Effect of lighting parameters
Nevertheless, research does suggest a number of key parameters of light that can influence behaviour. These include:
All of these can nowadays be varied and adjusted with LED technology. We have the means to remotely control lighting using cloud-based Central Management Systems which, in turn, can allow us easily to change light parameters in each connected fitting. We also have effective and affordable smart sensors that can be used to record the response of people to different lighting parameters at different moments of the day, in a real-world situation.
We can therefore collect large volumes of sensor data, managed through a secure data platform, which we can analyse to understand the effectiveness of different lighting interventions. Ultimately the application of artificial intelligence will provide new algorithms that can be integrated to existing systems.
If we can combine new, adaptable LED lighting that has greater functionality with modern IoT technology and analytics, we believe we will be better able to understand how the behaviour of individuals and crowds is influenced by different lighting parameters.
In turn, our aim is to create a network of connected lighting products that can dynamically respond to congestion and crowding levels and therefore help to keep our cities moving.
We are just at the start of our journey: enhancing the functionality of existing products so that we can test these at a trial site. Our academic partners will be undertaking a rigorous assessment of the effectiveness of the technology and the benefits that arise, but it is a journey we believe has the potential to bring a real and positive impact to the development of our towns and cities.
As the results start to come through we will share our findings in the hope that we can encourage the lighting industry as a whole to champion the power of light as more than just an urban asset but also as an influencer of urban behaviour.
Article originally published in the Lighting Journal: March-2019