Starting to hear some green tech buzz related to an upcoming commercial lighting show called Lightfair International. Given that many commercial building and facilities managers see lighting controls and advances as especially key to their energy efficiency goals, its little wonder that this is a focus for severa of the new products that I've heard about.
The first, from Illumra, is a light-sensor that also happens to be solar-powered.
Basically, the sensor works in conjunction with other wireless-capable devices to help facilities managers create applications for harvesting daylight. (It can be connected via BACnet or wireless RS-232 Ethernet gateways.) More simply, the sensor will help reduce the amount of artificial light if it is bright enough in the room being lit. It can work for up to three days in total darkness when fully charged.
Cavet Technologies is another company bound to get some attention. As reported by our SmartPlanet sister blog network, the company has just introduced an intelligent lighting controller called LumiSmart. The technology works with existing fluorescent lighting systems to help control their draw on electricity by at least 30 percent without replacing existing fixtures. It comes down to strategically switching on and off lights depending on where people are working at a given moment in time. The product even will work with demand response systems.
Will keep my eye open for other lighting innovation that I'm sure to hear about as the show hits.