In April, JLL’s Larry Lubeck attended LIGHTFAIR International in San Diego, the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. At this event, industry-leading organizations presented the latest and greatest innovations in lighting. Below, Larry discusses where the lighting industry is going and calls out 3 important lighting trends that you need to know about.
There’s no doubt that technological advances are revolutionizing the lighting industry – and new, advanced products are continually being brought to the marketplace. The amount of information related to watts, lumens, sensors, wireless, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), blue tooth, lamp construction, and other topics can be overwhelming to navigate, especially as the industry evolves at such a rapid pace.
So, what lighting trends do you need to be aware of as your organization navigates this new territory?
- Lighting systems, meet wireless. Web-enabled smart lighting systems offer a multitude of benefits – from offering advanced control over your lighting systems (in many cases, from a mobile device) to gathering valuable occupancy data that you can use to identify how and when spaces are utilized. The benefits don’t stop there, however – by offering your employees the opportunity to customize their work environment by setting their own lighting preferences, you’re also able to enhance and elevate the experiences that your employees have in your facilities each day.
- You don’t need to start from scratch to make your lighting systems more intelligent. The opportunities to integrate smart lighting technologies into your existing infrastructure abound. For example, several lamp manufacturers now provide wireless controls that are embedded in commonly-used screws in lamps. Similarly, LED tubes are also available with embedded occupancy and photo sensors that can be networked to give you a complete view of how your facility’s various spaces are being used.
- LED systems are more efficient and have more capabilities than ever before. Today’s latest LED systems operate at peak efficiency. For example, 2’x4’ luminaries are now offered by some manufacturers at 130+ lumens per watt. There’s also been a move towards LED lamps and fixtures that can change the light color – so that specifying the color temperature of a lighting system is not necessary.
Interested in learning more about the latest and greatest in the lighting industry? Contact Larry Lubeck.
Larry Lubeck is Vice President, Portfolio Energy Manager at JLL, where he leads energy and sustainability efforts on two client accounts. Larry also lends his lighting and controls expertise to the greater JLL team. Larry is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a LEED Accredited Professional.