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Trends come and go, just like daylight, but some are here to stay. In the next two weeks we are going to shine a light on these developments within the lighting industry. We’ve identified ten trends in total. Today, we’d like to start with the first five.

1. LEDification

A marketing heavy term, but it represents a future that is unavoidable. Conventional light sources, like halogen lamps, will be completely phased out in the coming years. There’s a clear shift taking place towards LED, because this technology is both more efficient and more versatile.

2. The InterLED of Things

We’ve talked about the Internet of Things numerous times before. It represents a future in which all electronic devices are connected to the internet. Not just computers, but also toasters and coffee machines. And let’s not forget lighting.

Lighting in work places is increasingly being connected to the overall building control system, and this trend will only accelerate in the coming years. There’s a lot of different protocols to let lighting communicate with control systems, but standards are starting to arise, which gives way to a broader market appeal.

3. Bluetooth is the future

There are several technologies available for connecting and controlling lighting within a single system. Wifi, Zigbee, LoRa and, of course, Bluetooth. We’ve made no secret of our love for Bluetooth, but it seems like other companies (and big ones too) are starting to realize its potential too. Signify (previously known as Philips Lighting) has made the switch to Bluetooth recently with their Hue brand.

Bluetooth makes it easy to connect a lot of light sources to one system. It’s reliable, safe and broadly available. Almost every smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer has Bluetooth. Unlumited uses its own Bluetooth-powered control solution, Zen-Lite, but our products are also compatible with solutions like Dali and Triac dimming.

4. Higher quality standards for lighting

Governments are demanding higher quality standards for lighting. On its own, that is not a trend per se, but it leads to one. Such demands, along with more strict requirements for tax reductions when investing in energy efficiency, have an effect on the market. The demand changes towards higher quality LED lighting.

The European Commission will also require higher energy efficiency for new LED products that are being brought to and sold on the market in the coming years.

5. Tunable white becomes the standard

The rise of wireless control solutions has led to another trend in the industry: it has become much easier for the end user to experiment with different scenes to find their preferred setting. Thanks to tunable white fixtures and wireless controls, all it takes is a push of a (virtual) button.

The next step that follows from this trend is human centric lighting. The demand from end users is not there yet, but it will come as soon as tunable white becomes the standard. It’s just a matter of showing clients what’s possible nowadays and how easy it is to use.

Next week we’ll have five more trends to discuss, including the new ways in which companies are looking at their office ever since the pandemic. Be sure to check our website in a week or so, or follow us on LinkedIn to stay in the loop.

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