Lighting meets Artificial Intelligence (AI)
A way towards better lighting
Artificial Intelligence is developing at a very fast pace, influencing multiple industries and technologies.
The lighting industry, however, has so far been slow to adopt this technology. “LED-ification” and the first attempts at implementing wireless solutions have already stretched the capabilities of the lighting industry.
These pressures have inhibited the development of AI solutions for lighting and our understanding of the business opportunity that AI presents. However, there is a huge opportunity at hand as plenty of luminaires are still only switchable and most of the current solutions in use could be classed as “dumb” rather than “intelligent”.
A basic sign of intelligence is the capability to learn and that characteristic is clearly not present in today’s lighting solutions. This will change. The lighting systems of the future will use AI to varying extents and in different formats. Learning will happen through sensing and combining other data into logical conclusions.
The amount of sensors in commercial spaces is predicted to grow significantly and as the data gathered moves into cloud-based platforms, learning and related activity will develop in several areas e.g. utilising presence sensor data from a lighting system to control room temperature. As a result, lighting will have a more significant role in the construction and real-estate business than it does today. New businesses will grow and replace existing ones.
By embracing AI the lighting industry will stay ahead of the technology curve and reap the benefits of future business opportunities, in particular the continuous improvement of the wellbeing of end-users.
In order to discuss the progress of AI in the lighting industry, we shall review some vital questions on lighting and lighting control and how that impacts the adoption of AI.