The Bluetooth Mesh radio standard in buildings

Applications: Bluetooth® Mesh in practice

The robust and long-range radio network recommends Bluetooth® Mesh especially for use in buildings. Many applications come from this area. Manufacturers use the technology to make electrical installations smart, to control lighting or to switch electrical consumers.

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Connected Lighting

Bluetooth Mesh wireless technology allows several luminaires to be networked and switched or dimmed together. This makes it easy to define lighting scenes that can be controlled centrally – for example, by remote control, wireless pushbutton or via an app on a smartphone. If required, wireless motion detectors can also take over control. This provides additional security, saves energy and also increases comfort. Because with Bluetooth Mesh, light scenes for the current time of day or a specific activity are just the push of a button away.

Indoors. The radio range of mesh products in the building is about ten meters. However, many components forward the signal to their colleagues in the vicinity and can thus bridge numerous floors, rooms or entire properties.

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Outdoors. Lights on the building or in the garden can be easily networked with Bluetooth Mesh – without additional cables or installations. Motion detectors or twilight switches automate the light if desired.

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Straightforward. Thanks to Bluetooth wireless technology, there is a smartphone app for settings of the device. Everyday operation can also be carried out by remote control or wireless pushbutton – depending on your needs.

Digital einstellbarer 180-Grad IR-Bewegungsmelder von Steinel.
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Smart Home

Bluetooth Mesh brings smart home technology to existing buildings effortlessly. Thanks to wireless networking, no changes to the electrical installation have to be made. Only pushbutton inserts, sockets and control elements are replaced with new, wireless models. This reduces the installation effort and thus also costs. Professional installers do not have to adapt or send their employees on time-consuming training courses. Any electrician who installs sockets or switches can also set up a product with Bluetooth Mesh wireless technology.


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Quickly. Instead of conventional components, the specialist installs networked sockets and system inserts with Bluetooth Mesh. This takes no more time than a conventional electrical installation.

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Versatile. Light, shading, temperature, sockets with and without measuring function: The range of system inserts and attachments with Bluetooth Mesh already covers all important trades – and will continue to grow in the future.

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Secure. All components of the system communicate with each other locally. The smartphone establishes an encrypted connection to them. The Internet only comes into play if desired.

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Smart Building

Rising energy prices and requirements for climate-neutral construction pose challenges for the building sector. Smart networking is making a significant contribution to improving the situation. The formation of luminaire groups and time-dependent switching of lights, for example, offers potential savings of around 90 percent. Modern sensors, connected via Bluetooth Mesh, act as the building’s sensory organs. It thus reacts to presence and changing situations to adapt the use of energy for heating or lighting according to actual demand.

Parking garage. Instead of always staying on – and wasting energy as a result – the overhead lighting only activates where people are on the surface. Trailing light accompanies them on their way through the garage.


Residential complex. The light in the stairwell automatically dims up when someone enters the sensor area and afterwards reduces the brightness again. This saves energy without compromising safety or comfort.

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Airport. Even more than 1,000 lights and several hundred sensors are no problem for Bluetooth Mesh. According to its own calculations, the cargo area of Munich Airport thus saves 230 tons of CO₂ every year.

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