Lighting control systems feature an intelligent network of individually addressable and sensor-rich luminaires and control devices that allows each component of the system to send and receive data. Increasingly deployed in offices, retail, healthcare, factories, and other commercial facilities, lighting control solutions deliver a combination of energy savings, an enhanced occupant experience, and more efficient building operations.
Why Bluetooth Technology Standardized Wireless Lighting
Ensuring global interoperability requires standardization across all three layers of a wireless lighting control solution – the radio layer, communication layer, and device layer. Over a decade ago, the lighting industry began a journey towards standardization of wireless lighting control using Bluetooth® technology. First, the industry standardized the radio layer using Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), bringing much-needed economies of scale that only the most widely deployed wireless radio standard in the world can provide. Bluetooth Mesh then added communication layer standardization, increasing innovation by allowing manufacturers to focus their engineering efforts on higher-level, value-added capabilities.
Yet, a wireless standard to define functionality at the device layer did not exist, limiting global mainstream adoption and preventing the market from reaching its full potential. Bluetooth® Networked Lighting Control (NLC) solves this challenge. Specifically designed to meet the scale, reliability, and security demands required in commercial settings, Bluetooth NLC is the only full-stack standard for wireless lighting control. By offering standardization from the radio through the device layer, Bluetooth NLC enables true multi-vendor interoperability and mass adoption of wireless lighting control.