Smart technology is taking over faster than you might think. Experts estimate that there will be more than 34 billion connected devices in 2020. And that’s not just smartphones — we’ll see innovations like smart lighting solutions, too.
If you’ve ever been in a LEED certified building, you might have already experienced smart lighting without even realizing it. Smart lighting aims to be energy efficient and design new ways for humans to experience light.
With how fast our society is moving, we might all be using this new technology sooner than we think. Here are four of the smart lighting solutions we think that we’ll see in the next five years.
1. Smart Glass
It can be hard to find the right balance of natural and artificial light in a room, especially if you don’t have a lot of windows. Luckily, there’s technology that will do it for you.
Experts are working on “smart glass,” which monitors how much heat and light is coming into a room. Based on that, it can increase or decrease how much natural light is allowed in.
This also helps to keep buildings cooler, which means you can both save on energy costs and have great lighting.
2. Human-Centric Lighting
If you’ve ever been woken up by the sun streaming into your bedroom, you know that humans react to light in different ways. Whether we realize it or not, light can affect the way we feel and think.
Human-centric lighting would adjust based on the occupants of a room. A school or an office might want to install lighting that would help people focus better or be more productive.
A hospital, on the other hand, would get lighting that promotes soothing feelings. The lighting could also fluctuate just enough throughout the day to get the best results.
3. Home Automation
We might not be too far away from the automated houses that filmmakers imagined years ago. As technology keeps progressing, we can definitely expect to see technology like Amazon’s Alexa integrated in people’s homes.
As we keep digitizing everything in our lives, the lighting in people’s houses will have to keep up. We think we’ll see smart lighting solutions that are interconnected with the smart devices people already have.
4. High-Tech Sensors
On the commercial side of things, companies could save money by installing smart lighting that comes with advanced sensors.
Smart lighting sensors could monitor things like the number of people and amount of activity in certain rooms, changing the lighting accordingly. For building managers, this could also be a huge boost for security.
Other sensors will track aspects like humidity or pollutants if you want your building to be super environmentally conscious.
Learn The Latest Smart Lighting Solutions
We might not have all of these solutions mentioned above yet, but that there are still lots smart lighting methods that you can try. If you’re interested in creating a new lighting strategy for your home or business, get in touch with us.
CBMC Lighting Solutions has helped dozens of businesses, schools, homeowners and more create a lighting strategy that caters to their needs. Contact us to see what we can do for you today.