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Is Power over Ethernet REALLY the future of lighting?

Using Cat5 cables for power turns the lighting installation into an information pathway, enabling building occupants to access other building services.

It’s been proposed that replacing power cables with data cables makes the installation of LED luminaires easier and cheaper. It also turns the lighting installation into an information pathway, enabling building occupants to access other building services.

But, despite the hype, the evidence from trial installations is mixed. Now lighting experts will gather to decide if Power over Ethernet really has a future for lighting. This month’s Lighting Fixture Design conference in London will explore the issue, and look dispassionately at whether the benefits of using Cat5 data cables to power low-voltage LED luminaires overcomes any drawbacks. Asela Rodrigo of Prolojik will weigh up the evidence before the gathering of lighting engineers at the event, which takes place in London on Tuesday 21 February and Wednesday 22 February. 

Additionally, a panel of experts –  including Eoin Billings of Billings Jackson Design, Mark Sutton Vane of Sutton Vane Associates, Paul Taylor of Aurora, Gordon Routledge of Lux and Stephen Philips of Arup – will discuss how the industry can deal with the digital disruption created by the inclusion of lighting in the internet of things.

They will share their learnings and insights about coping with constant disruption.

Other crucial topics set to be covered at the conference include include flicker, glare, TM30 and the digital disruption caused by the inclusion of lighting in the Internet of Things. Specifically the conference will explore: How to benefit from emerging markets in lighting; How design to get great TM30 metrics; How to nail glare and visual comfort; How to address flicker; How to deal with short product cycles; How to deal with disruption – the lessons from history; How to create luminaires with unbreakable specs; How to protect yourself in the patent landscape.

  • The  Lighting Fixture Design conference  takes place in the Cavendish Conference Centre in London on Tuesday 21 February and Wednesday 22 February. To view the full programme, click HERE.

 

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