Modular smart lighting system demonstrated

November 03, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Plessey is to highlight the potential uses of its GaN on silicon MAGIC LED technology with a smart lighting product called Totem. Totem was developed in collaboration with the Manchester based product design firm inventid is an original concept based on the use of LED lighting solutions in the Internet of Things (IoT).

Plessey comments that its LED technology permits a far more integrated solution compared to traditional white LED components. Integrated intelligent LEDs provide the design freedom to ensure end applications have greater functionality, such as dimming functions, light colour adjustment, automatic switch controls and remote operation, that can all be integrated into the silicon based MAGIC LED.


Plessey adds, “The team at inventid came up with a huge number of ideas and the first application we thought would resonate at the LuxLive event was the concept of the hands free home. The Totem could also include other modules like ambient light sensor, sound and real time clock whilst also fully controllable by consumers, providing dual functionality both as an addressable and reactive smart lighting product. Together, we have designed Totem to deal with genuine human needs in the areas of safety and security, wellness, energy management and entertainment.”


Henry James, Co-Founder of inventid, said: “We believe that successful products connect people and places. The Totem is designed to be discreet and simple yet maintain strong ties with its heritage; the traditional light bulb. Lights help change the use of a room and because there are lights in every room in every home, they have the potential to reach people in a way that no other product can. In the same way that you can drive your car and speak on your mobile hands-free, you should be free to move about your house and talk hands free – the use of the light bulb to perform this function is a bit of genius.”