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Smart LED lighting will cut energy consumption by up to 30%

Sam Loveridge


Philips Hue

Cisco data suggests that smart LED lighting will cut our energy consumption by up to 30 per cent.

According to Ian Foddering, CTO of Cisco UK and Ireland, the way things are starting to change is thinking of Light as a Service (LaaS).

Companies are beginning to look at consistent networking, so each light can be smartly managed in your home. This will enable intelligent "Load Shedding", which will let your system react to changes in supply and demand.

An EnergyWise Control System means that your lighting will respond to human occupancy and energy consumption.

We're beginning to see this with the introduction smart LED lighting systems like Philips Hue and the LG Smart Bulb.

Worldwide 20 per cent of all energy consumption is associated with lighting, whether that be street lights or within homes and offices.

“The adoption of LED light will bring the cost down, but the Smart LED light will decrease costs by an extra 20 or 30 per cent", explained Foddering.

In the UK, Philips Hue is the leading smart LED lightbulb, which works with a smartphone app to intelligently program your connected lightbulbs according to how you function in your home.

It is also capable of adjusting the lighting according to what activity you are using, to make it healthier for you and easier to save energy while still being able to function.

Of course, this extends too to the energy suppliers.

"It’s all about the Smart Grid. Power can be diverted to where it’s needed most," added Foddering. "We're starting to see smart devices on grid distribution lines".

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David Horn

April 10, 2014, 1:38 pm

I'm curious. The extra power required to keep a lamp permanently established on a network and ready for use must by far outweigh that saved from turning off an 8W bulb during times of peak demand.

I appreciate that manufacturers need to make money, but this is a solution looking for a problem and not a good one at that. I'd be a lot happier if they concentrated on reducing the costs of the lamps instead of designing one that can flash when I get new emails.


April 11, 2014, 9:56 am

A 3 pack of 'Hue' lightbulbs = £209.99 ARE YOU HAVING A LAUGH?!
When they are 99p each, we'll talk.

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