In a move to bolster its LED lighting solutions business, Molex, LLC is launching its Transcend Connected Lighting System in collaboration with Cisco and luminaire manufacturer partners. The new system is designed to accelerate the deployment of smart LED lighting control using secure network architectures in commercial buildings, educational facilities, healthcare facilities, and manufacturing and warehouse facilities, said Molex. In addition, the interconnect manufacturer announced it is now a Cisco Solutions Technology Integrator for connected commercial LED lighting.
The LED lighting market is forecast to reach $25.7 billion in 2015 and $30.5 billion in 2016, according to LEDinside, a division of TrendForce. LED lighting market share also is expected to grow from 31 percent in 2015 to 36 percent in 2016.
“Sharp price declines have severely impacted the margins of replacement products such as LED light bulbs and light tubes,” said Joanne Wu, LEDinside assistant research manager, in a statement. “Consequently, lighting companies begin to shift their focus to professional lighting markets and hope that increases in government spending, especially in new public projects, will create new opportunities. Sectors with tremendous growth potentials include industrial lighting, commercial lighting and architectural lighting.”
The biggest regions for LED lighting growth next year will be in the U.S. and India, according to Wu.
The LEDinside report also finds that demand for LED lighting products has been strong in the commercial/industrial applications, with the fastest growth for troffers, panel lights, tunnel lights and high/low bay lights. “New applications are also emerging, including smart lighting and light communication,” said Wu.
Molex has offered a wide range of interconnects including the CLIK-Mate 1.50-mm wire-to-board system and TermiMate one-circuit terminal-style connector system for solid-state lighting applications. These products are focused on meeting a designer’s need for smaller form factors as well as delivering products that provide easier assembly and secure connections.
However, this new LED lighting solution is quite different, enabling Molex to supply connected commercial LED lighting solutions that provide connectivity from Cisco network switches to lighting fixtures. As a Cisco technology integrator Molex can now use and embed Cisco’s products and software into its own solutions.
As described by Molex, the Transcend Connected Lighting System is an intelligent, low-voltage network that powers and controls LED light fixtures and other devices. It also provides a range of applications that enable smart building convergence over IP, sending multi-sensor data to a central host to deliver building analytics and applications such as real-time energy consumption, light status, temperature and humidity control, and air quality monitoring.
Transcend solutions are based on standard PoE applications, such as data and VoIP, and the control system is open, scalable, and supports IEEE802.3x standards. “PoE infrastructure is easy to install, program, integrate, maintain and upgrade, providing significant cost savings compared to traditional lighting systems,” said Molex.
“As new LED solutions are developed, architects, lighting designers, building developers and owners will have access to proven, integrated approaches that address energy efficiency, purposeful lighting control, and personal productivity,” said Mike Picini, vice president, solid state lighting, Molex, in a statement. “Just replacing fluorescent lighting with LEDs reduces energy usage, but a controlled LED lighting system can produce energy cost reductions of 50 percent or more. In addition, controllable, adaptable lighting systems help create more comfortable environments for people, leading to more productive working, learning and healing experiences, and improvements in concentration, attention span, behavior and overall efficiency.”
Molex said the collaboration with Cisco simplifies the convergence of Transcend Connected Lighting with building automation systems over IP without compromising lighting reliability, security, efficiency, maintenance, and system life.
“Today, LED innovation is leading to a major market shift,” said Todd Meister, vice president, Americas Partner Organization, Cisco, in a statement. “By using the network to power lighting and adding sensors, Cisco and collaborators like Molex are bringing the Internet of Things to the enterprise. Network-based lights make it easier to connect to disparate building networks and use the available data to deliver truly personalized user experiences.”
The Transcend Connected Lighting System enables a broad offering of products from lighting luminaire suppliers by using standard IP structured cabling commonly used in data networking. Solutions to be released soon include Transcend Lighting Fixtures, Transcend Gateways, Transcend Sensor Nodes, Transcend Local Controls, new Zhaga modules, and new Transcend lighting-specific control software.
“These products help create unique, end-to-end indoor lighting control system solutions for all workspace applications, such as conference rooms, classrooms, washrooms, common collaboration zones, and lobbies,” said Molex.