be extended to cover a variety of lighting installations. Bluetooth is a well-defined and comprehensively-documented standard, so vendors that conform to the standard can guarantee Bluetooth interoperability. For example, every smartphone has Bluetooth built in and, no matter who the manufacturer is, one vendor’s Bluetooth smartphone can communicate with every other smartphone and Bluetooth enabled device. Adopting Bluetooth Mesh not only guarantees a means to wirelessly connect luminaire sensors, but it also ensures interoperability with other Bluetooth devices.
Early applications of the Bluetooth Mesh are not only shaking up smart lighting but pushing the boundaries of what the industry thought could be done with lighting.
Lighting is moving on from using LEDs to save energy to using LEDs to optimize human performance, health and wellbeing. New technology is bringing unprecedented user controllability that creates opportunities to use lighting for extra benefits.
Traditional electric lighting has typically allowed dimming but provided few – if any – other practicable options to adjust the light to suit users’ needs. The easy controllability of LED lighting now makes it possible to replicate and even idealise the characteristics of natural light, to better support Human circadian rhythms. This should allow happier, healthier, and more productive people.
If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that technology will continue to change how we do business in the lighting sector. While it may be hard to see the inroads some of these technologies are making right now, their potential to change our industry is tremendous.
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