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A Renaissance of Innovation for the Lighting Industry

February 23, 2017
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The lighting industry is enjoying a renaissance of innovation due to LED and IoT technologies. Before you consider making a strategic investment in these new technologies and attempt to integrate on a century old AC based power infrastructure, retailers should consider low voltage DC – the safer, more scalable alternative consistent with methodology of solid state power electronics.

5 reasons why retailers need to consider solid state (LVDC) lighting systems:

  1. Centralized power conversion means significantly less fail points with enhanced efficiency.
    Power conversion has inherent performance loss including heat generation which vastly shortens lifecycle of drivers and ballast that exist at each light fixture in classic AC approach. LumaNEXT has developed a proprietary power infrastructure that consolidates such conversion to plug and play Power Stations conveniently located in the back office of retail facilities. Low voltage, DC current is then distributed throughout the store using Smart Energy Routers for simple execution of power loads including troffers, linear lights, recessed, track, and more.
  2. Drastic install and maintenance savings due to lower cost labor and materials.
    Under 57 volts means no more expensive electrical contractors to install and maintain lighting infrastructure in stores. Additionally, centralized power conversion eliminates drivers / ballasts (fail points) above the ceiling so DC networks provide extended warranty and even lower cost of ownership.
  3. Enhanced flexibility for retailers to adapt to constantly changing design requirements.
    Consumer trends are constantly evolving and the safe, modular approach of the LumaNEXT system allows for quick, low cost reconfigure of your lighting. Like modern computing networks, a wide range of power loads (lighting applications) simply connect together like a USB card.
  4. Take that a step further when you consider vastly more power requirements on the sales floor to support connected consumer products and digital experiences.
    Running AC power drops in a retail store typically costs more than $1,000 each. This is a significant barrier to retail innovation and the reason many new programs never deploy past the pilot stage. LumaNEXT Smart Energy Routers allocate additional power drops for shelf lighting and any other type of connected power devices where and when you need them at no extra cost.
  5. Better light = better sales.
    Although empirically this has not been proven, many leading retail experts believe improved CRI and light distribution will create a more appealing shopper experience. Especially in big box, mass, and convenience retail channels where current environment feels “tiring” and “uninspired due to fluorescent lamps or lower cost LED retrofit sticks. Using a low voltage approach, LED can be packaged for specific applications quickly, and more cost effectively by avoiding certain certifications required by high voltage (AC) alternatives. Here’s a useful link “Does lighting boost retail sales” for reference. Designing application specific light for retail improves colors, textures, and overall ability to focus on important product attributes which in turn, delivers an enhanced experience.

This is an excellent time to pull back and consider a new approach that will maximize your performance, investment, and functionality as LED and smart lighting solutions continue to evolve.

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