With its capability to seamlessly connect tens, hundreds, or even thousands of devices on a single network, Bluetooth® Mesh is quickly becoming a sought-after solution for device network infrastructures. With more than 100 qualified Bluetooth Mesh products and a number of real-world implementations, including the city of Jaworzno and a retrofit of the Brussels office of Macq, Bluetooth Mesh is well positioned to make a big impact in the smart buildings of tomorrow. Nowhere has this impact been more apparent than in connected lighting.

The Silver Bullet for the IoT Lighting Revolution

In a recent presentation at Strategies in Light, Szymon Slupik, CTO and co-founder of Silvair, outlined how, thanks to Bluetooth technology, the luminaire is following the path of the smartphone and changing the way we look at commercial lighting. In the same way smartphones eliminated the consumer need for separate pocket cameras and travel alarm clocks, Bluetooth enabled lighting is eliminating the commercial need for separate lighting control systems.

Just as smartphones incorporate the functions of multiple devices, from clocks to maps to cameras, Bluetooth enabled luminaires combine multiple components that were traditionally thought of as separate. With Bluetooth enabled lighting, the radio, sensors, microprocessor, and controller are all built in. This allows you to seamlessly create a full, multi-purpose device network built on your commercial lighting infrastructure. Beyond serving as a control platform for lighting, these luminaries can support a range of other Bluetooth enabled services, from asset tracking and wayfinding to point of interest information and space utilization.

The value of additional services enabled by smart lighting is seven to ten times more valuable than the lighting controls and energy savings themselves. 
Szymon Slupik, Silvair

Slupik goes on to make further comparisons, saying that by its nature, the smartphone is a complex device, one made simpler by built-in and installed apps. The Bluetooth enabled lighting control system is no different. Like the smartphone, there are applications available that remove the complexity. With Bluetooth enabled luminaires, you can easily set up the entire network via an app on your laptop or smartphone, essentially putting a complete lighting control system in your pocket. “The smartphone is your new tool to configure lighting systems,” said Slupik. “It is your new installer’s tool…your screwdriver, so to speak.”

One Standard is Building a World of Interoperability

In his presentation, Slupik notes that one of the greatest advantages of Bluetooth Mesh, as with all Bluetooth® topologies, is its inherent interoperability. “You can take components from other companies, put them together in a building, and they just work together,” said Slupik. “That’s the power of interoperability driven by Bluetooth. It has always been the cornerstone of the technology and it really is the Bluetooth guarantee.”

It’s that same promise that Bluetooth technology fulfilled for audio 20 years ago. Today, when you buy a wireless headset or wireless speaker, you don’t think about compatibility between sources built by one company and syncs from another because Bluetooth specifications ensure interoperability. The same approach is being taken with products that support Bluetooth Mesh. The number of different companies building qualified Bluetooth Mesh components across the globe continues to grow. And when these wireless lighting products are qualified, a globally interoperable Bluetooth Mesh ecosystem is created and interoperability is assured. This enables the widespread adoption of truly efficient connected lighting systems in commercial spaces.

Slupik also compares a Bluetooth Mesh network to a hugely popular social network. Watch the video above to find out which one and why, and learn why he thinks Bluetooth Mesh networking is revolutionary and will take over the industry. 


Silvair and the City of Jaworzno Introduce Innovative Wireless Lighting Control Technology as a Platform

This modernization of the lighting control system in Jaworzno is one of the first implementations of qualified Bluetooth Mesh technology in the world. 


How Bluetooth Technology Is Supporting the Ambient IoT

The Ambient IoT is the next stage of evolution for IoT devices. It is…

ABI Snapshot – Key findings from the 2024 Bluetooth Market Update

In this ABI Snapshot, ABI Research’s Senior Director Andrew Zignani and Bluetooth SIG’s Market…

Elevating Network Excellence: The Impact of New Bluetooth® Mesh Standard

In September 2023, the Bluetooth SIG announced Bluetooth® Mesh feature enhancements, a significant milestone…

Recently Released: New Trends for Bluetooth Device Networks新たに公開:Bluetoothデバイスネットワークの新トレンド

Though more commonly associated with audio streaming and wearable devices, Bluetooth® technology also plays…

2024 Bluetooth® Market Update

The 2024 Bluetooth® Market Update examines the direction and adoption of Bluetooth technology.

Silicon Labs Offerings for the Newest Bluetooth Mesh 1.1 Update

Bluetooth Mesh’s ability to support the Internet of Things and connectivity among various devices…

Silicon Labs Provides an In-Depth Look at Bluetooth Trends We Can Expect to See in 2024

A global provider of secure, intelligent wireless technology for a more connected world, Silicon…

Smart Lighting Control Brightens the Future of Bluetooth Illumination

Smart lighting is a key component of smart commercial buildings and the connected home.…

Accessing the IoT Ecosystem

IoT has been an emerging technology for many years. It first appeared on the…

Walkthrough Bluetooth Mesh 1.1 and Bluetooth® Networked Lighting Control (NLC)

If you are interested in the new features introduced in the Bluetooth® Mesh or…

Bluetooth® Networked Lighting Control (NLC) Communications Guide

By offering standardization from the radio through the device layer, Bluetooth® Networked Lighting Control…

DALI Alliance White Paper: Sustainable, Smart and Standardized

Designers, architects and building owners must consider a wide range of lighting-related issues, including…

2023 Bluetooth® Market Update

Featuring new market insights and industry forecasts from ABI Research and other analyst firms...

Bringing Wireless Controls To The Epicentre Of Connectivity

This year, the time came for the lighting infrastructure at the Bluetooth SIG headquarters…

Smart Lighting And Controls Halve Energy Consumption At Campus Pitzemburg

Campus Pitzemburg has cut its energy usage by 50% thanks to smart controlled energy…

Sylvania Lets Efficiency And Control Fly High At FLYINGGROUP Antwerp

FLYINGGROUP Antwerp was looking for a solution for their meeting rooms that were more…

2022 Bluetooth® Market Update

Featuring new market insights and industry forecasts from ABI Research and other analyst firms...

Lighting as a Platform

See how connected lighting systems are being used as a platform to enable advanced building services like wayfinding, asset tracking, and space utilization to improve the ROI of smart building investments.

Build a Smarter Building with Blue

See how Bluetooth increases reliability, reduces costs, and enhances your smart building ROI.

 Get Help