NXP Semiconductors unveiled its new internet-enabled, energy-efficient smart lighting this week.
What if every light bulb had its own internet address? Earlier this week Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors introduced a new smart lighting solution which brings together wireless IP connectivity, energy-efficient lighting and low standby power. NXP says the protocol used by the new system allows the bulbs to easily communicate with Apple iOS and Google Android devices.
“Our Smart Lighting solution also brings us one step closer to the ‘Internet of Things’ - a world in which every home appliance can be monitored and controlled via an IP address - at a very compelling price point for consumers.” -John Croteau, NXP Senior Vice President and General Manager
This new technology would allow you to control any light in your house from any PC, smartphone, or TV. In addition to connectivity, sensors can be added to automatically turn off lights when no one is in a room, or adjust the brightness of lighting based on the ambient light level. Not only is this new way of approaching lighting more convenient than constant switch-flicking, but by using LED light bulbs it’s energy-efficient as well.
“For individual consumers, Smart Lighting means highly personalized, intelligent lighting environments - lights that turn on and off when and where you need them, at the desired level of brightness - while saving power and electricity costs.” -John Croteau, NXP Senior Vice President and General Manager
It’s turning out to be quite a month for the smart lighting industry; only a week earlier Google and Lighting Sciences Group announced an open-source Android controllable LED light bulb. Unlike NXP’s offering, which works on standard 2.4GHz wireless internet frequencies, the Android bulb uses the 900MHz frequency band, requiring extra hardware to connect.
I’m a big fan of home automation—anything that saves me from having to double back because I left a light on is good tech in my book. The move towards wifi enabled solutions working on established protocols seems like a natural progression. The key to the success of these types of systems is price and usability; current solutions often suffer in both of these areas. NXP says their GreenChips will increase bulb manufacturing costs by a mere $1—for an extra dollar would you reach for an internet enabled light bulb?
[Source: NXP Semiconductors]