The Internet of Things has become an intrinsic part of todays world. Everything and anybody is connected. The infra-structure for control, management and analytics of the “Big Data” has become one of the prime considerations in any building or public realm (re)development. Lighting is becoming the key component in every development to host the Big Data infra-structure. The lighting systems will become the host for the data infra-structure design, which also includes components such as GPS and Li-Fi (Wi-Fi using light frequencies), and therefore have a direct impact on how lighting designers manage the “conventional” requirements to uphold lighting design quality, standard compliance, ambiance, mood and comfort with today’s requirements for data measurement, management, control and analytics. KLD is the first professional lighting design practice to sign a partnership agreement with Gooee, the world’s leading open big data platform provider using light as a host, to assure the integration and integrity of lighting and lighting design with the “big data”. (See also: www.gooee.com)
Light as a Service / Circular economy
The world is changing from a product economy to a service economy. People no longer buy products, but services. The success of AirBnB, Uber, Amazon, to name just a few, are testament of the new and changing world we live in. Like the big Xerox copy machines that nearly everyone has in their office, you don’t own the product, you just pay for the service. Maintenance and toner refills are included, it is worry free. Lighting has arrived in this domain now as well and is called: Light as a Service. Philips is one of the leading companies with several pilot projects on the go, mostly in the Netherlands at the moment. KLD is currently engaging with Philips to assure that lighting and lighting design quality and standards remains key and relevant to achieving desired end-results and are an integral part of Light as a Service. In Light as a Service the client/ end user has zero upfront Capex and pays over a determined contract period for a constant lighting and energy performance. This is remotely monitored and allows to predict failure and provide timely maintenance as needed. Including the monthly electricity bill in the arrangements is possible. Today’s economy is a waste economy, in other words products are designed to fail. The future is based on a circular economy where products are designed to be serviced, reconfigured or recycled. This drives innovation and the creation of durable, long lasting, high- performing and re-useable products. Re-cyclable products are integral to light as a service.
Human Centric/ Circadian lighting
Lighting for human health and well being are now more than ever a pre-requisite knowledge for every professional lighting designer. Studies have since long proved that natural daylight qualities have a very important impact on the human body, the circadian rhythms and emotional and physical well being of people. Todays smart lighting technologies allows for the reproduction of natural lighting qualities with artificial lighting systems, which can greatly enhance human wellbeing, performance, productivity and healing (!) in indoor areas. Hospitals, corporate offices, co-working and relaxation spaces are applications that are already benefitting from this lighting design knowledge. KLD is working closely with the lighting industry leaders to apply the latest circadian lighting technologies in their designs.