Lighting

Is Power-Line Communication (PLC) Technology a Viable Alternative to Wireless for Lighting Controls?

A recent visit to Arup’s exhibition “Lighting in the Urban Age” reveals an interesting collaboration between Arup, Echelon and Xicato; which uses PLC to control lighting and not wireless, a route others like Enlighted & Harvard Engineering have already committed to. Lighting is truly at an inflection point; with Smart Lighting lying at the convergence between the Internet of Things and LED technology. Our extensive research on the subject shows that it is the impact of LED technology that is providing vast opportunities to improve lighting products and their efficiency. This has coincided with the mandated demand to reduce CO2 emissions in buildings, creating a unique and challenging opportunity. Although the manufacture and design of lighting controls is for the most part a separate business, the introduction of LED Lighting opens up new possibilities for enhanced control and also extends it further across what we are calling The Building Internet of Things. Since Light is […]

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