Thanks to the promise (and delivery) of everything from facility-wide automation and control to increased productivity, efficiency, and safety, Industrial IoT (IIoT) solutions and their accompanying operational insights have rapidly transformed factories, warehouses, food processing plants, and other industrial environments around the globe.
When instrumented through an existing facility asset such as intelligent LED lighting fixtures that enable advanced lighting controls and customized energy management, additional IIoT solutions can essentially be funded through energy savings. For many facilities that haven’t yet transitioned to LED, or have recently installed basic LED fixtures without IIoT-enabled sensors, a full lighting overhaul may not be reasonable. Can you instrument your facility for the IIoT with legacy lighting fixtures or LED fixtures that don’t have smart sensors? Yes, and Digital Light Agents (DLAs) make this possible.
What are Digital Light Agents?
Digital Light Agents are smart sensors which affix to virtually any lighting fixture and enable advanced lighting controls as well as a ceiling-wide network off of which additional solutions can operate. When retrofitted with a DLA, legacy lighting fixtures or LEDs without embedded sensors can function just like intelligent LED fixtures by automating lighting controls and maximizing lighting-based energy savings, with the unique, bonus benefit of instrumenting a facility for SiteWorx, and accompanying IIoT applications.
Thanks to their versatility, Digital Light Agents can operate across a variety of environments and lighting configurations. With its unobtrusive design, the DLA-M can be directly mounted to fixtures in warehouse or production-adjacent environments such as offices. The DLA-R works best on recessed-mounted or dropped ceilings as they blend in seamlessly with ceiling tiles or junctions boxes. The DLA-S is a more versatile option as it can mount to any surface, ceiling or junction box.
DLA-M. This device features a micro-enclosure and an unobtrusive design, directly mounted to fixtures via standard knockouts.
DLA-V/VN. Both of these lighting agents work best when directly connecting to 0-10V dimmable drivers, suitable for IP66-rated wet locations. Similar to the DLA-M series, the DLA-V/VN series directly mounts to fixtures via standard knockouts.
DLA-I. The best benefit of the DLA-I series is its seamless integration without using external enclosures or connections. Mounted within lighting, these lighting agents utilize an external sensor lens assembly.
DLA-R. DLA-R devices work best when used for recessed-mounted ceilings or dropped ceilings. Their design blends seamlessly to ceiling tiles and junction boxes.
DLA-S. As a more versatile option, DLA-S lighting agents have the ability to mount to any surface, ceiling or junction box.
DLA-E. Lastly, DLA-E devices allow for embedding within troffers, mounted inside of fixtures and compatible with EvoKit mounts.
What are the Benefits of Digital Light Agents?
Just like with Intelligent LED Fixtures, Digital Light Agents can significantly reduce lighting energy usage and costs. Working together with advanced lighting control software, DLAs can help customers achieve up to 90% in lighting-based energy savings. While the quantitative value of the IIoT by way of DLAs is obvious, the qualitative benefits is where, over time, new value streams can be identified and optimized. Lighting-adjacent IIoT solutions, like SiteWorx Sense, introduce the ability to automate environmental monitoring, proactively address abnormal conditions which might pose risks to facility health or product quality, or improve cost efficiencies through documenting production-level power usage and costs.
DLAs can also help facility management teams gain insight into intervening or auxiliary spaces like hallways or storage areas without HVAC. These areas are often not priorities (or forgotten completely) when it comes to energy optimization or monitoring for failure events but can have great impact on facility-wide energy usage, and potentially product or production quality. Because DLAs come in a range of versatile sizes and models, they can quickly transform older facilities or infrastructures into sensor and data-rich environments and unlock a wealth of new operational efficiencies through the IIoT – all on the back of the existing lighting.