Power Over Ethernet Lighting Picks Up Pace with Cisco Partners - Energy Watch News

Power Over Ethernet Lighting Picks Up Pace with Cisco Partners

Hardware vendor Molex — anointed two weeks ago by networking giant Cisco as a connected lighting partner — teamed with UK software firm amBX to offer Power over Ethernet (PoE) lighting for commercial buildings, and Cisco hinted at new gear that will soon lower the cost for Ethernet lighting projects. Power over Ethernet lighting runs both electricity and data over standard Ethernet networking cable to LED lights, which serve as vital nodes in information hubs. It is beginning to take hold in the way that office phones began moving toward Ethernet-powered voice over IP (VoIP) telephony about two decades ago. As low energy devices, LEDs do not require the 120V and 240V electrical wires that are standard — and pricey to install — around the world. Proponents say PoE lighting augurs huge costs reductions in new lighting installations because it eliminates expensive electricians and traditional wiring; that it provides significantly greater energy savings than those already associated with LEDs; that it portends huge improvements in lighting by tailoring it more to human and individual needs and thus increasing workforce productivity and morale; and that it vastly increases the value of a lighting system by making it an integral part of a company’s data network in which it helps to collect, analyze, and act on information. http://www.ledsmagazine.com

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