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Signify and Honeywell team up to deploy integrated lighting solutions to improve occupant experience

09 Feb 2021

Signify and Honeywell have announced a strategic alliance to deploy integrated, smart lighting solutions for commercial buildings. Together, the companies aim to improve the occupant experience - focusing on productivity and wellbeing - and to reduce energy consumption.

The collaboration integrates Signify's Interact connected lighting system and software, and its UV-C disinfection lighting, with Honeywell Building Management Systems and the Honeywell Forge enterprise performance management platform. The combined offerings will manage energy consumption while factoring in occupancy along with air quality indicators such as temperature and humidity. Signify's lighting solutions[*] will complement Honeywell's Healthy Buildings air quality solutions beginning in early 2021, and can be controlled, measured and monitored via the Healthy Buildings dashboard to understand air and surface cleaning compliance and metrics.

Building owners and operators will be able to better manage lighting systems and energy efficiency with smart LED lighting systems. Lighting represents 17% of all electricity used in US commercial buildings according to the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey,ii making it the largest end use of electricity in buildings. Similar usage rates are seen globally.iii

Signify's connected LED lighting system Interact Office can save up to 70% of the energy used for lightingiv and deploying advanced building controls and sensing, like those from Honeywell, can save up to 30% in facility energy costs.v

"Increasingly we see lighting systems playing a critical role in buildings to improve occupant comfort, wellbeing and productivity as well as to help meet energy savings goals. We anticipate this trend will continue to grow," said Vimal Kapur, president and CEO, Honeywell Building Technologies. "Our collaboration with Signify will allow us to enable our customers to implement integrated lighting solutions that help improve the occupant experience with customizable, personal lighting options that can be integrated into our Honeywell Forge and Building Management Systems platforms."

"There are known benefits of how lighting can improve occupant experience and wellbeing," said Harsh Chitale, leader of Signify's Digital Solutions Division. "Many of our customers expect our solutions to deliver value beyond the scope of lighting. We look forward to capitalizing on this collaboration with Honeywell to jointly develop products and systems that provide greater value to our customers. We aim to deliver end-user benefits to building occupants, such as increased wellbeing and productivity, while providing channel partners with products that are easier to commission and maintain."

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[*] Signify's products (including its UV-C air and surface disinfection products) are not medical devices, they are not approved, certified or registered as medical devices in any jurisdiction, and are not meant by Signify to be used for the disinfection of medical devices or for other medical purposes.
± The germicidal effectiveness of UV-C light sources is proportional to the exposure time of the microorganism to the UV-C light source and the intensity of the UV-C light source. Therefore, sufficient air flow in the room (which may be achieved through forced air flow or natural convection) is required for effective operation of Signify's UV-C upper air disinfection luminaire solutions.
§ Signify's UV-C surface disinfection products (fitted with Signify's UV-C light sources) will achieve the same level of virus infectivity reduction as long as the same UV-C dose is achieved on each area of surface that is irradiated.
References
i Nadia Storm et al, Rapid and complete inactivation of SARS-CoV-2 by ultraviolet-C irradiation, 2020. Subject to peer review and available only as a pre-print at https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-65742/v2. The UV-C irradiance used in this study was 0.849 mW/cm2.
ii US Energy Information Administration, 2018 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey Preliminary Results, CBECS 2012 Trends in Lighting in Commercial Building, Released May 17, 2017 [Accessed December 6, 2020]
iii CIBSE Journal, Module 22: Lighting control technologies and strategies to cut energy consumption, Released November 2010 [Accessed December 11, 2020]
iv The Climate Group, Smarter energy: accelerating business use of indoor connected LED lighting, October 19 2020 [Accessed December 14, 2020]
v Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Impacts of Commercial Building Controls on Energy Savings and Peak Load Reduction, May 2017 [Accessed November 17, 2020]



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