What Does That Even Mean... LED? IoT? Wireless Networks?

What Does That Even Mean... LED? IoT? Wireless Networks? There are a wide variety of terms out there being used to describe today's retrofitting solutions, advanced/networked controls & IoT. We, at SBT Alliance, thought it would be a could idea to start addressing some of these terms with a glossary that can be updated to help our customers navigate some of the nomenclature associated with LED lighting solutions.

What Does That Even Mean... LED? IoT? Wireless Networks?



Internet of Things (IoT) 

Internet of Things - a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers ( UIDs ) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction 


Light Emitting Diode - a semiconductor diode that emits light when a voltage is applied to it and that is used especially in electronic devices (as for an indicator light) 

End User 

The ultimate consumer and user of a finished product. 

Lighting Control Zone 

One or more light sources controlled simultaneously by a single control output. Zones may be organized in accordance with energy codes, desired energy savings and flexibility, common lighting equipment (e.g., fluorescent vs. LED), space characteristics (e.g., furnishing and finishes), tasks, daylight availability and lighting schedules. 

Lighting System 

An intelligent network-based lighting control solution that incorporates communication between various system inputs and outputs related to lighting control with the use of one or more central computing devices 


Inclusive programming and support of entire lighting control system.  


The ability to produce a desired or intended result 


Energy Service Company; 

Develop, design, build, and fund projects that save energy, reduce energy costs, and decrease operations and maintenance costs at their customers' facilities 

Task Tuning Capabilities 

Dimming lights in a space so that the average illuminance at the working plane is appropriate for the type of use in that space 

I.e.: Felicia is working late; the rest of her floor has gone home but she still has adequate lighting to burn the midnight oil, although the rest of the floor around her is now dim. Although a lighting schedule is in place, the system is programmed to recognize that Felicia (or anyone) is still working 

Channel Partner 

A company that partners with a manufacturer or producer to market and sell the manufacturer's products, services, or technologies 


Replacement and examination of existing outdated / non-functioning system  


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