enLIGHTenment Magazine recently published an article about the growth of smart lighting for the home, and what it may mean both for consumers and the controls industry.
From the article:
With the LED revolution has come another shift: lighting products and controls used to be separate entities, but now they are being combined into one product. This whole idea of “smart lighting” – where lighting is linked to a mobile device – has been spreading like wildfire. Whether it’s the surging popularity of Casambi – a third-party platform based on the dual-protocol Nordic nRF51822 SoC and designed to take smart lighting mainstream by integrating with LED smart bulbs, drivers, and lighting fixtures – or Osram’s Lightify (featured in last month’s edition of enLIGHTenment Magazine), or Philips’ Hue (which sold out in Germany within hours of being available on the market), the mass consumer public is embracing Bluetooth-enabled lighting controls. One of the advantages of Bluetooth controls, according to the panelists, is that they do not require a driver or transformer like Zigbee.
The article quotes an estimate that some 36 million homes in Europe and North America will be “smart” by 2017.
Read more here.