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Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 23:38

Saving energy with a multi-tinged switch

By Chai Hua
Saving energy with a multi-tinged switch

The global residential smart-lighting market is projected to reach new highs within three years. Along with it has come a string of innovative lighting devices that promise to revolutionize the industry, including one from a Shenzhen startup with a colorful contribution.

Smart home design and decoration has been given an extra touch of color -- a Shenzhen startup has come with an innovative product via customized light.

The palette of this new art is a set of triangular LED light panels, providing up to 16 million colors and numerous shapes when assembled together like Lego.

The product, called Aurora, is the brainchild of the founders of Nanoleaf Energy Technology Shenzhen Ltd -- a lighting technology enterprise launched some five years ago by three graduates of the University of Toronto. The company has offices in both Canada and Hong Kong.

The residential smart-lighting market had been projected to hit $6 billion globally in 2015 and double by 2020, according to a report by research firm IHS Markit.

The market, which has grown from $1 billion in 2015 and tipped to exceed $4 billion by 2020, is seen as one of the industry’s biggest achievements and also extends to commercial, outdoor and street lighting.

Paul Bremner, market analyst for lighting and LEDs at IHS Markit, said: “One of the key driving factors for the residential market is the associated growth of smart-home systems which allow consumers to control various devices around their homes through a combination of their smartphones and even voice commands.”

The systems he referred to include Apple’s HomeKit, Google’s Nest, Samsung’s SmartThings and Amazon’s Alexa.

In fact, Nanoleaf’s first innovative project -- an energy-efficient LED origami lightbulb which won investment from Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing -- is the world’s first smart-lighting product produced in association with Homekit. It was to be followed soon by a string of many other products like Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit.

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