To make a service like this work well we need as much information as possible about usage, performance and location. This is made possible by using low-cost connected technologies that allow you to communicate with the bulb through the internet.
While connected technologies can deliver a host of functionality for the consumer (safety features
, adaptive lighting
), they also enable a better service experience and better environmental performance. By measuring temperature information over time we can accurately predict when a bulb will fail, allowing us to pre-emptively replace it. Information on usage allows us to optimise when to send out updates. If a bulb is used a lot, energy in use dominates the lifecycle and upgrades should happen as soon as more efficient LEDs are available. Having accurate information about usage and performance also means we can make design decisions based on real data for the next generation of hardware.
More fundamentally, having live product information means we can transition away from the idea of products being sold and never seeing the materials again, to the idea of a live inventory of materials - one where we know how much is in use, where it is and when it’s coming back.