Smart Lighting – What does it mean?
A strong memory I have of my Pop is him yelling at me, “Turn the Light Off!” At the time, I thought he was cranky. Now I know it was to save money on electricity. Not much has changed. We still use light switches. What if there was a better way? Smart Lighting is about using today’s advancing technology to automate and maintain lighting. This can be for cost savings or safety reasons.
Smart Lighting uses sensors to turn lights on and off. Early options are already being used. At my in-laws, they use timers on the power points. When the time hits 7pm, all lamps turn on. And then turn off at 11pm. This method can be adapted on a much larger scale. Like street lights. But instead of having them turn on at the same time every day. We can use another method such as light detection syncing with sunrise and sunset times.
Smart Lighting can be used to turn on when there is movement. Then turn off when there no further movement. For example, a car drives on an unlit street or a person walking down a path. Cities such as Adelaide are already trialing this technology
Finally the system can be used in the maintenance area? Smart Lights can monitor the bulb, if the bulb fails. An alert is fired off to the maintenance centre. The technician then reviews the alert and actions accordingly. Smart Lights can also have a solar power component which then powers the lights at night. A great option if mains power is an issue.
The infrastructure and also be dual purpose with camera’s mounted and audio sensors to then link into the mass notification systems or crime prevention systems.