Why PoE Lighting is a game-changer for smart buildings
The entire lighting industry is in the midst of a fundamental shift in regards to LED-based lighting. PoE (Power over Ethernet) technology was created in 2000 by Cisco Systems as a way to provide low-voltage DC power to digital devices. LED lighting, which is also DC powered, is now utilizing PoE and by doing so is transforming the ability to create a single building network infrastructure . This new "digital ceiling" becomes a flexible, low-energy solution that provides essential management data to provide a safer, human-centric environment. PoE Light US wants to educate you about this game-changing innovation and then help you find the best provider for your project.
PoE Lighting - in a nutshell
PoE lighting is way to provide low-voltage DC power via a Cat 5, Cat 6 or Cat 7 Ethernet cable to LED luminaires. PoE lighting makes use of low-voltage power supplied through a POE network switch. Rather than powering LED lights with 110v cabling and having to “step-down” the voltage through transformers, PoE LED lights are delivered low-voltage directly. This offers much more control and provides numerous options that are not typically available with 110v powered LED lights. Both LED lighting and Ethernet technology have been around for over twenty years. The combination of these two technologies has created a useful synergy that offers flexibility, substantial energy savings, and security.
Top 5 Reasons why you should consider PoE Lighting:
1. Lower Cost.
PoE lighting systems are easier to install that traditional AC-wired lighting. Less copper wiring is needed and you don’t necessarily need a licensed electrician to install it. According to several industry experts installation costs can be up to 30% lower than traditional lighting and the energy savings going forward can be almost 50% over a more traditional system. By providing DC power directly to the LED light you are saving not only energy but are extending the life of the light itself. A single converged network saves on operational costs of multiple building automation systems (BAS).
2. More Control.
One of the biggest advantages of a PoE lighting system is how it is connected to your network. The power and data synergy with PoE lighting gives you a basis for a single converged platform from which to monitor and run most of your building automation systems. Integrating sensors to your lighting network allows you to better control a building’s environment and make it more human-centric and efficient. Cisco Systems coined this as the “digital ceiling.”
3. Better Flexibility.
A core strength of PoE lighting is its ability to future-proof your new building. Changes to lighting locations and adding integrated sensors can be done more easily with lower cost and less labor.
4. Better Networked Security.
As networked IoT devices continue to flood the market many building automation systems are installed and operated independently of each other. Many are proprietary with incompatible software/hardware issues. Using a single PoE lighting system as a foundation for your building network provides a more secure unified network.
5. Greener Solution.
PoE lighting uses much less energy than traditional AC-powered lighting systems. Having access to room occupancy and other environmental data will allow you to save more energy by managing a building's use more efficiently.