Power over Ethernet (PoE) lighting is an evolving technology that could possibly be the lighting industry’s next disruptor. While the term is somewhat unfamiliar to the general public, the concept — and its applications to power computers and VoIP phones — is not new. The known component is Ethernet, and the evolution is in providing electric power and data through this cable. In its simplest terms, PoE brings electric power over the same Ethernet cable that is used to bring data to a device, thus eliminating the need for a separate power feed. Ideal for many types of buildings, both renovations and new construction, Power over Ethernet simplifies the electrical wiring needed for powering lighting fixtures, while creating a comprehensive network to oversee all lighting controls.
BHB’s newest white paper, “A Bright Future in Store for Power over Ethernet (PoE) Powered Lighting,” will provide a detailed overview of PoE, the components it requires, and how to know if Power over Ethernet is the right match for your project. You will also get an in-depth look into the advantages and challenges listed below.
Advantages of PoE:
- Communicates on a Single Network
- No Electrician Required
- Integrates with Other Technology
Current Challenges of PoE:
- Availability of Fixtures
- Learning Curve
- Watt Limitation
PoE is still a wary topic for many providers, manufacturers, and engineers due to the relative newness of the technology and the lack of research and case studies. However, just as LED lighting started as a new and somewhat skeptical technology, we see a bright future ahead for PoE lighting and other PoE-compatible products such as appliances, televisions, motorized shades, and more. In fact, according to a recent study done by Reports and Data, the PoE lighting market is anticipated to reach $1.27 billion by 2026. BHB has grasped the concept, and we have started implementing PoE in our projects for owners who want a safer and more efficient lighting option. The Sinclair project, featured in this white paper, is a great example of how PoE can be used, lighting the way for the 90-year-old building’s new purpose as a state-of-the-art hotel.