Lighting control for both homes and buildings is about to change, as new technology could give each light bulb its own IP address, allowing owners to manage and control each individual light bulb from an Internet-enabled device.

Imagine the potential for large buildings with hundred of bulbs. A building manager could control the entire lighting plan or create lighting programs from a tablet, smartphone, or computer. For homebuilders, this type of technology could be a value-add for buyers that are looking to control lighting from mobile devices.

A new solution from NXP Semiconductors, www.nxp.com, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, aims to give every light bulb its own IP address. NXP Semiconductors is enabling smarter light bulbs with its GreenChip solution, which is geared toward both businesses and consumers. The company was debuting the technology at last week’s LIGHTFAIR Intl. conference in Philadelphia, along with its partners TCP, www.tcpi.com, Aurora, Ohio, and GreenWave Reality, www.greenwavereality.com, Irvine, Calif.

GreenChip-enabled light bulbs operate on wireless sensor networks, and NXP’s JenNet-IP network layer software provides the ultra-low-power wireless connectivity in the solution. NXP says JenNet-IP is a 6LoWPAN mesh-under tree network that specifically targets low-power IEEE 802.15.4-based networking for residential and industrial applications.

Another component of the solution is an IP-based platform for wirelessly controlling the bulbs. Provided by GreenWave Reality, the platform allows homeowners and businesses to manage their lights through a user-friendly application. As an example, the companies say users can dim or turn lights on and off using Home, Away, and Night Smart Controls. Owners can enable these settings using any combination of devices such as a PC, smartphone, or a TV.

John Croteau, senior vice president and general manager, power lighting solutions and high performance RF, NXP Semiconductors, says, “For individual consumers, smart lighting means highly personalized, intelligent lighting environments—lights that turn on and off when and where you need them, at the desired level of brightness—while saving power and electricity costs. Our smart lighting solution also brings us one step closer to the ‘Internet of Things’—a world in which every home appliance can be monitored and controlled via an IP address—at a very compelling price point for consumers.”

There are quite a few benefits of this technology for both building owners and homebuyers. The technology offers a high level of convenience to access building controls on the go. Even more than that, the intelligent lighting will give users the ability to make homes and buildings more energy efficient, which in the world of construction is a top priority today.