PoE Enabled LED Lighting Controls

April 29, 2014 by Jeff Shepard

Innovative Lighting LLC and Igor, Inc. have jointly-developed a new way of delivering light that enhances operational savings and gives ultimate control to building owners. This innovative solution uses Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) to connect lighting into the building IT infrastructure. This eliminates the need for expensive high-power wiring as well as a separate controls system layered on top of the lighting system. Power-over-Ethernet seamlessly integrates lighting and controls in to one easy to manage system.

Through the utilization of highly efficient LED fixtures, this unique system offers tremendous advantages over traditional office lighting sources. The need to run expensive high voltage wiring and conduit for lighting has been eliminated by utilizing Ethernet cabling to deliver power and data through the same cable. The system is outfitted with sensors that can control the light based on occupancy, but also dim when sufficient daylight is present to maintain desired light levels.

By connecting lighting to an IT network, facility managers and users can realize and understand usage at a very detailed level. Using the integrated software by Igor, power consumption can be examined and lighting needs adjusted to match the space. The system can also automate lighting for the building to match desires and energy conservation plans. For example, a facility manager could adjust the lighting for areas that have a high amount of natural light and deploy more daylight harvesting. Further, individual fixtures can be adjusted to an office worker’s preference over their workspace without disrupting or changing the rest of the space.