Fulham to Demonstrate Bluetooth Mesh-based Wireless Controls and PoE Technology for LED at Light + Building

At Light+Building, Fulham Co., Inc., plans to demonstrate new Bluetooth mesh-based wireless lighting control technology. The controller utilizes the Bluetooth mesh control stack from Silvair to implement two-way communication with smart light fixtures. Fulham will also demonstrate new Power over Ethernet (PoE) LED Linear Engine technology that combines DC power and smart lighting control. The lighting control technology demonstration will be shown in Hall 4.0, Stand A12.

The Bluetooth mesh demonstration will feature a Bluetooth to 0-10V LED controller and a 40W LED driver with add-on Bluetooth connectivity through a Fulham Intelligent Wireless Module. For the demonstration both products will control third-party sensors and wall switches. Fulham insists that the new Bluetooth-based controls are among the first wireless LED controllers to use two-way Bluetooth communications for control commands, commissioning, and data acquisition for monitoring and analytics.

Fulham Bluetooth mesh controller

Fulham Bluetooth mesh controller

The company contends that Bluetooth mesh can enable a wireless lighting management ecosystem that can rapidly offer a return on the investment. Additionally, such a system lays the foundation for for IoT (the Internet of Things). Fulham points out that Bluetooth mesh for wireless lighting controls offers several advantages because as a well-defined and open standard, it promises fast, reliable performance, and scalability.

Mesh Networking Supports Many-to-Many Communications

Mesh networking, which supports many-to-many communications, was devised for applications including building automation. The company notes that these capabilities make ideal for connected lighting because it can simultaneously connect sensors in hundreds or even thousands of luminaires.

Also, Fulham will showcase a new PoE Linear LED Engine technology, which can be used with a variety of form-factors. Unlike previous generations of PoE products required a 0-10V interface to issue commands, the PoE LED Engine attaches directly to the LED light module, providing comprehensive two-way communication with the fixture to gather data about luminaire performance including power consumption, and operating temperature. And the POE LED engine issues commands including on/off, color tuning, diming, and scheduling.

PoE gives the LED luminaries a low-voltage DC power source that can deliver up to 52W of power. Unlike other LED systems, no conversion drivers are required, translating to enhanced efficiency and lower cost.

Fulham also notes that PoE makes it easier to support high bandwidth sensors such as IP cameras in the same network infrastructure for powering and controlling the lighting. With PoE, each LED luminaire is given a unique IP address. Therefore, adding lighting to an existing IoT infrastructure (commissioning) is easier. Furthermore,  these capabilities integrated with WiFi allow remote management over the Internet.

“We have been developing clever LED products with integrated programmability for some time. The next step toward smart lighting is to add communications to programmability, and our technology demonstrations at Light+Building will highlight some of the possibilities offered networked lighting ecosystems,” said Russ Sharer, Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development for Fulham. “In addition to providing two-way communications for both control and data gathering, using open standards such as Bluetooth Mesh and Power over Ethernet to connect luminaires paves the way for IoT integration. LED lighting with built-in sensors creates an ideal framework for IoT infrastructure. These technologies have been requested many times by our OEMs, and we are excited to share their status.”

Visit Fulham at Light+Building 2018 in Hall 4.0, Stand A12, or go to www.fulham.com for more information.