As building owners, energy companies, tenants, regulators, and others look to improve building performance and appeal, Network Lighting Control (NLC) will be at the vanguard of many smart building projects.
NLC delivers intelligent automation and management of lighting across a property and promises additional benefits available to LED lighting systems. By integrating lighting control with light level and occupancy sensors, energy efficiency is improved and can be leveraged for occupant comfort/safety, space utilisation, and, ultimately, building appeal.
Combined with the growing adoption of wireless connectivity, NLC is emerging as an option across various building types and sizes.
“The ubiquity of lighting demand across commercial buildings, combined with efficiency and other benefits, will make smart lighting the first smart building investment for many properties,” says Jonathan Collins, smart homes & buildings research director at ABI Research.
He added that with a host of dynamic offerings, increasingly simple and flexible installation and maintenance, NLC is pushing smart building capabilities well beyond the traditional preserve of the largest and/or most prestigious projects.
A host of players from long-standing lighting giants such as Signify and Acuity Brands, as well as NLC specialists including Casambi, Enlighted, INGY, Silvair, and Wirepas, are leveraging wireless to drive NLC into new projects and retrofits alike.
Increasingly, NCLs can be deployed, commissioned, and reconfigured by engineers using smartphone apps and without dedicated network cabling, local gateways, and the predetermined topology that has long complicated and dominated deployments.
Even so, the NLC market remains one of the disparate approaches and vendor ecosystems, despite the ongoing development of ecosystem rather than vertically integrated NLC offerings.
“For some years still, clients will have to weigh up several conflicting technologies, approaches, and offerings within the space to determine which best suits their immediate and future smart building requirements,” Collins concluded.