Use Case: Smart Lighting in the IoT-enabled City Infrastructure

With changing and evolving customer preferences, connected lighting industry also adopts, focusing on convenience, sustainability, and energy conservation. Businesses tend to utilize smart lighting solutions in the offices more often to boost employee productivity and enhance well-being. Industries like retail are optimizing sales and operational costs, while restaurants are combining ambiance with daylight utilization. For all these purposes specific IoT devices, hardware, and connectivity are required. 

IoT Devices and Hardware for Smart Lighting

Smart lighting devices are represented by the wide range of IoT devices and connectivity hardware. Let’s go through a few of the samples:



Smart Bulbs 

Philips Hue, LIFX, Yeelight 

Lighting Controllers 

Lutron, Crestron, Control4 

Motion Sensors 

Aqara, Samsung SmartThings, Fibaro 

Wireless Switches 

GE Enbrighten, Flic, Logitech Pop 

Smart Light Strips 

Nanoleaf, Govee, Sengled 

Lighting Hubs 

Samsung SmartThings Hub, Amazon Echo Plus, Philips Hue Bridge 

Manufacturers of IoT modules, chipsets, and modems for smart lighting applications include Quectel, Sierra Wireless, Telit, u-blox, Nordic Semiconductor, Sequans Communications, SIMCom, Thales Group, Gemalto (now part of Thales), and Murata. 

Energy Efficiency and Adaptive Illumination

  • Challenge

    Conventional lighting systems often remain powered even when there's no need for illumination, leading to unnecessary energy consumption and higher bills. 

  • Solution

    IoT-powered lighting can reduce energy consumption by up to 50% through automated dimming and scheduling. Street lighting consumes 1-3% of all electricity; smart street lighting can reduce the electricity consumed by up to 40%.  Connected lighting and HVAC can cut use by 30-40% and 20-30% respectively. IoT SIM cards that support energy-saving types of networks (e.g., LTE-M and Nb-IoT), these systems can achieve notable energy savings and adapt to user presence and ambient light conditions. Find more in the Transforma Insights report. 

Personalized Lighting Experience and User Comfort

  • Challenge

    Fixed lighting settings may not align with users' preferences and needs, resulting in discomfort and reduced productivity. 

  • Solution 

    Customizable lighting presets and real-time adjustments enhance user comfort. IoT-connectivity based smart lighting systems can improve user satisfaction by up to 80% through personalized lighting control. 

Maintenance Alerts and Lifespan Enhancement

  • Challenge

    Traditional lighting maintenance relies on manual checks and often results in unexpected outages or premature replacements. 

  • Solution 

    IoT-connected smart bulbs provide real-time performance data and issue alerts for on-time maintenance. IoT-equipped lighting systems can extend bulb lifespan, reducing replacement costs.  Find out more about cost efficiency in Building Lighting by Transforma Insights. 

Centralized Control and Remote Management

  • Challenge 

    Conventional lighting control lacks flexibility, requiring physical access to switches for adjustments. 

  • Solution 

    Smart solutions for street lighting facilitate remote monitoring, control, and administration of street lighting networks. As of the conclusion of 2020, the global count of individually managed smart street lights, excluding China, reached 13.0 million units. Projected to expand at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 23.4 percent, this figure is anticipated to reach 37.4 million by 2025. Europe takes the lead in adoption, representing over 40 percent of the installed base, while North America ranks as the second-largest market. Meanwhile, the Rest of the World region is presently the fastest-growing market in this domain. By the end of 2020, Telensa emerged as the foremost smart street lighting vendor, boasting an installed base of nearly 2.1 million lighting controls. Among the top three players are also Signify and Sensus, with Itron establishing itself as a global leader in the networking segment. 

    Learn more in The Global Smart Street Lighting Market ( by Berg Insight 

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