Guide helps designers of cabling systems for 60W PoE lighting applications

Feb. 1, 2017
The latest planning guide from Siemon prescribes a zone cabling approach to infrastructure for 60W PoE lighting systems.

Siemon recently made available the document “Zone Cabling and Coverage Area Planning Guide: 60W PoE Lighting Applications.” The company says it produced the document “to provide guidance to infrastructure designers on the selection, design and deployment of a structured cabling system optimized to support a wide range of Power over Ethernet (PoE) lighting applications.”

Further, Siemon explained: “PoE lighting systems are becoming increasingly popular due to the ease and benefits of using Ethernet communication for control and balanced twisted-pair cabling to deliver reliable and cost-effective DC power. PoE lighting solutions already illuminate over one billion square feet of commercial space globally, and it is estimated the number of smart lighting deployments will grow from 46 million units in 2015 to 2.54 billion in 2020. PoE lighting luminaires typically use light-emitting diode (LED) technology, which offers the benefits of lower power consumption and less heat generation than other luminaire design alternatives, while lowering capital investment, improving safety and comfort, and integrating with building automation systems.

Valerie Maguire, global sales engineer for Siemon, added, “PoE lighting systems rely on a well-designed infrastructure of high-performance balanced twisted-pair cabling, network electronics, and software connecting and communication with Internet Protocol (IP) addressable luminaires, dimmers, sensors, and controllers to deliver maximum performance, comfort, and energy savings benefits. Zone cabling is a standards-based design approach that is highly suited to support arrangements of these PoE lighting devices logically distributed throughout a ceiling space. There are a large number of variables that must be considered prior to identifying the lighting solution that is best suited for a particular building environment, and it is crucial for infrastructure designers to have a complete understanding of these considerations before endeavoring to design and install the low-voltage cabling system for PoE lighting deployments. It is for this reason that Siemon also recommends using a qualified Digital Lighting Partner for low-voltage lighting installations.”

Siemon characterizes “Zone Cabling and Coverage Area Planning Guide: 60W PoE Lighting Applications” as “a valuable tool for designers and architects to utilize when planning PoE lighting systems.” It highlights installation recommendations, integration with IoT applications, zone cabling for PoE lighting including coverage areas and location of zone enclosures, as well as other information.

You can download the guide from Siemon here.

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