Trends in Intelligent Lighting Systems for 2023 

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As of 2019, the market was valued at $7.49 billion, and it is projected to reach a whopping $26.06 billion by 2027.  

Looking ahead to 2023, we can expect to see several lighting control trends emerge. Adoption of wireless and IoT-enabled lighting controls are the most significant ones. These modern solutions offer greater flexibility, scalability, and energy efficiency. And these benefits make them increasingly popular as more buildings move towards smart and connected solutions. It’s exciting to see how these innovative solutions are transforming the way we control lighting. 

In this blog, we will be discussing the  trends in lighting controls that we can expect to see in 2023. 

Lighting Trends 2023

Wireless Technology:  

The future of lighting systems lies in wireless lighting controls. Their benefits are numerous, from easy installation to centralized control and monitoring, and flexibility. Retrofitting existing buildings with wireless controls is a breeze, requiring no extensive wiring. Undoubtedly, the cost savings and energy efficiency resulting from centralized control are significant. Wireless lighting controls are especially valuable for large or complex systems, as they can be operated remotely. As more buildings become smart and connected, these innovative solutions are gaining popularity for their convenience, cost-effectiveness, and scalability. Indeed, wireless controls are revolutionizing the way we manage lighting. 

Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence:   

In 2023, the lighting controls industry will see a significant increase in the use of data analytics and AI technologies. These tools will enable lighting systems to be optimized, reduce energy consumption, and provide valuable insights into occupant behavior. The process of retrofitting these solutions will be simple and cost-effective. It is clear that the future of lighting systems lies in leveraging data analytics and AI to deliver maximum efficiency and sustainability. 

Automate Lighting:  

With the emergence of smart and automated lighting management solutions, the lighting controls industry is set to undergo substantial growth. These advanced controls offer features like scheduling, occupancy sensing, plug load controls, demand response, and daylight harvesting, resulting in enhanced efficiency and reduced energy costs for buildings. The integration of sensors, wireless communication, and digital controls enables remote monitoring and management of lighting systems, providing added convenience and control. As the trend towards intelligent lighting controls gains momentum, we can expect further innovation and adoption in the industry over the next few years. 

Human-centric Lighting:   

 We anticipate a surge in the use of human-centric lighting solutions within the lighting controls industry. The trend towards creating lighting systems that align with the natural 24-hour cycle of daylight is driving the development of advanced lighting control solutions, which offer color tuning capabilities. This feature enables users to adjust the color temperature and intensity of lighting to replicate natural daylight, resulting in a more personalized and comfortable lighting experience. The numerous benefits of color tuning on human well-being, productivity, and mood are widely recognized, making it an increasingly popular feature in lighting control systems. Therefore, we can expect to see more buildings incorporating color-tuning technology in their lighting systems, enhancing the overall well-being and productivity of occupants. 

Luminaire-level lighting:  

The lighting industry will experience a significant trend of integrating lighting controls directly into luminaires. This approach offers a more streamlined and visually appealing lighting solution as it incorporates controls as an inherent part of the lighting fixture itself. This means that businesses and consumers can easily adjust lighting levels, color temperature, and other settings without the need for additional equipment or control panels. The integration of lighting controls is driving innovation in the industry and providing new opportunities to enhance the functionality and aesthetics of lighting systems. 

Lighting Controls Integration with BMS  

The integration of lighting controls with Building Management Systems (BMS) is rapidly gaining popularity. This approach offers a centralized management system for all building systems, including lighting, HVAC, and security, through a single platform. With this integration, building managers can remotely monitor and control lighting systems, optimize energy consumption, and enhance occupant comfort and productivity. The growing adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies is driving this trend, enabling seamless communication and integration between building systems. 

Proximity to Nature  

The growing trend of sustainability and proximity to nature is influencing lighting design. As the world becomes more aware of the impact of human activities on the environment, the demand for sustainable lighting solutions that reduce energy consumption and minimize the carbon footprint is increasing. Additionally, the trend of biophilic design, which emphasizes the connection between people and nature, is also impacting lighting design. Biophilic lighting design aims to create lighting solutions that mimic natural light, patterns, and colors to create a more comfortable and calming atmosphere for building occupants. By incorporating biophilic lighting into your living or work environment, you can feel more energized and motivated throughout the day while also contributing to reducing your impact on the environment. 

To Wrap Up  

In conclusion, lighting design has come a long way from simply providing illumination. With the increasing demand for sustainable solutions and the growing trend of biophilic design, lighting has become an essential element in creating a comfortable and environmentally conscious space. As we move towards 2023, architects and designers should consider the impact of lighting on mood and well-being, pushing the boundaries of design and sustainability to create truly balanced and harmonious spaces. 

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