Smart light management shakes up the lighting market

Lighting can make a significant contribution to the overall energy efficiency of a company. Nedap Luxon helps organisations to improve their energy performance by providing smart lighting management solutions. The advent of these smart solutions enables the market to develop new strategies and business models that extend along the entire business chain.

Light bulbs on plant isolated on white - green energy conceptNedap light management solutions are primarily designed to meet the needs of multi-site commercial and industrial companies, and work independently of lighting technology. By adding a range of control strategies such as daylight control and motion detection to the existing lighting system, companies can achieve maximum energy savings and prevent energy wastage. With these solutions, energy savings of up to 90 percent are a realistic and achievable goal — as proven by projects that Nedap has supported at large multinationals such as Grolsch, Heineken, SUEZ and Bombardier.

Awareness of energy efficiency within the organisation

Light management enables the user to collect and analyse data. This data provides a wealth of useful information on how a lighting system is performing, and this valuable information can then be used to ensure that the system is performing at its best. Lighting management solutions can also be used to share data between different sites and analyse and compare site performance — a process that highlights any energy consumption patterns in the lighting system. This enables the user to determine which sites have the lowest energy costs and/or where additional measures may be necessary. The clear and easy-to-read reports on lighting system performance also help to make employees more aware of the importance of energy efficiency for the organisation, which can result in cost savings as a result of reduced energy consumption.

The future of the lighting market

The vast quantity of data now available has triggered the development of new strategies and business models, such as leasing lighting sources or paying for light used. These forms of Lighting as a Service (LaaS) are shaking up the lighting market, creating a new business model in which companies outsource their building lighting provision. Companies no longer purchase products, but services — or, in other words, the customer no longer purchases the products that give light, but just the light itself. This means that the supplier owns the fixtures and lighting sources, and the customer pays only for their use. An advantage of this system is that the customer does not need to make any investment. The producer is responsible for the performance and service of the model, which means that the products are deployed more effectively and natural resource consumption is reduced.

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The simplest form of LaaS is the provision of financing for the purchase of lighting fixtures. In this scenario, the customer becomes the owner of the lighting and obtains a loan from the supplier. The loan and interest is paid, for example, via the energy bill. LaaS is an attractive option for companies that find it difficult to finance major investments. Another option is to lease lighting, with the user paying a regular, fixed amount to cover installation, use and maintenance. After a number of years, the customer owns the lighting outright. Customers can also opt to purchase not the lighting, but the light itself, paying for a specific amount of light at a specific location. This form of financing is ideal for any company looking for an energy-efficient lighting solution that can be implemented rapidly and without investment. All of these LaaS options allow companies to protect the environment and save money on energy costs without making additional investments — which helps their business to prepare for the future.

Nedap is currently investigating how it could offer these new business models.