SPOTLIGHT-Special Feature

March, 2017

 

LIGHTING IT UP

ILights form an integral part of doing up a home. Take a look at some of the latest innovations coming your way from some of the big names in the field.

 

 

With the focus now squarely on energy efficient interiors, lighting up a space the right way – aesthetically, in keeping with the décor theme and in an energy efficient manner, has become all the more important. Residential lighting is constantly evolving with a focus on aesthetics and technology coming together to create unique options for consumers. In fact, the surge in LED growth in India is being driven mainly by factors such as rising energy demand, declining prices of LED products and initiatives by the Government to phase out inefficient lighting technology and improve demand-management. “LED is at the heart of recent innovation with features allowing it to be controlled with a tap on a smartphone, says Sanjay Gupta, Sr. Vice President - Consumer Lighting & Switches, Wipro Consumer Care & Lighting, Bangalore. “Lighting has become digitally connected and a part of Internet of Things (IoT) which adds further value to LED lighting. Technology is evolving very fast with the efficacy (lumen/W) of LEDs expected to reach 200 lm/W in near future, from the current level of 120 lm/W. This means that a 15W CFL can be replaced with a 4W LED bulb.”

 

 

TECHNOLOGY DRIVEN FEATURES IN LIGHTING Lighting experiences are going through a lot of enhancements, and automation has a big role to play. “Two features that will gain momentum this year are - voice based light controls and smart and predictive rule-based controls, wherein lights will automatically adjust to user preference and the time of day”,

 

believes Avinash Gautam, CEO and Co-Founder, Silvan Innovation Labs, Bangalore. He adds that aesthetics are decided by visible components within the home light fixtures, switches etc. Energy efficiency is enabled by smart controls which allow optimal usage of the appliances like lights and other electrical gadgets. The technologies which enable such smart controls remain behind the scenes, not impacting the choice of visible components like light fixtures and switches, which the home owner makes. “LED lights today are available in so many colours and forms that suit most decorative lighting schemes” points out Radeesh Shetty, Founder, The Purple Turtles, Bangalore. “These options are not only eco-friendly but also have design intent and look beautiful. Today, we see a lot of decorative lights being designed keeping the available LED light source to be used along with it in mind.” He adds that among the trends that one will see this year are better integration and use of automation to control lighting schemes and moods in one’s homes. Large statement lighting pieces and custom-made installations for spaces at home will also be popular, be it dining areas, bars, living rooms or even in gardens. The Purple Turtles has a long list of product lines in development, from exciting new additions to the Wabi Sabi

 While switching to LED lighting can help consumers reduce their energy consumption by up to 50%, connected lighting can further enhance energy conservation by incorporating various sensors including natural light sensors, occupancy sensors and motion sensors among others. It enables users to switch off lights in unoccupied rooms automatically and adjust brightness depending on the availability of natural light. Lighting has become a key home décor element owing to

evolving consumer lifestyles and plays a vital role in defining the look and feel of a room. From a functional requirement, lighting has transformed into a lifestyle product that needs to blend in with a user’s lifestyle and personality. Lighting brands are working towards this and their constant endeavours now light up many a home.