Technology keeps growing and making life easier for everybody. No more just one function again – just for lighting purpose-, you can now do more than just seeing with LED lighting in your apartment or office. Imagine a life of switching on your light and you still enjoy data connection via the same source. Philips Lighting is showing us the way to such life.
Philips Lighting has announced its LiFi technology which is a high quality LED lighting that provides broadband Internet connection through light waves. It is the first global lighting company to offer LiFi-enabled luminaires from its existing office lighting portfolio.
LiFi is a two-way, high-speed wireless technology similar to Wi-Fi but instead, it uses light waves instead of radio waves to transmit data. The Lighting’s office luminaires enabled with LiFi technology provide a broadband connection with a speed of 30 Mbps without compromising lighting quality.
How Does Philips Lighting works?
The LiFi technology has each luminaire equipped with a built-in modem that modulates the light at speeds that is not predictable to the human eye. The light is then detected by the LiFi USB key/dongle plugged into the socket of a laptop or tablet.
The LiFi USB dongle returns data to the luminaire through an infrared link. This results in gets double the quality, and a robust connection as LiFi has 10,000 times the spectrum of WiFi. The company is offering LiFi-enabled Philips PowerBalance gen2 and Philips LuxSpace downlight luminaires.
The company claims that LiFi technology offers benefits over Wi-Fi as it can be used in places where radio frequencies may interfere with equipment, or where WiFi signals cannot reach or are weak. It can also come useful in environments demanding high security, etc. LiFi adds an extra layer of security as light cannot pass through solid walls, and a line-of-sight to the light is needed to access the network.