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Smart Lighting

“Internet connectivity can extend beyond our smart phones and laptops to other technology – including lighting – through the Internet of Things (IoT).
Though it is more commonly referred to as smart technology: smart phones, smart cars, and smart cities”

Smart Lighting

The digitisation of the world has affected almost every aspect of our lives.

Internet connectivity can extend beyond our smart phones and laptops to other technology – including lighting – through the Internet of Things (IoT). Though it is more commonly referred to as smart technology: smart phones, smart cars, and smart cities.

When applied to lighting, smart technology enables the integration of sensors, wireless connectivity, and programmable features to provide enhanced functionality and efficiency.

Advanced smart lighting with LIGHTCONNECT enables the connectivity of lighting across an entire city. LIGMAN IDM takes this a step further for smart cities with the integration of street lighting with CCTV and other services.

Street Light Pole
 

Smart lighting has existed at a fundamental level for many years. It is common for street lighting to be controlled via a time clock or PE-cell to regulate switching times. Rather than having someone manually switch the lighting on or off. 

Thanks to digital technology the possibilities of smart lighting have become more sophisticated. Through the use of technology such as LIGHTCONNECT and control software, lighting across an entire city can be monitored and controlled. 

Each individual street light pole has a unique address, which can communicate to the control software the status of the luminaire. Does the fitting need servicing? has the street light pole been damaged? Rather than having to check in person, the software enables remote monitoring of the lighting. 
Nature Friendly Outdoor Street Lights
 
The remote monitoring and control of street light poles was a significant upgrade from time clocks and PE cells. With the wide spread adoption of LED street lighting throughout the world, new possibilities emerged: Dimming and colour temperature regulation. 

Traditional street lights such as metal halide and high pressure sodium, although bright and efficient, had their limitations. There was a warm up time for the gasses in the lamp, and they only operated at one level of intensity. The colour temperature of the lamp was also determined by the lamp technology and could not be changed.

LED street lights by comparison have instantaneous start, there is no warm up time for LEDs. Outdoor LED street lights also enable the facility to dim the lighting. This means the lighting can be dimmed during periods of low activity, or after a specific time. The ability to change the colour temperature enables outdoor street lights to adapt to knowledge about the impact of blue light. 

LIGMAN have combined these advantages into their Nature Friendly range of outdoor LED lights. 

As studies have shown, it isn’t only the brightness of street lighting that can impact the natural world. But also the colour temperature of the light. Much as blue light from screens can affect the circadian rhythms of humans, blue light also impacts flora and fauna. 

Nature Friendly Lighting uses tunable white technology to regulate the colour temperate of outdoor street lights. Varying from 3000k for human vision, to amber during periods of low activity. The intensity of light is also reduced during these periods, regulating back up when a motion sensor detects human presence. 

This environmentally conscious smart lighting benefits not only the plants and animals in the lit areas. But also saves energy. The street lighting no longer has to operate at full capacity throughout the entire night. 
Solar Outdoor Lights
 
Smart lighting technology has enabled advancements in solar outdoor lighting. With the integration of wifi and IoT capabilities, solar outdoor lights can be remotely controlled and monitored.

In areas where the solar outdoor lights are not grid connected, the use of SIM cards and interconnection is a huge advantage. The battery levels of the solar outdoor lights can be monitored, brightness levels regulated. This level of control previously would not have been possible, or would require being physically in front of the luminaire. 

Solar outdoor lights combined with smart technology are a glimpse of the future of outdoor street lights. As batteries and photovoltaic technology become more efficient, luminaires will be able to operate for longer periods on their self generated power. Freeing up outdoor lighting from the electricity grid and creating a more self sustainable environmentally friendly solution. 

FAQ

What is smart lighting?

Smart lighting is an umbrella term for automated lighting control. It includes the use of sensors, remote access, and programming to control the lighting.

What is IoT - Internet of Things?

Internet of Things is the technology providing internet connectivity to everyday technology. For example smart phones, smart cars, smart cities. 

What is LIGMAN IDM?

LIGMAN IDM is a proprietary software package licensed by LIGMAN to manage all smart pole devices from within a single platform. IDM is an acronym for Internet of Things Device Management.

What is LIGMAN LIGHTCONNECT?

LIGHTCONNECT is technology for city wide lighting control.

What is Nature Friendly Lighting?

Nature Friendly Lighting is a environmentally conscious range of smart street lights that can regulate their brightness and colour temperature. 

Why is Nature Friendly Lighting important?

The natural day night cycle is important for the health of the ecosystem. Nature Friendly lighting reduces the impact of artificial lighting on the natural world. 

How has LED technology changed smart lighting capabilities?

With the introduction of LED street lights, it is now possible to both dim street lighting and regulate the colour temperature of outdoor LED lighting. 

How can solar street lights use smart lighting technology?

Smart lighting connectivity enables the remote monitoring and control of solar street lights.