An interesting new lighting control system called Lightcloud from RAB Lighting was just launched. They promote it as a “ground up” system design and I can see why. I don’t normally review specific manufacturers product launches (especially since I work for … Continue reading lightcloud by rab lighting
Density is a startup trying to make it easy and cheap to get anonymous counts of people in a physical space, which is valuable information for merchants, customers and even city planners. Such a system inspires some interesting ideas for lighting control … Continue reading density
Introduction – The Next Evolution Part I – Connected Lighting In the next five years, the overwhelming majority of lighting fixtures and their controls will be connected to the “cloud” via IP-based communications standards. Let’s consider how connected lighting systems impact the lighting industry, … Continue reading the next evolution of lighting: connected lighting
The past year I spoke at several events about how smart industry standards are needed to open up second-level innovations in the lighting industry that are hard for many industry insiders to appreciate. Specifically, communication and data standards for lighting … Continue reading light + building 2014: building controls and visualization
If I could start with a blank page and design my own residential lighting system from scratch, I would combine a Redwood Systems-style power-over-Ethernet centralized rack system to feed DC power and IP control all the way out to each … Continue reading residential lighting dream system
A critical part of the process of design is creating quick models to study possible scenarios. Architects do this routinely, ranging from quick-and-dirty chipboard or foamboard study models up to elaborately detailed presentation models. And of course, the virtual world … Continue reading modeling advanced lighting controls
Ninja Blocks are a fun little Kickstarter project focused on the “Internet of Things” trend. Ninja Blocks may not seem directly related to the lighting industry, but I propose that this system actually serves as an excellent model for the … Continue reading ninja blocks: the future of lighting control?