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Smart lighting Industry estimates growth in billions by 2020.

Smart lighting Industry estimates growth in billions by 2020.

Smart light, most commonly known by everyone as fancy lamps, is an energy efficient lighting technology design. It is very much more sophisticated than a normal light. It is because it has automated controls where it adjusts the lighting per occupancy, daylight availability or other conditions.

It can also have a high aesthetic value rather than any other lighting system which includes general lighting, accent lighting, and task lighting. Fancy lights minimize the energy usage for lighting by utilizing the natural light of the sun and reduces the use of man-made light. The basic idea behind this principle is when a human leaves the room the lights turn themselves off in order to save energy.

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This is how it works

The major technique used to control the usage of light is the following: Smart lighting control uses an automatic light dimming technique rather than using a manual light, which is helpful in saving energy. For automatic light dimming, smart lights use sensors that are capable of detecting the amount of light present in the room as well as how many people are occupying it.

For this, they use motion detection systems that detect the number of people or level of occupancy in the room. Ultrasonic motion detectors, infrared motion detectors, sound sensing components, and an optical camera are the technologies used to detect the occupancy.

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The daylight sensing unit, which is used to sense the amount of light in the room, helps the lights to turn themselves on and off during the presence of light. The fancy lighting systems has reached a level where the system can now be controlled using the Internet. In one system we can assign IP addresses for each light.

What market research says

The global market for the smart lighting industry is estimated to exceed billions of dollars by 2020.[1] This is considers the rapid use of smart lights by customers and the increasing focus on building energy efficient buildings. The lighting industry in the world has come a long way from on-and-off technology to energy-saving, automated and adaptive lighting, to the current connective lighting.

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This is all possible through the digitization of the lighting industry. It impacts all the aspects of the society from household to entire countries. Europe is leading in smart lighting, with the United States in second.[2]

Key growth factors

The key growth factors for the smart lighting fields are the use of it in commercial, infrastructural and automobile sectors; huge tendency to apply new technologies; the presence of several lighting companies; and strict energy efficient regulations policies by governments. The Asia-Pacific region has the fastest growing market worldwide mainly due to the application of energy saving light systems by China.[3] So you can see that the smart lighting industry is going to estimate a growth in billions by the year 2020.

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The aesthetics

As we mentioned earlier smart lights are also used for an aesthetic aspect. There are lights that we can connect to our smartphones, which give different colors according to the notifications. There is also the ability for the lights to turn itself on and off according to the beat of a song that’s being played on your smartphone. It’s safe to say the smart lights have the possibility of connecting to multiple devices at a time.

As you know, technology is always finding out new models, strategies, products and services to improve our daily activities and routines. Productivity is the main aspect in this and we can be sure that there will be many innovations in the upcoming future.

Reference

[1] Global Industry Analysts, Inc.: The Global Smart Lighting Market
[2] Global Industry Analysts, Inc.: The Global Smart Lighting Market
[3] Global Industry Analysts, Inc.: The Global Smart Lighting Market

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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