Editorials

Smart Grow Lights, One of the Best Value-Added IoT Applications Yet

Smart grow lights may be the most value-added Internet-connected lighting application yet. A plant growth environment must have the ideal conditions for each stage of plant growth. So, an entirely controlled environment requires numerous sensors including temperature, humidity, CO2 levels, etc… Plants also need watering, and of course, most importantly …

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2017 LED Lighting and IoT Industry Year in Review

A lot happened this year in the IoT-connected lighting realm. Numerous companies came out with new IoT-based lighting products, sensors, controllers, and software and platforms. However, Philips appears to be the biggest mover and shaker of the IoT lighting world for the year. In a milestone of its wide-ranging adoption, …

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Interoperability Not Just Compatibility the Goal of IoT

The TALQ Consortium recently announced that the standards organization’s new mandate is to help bring interoperability to smart city applications beyond street and outdoor lighting. The TALQ Consortium, in some ways like the lighting industry itself, has now gone beyond its initial mission of bring software interoperability to street and …

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Hurricanes Remind Us Not to Take Lighting for Granted.

With the major hurricanes in the past few weeks and the recent announcement of Philips Lighting’s establishment of the Philips Lighting Foundation, I have realized that people have forgotten how important artificial light is to our lives. We get a few reminders when lightning strikes cause the power to go …

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Standards and Standards Groups Still Needed to Accelerate the Adoption of the Internet of Things

As we the new fiscal year begins, it is time to look at how the industry is doing in developing the Internet of Things and what can be done to accelerate its adoption. Numerous companies have introduced IoT enabled lighting products in the past year. One of the biggest impediments …

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Designing More Aesthetic Emergency Lighting Systems

By Jeff Elliot with input from lighting designer John Decker, IALD of Lighting Design Studio and specialty lighting distributor, Ron Doyle of Wiedenbach Brown   Meeting code requirements for emergency lighting with modern, stylish lighting fixtures Emergency lighting is mandated by the NFPA and International Building Code (IBC) to ensure …

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