LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology is everywhere right now, and when Time magazine called 2013 The Year of the LED, the whole world knew they were no mere flash-in-the-pan! Since that time, LED technology has come on in leaps and bounds, with great strides being made in areas of energy-efficiency, longevity and light efficacy to name but a few.
As LEDs have improved, so has our interconnectedness via the internet, so we aim to illustrate the place of LEDs in this new global phenomenon.
As stated above, LED technology is now comprehensively ensconced in the mainstream, so where, you might ask, is there to go with it? Well, the answer is Control. Many people call it “Smart” while others refer to it as being “Connected” but it all amounts to pretty much the same thing, in that you can now regulate your lighting remotely, via the World Wide Web!
We’ve had dimmer switches and motion/proximity sensors for years, but the challenge now is to create more sophisticated control systems that commune with other “like-minded” devices and benefit the human race as a whole!
How Can Connectivity Help Me?
But how can connecting up our lighting system to the Information Superhighway help us in our day-to-day lives? Well, just as dimmer switches allowed us to regulate the amount of light we used, thereby cutting down our energy bills, being able to shave a few more Kw/h (Kilowatts per hour) off our electricity consumption is appealing to energy and environment-conscious consumers.
The Benefits of Global Control
Yes, now we have the ability to control our LED lighting from any part of the world, by logging onto our home network with our smart phone or tablet. LEDs are already a great deal more energy-efficient than any other type of light source, so this isn’t just about reducing your home’s electricity consumption. Turning your home “Smart” will also be a significant deterrent to burglars!
For example, imagine you’re away in Hong Kong on a business trip, leaving your home at the mercy of less scrupulous elements. The last thing you want is to come back to a home that’s been ransacked by burglars, so wouldn’t it be great to fool them into believing someone was in, by logging on to your home network and programming your lights to simulate movement throughout the rooms?
The Internet of Things (IoT)
And it’s no longer just your computer and smart phone that are connected up to the internet, but also your kettle, fridge, coffee-maker, heart monitor and your LED lights.
After all, lighting is the perfect network for IoT (Internet-of-Things) services to be built on, as it already exists in the ceiling of every home, all wired up and ready to go. You only have to add a few sensors or cameras and some kind of data connection to make your home smart!
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