Smart Office Lighting – It's in their DNA

No, we're not talking about  deoxyribonucleic acid. That's complex in 
its understanding, has nothing to do with smart office lighting, and 
besides...<br><br>I can't even spell it.<br><br>What I can spell (and 
even understand) is Distributed Network Architecture. That's DNA for 
smart lighting and it has some significant advantages over and 
differences from its biological counterpart. Hubbell Lighting

Steve Maurer, IME

No, we're not talking about  deoxyribonucleic acid. That's complex in its understanding, has nothing to do with smart office lighting, and besides...

I can't even spell it.

What I can spell (and even understand) is Distributed Network Architecture. That's DNA for smart lighting and it has some significant advantages over and differences from its biological counterpart.

The DNA of the human kind is pretty much a rigid blueprint of how you're going to look, what kind of musculature you'll have (for the most part), and the color of your eyes and hair... if you have any hair left. There's probably a whole host of other things it controls. But I'm no bio-scientist, so I'll stop there before it gets too deep or you go to sleep.

But DNA of the lighting kind? That's really cool and I can wrap my DNA enfeebled mind around that idea.

There are a lot of really interesting components in smart office DNA (I'll touch on a few of them in a minute).

But the really amazing concept is that of scalability. Nothing to do with bass tournaments... everything to do with flexibility and growth.

You can start with a small, simple configuration, and ramp it up easily each time your lighting requirements grow. Or... scale it down from there if need be.

And back up again, or even in a new direction.

Mission control... this is the boardroom

In a different article, I mentioned some of the, shall we say, end and middle of the circuit components. Daylight harvesting sensors, occupancy and vacancy sensors, and a host of others. But, what about "command central?"

From where do you control all this marvelous innovation?

In a word... anywhere.

Now you'll probably have the main control apparatus secreted away in a comm room, electrical or utility closet, or somewhere out of sight. But, with the right software and networking system (cable, wireless, or hybrid), you can literally control and configure the system from wherever you've got your feet propped up.

There are even apps for your smartphone that tie into your system, making lighting control truly mobile. (Want to justify a new phone upgrade? Just sayin'...)

When looking for a lighting control system, either as a standalone system or as part of an integrated smart building scheme, you'll want to choose a system that is truly intelligent. It should follow the SSV acronym:

  • Simple – one that can be configured by the occupants, or self-configuring based on immediate need or to satisfy energy code requirements.
  • Scalable – for any configuration you need now or in the future. And with panel, room-based, and even in-fixture controllers that grow as you grow.
  • Versatile – Useable for both indoor and outdoor applications, can be deployed through a wired network, a wireless network, or even a hybrid of the two. Don't forget future innovations, either. Choose an intelligent system that's future-ready.
One such future innovation that's being developed right now is color tuning. LED fixtures are now coming that can change the color temp from 2200K up to 6500K (a brilliant white) to match the color rendering necessary for the job at hand.

In a single fixture!

Lighting has truly come a long way from simple incandescent light, controlled by switches and wires, to the 21st century configurable, scalable system of the modern smart building.

If you're into lighting control, energy savings, and building that's expandable and easier to maintain compliance, study the new wave of smart office lighting control.

After all...

It's in your DNA, right?


Photo courtesy of Hubbell Lighting