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Five major trends in commercial lighting in 2018

Human body lighting

Light affects our lives in many ways, including our health, mood, productivity, attention, sleep cycle and decision making.



With the adoption of intelligent lighting and the Internet of Things, lighting functions such as color, intensity and time can be automatically adjusted to meet people's needs. For example, in an article by Digital Lumens, the author states: “In children's schools, biosensors track student alertness and subtly alter the spectrum to automatically increase their attention at any time.”

Chad Groshart, IALD (Member of the International Lighting Designers Association), LEED AP BD + C (LEED Green Building Design and Construction Qualification) and WELL Faculty / AP (WELL Qualified Personnel), he is directly involved in Human Lighting (HCL) days. Groshart said: "Human lighting is an important trend, people's interest in it is increasing, and the scope of adoption is becoming wider and wider. The latest control technology makes it easier to implement." He said: "The WELL building standard has always been HCL. The trend. The catalyst behind it."

The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, verifying, and monitoring building environment characteristics that affect people's health and well-being. It is a third-party certification issued by the Green Business Certification Corporation (GBCI) to manage LEED certification and certification procedures.

Smart lighting brings IoT applications

Lighting is everywhere, and every luminaire can be easily and reliably connected to a power source. By adding sensors, LED technology and connectivity have changed the way we visualize and interact in our workspace. Smart, sensor-filled, connected lighting systems will become a data-driven network that can be tied to an automated building management system (BMS).

Forward-looking building owners and facility managers view each lighting point as a data node and may become an early adopter of emerging smart building and IoT applications. They now choose the connected lighting control system for lighting and energy management that will be the infrastructure to implement these applications.

Propagation sensor

We are still in the infancy to understand which IoT applications will be launched and which sensor data is needed. When preparing an unknown infrastructure for a building, some facility managers hedge their bets by installing a large number of sensors in the connected lighting management system.

In addition to light sensors and occupancy sensors, forward-thinking facility managers are experimenting with sensors such as relative humidity, particulate matter and environmental contaminants. The perception of "more and better sensors" is spreading.

“It’s not surprising that luminaires are considered an ideal sensor deployment platform,” Groshart said. “Although no one knows the exact potential of each type of sensor, there is general agreement among equipment managers in high-end design projects, especially the potential is preserved, because when everything becomes a reality, no one wants to fall behind.”

Simplify daylight harvesting

Daylight harvesting is not a new lighting control strategy. Similarly, the market is also demanding to simplify the daylight control debugging process. ASHRAE 90.1-2016 enhances the automatic daylight-sensitive control requirements for side and top lighting, adding more lighting requirements, while the appropriate lighting in LEED-certified rating systems includes 3 points.

With an emphasis on ease of installation, it is hoped that the daylight harvesting problem will be easier to solve with a new lighting control system that provides simple setup and commissioning tools. It is hoped that as much natural light as possible will reach the space, not only in compliance with regulations, but also in terms of energy efficiency.

Daylight harvesting uses a lighting control system to adjust artificial lighting in response to changes in the amount of daylight. Automated lighting control systems use light sensors to measure the amount of natural light in the space and dim or turn off artificial light when there is sufficient ambient light to achieve consistently optimal light levels while reducing energy consumption.

Energy consumption and regulations

Although the new energy regulations have been driving the digitization of lighting over the past decade, we still need to mention it in the 2018 list of lighting trends. In fact, energy consumption continues to affect many lighting design decisions, especially as regulations are updated and become more stringent. Many industry insiders expect that the 2019 version of Title 24 will take effect on January 1, 2020, and facility managers outside of California will be watching the update as energy missions may spread to other states.

While energy budgets are still a key parameter in design, experts believe that the new regulations should not prevent anyone from performing good lighting designs

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