Lighting : Lighting February 2015 - Vol 35 Issue 1
22 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | February/March 2015 “It’s like anything in this day and age – it’s making sure that the commissioning people who are deploying these systems have the right skill set, they understand those concerns and work with the clients to make sure those securities and those sort of systems are in place,” he says. So where to from here? According to DiLouie, visible light communication, or VLC, is an emerging opportunity that will have particular impact on the retail sector, allowing marketers to reach shoppers in new and exciting ways. “With a VLC system, a big box retail store relies on LED luminaries that are pulsed to communicate with shopper mobile phones and tablets using a store app. The lighting would provide wayfinding within the store and targeted marketing information such as coupons and recipes,” DiLouie says. More generally, the deployment of standardised systems that are controlled using internet protocols is likely to become more and more common, allowing for greater remote control of a variety of lighting systems. For example, companies with offices across multiple locations will be able to manage all their building systems, including lighting control systems, from a single control point. But it’s the opportunities for individuals that are set to have the most impact in the coming years: “Lighting control generally in commercial environments will go very much the same way – that it’s all going to be more IP-based systems, it’s going to be an extension of the internet, and effectively it’s going to make it a lot easier for the average person to be able to control their space with their smartphone to their likeness and their suitability, rather than being dictated to by a control system,” Sherar says. “I think that’s going to be the biggest change that we’ll see.” The Queensland Performing Arts Centre has over 150 Control Freak SLAMMO LED dimmers in the Concert Hall, Playhouse and Lyric theatre for aisle LED lighting, house LED lighting, lift LED lighting, FOH LED lighting, stair LED lighting, change room LED lighting and performance LED lighting. The Concert Hall, which won an IES Award of Excellence, uses over 800 channels of control for the house LED lighting alone. Image courtesy of Creative Lighting, photography by Garry Schlatter (www.visionandimagination.com).
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