Philips Lighting has launched a new wireless connected lighting system aimed at today’s global office lighting systems market worth more than $5 billion. The Philips InterAct Office system enables building managers to reduce energy use by up to 70 percent, optimize operations and create a more comfortable environment without major office renovation. Available first in the US, it targets the 15 billion square feet market for existing offices in North America and will be available in the UK later this year. The system, with lamps and luminaires equipped with sensors, is installed and operated by Philips Lighting as a managed service, dispensing with the need for customers to make upfront capital investments.

The network of sensors triggers the system to switch or dim the lights and gathers granular data, such as energy use and room occupancy. This information is displayed on a user-friendly dashboard. If all offices in North America were updated by 2030 with this technology it could save businesses a collective $6.4 billion on energy, equivalent to the output of 36 medium-sized power stations or Co2 emissions of 44 million tons (US).
The wireless Philips InterAct Office complements the company’s existing Power over Ethernet (PoE) connected lighting system. The PoE system is aimed at new build facilities and offices undergoing deep renovation. In contrast, the wireless Philips InterAct Office is designed for retrofitting existing offices which form the vast majority of office lighting projects worldwide.
“Our new system delivers instant energy savings and requires no upfront investment from customers who pay an easy monthly payment funded by the savings,” said Emmanuel Sabonnadiere, CEO of Philips Lighting’s Professional business. “However, energy savings are just the tip of the iceberg. Our ‘Light as a Service’ model frees customers to focus on their business, while information from sensors in the luminaires gives them unique insights into the use of energy and office space to enhance operational efficiencies.”
Speaking to Smart Buildings Magazine, Kees van der Klauw, head of research & innovation at Philips Lighting said, "The LEDification of lighting will continue to transform the market over the next five years. In the western world there will be a lot of retrofit using wireless solutions, and we have seen a lot of new builds in the Asian market using PoE."
Kees went on to say that buying lighting is an important decision for all companies as it will impact their business for the next 15 years. "Lights that are being fitted now will be be able to run applications in the future that haven't even been thought of," he added.