IoT to Bolster LED Lighting Systems

By CIOReview | Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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HAWTHORNE, CA: Industries across the globe are encountering energy crisis which is considered as the biggest bottleneck to an economy. LEDs hitting the global market and embracing its energy efficient capabilities gave rise to many startups. Shaping a new facelift to the lighting system, Fulham, a provider of intelligent, sustainable commercial lighting components and electronics joined hands with an Internet of Things (IoT) and smart lighting solutions provider ‘Control Network Solutions (CNS)’ to deliver smart lighting solution.

DALI is a globally open interoperable published standard for intelligent light fittings which offers lighting control instructions—On, OFF, Dim up, Dim down and many more. Niagara is a unified platform which helps in building Internet-enabled products and software applications fo4r controlling and managing various smart devices across the enterprise in a real-time.  

"Fulham believes the future of lighting is in programmable drivers, and DALI is the industry's only interoperable lighting control standard today," says Russ Sharer, Vice President of Global Marketing, Fulham. The solution is built on the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) standards, combining CNS’s ‘elitedali’ software with Fulham’s programmable WorkHorse LED drivers.

The WorkHorse programmable LED drivers of Fulham features wide current range having multiple programming methods. The advanced programming features dimming curve, DMX address, grouping and many more functionalities. This driver also has auto programming capability designed for high volume usage and is cRUus, CE, and RoHS compliant.

Real-time analytics of CNS’s elitedali Niagara software driver easily commissions, controls, manages, and maintains the lighting system. This driver lowers the Carbon-dioxide emissions from the lighting systems.

The unified solution brings IoT implementation to lighting system, providing overall control of LED fixtures, power output and illumination. This meshing of technology helps to control output current in increments of 1mA and allows programming of driver without any power requirement. Mike Welch, CEO, Control Network Solutions comments, “Fulham's products seem to integrate faster and easier than any other products currently available."