Honeywell and Signify partner on smart lighting

  • January 11, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

Honeywell and Signify have joined forces to deploy integrated, smart lighting for commercial buildings. Together, the companies aim to improve the occupant experience, focusing on productivity and well-being, and to reduce energy consumption.

The collaboration integrates Signify’s Interact connected lighting system and software, and its UV-C disinfection lighting, with Honeywell’s building management systems and the 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 will complement Honeywell’s Healthy Buildings air quality products beginning early this year, and can be controlled, measured and monitored via the Healthy Buildings dashboard to understand air and surface cleaning compliance and metrics.

Dutch company Signify, formerly Philips Lighting, offers additional elements to improve productivity and well-being. These elements include human-centric lighting, such as NatureConnect and UV-C disinfection lighting. UV-C breaks down the DNA or RNA of micro-organisms, including viruses and bacteria, rendering them harmless. In laboratory testing, Signify’s UV-C light sources reduced Covid-19 virus infectivity on a surface to below detectable levels in as few as nine seconds.

Additionally, building owners and operators will be able to manage lighting systems and energy efficiency with smart LED lighting. Lighting represents 17% of all electricity used in US commercial buildings, making it the largest end use of electricity in buildings. Similar usage rates are seen globally.

“Increasingly we see lighting systems playing a critical role in buildings to improve occupant comfort, well-being and productivity as well as to help meet energy savings goals,” said Vimal Kapur, CEO of Honeywell Building Technologies. “We anticipate this trend will continue to grow. Our collaboration with Signify will allow us to enable our customers to implement integrated lighting that helps improve the occupant experience with customisable, personal lighting options that can be integrated into our Honeywell Forge and building management systems.”

Signify’s Interact Office connected LED lighting can save up to 70% of the energy used for lighting and deploying building controls and sensing, such as those from Honeywell, can save up to 30% in facility energy costs.

“There are known benefits of how lighting can improve occupant experience and well-being,” said Harsh Chitale, leader of Signify’s digital products. “Many of our customers expect our solutions to deliver value beyond the scope of lighting. We look forward to capitalising 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 well-being and productivity, while providing channel partners with products that are easier to commission and maintain.”

Honeywell and Signify are deploying integrated offerings at Optimax Eye Specialists, a network of eye specialist clinics in Malaysia, to help the organisation improve its air quality and surface disinfection efforts.

“Honeywell and Signify offered our clinics a complete solution for air, surface and object disinfection that allows us to clearly communicate to our clinicians, staff and patients how we are working to support well-being in our spaces,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Tan Boon Hock, founder of the Optimax Eye Specialists Centre.

The clinics are using Signify UV-C lighting in upper air luminaries, stand-alone trolleys and Honeywell-controlled fan coil units to increase well-being by contributing to disinfecting air and surfaces in rooms. The Healthy Buildings dashboard will control and monitor the lighting technologies in the clinics.

The integrated Honeywell and Signify products can support the needs of any building and feature specific set-ups for premium commercial buildings, airports, hospitality, healthcare, education, retail and stadia sectors. Honeywell and Signify are also deploying the integrations, including Signify’s Philips UV-C disinfection upper air luminaires, in several Honeywell global offices.

Honeywell’s Healthy Buildings products help building owners improve their building environments, operate more cleanly and safely, comply with social distancing policies, and help reassure occupants that it is safer to return to the workplace. By integrating air quality, safety and security technologies along with analytics, they can help building owners reduce potential risks of contamination and improve business continuity by monitoring both the building environment and building occupants’ behaviour.