With the release of ‘Smart Home’ technologies, it has opened a debate among lighting specialists over the future of the lightswitch.
Dominic Meyrick, of Hoare Lea Lighting, said: “A switch on the wall is there because technology required it, and as our technology moves forward, the switch will die, it’s inevitable. The remote control for the TV will eventually disappear and become part of our phones – are you telling me that lighting is the only thing in a house that will stay on a switch?”
Jeremy Turner, director of Fab Controls, said: “If you walk into a building and the internet doesn’t work, you’ll be annoyed but you’ll survive. If you walk in and press the switch on the wall and it’s dark, you can’t see, you’ll fall over and somebody will get sued. To me, smart lighting is more about giving statuses to what the lights are doing, and making the facility manager’s lives easier. It’s about getting information, it’s not about finding some innovative way to turn the lights on and off.”
Which side do you agree with?