Energy Manager Today wrote that lighting 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
Lighting as a Service (LaaS) is the third-party management of lighting systems. This typically includes an analysis of current data, a lighting strategy, installation of upgraded equipment and technology, and continued maintenance and management of the system. Instead of a large upfront capital investment, monthly payments determined by the current energy costs and savings would be collected. Regency Lighting calls it 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 even options that include the price to upgrade to new technology built in to your monthly payments. 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 controls systems can save significant amounts of energy, but only with optimized operation.”3
LED Lighting provides the base for the newest technologies by housing the sensors that allow energy data to be collected. This data is evaluated to approach energy as a complete picture. LaaS is expected to grow at a rate of 52 percent through 2025.3 With this rapid growth, and the increasing number of businesses upgrading to smart lighting systems, LaaS is paving the way to the comprehensive Energy as a Service market.