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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 May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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