India To Enter a Revolutionary Phase with Smart LED Lighting
With the government vigorously pushing for sustainability and energy-efficient systems, coupled with a new wave of digital innovations, smart LED lighting will soon become mainstream in India.
By Potshangbam July
LED lights are slowly and steadily reducing the dominance of traditional lighting like fluorescent and incandescent lights in India. A few years ago, they were largely viewed with scepticism with regard to their functionalities and efficiencies. However, with their ability to change the energy consumption pattern, saving both power and money, LED lights have changed the lighting industry. This shift has been validated with the transition from analogue to digital systems. LED lights can be interfaced with connected intelligent networks and digital controls. As IoT infrastructure matures, intelligent lighting will get upgraded with sensors and embedded microchips. Unlike other lighting sources, smart LED lighting systems can manage, control and interact with the environment with real-time feedback.
There is increasing integration of LED based smart lighting solutions in commercial and residential buildings to reduce installation, maintenance and operating costs. The demand has also increased due to the government’s Smart Cities Mission, which facilitates the use of intelligent solutions for street lighting and public spaces like airports, gardens, etc.
The benefits of smart LED lights
Over the last few years, the Indian lighting industry has undergone a significant transformation owing to LED lighting. LEDs have made lighting more energy efficient and intelligent, and this has opened up a whole new range of applications, such as Li-Fi and connected lighting.
Sumit Joshi, vice chairman and managing director, Signify Innovations India, shares, “The digital capabilities of LEDs enable tremendous customisation in terms of light output and applications, and have also brought illumination and IoT together, allowing lighting systems to be a part of the Internet of Things (IoT). This has led to the emergence of connected lighting, which has transformed lighting from a product to a fully integrated system that can seamlessly connect with a wireless network or Ethernet, and is capable of capturing and transmitting data from other devices.” Smart LED lighting can offer data insights and analytics, thereby enabling users to measure and control the efficacy of operations. Such systems can have multiple applications in smart cities, buildings and homes, making lighting more intelligent and personalised.
Currently, the LED market is relatively new. But with the government offering incentives, there is a big opportunity for companies and investors. LEDs are the best option when it comes to reducing the impact on the environment, as they use less electricity. They last longer than traditional lights and can operate for more than 20 years. Smart LEDs can be controlled with the help of a built-in application, which can be controlled from a smartphone app. The ‘mood’ of a room can be set by changing the intensity of the lights. The colour and the brightness/dimness of the light can also be changed to match comfort levels. Besides, smart LEDs do not involve a complex installation process, unlike other technologies. Once they are connected to the light source, apps can be downloaded on the smartphone to control these lights, regardless of the distance or location. For more click here