Digital lighting technologies like LED offer completely new uses and applications of light.

As digital technologies find their way into nearly every facet of modern life, it is becoming clear that we are only beginning to understand their impact on our everyday experience. With the development of digital light technologies such as LED, disparate light sources can be connected to each other, and their data can be transmitted and analyzed, enabling unprecedented communication and controllability.

This new level of functionality empowers people to adjust lighting to fit moods, activities, and experiences. Such solutions speak to a growing ability to control one’s environment without affecting the integrity of a space. And while these interactions take place over a hidden network that many of us will never see, the resulting experiences change our relationship to the physical world. Being able to make lights talk to one another and their owners, highlight and elevate our human need for connectivity. Susanne Seitinger of Philips Color Kinetics tells us, “The interactive part of light can set up relationships between you, the infrastructure, the space and possibly other people.”

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