Lighting-as-a-Service: A Golden Opportunity
Energy Manager Today wrote that Lighting-as-a-Service is one of the earliest energy-related “as-a-service” offerings. “Lighting is a golden opportunity for an organization to position itself for the future because of its ubiquity. Because lights are everywhere, the transition to LEDs gives organizations the opportunity to deploy IoT sensors and controllers along (or in some cases, within) the LED technology. That enables services far beyond lighting. These can be launched at the same time as LEDs or later. They can include sophisticated security, traffic monitoring and management, and the broad building management system (BMS) menu of services.”1
What is Lighting-as-a-Service?
Lighting-as-a-Service (LaaS) is the third-party management of lighting systems. This typically includes an analysis of current data, lighting strategy, installation of upgraded equipment and technology, and continual management of the system. Instead of a large upfront capital investment, clients can arrange for monthly payments that are determined by the current energy costs and savings. Regency Lighting calls LaaS an effective way “to get the advantage of the lighting upgrade you’ve been considering and making it “cash-flow positive” from day one.”2 There are also monthly payment options that include the cost to upgrade to new technology.
Technological advances in lighting have made it significantly more complicated to use. They are designed to be more energy efficient, but the knowledge of how to use them successfully is essential. Advanced Energy Economy writes, “Advanced lighting control systems can save significant amounts of energy, but only with an optimized operation.”3
The Future of LaaS
LED Lighting provides the base for the newest technologies by housing sensors that collect energy data. This data is evaluated to approach energy as a complete picture. LaaS is expected to grow at a rate of 52% through 2025.3 With this rapid growth and the rising number of businesses upgrading to smart lighting systems, LaaS is paving the way to the comprehensive Energy-as-a-Service market.
1 Weinschenk, C. (2017). Lighting-as-a-Service: A Key Enabler for the Future – Energy Manager Today. Energymanagertoday.com. Retrieved 27 November 2018, from https://www.energymanagertoday.com/lighting-service-key-enabler-future-0167374/
2 Anderson, S. (2018). What is lighting as a service (LaaS) and how does it work?. Insights.regencylighting.com. Retrieved 27 November 2018, from https://insights.regencylighting.com/what-is-lighting-as-a-service-laas-and-how-does-it-work
3 Works, A. (2018). ‘Lighting as a Service’ Offers New Business Model, Growth Opportunity. Blog.aee.net. Retrieved 27 November 2018, from https://blog.aee.net/lighting-as-a-service-offers-new-business-model-growth-opportunity
4 Impact Plastics – Erwin, TN – Contemporary Energy solutions. (2018). Contemporary Energy solutions. Retrieved 27 November 2018, from https://ces-na.com/portfolio-posts/impact-plastics-erwin-tn/