With consumers just beginning to embrace the benefits of LED lighting (aided by continuing price reductions as the technology improves), and businesses a bit more ready to adopt the new technology, one company seeks to further revolutionize how lighting and illumination work. This article describes a startup called Digital Lumens that wants to bring both LEDs and the concept of intelligent lighting control into the mainstream. In addition to carrying out full replacements of a facility’s (like a factory or office) lighting infrastructure, the company will also develop and manage a logic-based lighting plan. This plan will be based around on-and-off hours, normal day and night cycles, as well as intelligent feedback from factors like drawn shades or closed doors.
The outstanding energy efficiency of LEDs, combined with this step-by-step management of energy usage, offers great potential for unparalleled energy savings. Under such a system, the capital investment in hardware (the LEDs), can pay itself back in two years, with a 90 percent savings after that period over the life of the agreement (the initial plan is for 15 – 20 year contracts). According to the article, Digital Lumens has been successful in raising capital so far, indicating that ever-fickle investors believe in the concept. Greener energy and lower bills – what’s not to like?