Legrand Predicts Security, Simplicity and Occupant Comfort to Define Lighting Controls in 2019

At the start of the year, experts from Legrand’s Building Control 
Systems division listed their top picks for trends and themes in the 
commercial shading and lighting controls market for 2019. They are: 
Security, Simplicity and Occupant Comfort. <br><br>On the security 
front, wireless digital lighting control platforms such as the company’s
 Wattstopper Digital Lighting Management (DLM) system allow for secure 
and easy-to-install controls systems for wireless, hard-wired or 
mixed/hybrid systems (wireless plus wires) in varied commercial layouts. Legrand

James R. Dukart

At the start of the year, experts from Legrand’s Building Control Systems division listed their top picks for trends and themes in the commercial shading and lighting controls market for 2019. They are: Security, Simplicity and Occupant Comfort.

On the security front, wireless digital lighting control platforms such as the company’s Wattstopper Digital Lighting Management (DLM) system allow for secure and easy-to-install controls systems for wireless, hard-wired or mixed/hybrid systems (wireless plus wires) in varied commercial layouts.

Security, Legrand says, is a key trend in wireless deployments with the increasing number of connected devices, which in turn exponentially increases the amount of data traveling between devices. Thus control makers will need to focus security strategies. Legrand focuses on device authentication, zero touch encryption provisioning, cloud authentication, lighting network isolation, AES encryption and wireless firmware updates within its own system.

Legrand also sees lighting increasingly interacting with numerous other building systems, all tied together in a fabric of interconnected devices, sensors and software sharing security protocols and awareness.  

“Human Centric Lighting” (HCL) is another trend identified by Legrand, which is defined by the company as lighting that focuses on the health and well-being of people by balancing the visual, emotional, and biological benefits of light.

The company’s LED light engines offer plug and play solutions that deliver high quality tunable-white light. Legrand says high-performance buildings of today and the future will focus on occupant comfort and productivity, and that a robust lighting ecosystem will help reduce system complexities to deliver the highest quality and most natural tunable lighting available.

Finally, Legrand sees continued growth and development in the shading systems market, critical for daylight harvesting strategies. The company’s Solarfective shades, combined with its Architectural Dimming Platforms are designed to provide active daylight harvesting — brightening and dimming spaces according to natural daylight cycles — for healthcare, educational and corporate facilities.

“Customers will be able to enjoy optimized lighting, energy savings, and a more balanced circadian rhythm by taking advantage of natural light whether they are at home or at work,” says a Legrand press release on the subject. “Shading solutions, including automated shades, provide additional light control benefits. Upcoming products will help customers seamlessly upgrade their manual shades to a motorized solution to work either independently or integrated with a larger control system.”


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