Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Energy Efficiency

LED Lights: The Next Big Thing in Wireless Technology?

smart lighting

LED lights are more than an energy-efficient lighting alternative— they’re also a potential Wi-Fi replacement technology. Researcher at Boston University are working on Smart Lighting, a wireless technology based on visible light instead of radio frequency.

Data is transferred through the Smart Lighting system with LED light, so each light is essentially a Wi-Fi hotspot. Initial speeds of the network will be about 1 to 10 megabits per second, and data transmission will occur over existing electrical wiring.

And since LED bulbs are energy efficient, an LED wireless network will also be efficient—significantly more so than a radio frequency-based network. Additionally, since light doesn’t travel through walls or other opaque objects, chances of eavesdropping are lowered.

BU’s technology is still in the prototype stage, but it could potentially rival radio frequency networks for wireless dominance.

Photo Credit: Boston University

 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
 

Advertisement
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

Comments

You May Also Like

Autonomous Vehicles

It took longer than expected, but connected EV home chargers are showing their potential danger in an era of the Internet of Things (IoT)....

Coal

The growing could of mobile data could quadruple power demand of wireless networks by 2015, with massive emissions impacts. Good thing that a new...

Consumer Technology

  Smart Home Labs have revealed the new RoboSmart wireless LED lighting system that enables users to control their lighting from their smartphones, tablet...

Cars

  Excitingly, Momentum Dynamics Corporation has announced that it was able to wirelessly charge a Chevy Volt. The company also proudly noted that it provides...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.