NXP Embeds Wi-Fi in Regular Light Bulbs
Semiconductor manufacturer NXP has just announced the latest breakthrough in energy efficient lighting – its very own smart lighting solution, the GreenChip light bulb.
The Netherlands visionary team enriched a regular light bulb with its own internet IP address. This obviously draws endless possibilities. For instance, you could easily adjust your lighting fixtures from any internet-enabled device, such as smartphones, tablets, PCs or TVs. These operations reduce not only energy consumption, but also electricity costs.
What exactly is the GreenChip concept? NXP developed a smart lighting network of appliances connected through a wireless network. This smart system has been designed for maximum energy savings and, in order to achieve these, it transmits information on its surrounding environment, power consumption levels and it also alerts the owner of any possible problems encountered.
“The GreenChip smart lighting solution signals a fundamental shift in the way we interact with lights – at home, in the office, even outdoors,” said John Croteau, senior vice president and general manager, power lighting solutions and high performance RF, NXP Semiconductors. “By bringing together wireless IP connectivity with our energy-efficient lighting and power conversion technologies in a compact, low-cost solution, we are transforming the way we design, control and manage lights. For individual consumers, Smart Lighting means highly personalized, intelligent lighting environments – lights that turn on and off when and where you need them, at the desired level of brightness – while saving power and electricity costs. Our Smart Lighting solution also brings us one step closer to the ‘Internet of Things’ – a world in which every home appliance can be monitored and controlled via an IP address – at a very compelling price point for consumers.”
NXP’s GreenChip smart lighting solution reduces the requisite electronics to the size, cost and power consumption to fit in an everyday light bulb. It brings together wireless IP connectivity, energy-efficient lighting and low standby power (down to 50mW) in a compact, low-cost solution, which enables new ways to control lights and manage energy consumption.
A smart controlling system can be highly efficient. Connecting it to various sensors, the indoor lighting can be adjusted according to outdoor conditions. Moreover, the system can automatically turn lights off when no one is in the room.
This NXP’s sustainable initiative is an interesting step in driving new ideas for energy-efficient lighting, with products that are both user-friendly and affordable.