PoE LED Lighting: The Right Commercial Lighting Solution for 2022
Most people live in cities. Statistics tell us that in 2020, 56.2 percent of the global population lived in urban areas—with a staggering 83.6 percent of North American residents dwelling in municipalities. And by 2050, it is projected that 68 percent of our planet’s inhabitants will live in urban settings.
To meet the unique needs of urban environments, people are turning to Internet of Things (IoT) technology to make these environments safer and more productive. To add to the mix, COVID-19 has rushed in the urgent need for optimum sanitation and safety measures.
PoE technology has a vital role in delivering connectivity, bandwidth, and power to devices in smart building applications. For instance, connected devices often need to be placed in remote locations without access to electrical outlets. PoE provides an alternative power source that delivers both power and data over a single Ethernet cable. PoE’s elegant solution:
- Reduces installation time
- Reduces the costs of materials
- Provides flexibility when adding, changing, and removing connected devices
- Provides added security because connections are wired
- Has improved reliability because it is a wired technology
PoE’s latest standard (IEEE 802.3bt or PoE++) enables power sourcing equipment (PSEs) to safely send up to 100 watts (W) of power. This most recent standard more than triples the PoE+ (802.3af) standard of 30W. This increase is significant because it enables PoE to power devices that require a higher power level. At the same time, traditional PoE and PoE+ can still be a great solution for devices requiring lower power levels.
Lighting is ubiquitous in a working environment. And with a PoE-powered light-emitting diode ( PoE LED), providing “light” is just the beginning. Here are eight reasons to consider PoE LED lighting for your office.
1) Low Installation and Operational Cost
In general, lighting accounts for about 35 percent of a building’s electrical load. When compared to a line-voltage system, LEDs reduce electrical draw by 50 to 90 percent.
2) More Light per Watt
LED lights provide up to 160 lumens per watt, fluorescent lights provide 20 lumens per watt, and incandescent lights offer 14.
3) Easy Modifications
PoE LED lighting systems work with nearly any LED light. In addition, should changes need to be made, all circuiting or control modifications are made at the software level. Thus, any adjustments are fast, easy, and almost cost-free.
4) Real-Time Monitoring
With PoE LED lighting, there are many sensors available to support environmental monitoring, such as:
- CO2 levels
- Daylight harvesting
- Energy usage
- Light levels
- Room occupancy
5) Advanced Color Scene Control
Color tuning is the technique of adjusting the color of electrical lighting in a space. It can create visually stunning environments; however, this feature can also supply more practical enhancements to an office.
It has been scientifically proven that color “temperature” and syncing with circadian rhythm improves workers’ productivity, health, and wellness. A high-quality PoE LED lighting system can help reduce absenteeism, accidents, cardiovascular events, errors, eye strain, fatigue, headaches, hyperactivity, and even obesity.
A Few Last Words
Today, PoE LED lighting solutions light up more than one billion square feet of commercial space. Moreover, these systems reduce energy costs up to 90 percent and require a relatively low capital investment. Add to that the health and well-being aspects of this fantastic technology, and it is easy to understand why the PoE LED lighting market is predicted to rise from 192.3 million units (in 2018) to 544.8 million units by the end of 2026. Prudent business owners should take a look at this top-of-the-line lighting solution.