Improving Lighting Enclosures Designs for the IoT Era October 2, 2017 October 2, 2017 Harsh Conditions
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The Internet-of-Things (IoT) sector is heating up with advancements in connected technology reaching a myriad of industrial products, such as lights, sensors and lighting enclosures. The cutting-edge trend is here to stay, forcing manufacturers to rethink traditional enclosure designs for their products.

How will new enclosure designs cater to IoT-powered lighting systems? Find out below!

Boosting Exposure and Security

A set of smart lamps connected via a secure network is typically equipped with sensors that gather data about the surrounding environment in real-time. To improve effectiveness, the fixtures (along with their sensors) must be installed within the target location. This allows the sensors to operate optimally, with minimal obstructions.

Such installation requirements would make the lamps more susceptible to tampering. To discourage unwanted interference, the enclosure of the fixture should include physical locks.

Alternatively, it would also be possible to install an additional sensor in the enclosure that notifies the controller or supervisor, in the event the unit was opened or compromised.

For rugged, extreme work sites, it is common practice to utilize a NEMA-rated enclosure that is designed to prevent the ingress of destructive compounds for lights. This requirement will likely become more widespread and important for IoT-powered luminaries, especially in hazardous locations.

Modularity and Scalable Lighting Solutions

Industrial facilities are large consumers of heavy-duty lamps and custom-built solutions for demanding projects. The ability to expand lighting capacity – quickly and efficiently – is a huge advantage for fast-moving businesses. Improving the modularity of lighting enclosures for fixtures is a great way to promote expansion. For instance, a modular enclosure may include increased power management features to cater to custom, dense lighting configurations.

Additionally, the units should be modifiable to serve custom cable connections and space-saving requirements. For seamless access to the enclosure during inspections or maintenance, it is also recommended for the doors or openings to be reversible.

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