The market for LED control systems is quickly evolving to keep up with changing energy regulations, consumer expectations, and technological developments. Smart dimming, quality components, energy efficiency, and reliable manufacturing are all top of mind.
By analyzing interest in our catalogs and talking with our distributors, we can tell a lot about the latest innovations in LED power supplies and controllers. Our field team interacts daily with both long-time customers and professionals we’ve met at events like Japan's Lighting Fair 2023 and North America's CES. They not only share our products but gain sharable insights into current trends and market conditions.
We’ll unpack some of the latest emerging LED control trends indicated by our team so you can best shape your purchasing strategies. Read on to discover what could lie ahead.
As the lighting world continues to evolve, LED drivers and dimmers have become increasingly important components that guide the effectiveness of LED systems. Smart dimming has provided remarkable opportunities for LED solutions to become more energy-efficient and customizable. From brands like Xiacato’s wide selection of lighting controls to Casambi’s complete portfolio of hardware automation solutions, the contemporary market is awash with innovative products that transform how lighting is deployed in modern design. As we move deeper into 2023, more creative ways to seamlessly meld technology and components will continue evolving.
The modern LED driver and dimmer technologies are ushering in a new era of efficiency and convenience. LED drivers and dimmers can connect to the Internet of Things (IoT), allowing for effortless control of lighting levels from anywhere in the world. Moreover, these technologies also allow for easy installation, decreasing the complexity often associated with adjusting lighting systems. This streamlined setup can help designers save significant time on projects and lower their energy costs over time. The next generation of LED dimming technologies is here to make life easier!
The DALI Alliance, also known as the Digital Illumination Interface Alliance, has long been on the cutting edge of IoT. Building on the long-established benefits of DALI, the DALI-2™ certification program promises significantly improved interoperability along with more features and functions, including sensing and data gathering. Meanwhile, D4i™ enables DALI for intelligent, IoT-ready luminaires. They have also introduced different connectivity options over wireless and IP-based networks and added the new DALI+™ brand.
LED lighting controls offer numerous benefits for designers and end users. Buyers look for LED drivers and dimmers to significantly improve overall design and operation. Quality drivers regulate current flow to the lighting, influencing brightness, color consistency, and power consumption.
Meanwhile, dimmers allow users to control the light intensity with ease–both manually and via remote command–allowing users to customize the luminosity of their LED lights based on their needs at any given time. Utilizing technology like Tuya WiFi, EnOcean, Casambi, and Xicato BLE products enables end users to experience a comprehensive yet intuitive, user-friendly experience when it comes to controlling various aspects of their lighting systems. These technologies allow users multiple energy-saving options while creating exceptional ambient light scenes that bring specific spaces to life.
OEMs, procurement managers, designers, and other professionals in the LED industry are looking for new, cutting-edge controls and solutions to stay ahead of the competition.
When considering a dimmer or driver manufacturer, we recommend assessing several key criteria:
With the right LED driver and dimmer information, you can ensure that your systems come together - with no added inconvenience or worry. At GRE Alpha, we strive to provide our customers with solutions that meet their needs not only today but also in terms of long-term reliability and satisfaction.
We’re excited to provide a reliable source of products that support our clients and continue innovating with the changing LED lighting environment.
Here are some of the featured products for 2023:
Learn more about our innovative products in the 2022-2023 GRE Alpha product catalogs.
GRE Alpha and GRE Manufacturing (GRE-M) brought their goods and services to Japan's Lighting Fair 2023. Interest among the attendees in supporting carbon-neutral efforts continues to grow.
Partnerships like the one between Marubeni Systems (MSYS) and GRE Alpha have opened new avenues for energy harvesting systems that self-generate power from movement, light, heat, and other sources. Such systems are not just highly safe and durable, but also offer improved power efficiency and operational efficiency. This makes them an attractive option for a variety of uses. With the continuing spread of IoT devices utilizing low-power wireless communication, the market demand is expanding.
Attendees gather at the GRE Alpha booth.
GRE Alpha was supported by other partnerships as well. Some of these products include:
GRE Alpha products, such as dimming modules and power supplies, on display at the event.
Richard Fong Director at GRE Alpha and GRE Manufacturing noted, “In contrast to other shows, this was a joint exhibition of GRE Manufacturing and GRE Alpha. We displayed not only GRE Alpha’s dimming modules and power supplies but also showcased GRE Manufacturing’s capabilities. As an electronics manufacturing services company (EMS), GRE Manufacturing offers competitive contract manufacturing services for customers in our facilities in Vietnam and China.”
The use of GRE Alpha's LED power supplies and dimming modules with built-in receivers for wireless standards such as BLE or EnOcean to control lighting systems can provide a range of benefits. Not only does this system enable users to easily turn off lights with the push of a switch, but it also minimizes energy consumption by using energy-harvesting wireless technology.
The capabilities of GRE Manufacturing were also on display at the event.
Event attendees were especially impressed by the manufacturing service, BLE solutions, and DALI modules. However, the chance to meet with and talk to valued customers was the most crucial part of the event.
GRE Alpha and GRE Manufacturing value all our partners who share our same mission: To create innovative products and solutions in the LED lighting space.
GRE Alpha and GRE Manufacturing are excited to announce a partnership with Marubeni Information Systems (MSYS) for the future distribution of GRE Alpha products and support of GRE Manufacturing services. The collaboration originated in Japan and ASEAN region, but given the reach of the two firms, the impact will be global.
Marubeni Information Systems delivers high-value solutions and services, serving a wide variety of needs for various clients. They provide leading-edge technologies that help differentiate their clients with extensive knowledge of different industries, including:
They’re also a one-stop shop for system consulting, design, construction, operation, and maintenance. These attributes support GRE Alpha’s mission: Using innovation to provide a seamless experience in lighting system integration and set-up—without compromising on reliability or performance.
MSYS currently distributes GRE Alpha’s EnOcean, BLE, and ZigBee products. The collaboration supports current and future wireless lighting control products. It also gives global OEM/ODM contract manufacturer GRE Manufacturing access to Marubeni Information System’s current customer network. That pairing will open the door for business opportunities providing turnkey design & manufacturing services.
As always, GRE Alpha is looking forward to the future with this new partnership.
The benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) in LED lighting are well-documented regarding consumer usage.
But what about commercial and industrial use?
Over the past decade, the rise of smart lighting has allowed entire industries to revolutionize their usage of LED lighting, and it also doesn’t show any signs of stopping either. In fact, by 2026, the smart lighting market size is projected to reach a staggering total of 27.7 billion USD.
So, what makes smart lighting and the IoT such attractive options on the rise for commercial and industrial use?
There are several benefits to IoT and smart lighting usage for all kinds of industries. Some of which are less obvious than others.
Let’s dive into some of those.
IoT technology allows for easy and fast monitoring of power and energy consumption.
We’re already seeing much of this with streetlights, which make up a sizable portion of a city’s energy usage. With the introduction of passive infrared sensors to detect people, cities can reduce their energy consumption by automatically turning off lights that aren’t useful without anyone around.
This principle can be applied to just about any other industry as well. IoT usage makes it possible for any facilities manager to monitor the power consumption of every light fixture closely and act accordingly with real-time data.
Managing light fixture maintenance is much easier using IoT technology. Facility managers can easily check on light fixtures using various software to check for flaws, predict power outages, and much more. It’s the easiest and most efficient way to check on the operational status of light fixtures.
The level of convenience provided by smart lighting systems for industrial companies can’t be understated. With IoT technology, operators can control everything anywhere they want—no need to move from fixture to fixture, and it’s available in one convenient location.
IoT technology and smart lighting allow building and facilities managers to change the decor and appearance of spaces on the fly. While this benefit may not apply to everyone, it’s a must-have for multi-use spaces that consistently change the look and feel of their space depending on what’s going on in the building.
With IoT technology, changing up the look of your space with lighting is easier than ever.
A smart building is any infrastructure that automates various operations and processes with the help of information technology—this includes ventilation, heating, security, and much more.
Of course, lighting is also an essential component of a smart building.
IoT integration gives smart building managers incredible flexibility with their LED lighting.
For starters, it allows third-party devices, such as motion and sound sensors, to work alongside light sources. This allows light fixtures to be controlled automatically to enhance the working environment for employees while also keeping power consumption to a minimum.
It also lets facility managers control the light source depending on the time of day. This helps mitigate the effects of eye strain, migraines, and other light-related issues for workers and students, depending on the building.
Building managers can also monitor every lighting fixture from one convenient place, making maintenance much easier and more efficient.
No smart LED luminaire can function without a proper LED driver. When you add IoT functionality to the mix, you’ll need an LED driver to support the proper smart lighting technology you plan to use. Some LED drivers support specific wireless protocols, such as Bluetooth Low Energy or Zigbee.
Back in 2020, Zigbee announced the formation of a team dedicated to commercial IoT development.
When looking for an LED driver, you’ll want to check for compatibility with your wireless protocol of choice. For example, the Zigbee Wireless Constant Voltage Dimming Module allows full control of lighting fixtures through Zigbee smart lighting networks, including dimming features and smartphone control.
Bluetooth lighting control is a popular option. GRE Alpha's BLE dimming modules work with the latest in Bluetooth mesh technology and are available for Casambi and Xicato configurations.
For EnOcean protocols, the EnOcean Wireless Dimming LED Module from GRE Alpha allows seamless integration into either existing LED lighting systems or brand-new projects.
As we continue to move forward with smart lighting and IoT solutions, GRE Alpha continues to innovate and come out with new products to support these lighting solutions in the future. Learn more about our innovative products today.
With the recent Lighting Asia LED + Lighting Technology show in the rearview, we’re happy to say that the event was a success.
Below, we’ll reflect on how great it was to showcase our innovative products, network with other industry professionals, and, most importantly: Meet and connect with our valued customers.
With nearly 100 lighting designers and 1200 professional exhibitors, the Lighting Asia LED + Lighting Technology Show is the ideal opportunity for those in the LED lighting industry to connect with other professionals.
The show hones in on six key sectors:
Within these sectors, the GRE Alpha team got the opportunity to connect with all different kinds of professionals, from architects and building owners to lighting engineers and urban planners. We look forward to potential collaborations in the future with some of these innovative professionals in the LED lighting field.
The GRE Alpha team showcased some of our most innovative LED lighting control solutions and products, including:
We demonstrated their abilities and highlighted some advantages of our valued partnerships with these companies.
However, the best part of our booth was connecting and meeting face-to-face with our valued customers. We got the chance to discuss pain points, solutions, and connect with them individually.
The team at GRE Alpha always appreciates the opportunity to participate in these networking events. From showcasing new and old products to networking with professionals and customers, the Singapore Lighting Asia LED + Lighting Technology Show was a success.
We look forward to future collaborations with the professionals we met in Singapore and seeing our valued customers at future events.