Last Updated on October 6, 2022 by Josh Mahan
Power over Ethernet (PoE) lighting systems are controlled through the IT network. It is a relatively new technology, but it is growing at an astounding rate. The push to build more sustainable buildings, reduce our carbon footprint, and be good stewards of the planet that we live on is driving fast-paced growth in green building technologies.
PoE lighting is expected to reach a 922 million dollar industry by 2026. The booming commercial and industrial sectors are adopting PoE lighting quickly, leading to a projected 30% growth over the next five years. Government initiatives incentivize the trend towards greener buildings, while consumer demand and societal pressures offer an additional nudge. And we are guessing that the excellent PR that goes along with it doesn’t hurt business either!
What is Power over Ethernet (PoE) Lighting
PoE lighting or power over ethernet lighting is a form of smart lighting for buildings. These systems drastically improve the control of the lighting of a room while lowering power bills and exponentially increasing the length of the life of light bulbs. PoE technology can be controlled through smartphone apps which adds the convenience of remote applications.
PoE lighting systems use the power of ethernet cables to power the fixtures and the lights, or luminaires, and transmit data from the light fixtures to the control software. Using this data, the system uses motion sensors to determine the people in the room and, when the space is not in use, shutting the lights off to conserve energy. The space utilization data is invaluable to the facilities management and corporate real estate teams.
Why use PoE Lighting?
Smart PoE platform controls allow customers to manage their lighting needs as part of a more extensive building system because both the power supply and data are broadcast through the same cable. It feels a little futuristic, but the technology capabilities now allow us to integrate multiple building systems into a central command unit using data. Lighting, air temperature, and building security are just some of the ways that smart buildings are using technology to balance creature comforts with measurable energy savings.
Power over Ethernet and Smart Building Automation
Light-emitting diode (LED) technology is digital. LED lights provide the perfect platform to bridge technology and utility. Connected lighting systems use PoE technology to connect lighting fixtures to building automation features.
PoE lighting systems send low-voltage power over ethernet cables. That power operates the luminaires to light a room. Smart lighting systems are cost-effective to install, provide flexibility, over-improving occupant comfort, and contribute to energy-efficient utility usage.
Lights can do more than just turn on and turn off. Smart lights connected to a computerized system can change colors and dim to balance natural light and create optimal working environments to boost employees’ productivity and maximize the comfort of visitors. And at the same time, these smart lights provide invaluable feedback data that powers AI processes, allowing buildings to adjust energy consumption based on occupancy patterns.
C&C Technology Group provides physical infrastructure systems that support PoE smart building technology. Our systems are designed for connectivity and scalability to serve your needs now and in the future. Learn more about our technology today!
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Who are the Innovators in PoE Lighting?
Big names are emerging in the PoE industry. Each company offers a slightly different solution. Let’s talk about the pros and cons of each and the best applications for each. C&C Technology Group has been supporting the foundational infrastructure for these systems for the last 30 years. Creating sustainable, scalable solutions that will grow with your building and technology needs requires choosing the right partners.
CoreSync by Molex
The CoreSync platform by Molex offers one of the more robust systems that is available on the market today. With on-premises or cloud-based software capability, wireless or wired control, and one of the most flexible light fixture agnostic systems available – the CoreSync system is hard to beat. We can add to that the fact that it is backed by a multi-billion dollar company – a key point that resonates loudly in a market inundated by risky start ups.
Platformatics offers a fully integrated, cloud-based PoE system. The system includes PoE nodes, light fixtures, sensors, wall switches, ethernet switches, area controllers, and cloud-based connectivity. Platformatics systems make it easy to integrate power and control with existing IT systems.
Igor’s proprietary platform Nexos is built for automation and data mining to bring smart building technology full circle. Igor offers a simple platform that uses IoT infrastructure to provide reliability, scalability, and security for robust smart building technologies. This type of technology lets buildings leverage the power of green building performance to boost productivity, increase comfort, and reduce costs.
Genisys is a division of innovative lighting in Des Moines, IA. They focus on PoE solutions, hold multiple patents, and have been widely recognized as an industry leader. Genisys offers a wide range of PoE hardware that can be used to build larger systems. However, they don’t bill themselves as a complete solution like competitors like Igor do.
NuLEDs are, exactly as the name implies, a new technology to power LED light fixtures designed specifically for PoE systems. These lights use low-voltage power using a CAT5e cable, which is expected to become standard in newer buildings. NuLED was recently acquired by Mecho, a globally positioned commercial shading company, in an effort to gain position in this budding market.
If the goal of your smart building system is to harvest insights from data mining, the Smartcast Intelligent System by Cree was designed to fit this need. This system uses apps and sensors to collect data on building usage for data mining, creating more efficient buildings.
As the popularity of smart buildings continues to grow, more options will become available. However, it is important to note who the early innovators are and whose technology has time-tested results on its side. Sometimes new is better, and sometimes experience is better.
The Bottom Line on Power over Ethernet Lighting
Lighting is just one system in a building. But it can significantly impact energy consumption, especially when empty offices and conference rooms stay lit well after occupants have left the space. Several companies are leveraging IoT infrastructure to revolutionize lighting. The systems do more than use timers or sensors. They can adjust light intensity, light color, collect data, and establish building occupant patterns for more innovative controls.
C&C Technology Group is invested in providing solutions for data centers, smart buildings, and hybrid workplaces that leverage the power of the digital world to create smart infrastructure for scalable systems. Learn more about our services today!