21 Jun Power Over Ethernet Lighting: Safer, Cheaper, Better?
Our homes and offices are full of smart devices.
Computers, phones, televisions, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles and even fridges are all able to connect to the internet or even be controlled remotely via apps.
And as the “connected” home and office becomes the norm, it’s not just your appliances that can be connected to the internet and one another.
Installing LED lighting using power over Ethernet offers many of the usual benefits of a “connected” home or office, plus a few added extras.
From improved safety to offering app-based control – and everything in between – it’s easy to see why “PoE” lighting is becoming increasingly popular with home and business owners alike.
How it Works
Power over Ethernet lighting involves using standard network cables to simultaneously provide power and data to your LED lighting. This eliminates the need for power cabling, integrates your entire lighting system, and gives you control over your lighting via specially designed smartphone apps.
Because power over Ethernet lighting connects your lights to your network and apps, it gives you greater control over your entire lighting system – even when you’re not physically present. It also gives you greater control over any sensors or other smart equipment you choose to pair with your lights.
For example, with PoE lighting, you can use apps to remotely switch off lights that have been left on, or remotely switch lights on, for example for security purposes. Similarly, you can program and automate your PoE lights directly via the cable that powers them to turn on at certain times or in response to certain situations.
Normally, standard lighting (including LED lighting) is powered using your home’s AC, 240 volt mains power. However, LED lights are actually low-voltage DC devices, so they don’t require nearly so much power to work.
In terms of electrical safety, powering your lights over Ethernet cables is arguably a safer option as there’s less voltage running through the cables. This is particularly beneficial if you have problems with possums or rats chewing through your cables or you’re worried about people sticking their hands in your light sockets (though this is definitely still not a good idea, even with PoE).
Power over Ethernet is becoming an increasingly popular option for powering a range of devices, from VoIP phones and wall clocks, to more obvious options such as network routers and wireless access points. With this in mind, the futureproofing benefits of having Ethernet cables running everywhere through your home or office are clear to see.
Using PoE also makes it easy to pair your lights with sensors and other equipment now or in the future, which is certainly where the industry is moving.
For new or renovated homes and offices, the cost of installing power over Ethernet lighting is cheaper than installing lights with traditional power cables. This may also apply if you’re entirely re-doing your building’s lighting system.
The futureproofing benefits of using PoE are also likely to bring you savings over time, and it’s well known that using LED lighting is significantly cheaper than using standard lights – especially if that LED lighting is programmed for optimal efficiency.
The Future is Bright
At Atom Power, we’re excited by the many opportunities and benefits that power over Ethernet lighting can bring.
If you’d like to discuss how PoE lighting could benefit your home, office or business premises, call us today on 1300 922 883.