Driving Smart, Sustainable Change in Commercial Lighting

Today’s world is becoming more and more connected. While that makes headlines with smart solutions like driverless cars, smart security, and smart access management solutions, it’s impacting every aspect of business. One of those is lighting, where connected lighting offers possibilities for smarter, better, more energy-conscious lighting – leading the way to creating sustainable change in businesses ranging from retail to office to healthcare and service industry.    

Building Possibilities with Connectivity 

While many organizations avoid smart lighting solutions because of expected costs, connected lighting doesn’t have to break the bank. Summa Systems uses a driver and puck solution to deliver its light engine to existing luminaires. And, with built-in connectivity – every light on the system becomes an individually controllable smart light.  

That, in turn, allows limitless possibilities – from setting scenarios and themes to quickly set mood and create atmosphere or to creating custom light programs, in which specific products are highlighted, in which lighting adjusts based on where customers are in the store, or in which light adjusts based on daylight and light exposure to deliver human-centric lighting.  

Of course, connecting lights to WIFI or Bluetooth isn’t necessarily enough to build smart lighting. You also need programming, sensors, and data to make that happen.  

Summa Systems delivers both, with the combination of an AI and a selection of sensors to automate lighting.  

Benefits Connected Lighting

Optimize spaces with sensor-driven data

The heat grid sensor tracks heat and therefore human activity and feeds that data back to the system’s cloud dashboard. The sensor covers a 9×9 grid, which can be connected to other sensors to cover any area. This can then be used to program lights to brighten when people are in the affected zone. For example, to reduce energy usage in areas that are not being utilized. The sensor has also other uses, such as creating heat maps to see how clients, employees, or customers are using spaces and to optimize layouts and paths around that, to see foot traffic and integrate it into wayfinding and guidance, or to keep track of people in a room for safety and regulation purposes.  

Responsive, Central Control  

Cloud or other centralized dashboards are a key element of connected lighting. The idea is that you update, program, and change lighting from a single dashboard – usually via a cloud interface and an app on your smartphone. In the case of Summa Systems, you get exactly that, with your choice of local, cloud, or hybrid dashboard. With all programming happening in one place, it’s possible to manually update lighting, with control down to the luminaire, to meet specific needs and goals.  


Summa Systems also delivers an AI, or a deep learning neural network, which updates lighting throughout the day to meet desired goals, to maintain light settings, and to deliver better lighting experiences. In combination with the sensor based data, and triggers set up in the dashboard, this allows you to automatically turn lights on and off as people enter and exit spaces, to dim lighting, to adjust lighting based on themes, set to time of day, and to create optimized lighting scenarios. On top of that the AI also integrates hardware control, providing minute color adjustments to color feedback for perfect color and lighting and a hardware maintenance loop to ensure total system control.

Eventually, connected lighting delivers business value in more ways than one. Updating lighting to deliver a more optimal experience allows you to improve customer experiences, to boost employee productivity, and to create comfortable and suitable light environments wherever you are. Connected lighting also allows you to dim and switch off lights when spaces are not in use. In one case, that allowed a waste company to save over 80% on its energy bill. Reducing energy usage is important as regulations and our customers require us to be more environmentally friendly, even without considering that cutting energy usage reduces energy bills as well. 

Please contact us if you would like to know how Summa Systems can help you create connected lighting.