You could light your building with candles, but you don’t, so why are you still thinking line voltage for your implementation? PoE is a safer, more efficient and expandable way to take your building and your tenants or buyers out of the “dark” ages.  

Over the last several years, more and more developers and owners are turning to PoE Lighting for their residential apartments and homes.  There are a number of reasons to make this choice, below we will cover some of the top reasons to select a PoE for your next Residential Project.   

1Save Money 

One big reason to select PoE lighting over a traditional lighting system is that it saves you, the owner, money.  On average, owners will spend 25% less to install a PoE system when compared to line voltage lighting. This is achieved in three main ways.  First, category cable is 90% cheaper than wiring used for line voltage.  Second, in most cases, the installation will not require a licensed electrician and can be done using a low voltage installer.  Finally, it takes about 1/3 less time to run and install the category cable compared to a line voltage system. All of these savings add up to hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars on a project.   

2. Save More Money 

Speaking of saving money, day two savings can be just as significant as the install savings when working with a PoE System.  A PoE system allows you to automate almost every aspect of your complex.  For example, common areas can turn off or dim automatically based on occupancy or vacancy and blinds can open while simultaneously adjusting the light based on the amount of natural light entering the room.  These are just a few examples of automation that not only saves money on energy, but maintenance costs as well given the lights will now last longer due to more efficient usage.   

3. PoE is Safer 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the third most common cause of fire in the home is due to electrical equipment or faulty wiring.  With a PoE system that does not use traditional wiring, but instead uses category (CAT) cable, the chance of fire being caused by your PoE system is virtually zero.  The category cable is the same cable that plugs into your computer or smart TV, the low voltage nature of the cable eliminates the chance of you or your residents getting shocked or injured. In addition, with the advanced capabilities of inspeXtor, you can create policies whereby when a fire or smoke alarm is triggered, lights will flicker and illuminate a specific color to signal an emergency and the best exit route.   

4Easy Integration with other Devices 

Perhaps one of the best aspects of PoE systems is the ability to integrate with other devices.  Easily connect to existing devices such as security systems, smart blinds and HVAC systems, to name a few.     A mobile app enhances this integration, making your complex truly smart, that much easier!   

5Get the highest Value for your building 

Everyone values intelligence and now that you have installed PoE in your new complex, you can market your development as a Smart Building to potential tenants or buyers.  The advantages you as the owner receive, such as safety, integration and automation, are the same benefits you can now offer to your potential occupants.  This will allow you to offer a premium rate for your open units and realise even more financial profit.