How PoE is Revolutionizing LED Lights in Smart Homes and Offices

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How PoE is Revolutionizing LED Lights in Smart Homes and Offices

Energy-efficiency has driven the evolution of the light bulb, but the next iteration of the light bulb will launch it into the Era of the Internet of Things (IoT). As LED lights slowly replace compact fluorescent lights (CFL’s) due to greater energy-efficiency, businesses have been exploring the profitability of replacing LED lights’ electrical power source with an alternate but common power source found in the networking world — Power over Ethernet (PoE).

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PoE delivers power and data via a cat5 or cat6 cable from a power sourcing equipment (PSE) such as a switch directly to the network port of a connected powered device (PD). This enables network administrators to deploy networking devices such as IP Surveillance cameras for example, in locations that do not have access to a nearby power outlet. PoE not only simplifies deployment, but also eliminates the need for hiring a professional electrician to install additional electrical circuitry in an office.

But power sourcing equipment can also provide power to LED lights via a standard networking cable. The ultra-low wattage requirement of LED lights makes it possible for PoE to power these light sources. LED lights boast an average life span of about 50,000 hours and only utilize 6-8 watts of power (in comparison to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) that have an average life-span of 8,000 hours and consume 13-15 watts of power). The 802.3af PoE standard, the standard with the lowest power output, yields up to 15.4 watts of power and can easily support standard LED lighting power requirements. In the highly unlikely case that PoE LED lighting systems will demand more power, 802.3at can easily provide more power yielding up to 25.4 watts of power.

IT PersonnelThe New Electricians?

PoE enables IT personnel and even end-users to install additional LED light sources at nearly any location. With traditional light sources that rely on the power grid of a building, users need to contract a professional electrician and follow extensive conduit rules and regulations. PoE lighting eliminates the need for a costly electrical contractor.


Smart Lighting

But PoE accomplishes more than simplifying deployment. PoE connects LED light sources to the internet and gives users access to “Smart Lighting”. Smart Lighting enables users to remotely control their lighting systems via a mobile client device using the internet. 

And unlike regular IoT devices that operate with the Z-Wave and Zigbee home automation standard, PoE LED lighting does not require a home gateway to operate. PoE LED lights receive their own IP address once connected to a LAN network via an Ethernet cable. This makes PoE LED lights ideal for home automation and enterprise usage.

Smart Home Accessorizing

PoE LED lights can also be paired with other smart home accessories. Maxim Integrated asserts that “LEDs can be readily paired with sensors, wireless communication modules, and embedded processors…The collected information could include ambient lighting, temperature, humidity, and anonymous room-occupancy data.” PoE-powered LED lighting networks truly give users the ability to “dynamically monitor and control” their LED lighting system.


Co-Working Spaces

Because PoE gives users a “mobile power source”, office workers can freely modify the lighting of their office spaces. This feature is especially convenient in co-working spaces that are popular in the startup scene where office users may need temporary and custom lighting arrangements. PoE LED lighting allows offices to offer flexible and almost modular-like lighting.


In addition, RGB LED lights allow users to easily choose the color of their lighting.

No Interference

Because PoE LED lights are directly connected to the internet via a network cable, users can expect consistent reliable performance without Wi-Fi interference.

The Future of PoE Lighting

There are several advantages to PoE lighting, including automation, remote control, and the cost-efficiency of Cat5 Cable. InnovativeLighting  notes that “Ethernet cables cost very little compared to heavy duty copper wire and conduit used for traditional lighting.” Cost, mobility, and ease of installation are some of the factors that will attract users to invest in these next generation lighting options.

As electronic devices get more energy-efficient, do you see foresee an Ethernet cable charging your cell phone in the future?

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If you’re already adopting this technology, remember to ensure that the appropriate voltage will be delivered to your lighting source. Visit this page to use our PoE calculator.

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Comments (25)

  • Brent Reply

    Please contact me regarding POE lighting. I’m looking for a solution that will cover 109+ locations nationally.

    February 23, 2017 at 7:34 am
  • Johnny Cisneros Reply

    Sounds extremely promising!! How can i get more info on this technology?

    August 23, 2017 at 1:42 pm
  • Jonathan Running Reply

    Where can I find a list of manufacturers, dealers or wholesalers of these lights?

    September 10, 2017 at 2:28 pm
    • PlanetechUSA Reply

      Hi Jonathan,

      Here is a company that manufactures PoE lighting:

      Hope that helps!

      September 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm
  • Matt Conger Reply

    please check out

    December 2, 2017 at 6:47 pm
  • James Peliby Reply

    Leaving a very late comment, but there’s one thing I really can’t seem to understand! I’m so enthusiastic about this technology but I don’t understand the need for the limited range of expensive “smart bulbs”. Why can’t the bulb-holder, which is being powered by the Ethernet cable, have it’s own internal IP address eliminating the need for smart bulbs completely and enabling users to use any LED or low-wattage bulb they wish?! It seems like companies are going down the path of advertising smart bulbs instead of inventing smart bulb-holders, which seems to make much more sense as it would be much more cost efficient (it would prevent smart-bulb developers from making a killing from expensive smart-bulbs, as you could use any old LED bulb you want!). Unless I’m missing something?!

    August 16, 2018 at 4:57 am
  • Marlo Strydom Reply

    While PoE is convenient, it’s not something I would personally use. I have trouble trusting manufacturers to create perfectly safe injectors etc. I also wonder about power spikes and how they could potentially affect these devices.

    October 10, 2018 at 4:02 pm
  • toshiba laptop support Reply

    LEDs can be readily paired with sensors, wireless communication modules, and embedded processors…The collected information could include ambient lighting, temperature, humidity, and anonymous room-occupancy data.

    October 11, 2018 at 3:21 am
  • Faruk Reply

    Leaving behind a really overdue opinion, yet there’s a very important factor I must say i can’t manage to comprehend! I’m thus excited about this kind of engineering yet My partner and i don’t comprehend the necessity for your constrained array of pricey “smart bulbs”. Exactly why can’t the particular bulb-holder, which can be getting run from the Ethernet cable tv, have got it’s very own inside IP deal with removing the necessity regarding intelligent light bulbs entirely and also permitting people to utilize virtually any DIRECTED or perhaps low-wattage light they will want?! It looks like organizations are getting straight down the trail regarding advertising and marketing intelligent light bulbs as opposed to inventing intelligent bulb-holders, which usually generally seems to help make far more perception since it will be far more cheap (it could stop smart-bulb programmers coming from building a getting rid of coming from pricey smart-bulbs, since make use of virtually any outdated DIRECTED light you need! )#). Except if I’m absent one thing?!More viste.

    October 15, 2018 at 6:05 pm
    • Planetech USA Reply

      The companies we are currently working with are using smart bulb holders instead of smart bulbs. Versa Technology’s switch (VX-GPU2626) works with these controllers sold by:


      October 16, 2018 at 9:15 am
  • Mamta P Reply

    Thanks for sharing !

    October 23, 2018 at 12:52 am
  • Led stadium Reply

    I have read your post it’s very informative but I just want know about the price and warranty period of lights..???

    October 24, 2018 at 1:00 am
    • Planetech USA Reply

      We do not sell LED lights. You would have to check with a LED retailer.

      October 24, 2018 at 8:56 am
  • Leds Universe Reply

    I have read your post it’s very informative.Thanks for sharing.

    October 24, 2018 at 2:18 am
  • Pat Campbell Reply

    POE lighting will start to be common place in mid 2019 on. The last 4 – 5 years have been specialist only, I am concerned re. the concept of the IT guy being demi electrician, I would be encouraged by the IEEE regulating maximum loom size etc( will not be a good idea to have 20 +CAT 6 carrying 30w if bound together by cable ties. The game changer will be the disruptive influence of Ubiquiti with their POE solution on price / performance and specification. The big ask will be a PhotoVoltaic or Wind Turbine to DC system that charges a battery pack / runs the switches with the LEDs luminaires via 48V DC and no mains inverters 110/220 v. The concept of reduced load must lead to Micro Grid applications and the concept of DC – DC allows the development of micro grid.

    Bring it on , we have waited long enough and this will disrupt the conventional distribution channels for the lighting world and via switch ports we will have real energy based analytics on load / consumption versus banter / spiel.

    November 4, 2018 at 10:07 am
  • Jesoph Pjones Reply

    Wow. Such a wonderful post to read out. Thank you for sharing these information.

    November 26, 2018 at 10:54 pm
  • Philip Runion Reply

    We are developing a low cost POE led 2×2 troffer to bring to the market simple POE+ with add on features like on/off dimming and Wifi.

    March 5, 2019 at 5:10 pm
  • prashant Reply

    Power Over Ethernet Solutions Market worth 1,048.3 Million USD by 2022

    March 19, 2019 at 5:16 am
  • Azhar Reply

    I would like to understand more & will like to take distribution for south india.

    May 6, 2019 at 3:59 am
  • Sanjeevani R Reply

    Awesome post!! Describing the useful information about how LED Lights use in Smart Homes and Offices
    Thanks for sharing this useful ideas. Looking for more.

    July 16, 2019 at 4:33 am
  • Sanjeevani R Reply

    Great post. looking for more

    July 16, 2019 at 4:34 am
  • Emotive Earth Reply

    this was a really nice post. Spending some time and actual effort to create a superb article. LED Lights are cost effective and minimum power consumption to reduce energy bills
    wall lights, garden lights , kitchen pendant lighting

    July 23, 2019 at 11:42 pm
  • Jhon Reply

    Thanks for sharing this interesting blog information. If someone wants to install lights, a professional lighting company can guide you in a proper way. It’s “Everything about lighting’.

    August 22, 2019 at 5:09 am

    I like this post. If you want to learn more and see how our LED lights come POE ready check out email or call us. We will see how we can help anyone improve their lighting cost.

    August 23, 2019 at 9:16 pm

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