Lighting has certainly changed since its invention by Thomas Edison in the 19th century. Today we see LED bulbs everywhere: in homes, offices, airplanes, and telephones. Many hail the arrival of this technology as revolutionary for the industry. Yet the potential of LED extends far beyond mere lighting. The technology is evolving so fast that lighting will soon no longer be the primary function of the lighting system.
Increasingly, we are seeing LEDs integrated within electronic products such as speakers and WiFi signal boosters. LED lights will soon be able to deliver what is known as LiFi, that is, wireless internet access via the lighting system. (Wireless Fidelity or WiFi will soon become Lighting Fidelity or LiFi). With this system, light will be used to capture and transmit data such as temperature, air quality, occupancy, monitoring, etc.
The advantages of LiFi
LiFi has numerous advantages over WiFi. In addition to avoiding the use of potentially harmful radio waves, this technology can also be a substitute for 3G or cable connections. It is also very secure because, unlike WiFi, LiFi cannot pass through walls. Data exchange would remain confined to lit areas, thus putting an end to the threat of hackers!
Imagine the future
In the near future, traveling business person will be able to control the ambience in their hotel rooms or offices using their Smartphone. Imagine your Smartphone communicating with an LED lighting system to set any mood you choose: soft lighting, ideal temperature, perfect music. You can transform any room into your office!
This is why LEDs will change our lives!