According ON World, a global technology research firm, ZigBees outlook for the smart home is brighter now that the Connected Lighting Alliance– composed of major lighting manufacturers such as Philips, Osram and GE– has chosen ZigBee Light Link as the standard for residential lighting.
Smart lighting has become a launching pad for additional smart home WSN applications that will in turn drive other ZigBee markets such as metering, commercial building controls, retail and healthcare. As Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) markets continue to mature, two landscapes have emerged: fixed and mobile.
Smart lighting demonstrates ZigBees strengths for fixed WSN including its wireless mesh capabilities, low power consumption, adaptability and multiple chipset suppliers. While ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 are commonly used for building-wide and outdoor lighting networks, ZigBee is poised to dominate the residential lighting market.
ZigBee Light Link in particular is quickly becoming the preferred communications technology for residential LED lighting. Over the past year, consumer adoption of wireless LED light bulbs increased by 270% and most of these use ZigBee.
In 2018, there will be 1 billion annual WSN chipsets shipped worldwide for fixed WSN markets up from 114 million in 2012. Although ZigBee is facing increasing competition from Bluetooth and WiFi, it will make up the majority of the shipments over this period.