Power over Ethernet lighting

Lighting is currently undertaking a great change during the last years. Nowadays, we see as common items outstanding products: automated lights, wireless controlled luminaires, etc. However, they are amazing developments that have required a big effort to become real. One of the most characteristic elements in lighting are wires. Today, we want to talk about one of those revolutions in lighting. Power over Ethernet is a technology that adds electrical power to an standard LAN network. Some of its advantages are the reduction of sockets and plugs required or the smart features provided by an ethernet connection. Today, we want to show you a nice case where Power over Ethernet has been implemented for lighting.

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Philips implements Power over Ethernet

We have already talked about smart lighting in this blog. You may remember some nice posts about Emberlight or Fluxo. However, those solutions are thought for a one lamp. If you want to design a different application or a bigger solution, it is really difficult to find smart solutions.

The building where Philips has implemented this solution is based on Clemson University. The Power over Ethernet (PoE) has been implemented in an indoor lighting system combined with LED lighting. Thanks to this solution, the building will save up to 70% of the energy compared to conventional lighting.

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The system gathers historical data from each light to know when a room is being used. Of course, it allows to switch on and off automatically those lights. Furthermore, the EnvisionManager allows to control all the lights from any connected device. Thanks to all these features, the energy efficiency of the building is greatly improved.

In addition to this indoor system, Philips has installed an enormous LED panel based on Philips iColor Flex LMX gen2, flexible strands of large high-intensity LED nodes with intelligent color light. It includes 45,000 light points that can be controlled individually, offering an amazing amount of possibilities for customization.

Sources: Gizmag, Philips

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