PoE Lighting

As a leading expert in PoE lighting, our team accompanies you from the start of the project to the installation, collaborating in ways to reduce costs while still meeting the architectural and lighting design goals.

What is PoE lighting?

PoE (Power over Ethernet) lighting enables the transmission of power and data using a single low‑voltage cable, facilitating digital communication with the lighting system and integration into smart building systems. With PoE lighting, the lights are essentially connected to the building’s IT system. The luminaires and other building systems like HVAC, sensors, alarms and security, become a single IT‑managed system, providing benefits such as:

  • Reduced building operating costs and energy consumption
  • Increased control
  • Integrated view of the facility’s energy usage
  • Adaptability to the next generation of technical innovations

POE lighting has undergone significant growth since changes to the protocol in 2018 increased power thresholds for two new PoE classes: 50W and 70W per port (delivered). Those developments, combined with today's low-wattage LEDs, enable owners and facility managers to deliver commercial POE lighting projects in ways never before possible.

  • Enables two-way communication with a broad range of devices in a building, including occupancy sensors, cameras, security access systems, lifts, phones and more, all of which are integrated within a software platform for ultimate control.
  • Communicates high-value space and usage data to building owners and managers when paired with a map, analytics and indoor location apps.
  • Works with other lighting system technologies including sensors, emergency, exit, tunable white and RGB+W.
  • Provides a scalable platform for IoT technologies.

PoE Benefits

  • Improves building energy efficiency by integrating different systems to optimize real-time operations and reduce overall consumption.
  • Reduces installation costs by eliminating AC power and DC control wires, along with associated conduit runs and labor savings.
  • Helps future-proof buildings with a highly secure, high-speed and widely used communication protocol.

Let’s get in touch!

Think PoE Lighting may be right for your project? Axis has what it takes to be your preferred PoE lighting partner. Contact our experienced team about all aspects of your PoE project, regardless of scale, from design and product selection to installation, commissioning and support.


We have the knowledge

At Axis, we work closely with our customers, market partners and PoE manufacturers to deliver PoE lighting in a way that meets the lighting design intent. PoE offers robust building system integration opportunities, and as interest grows in the owner community, we will continue to support stakeholders in improving their PoE lighting initiatives. Our in-house support team is there for you every step of the way, from PoE training upon request, to quotes through engineering and project management.


We have the experience

You want to be working with a manufacturer who has strong experience and the depth of resources at the factory to ensure that architectural and lighting design goals are met.

  • Collaboration throughout the design process to reduce cost and maximize node capacity.
  • Clear labeling to avoid connection mix-ups in the field.
  • As a responsive partner, we are there for you from the very start of conceptual design.

We’ve tested it all

All PoE systems are tested in our in-house lab to ensure quality performance and gather feedback in support of PoE product development. We have evolved and expanded our solutions engineering and factory production techniques to support the optimal deployment of all system architectures. Additionally, it's important to know that UL 2108 certification is required for PoE drivers and nodes even though they are low-voltage, and that the standard applies to both integral and remote products. Virtually all Axis luminaires are available with PoE systems and have been tested to meet the UL requirement for low-voltage systems (UL 2108) that applies to PoE lighting. Production testing and quality control is best in class to ensure that all systems work properly.


We build rock-solid partnerships

We have partnered with multiple vendors, including Igor and Molex, to support PoE in its various types of system architectures. We’ve tested all the major systems in our in-house lab to see how they perform technically, including voltage in relationship to the current, efficiency, dimming performance, flicker and more. We have educated and challenged our PoE partners about what it takes to succeed in the lighting industry, and in many cases have been a catalyst for improvements in their products and systems.

How does PoE Work?

Because PoE lights are directly connected to the internet via a network cable, lighting performance is reliable and consistent. Once the hardware is set up, the node receives power and data from the network switch and passes it downstream to the system’s connected devices. However, not all manufacturer’s nodes are the same or compatible with the form factor of a desired fixture, and standard lumen packages may not be technically possible. Our depth of experience anticipates the issues that the project team will face. We begin with the end in mind to ensure that you don't get caught by surprise.

Questions you should ask before starting a PoE project

Be sure to inquire with your local utility. Incentives could make PoE even more financially competitive vs. traditional lighting systems.
PoE lighting is available in several different system architectures, and some are more practical than others for certain ceiling types. It is prudent to understand these pros and cons at the conceptual design phase, before a PoE manufacturer is selected.
PoE lighting offers emergency nodes for a complete solution, but not all localities have adopted the latest code language to allow PoE for emergency lighting. In these cases, separate 0-10v circuits are required for emergency lighting and consultation with the factory is encouraged to ensure these two systems are properly aligned.
UL 2108 certification is required for PoE drivers and nodes even though they are low-voltage, and that standard applies to both integral and remote products. Virtually all Axis luminaires are available with PoE systems and have been tested to meet the UL requirement for low-voltage systems (UL 2108) that applies to PoE lighting.
Cost and energy efficiency can be well managed when each port uses its maximum allowed wattage. Using Axis luminaire technologies our experienced PoE team is uniquely capable of fine-tuning the wattage per port, creating significant energy savings. The location of the server in relation to the lighting fixture endpoints must be planned and optimized to ensure the distance is under 50 meters to keep voltage drop below five percent.