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Momentum and Excitement at LFI 2017

Momentum and Excitement at LFI 2017 This year, LightFair was an enriching event. It’s always helpful to have the opportunity to see which direction the lighting industry is moving, and as expected, there were some trends that stood out.   IoT and Tunability Both controls and connectivity are still everywhere. The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a […]

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Thoughts on Strategies in Light 2017

Thoughts on Strategies in Light 2017 Strategies in Light (SiL) is for the luminaire manufacturing community what Lightfair is for the specification world. It’s been the conference home for the industry’s OEM/nerd segment, and the presentations and exhibitors reflect that. Walking around the trade show floor, you’ll see many component, optic, power supply, communications, and […]

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OLED

  OLED Ah, another great step forward in lighting technology. Less efficient and shorter life. Wait, what?! Yes, if all you care about is lumens per watt and how many decades before L70, you may want to stop here. If you care about lighting quality and design, read on! Organic Light Emitting Diodes are NOT […]

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The Price of Light

The Price of Light Here’s an interesting infographic comparing the costs to light up a number of world-famous landmarks. The Las Vegas Strip of course leaves everything else in the dust, both because of its sheer size and because of how much of the lighting is still neon. This only includes operating costs (i.e. electricity) […]

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IoT / IIoT / OMG

IoT / IIoT / OMG I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that 2016 is the year that the Internet of Things (IoT) has supplanted LEDs as the sexy new buzzphrase in the lighting industry. Every one of the trade mags has dedicated plenty of digital ink to the subject this year, even though […]

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The case for the lonesome TRIAC

The case for the lonesome TRIAC There are more phase-cut dimmers installed in the world than any other lighting control. Used for decades in both commercial and residential spaces to dim incandescent lamps, they have taken a lot of flak since solid-state lighting became viable. A lot of the discussion and complaints about LED fixture […]

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Lux Magazine makes a funny

Lux Magazine makes a funny Light+Building starts next week in Germany, and Lux Magazine (the European counterpart to the U.S.-focused LEDs Magazine) has a short article by Gordon Routledge that gave me more than one chuckle. It’s a (only-slightly) tongue-in-cheek “trade show dictionary” with a few nuggets like: “We are demerging the lamp business.” Translation: […]

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LEDs and National Security

LEDs and National Security If you pay attention to the business of solid state lighting, you may have heard by now that the planned sale of Philips’ Lumileds and automotive lighting divisions to a consortium of Chinese investors was blocked by the U.S. government’s Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS). OK, but how does the U.S. […]

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Not LM certified? Of course not.

Not LM certified? Of course not. TM-21? TM-30? LM-79? LM-80? LM-81? LM-NOP? Passed? Certified? Approved? Compliant? What are you talking about? There is no doubt the last several years has brought about a number of organizations developing a plethora of standards and methods around LEDs. UL? Check. IES? Check. ANSI? Check. DOE? Check. DLC? Check. […]

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Permanent lighting – Part 2

   In Part 1 of this post, I posited that eventually LEDs could become efficient enough that the amount of metal needed would be much more than what’s needed to keep them cool enough to last a long time. Now let’s discuss what this could mean in real-world terms.   Permanent lighting – Part 2 […]

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