The world’s first luminaire which can deliver the internet via visible light is set to be unveiled at this year’s LuxLive lighting event. Li-Fi is an innovative lighting technology that is garnering worldwide attention. It’s a way of transmitting data – including the internet – to devices such as smart phones using visible light from LEDs pulsed at high frequency.
Li-Fi is a term coined by professor Harald Haas of Edinburgh-based start-up company, pureLiFi. It is bi-directional, unlike so-called visual light communication, or VLC, in which information is broadcast in one direction to devices. Examples of the latter are indoor location services.
On 15-16 November, the world’s first Li-Fi luminaire is set to be unveiled at LuxLive. The move represents the debut of the innovative technology in the lighting industry.
The new luminaire – developed by pureLiFi in association with French light fitting manufacturer Lucibel – places all the necessary Li-Fi components in a black ring that lies flat against the ceiling and is designed to circle an LED light. It is able to support between eight to 16 users at once, and deliver data at rates of 45 megabits per second.
You can see Li-Fi in action at the Li-Fi Experience zone at LuxLive 2017, which will be taking place at ExCeL London on Wednesday 15 November and Thursday 16 November.
The event is free to attend – register now.