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Architect and Interiors India|October 2019
No Longer Only About Illumination, Lighting Today Is Also About Creating An Experience
Carol Ferrao

Ever since the words ‘Let there be light’ were uttered, civilisations have tried different methods to harness this energy for its comfort. Illumination is intrinsic to human life, more so in the modern world. From the humble Edison bulb to the energy-saving LED solutions, it has been a transformative market that never ceases to amaze us. With today’s internet-savvy world, lighting solutions are transitioning into a new phase of innovation and discovery.

“We are increasingly seeing the introduction of new and innovative products that provide multiple benefits such as lights with in-built Bluetooth speakers and security cameras, smart lights that are energy-efficient, etc,” shares Gurumukh Uttamchandani, executive director, Syska Group. Use of Smart LEDs controlled through smartphones or tablets using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth technology are becoming more common now. “These are new innovations that have taken place in the lighting space and are transforming the lives of consumers.”

There’s more to modern light fixtures than mere illumination. Lights, today, not only help in completing tasks effectively – but also affect the emotional state of mind, points out Ranbir Mehra, director, Jaquar Lighting. “They greatly help in personalisation of homes, which has always been a challenge when it comes to lighting and home décor.”

Fuelled by the growing popularity of smart cities, intelligent lighting has become one of the key interest areas of industry players who are constantly coming up with newer designs and infrastructure for smart homes. “According to a market study report, the smart lighting market is poised to gain a high growth, giving players in India an opportunity to tap the smart-city initiative and a chance to transform the domestic lighting sector to embrace all aspects of residential IoT,” adds Mehra.

Even in terms of design, the lighting segment has seen tremendous development. Fixtures are designed to be more chic and less complicated, often with sleek straight lines or geometric shapes. “Lighting features in retro and industrial designs are back in demand with a contemporary touch. Matte and soft gold finish are preferred over the rest. Vintage-style exposed bulbs with nil to minimalist lampshade designs have become popular,” informs Radeesh Shetty, lighting designer and director of The Purple Turtles.

In many ways, the popularity of smart lighting technology is encouraging the masses to reimagine how homes can function. “Smart lighting is the stimulus for the smart home revolution,” according to Kishan Jain, director, Goldmedal Electricals, who also sees great promise in solar lighting systems as well. It offers efficient and eco-friendly lighting solutions which makes it a promising possibility, he explains.

Being the most ubiquitous component of any building infrastructure, lighting is set to become the backbone on which these services will ride, predicts Bhavin Soonderji, managing director of Tridonic India. “Convergence of systems are becoming an integral part of building infrastructure aiming to offer a seamless operation and use of facilities,” he says.

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Wireless and voice controlled platforms such as Bluetooth, Mesh, Wi-Fi, Li-Fi, Geo, Alexa, Google and Apple Home have drastically impacted the perception of how light ought to function. These advanced technology-driven products have created their own space on store shelves. “Currently, smart lighting is commercialised as a lifestyle commodity; however, it will soon be incorporated in all types of LED lighting applications,” believes Uttamchandani. When identifying the best IoT-based LED lighting solutions, brands that offer top-notch quality with numerous features at affordable prices are a safe bet. Additionally, product warranty is an important factor that one must take into account.

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