The benefits of fixture-level control are mainly related to commission the lighting system, when it is first installed, and re-commissioning a space in the future. For instance, when a building is first constructed, the architect may have designed functional working spaces for the occupants. However, once the occupants move in, they might decide to shift desk locations. A traditionally designed system would be unable to easily cope with this situation, but soft integration allows for highly flexible lighting options.
The disadvantages of fixture-level control are predominantly related to its additional cost and technical requirements, and adding fixture-level control will often add to wiring, equipment and installation time. Some new options on the market have overcome the additional wiring and installation costs, by adding wireless controls to each fixture. However, there is a price premium for adding wireless controls to the fixture itself. The other disadvantage of fixture-level control is the requirement for flexibility.
In general, with increasing labor costs associated with installation and commissioning, fixture-level control will have a growing presence in the market.