Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Eaton, Enlighted connected lighting for smart buildings

William Payne
March 16, 2017

Georgia based power management company Eaton is collaborating with IoT specialist Enlighted to accelerate deployment of advanced sensory networks in commercial and industrial buildings. 

By integrating Enlighted’s hardware, software, services and broader capabilities with Eaton’s lighting-emitting diode (LED) lighting and controls portfolio, the two companies aim to dramatically increase the adoption of connected lighting solutions by providing simplified solutions that are readily deployable. 

The two companies believe that connected lighting is one of the fastest and most economical paths to deploying IoT in commercial buildings.

Enlighted technology integrated into Eaton’s portfolio will include products with the company’s WaveStream LED technology. 

The two companies believe that commercial and industrial customers will be able take advantage of the IoT capabilities to acquire actionable, granular data on lighting energy use and performance, space utilization, asset tracking, HVAC and more. In addition to the LumaWatt Pro line expansion, the collaboration will allow data from Eaton’s lighting controls systems to be connected to Enlighted’s IoT applications, such as spacE (space utilisation) and airE (HVAC optimisation).

In addition to expanding Eaton’s LumaWatt Pro, powered by Enlighted solution set, Eaton will lead the sales and support efforts of Enlighted’s solutions through the North American agent representative network and expand its own lighting systems portfolio with products integrating Enlighted’s application technology. 

Founded in 2009, Enlighted provides a digital sensor and analytics platform for smarter buildings. Its IoT platform has been installed in more than 135 million square-feet nationwide including Fortune 500 companies. 

Enlighted's system is designed to automate, analyse, and report environmental data through its lighting sensors with the aim of driving building automation and efficiency. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, the company has received venture funding from Draper Nexus Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, RockPort Capital Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Intel Capital.

Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion, 95,000 employees and operations in 175 countries. The company provides a range of indoor and outdoor lighting solutions, as well as controls products designed to maximise performance, energy efficiency and cost savings. Eaton lighting solutions serve customers in the commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, residential, utility and other markets. The company also provides products and services for power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; and solutions for harsh and hazardous environments.

“This is a transformational moment for the lighting industry as the worlds of IoT and lighting are coming together to lay the foundation for brilliant buildings through connected lighting,” said Kraig Kasler, president, Eaton’s Lighting Division. “Lighting systems customers are demanding sophisticated controls to optimize their energy costs while looking to give their buildings advanced IoT-based sensory systems. These systems yield profound insight into a building’s operations, changing the way building owners and operators manage their assets and business processes.”

“Commercial real estate is the largest asset class on the planet. The foundation for the next generation smart buildings, what we like to call brilliant buildings, is the connections made through a building’s sensory network,” said Joe Costello, chief executive officer, Enlighted. “The best way today to lay the foundation for brilliant buildings is by giving a building a sensory system. This is most efficiently achieved through connected lighting, created by combining advanced IoT capabilities with leading lighting manufacturers. We are excited about working on this huge opportunity with Eaton.”