IoT-Upgradeable Lighting Challenge

Working in partnership to develop lighting that can be upgraded with Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and devices

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Photo credit: Olive Tree Most commercial building lighting systems do not include lighting controls and are difficult or impossible to upgrade after installation. The IoT-Upgradable Luminaire Challenge is an opportunity for manufacturers to meet demonstrated market potential and develop a luminaire that can be upgraded with IoT devices and sensors. 

Nastuh Abootalebi

Calling all participants: The U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored IoT-Upgradeable Lighting Challenge invites end users and manufacturers to be recognized for their participation and creative input regarding the widespread adoption of IoT-Upgradeable Lighting. Compliant lighting will increase energy efficiency while also offering solutions that:

  • can be upgraded at a future date with an IoT sensor or device that is easily installed from below the luminaire 
  • can support and power the IoT sensor or device, which can send data to be stored and analyzed by another building system
  • are priced competitively with comparable systems that are not upgradeable or connected.

Most commercial building lighting systems do not include lighting controls and are difficult or impossible to upgrade after installation. The IoT-Upgradeable Lighting Challenge is an opportunity for manufacturers to meet demonstrated market potential and develop a luminaire that can be upgraded with IoT devices and sensors. The IoT-Upgradeable Lighting Challenge adds value for building owners, operators, and occupants by unlocking additional benefits that can be delivered by lighting through IoT applications — now and in the future.

Over 30 percent of lighting energy use can be saved when lighting controls are installed. Installing IoT sensors can help make buildings smart, and when combined with existing light fixtures, provide an ideal platform for integrating advanced controls to further promote energy savings.

Draft performance requirements have been developed for review and feedback. Download draft performance requirements here: IoT Upgradeable Lighting Challenge Performance Targets

Please email feedback or collaboration inquiries to lightingchallenge@pnnl.gov.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory hosted a webinar on July 30, 2020 to provide an overview of the Challenge and draft performance requirements. A recorded version of the webinar can be viewed below.