This week in our Lighting industry news round-up we cover a growth in the global LED industry and why it’s slowed down recently, charges in a police investigation of the contractor installing emergency lighting in Grenfell Tower, how Hastings is tackling the crime with lights and more…
An escalating trade war is slowing down the global LED industry
The latest report by LEDinside shows that the global LED industry is projected to reach a market value of US$ 18.796 billion in 2018, with an increase of 4% YoY. The market is slowing down as the oversupply situation contributes to LED price declines, together with the impacts of escalating trade war on demand in the end market. The massive production capacity expansion of Chinese LED manufacturers has outpaced the demand growth, triggering oversupply in the market. On the demand side, LED manufacturers’ export business to North America and other emerging markets has been considerably influenced by the trade war and currency depreciation.
(LED Inside, 01/10/2018)
Discussing the future of the lighting industry
New technologies and new business models are forcing the industry to rethink what it means to be a lighting company in the 21st century. To understand and address this issue, the Lighting Research Center (LRC) brought together leaders from the lighting industry, policy makers, and business development experts for its annual event in Troy, New York. One of the themes of the talk was the importance of collective leadership for industry survival in this time of widespread turbulence, which is only going to intensify in the coming decade. Several recurring themes emerged during the panel and resulting audience discussion, including recognition that now is the time for the lighting industry to join together to deal with the turbulence ahead, communicate the value of light outside the lighting industry, and adapt to take advantage of emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things and machine learning.
Hastings is tackling the crime … with light
Lighting has transformed an unsafe and poorly-lit seaside promenade into a spectacular attraction in the town. The 1/2 kilometre long Bottle Alley, once a magnet for anti-social behaviour, now draws tourists with a daily LED light show. The impact of the lighting is such that it’s now being studied by other towns as a cost-effective ‘intervention’ in problem urban areas. An innovative string lighting unit with steel framework was designed to withstand the salty coastal location. Additionally, the lights included a programming facility to enable a daily evening ‘light show’ and to provide interchangeable daily programmes to support specific notable events in the year.
(Lux Review, 03/10/2018)
Time to focus on connected lighting and the Internet of Things
The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Street & Area Lighting Conference (SALC) took place last week in Florida, put an emphasis on connected lighting and the Internet of Things (IoT). The conference began with keynote speaker Chip Israel, discussing area lighting and making a number of compelling observations relative to lighting event spaces and theme parks. But soon the focus turned to smart lighting. About area lighting, Israel said, “Nothing is new, but everything has changed.” He explained that the challenges of lighting design remain constant, but the tools and technologies available to lighting designers are all new with the transition to solid-state lighting (SSL). He advised that you need to light what you want people to see and that the best lighting is invisible.
(LEDs Magazine, 01/10/2018)
New pitch lights for the north London football club
Premiership football club Tottenham Hotspur has unveiled an innovative grow-lighting system for its pitch which is integrated into the stadium. The north London team is using a revolutionary moving structure whose design enables grow lights to have full coverage of the pitch without any impact on the grass surface. The system is quicker and more effective to operate than traditional ‘wheeled-in’ units used at other stadiums, including the club’s previous home at White Hart Lane. The revolutionary moving structure weighs approximately 120 tonnes with 864 individual lights covering a total of 7,525 square metres.
(Lux Review, 08/10/2018)
10 charge following a police investigation of the contractor installing emergency lighting
10 people have been charged with a variety of offences as part of a police probe into contracts to install emergency lighting and fire alarms in council properties. The Metropolitan Police has been investigating Lakehouse, the contractor which was responsible for maintaining fire alarms at Grenfell Tower, and a sub-contractor, Polyteck, in an inquiry into fraud that has been running for four years. The investigation relates to a project that began in 2011 whereby Lakehouse renovated hundreds of properties in Hackney and installed fire safety equipment including emergency lighting. The work was part of a £184 million government grant under its Decent Homes initiative.
(Lux Review, 12/10/2018)
‘Design to Shape Light’ exhibition is now opened
Louis Poulsen teams up with lighting designer Paul Nulty for photography exhibition based on the theme ‘Design to Shape Light’. Running from 10-26 October 2018, the exhibition includes a selection of 21 dramatically different photographs by some of Europe’s most innovative architects, designers and creatives. The exhibition theme aims to underly the philosophy of the Louis Poulsen brand, as Paul Nulty explains: “I jumped at the opportunity to work with Louis Poulsen as there are so many innovative players on the A&D scene that have a great eye that goes beyond their own discipline and into the realm of light.
(Darc Magazine, 10/10/2018)
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