Commentary

Hans on LFI 2016 Touts LED Lighting and Digital Control Technology Transformation by Dr. Nisa Khan

Couldn't agree more: All those digital bells an whistles are for the birds if the light quality still is immature under a variety of aspects: [...] Read more »

Commentary | May 19, 2016

LFI 2016 Touts LED Lighting and Digital Control Technology Transformation by Dr. Nisa Khan

LFI 2016 Touts LED Lighting and Digital Control Technology Transformation by Dr. Nisa Khan The 27th Annual LightFair International (LFI) conference was dominated by LED lighting coupled with internet-based control via wireless networks that continues to proliferate in today’s world. The world is increasingly becoming drenched with Internet of Things (IoT) discussions, demonstrations and for some, a certain level of implementation. Electric lighting transformed our society for over 100 years, boosting our mood and association with the environment, culture, productivity, and economic conditions. Such enormity pales in comparison to an unprecedented revolution that LFI describes as “Light and Technology in a New Language!” Read more »

Commentary | Apr 19, 2016

Zhaga Meets Smart Lighting by Dee Denteneer

Zhaga Meets Smart Lighting by Dee Denteneer At first glance, the standardization of LED lighting components seems to be quite remote from the rise of smart, connected lighting and the Internet of Things (IoT). But the projected growth in penetration of smart lighting can only be realized through developments in high-volume electronics and standardization. Such standardization is intended to remove arbitrary variations in components, making design and implementation easier for manufacturers of smart LED luminaires, and enabling a supplier ecosystem. This is where Zhaga comes in. Read more »

Commentary | Feb 15, 2016

Design Beyond Traditional Form Follows Function

Design Beyond Traditional Form Follows Function Today design is omnipresent. But what is design? “Design” was first coined by the American architect, Louis Sullivan, to mean that the style of architecture should reflect its purpose; applicable for buildings and constructions and later on attributable to products and objects. Read more »

Commentary | Jan 01, 2016

Can We Have That, Please? What We, As a Manufacturer of Lamps, Are Looking For by Axel Schmid, Ingo Maurer GmbH

Can We Have That, Please? What We, As a Manufacturer of Lamps, Are Looking For  by Axel Schmid,  Ingo Maurer GmbH Many things have happened since the blue and the white LEDs were introduced to the market. It was, and still is, an exciting time for us as a manufacturer of lamps and light objects. Read more »

Commentary | Nov 16, 2015

Lighting Beyond Illumination by Dr. Heinz Seyringer, zumtobel group

Dr. Heinz Seyringer Currently, lighting is at the same point the mobile phones were when the first additional features beyond the actual phone service were introduced. There are many new possibilities arising but nobody knows which of them will be the killer apps of tomorrow. Read more »

Commentary | Sep 21, 2015

Creating Growth for the Lighting Industry in Europe with new Opportunities

Diederik de Stoppelaar How to create growth for the lighting industry in Europe was the challenge in the strategy workshop of LightingEurope in May. With the economic climate improving, various opportunities around LED technology have been defined including lighting applications such as smart lighting or human centric lighting. Read more »

Commentary | Sep 07, 2015

IYL 2015 - Light is Live, Light is Culture, Solid State Light is Progress

Joseph J. Niemela On 20 December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). This was the culmination of a long and concerted effort by a large consortium of scientific bodies, working together with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), where the initiative was adopted by its General Conference in November of the same year. Read more »

Commentary | Aug 24, 2015

LED Innovation will Offer a Human-Centric Smart Lighting Platform Enabling Enterprise IOT

Frank Harder After a century of analog electrical light, the lighting industry has spent the last decade in transition to digital light sources; LEDs, sought to replace the tungsten filament. LEDs are now embedded in all market segments in both residential and commercial applications. The predictions of early LED pioneers such as Dr. Roland Haitz have become reality today: more lumens delivered at a lower cost with increasing reliability and quality of light attributes. As a result, the world of electrical light has accepted that LEDs will be its primary light source and contribute to saving significant electrical energy, reducing carbon emissions and providing increased safety and comfort in our homes, at work and even while commuting in traffic. Read more »

Commentary

A Confusing Situation that demands Solutions: Performance Specification

Jacob Nuesink Product innovations are not the only consequence of recent advancements in the lighting market. These changes must be accompanied by a realization that the “old” methods for specifying the performance of lighting products no longer fully apply and need to be amended. From the perspective of DEKRA, an organization specialized in the testing and certification of SSL products, the current situation shows the following picture: Read more »

Commentary | Jan 20, 2014

"Beyond LM Testing - A New Metric for Quality over Lifetime" by Thor Scordelis

Testing laboratory In a recent blog post, the United States Department of Energy’s Jim Brodrick noted that solid-state lighting standards and testing methods “may not be glamorous, but they’re essential for the success of any technology, and SSL is no exception.” Certainly, this is true with respect to lumen quality, and for many years, the LM-80 standard, used to measure lumen maintenance of LED packages and modules, has sufficed. However, with the growing adoption of LED technology has come higher customer awareness and expectations. “Good enough” isn’t good enough anymore. Read more »

Commentary | May 06, 2013

The Mandatory Basis for Professional LED Lighting - Guido Nattkemper, Director of LED Product Management at BAG electronics

Guido Nattkamper Platform management speeds up development, simplifies complexity, helps to manage the supply chain and improves quality. Read more »

Commentary | Apr 05, 2013

What is the Next Wave in Lighting - is it Purely Technology?

Uwe Hock Diversity makes lighting an exciting business. On the one hand you find people earning money with OLED doing one-off designs, then you have multi-billion Euro companies keeping their market share and reducing their workforce. How can this happen and what is next? Read more »

Commentary | Jan 30, 2013

It’s the Overall Solution That Counts, Not the Single Component

Stephan Wegstein The LpS 2012 in Bregenz emphasized again that customers from the lighting industry are looking more for solutions and less for components. Without proper support and an understanding of the complete application, the lighting revolution will be prolonged. Read more »

Commentary | May 15, 2012

Solid State Luminaires Pave the Way for an Industry

Christian Hochfilzer From metal sheet forming to optoelectronic systems: Luminaire manufacturing began soon after the production release of incandescent bulbs and since then has been linked to the peculiarities of the used light source. Read more »

Commentary | May 10, 2012

LED Lighting Trends in 2012: The Rise of Lighting Solutions?

Pars Mukish works at Yole Développement as a Market and Technology Analyst in the fields of LED and Compound Semiconductors where he makes technical, economic and marketing analyses. He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering (ITECH – France) and a Master’s degree in Innovation and Technology Management (EM Lyon – France). He has worked as a Marketing Analyst and Techno-Economic Analyst for the past several years at the CEA (French Research Center). LEDs have already reached a sufficient “price/performance” level to enable massive adoption in LCD display applications. General Lighting applications will be the next and largest market for LED light sources. But the fact is that General Lighting can only take off if the cost/performance of LED based products can beat incumbent technologies. In that context, many of the lighting domain actors are developing new services in order to add innovation and value to Solid State Lighting, and differentiate them from traditional technologies. Will 2012 be the rise of Lighting Solutions? Read more »

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LUXEON 5050 Offers Advanced Options for the Horticulture Industry

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