Berk-Tek launches LANmark-IP cable for more efficient smart lighting systems

  • The new LANmarkTM-IP is ideally suited for enterprise building applications that operate with high Power over Ethernet (PoE) but low bandwidth requirements, such as IP lighting
  • Specially constructed with 22AWG conductors and all-FEP insulation, PoE-optimized LANmark-IP more effectively manages the heat generated by high-power PoE


New Holland, PA – July 12, 2017 – Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company and leading manufacturer of network infrastructure solutions, announces the release of a new cable specially designed for high PoE applications with low bandwidth requirements.

Today, there are more than 100 million devices effectively powered with PoE. IP lighting, or smart lighting, is an example a high-power, low-bandwidth application running on PoE. The global IP lighting market is expected to grow approximately 27% annually to over $19 billion by 20221. IP-connected lights can be easily controlled via an Ethernet network, and they offer improved user experience by enabling customized lighting conditions. And because IP lighting can be powered by PoE, this technology presents a host of efficiency and cost savings benefits, both at installation and with ongoing operation.

Unlike high-bandwidth applications such as wireless access points and HD video, which require a 10 Gigabit connection to operate at top performance, IP lighting operates very effectively over a 1 Gigabit network. However, typical 1 Gigabit cabling can’t efficiently overcome the main challenge associated with PoE – high power (60W and 100W) and the heat rise that comes with it. Excessive heat rise can interfere with IP traffic, resulting in transmission errors and an underperforming network.

PoE-optimized LANmark-IP addresses this challenge. It more effectively manages the heat generated by high-power PoE because it is specially constructed with 22AWG conductors and all-FEP insulation. In tests performed at the TEK Center at Berk-Tek, LANmark-IP generated 44% less heat rise than traditional Category 5e cabling (based on 192-cable bundles with all cables energized to 100W). Less heat rise means less cooling will be required, which can contribute to energy cost savings. Additionally, LANmark-IP has a temperature rating of 90°C, making it suitable for even the hottest plenum spaces.

While Category 5e and Category 6 cables remain the standard for 1 Gigabit Ethernet transmissions, LANmark-IP is likely to become the reference for high PoE, low bandwidth applications. Compared to the efficiency of Category 5e and Category 6 cables (that can go up to 68% depending on conductor size), LANmark-IP is 88% efficient. This means that 88% of the power transmitted by the Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) will reach the powered device (PD), which can ultimately translate in energy cost savings, especially when it comes to powering numerous applications such as IP lighting, digital signage or IP cameras.

Brian Simmons, Copper Product Manager for Berk-Tek, states, “PoE lighting networks are becoming more and more popular, due to the efficiency of LED luminaries and the control that comes with having lighting connected to the IP network.” Simmons adds, “LANmark-IP provides all the bandwidth you need to run your IP lighting network, but with a lot less heat generation than traditional cables.”

LANmark-IP is available for immediate order., Sept 2016 : Smart Lighting Market by Product Type (Smart Bulbs, Fixtures, and Lighting Controls), Light Source (Fluorescent, LED, HID), Communication Technology (Wired, and Wireless), Software & Service, Application, and Geography - Global Forecast to 2022

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For 60 years, Berk-Tek has been a leading manufacturer of more than 100 different network copper and fiber optic cable products. The company has led in the development of high-performance and enhanced fiber optic and UTP cables designed to transport high-speed data and voice transmissions. Berk-Tek has major manufacturing facilities at New Holland, PA, Fuquay-Varina, NC and Elm City, NC. For more information, visit

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As a global leader in advanced cabling and connectivity solutions, Nexans brings energy to life through an extensive range of best-in-class products and innovative services. For over 120 years, innovation has been the company’s hallmark, enabling Nexans to drive a safer, smarter and more efficient future together with its customers. Today, the Nexans Group is committed to facilitating energy transition and supporting the exponential growth of data by empowering its customers in four main business areas: Building & Territories (including utilities, smart grids, e­mobility), High Voltage & Projects (covering offshore wind farms, submarine interconnections, land high voltage), Telecom & Data (covering data transmission, telecom networks, hyperscale data centers, LAN), and Industry & Solutions (including renewables, transportation, Oil & Gas, automation, and others). Corporate Social Responsibility is a guiding principle of Nexans’ business activities and internal practices. In 2013 Nexans became the first cable provider to create a Foundation supporting sustainable initiatives bringing access to energy to disadvantaged communities worldwide. The Group’s commitment to developing ethical, sustainable and high-quality cables drives its active involvement within several leading industry associations, including Europacable, The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), International Cablemakers Federation (ICF) or CIGRE to mention a few. Nexans employs more than 26,000 people with industrial footprint in 34 countries and commercial activities worldwide. In 2017, the Group generated 6.4 billion euros in sales. Nexans is listed on Euronext Paris, compartment A. For more information, please consult: