Another year has flown by and it’s safe to say that there have been ups and downs in 2018. In this week’s special Lighting news edition, our Lighting recruitment consultants, Martin Fahey & Kate Roberts, picked hottest industry news stories of 2018 including Smart Lighting is solving healthcare problems, controversies around human-centric lighting, improvements in smart street-lighting and more…
Atlanta was piloting about 1000 wirelessly-controlled, sensor-equipped street lights in five pockets of the city. The idea was that the sensors would take note of things like traffic, crowds, crime including gunshots, air quality, and so forth. With the assistance of data analysis, the sensors would thus help the city figure out how to improve the likes of commuting, parking, public safety, and pollution. That was nearly two years ago, first announced in January of 2017 but the pilot is still ongoing and now collecting data. The idea seems to be progressing one step at a time, which is about what you might expect given not only technological and data-related challenges but also certain changes that have cropped up along the way.
(Leds Magazine, 20/08/2018)
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)
IoT have been under the spotlight in many sectors including healthcare. In large medical facilities, IoT can provide assistance for visitors to navigate the area. By using the mobile app of the facility via smartphones, visitors can be guided to the best route to get to their destinations. A smart lighting system with integrated sensors in luminaires creates the enabling infrastructure for these digital wayfinding applications. People working at hospitals or medical centers can also benefit from IoT applications. As staffs caring for patients require different light levels for different tasks, flexible lighting solution can meet the demands for specific tasks such as inserting a catheter, taking an X-ray and reviewing test results on a laptop. With suitable lighting, working productivity can be improved.
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.
The idea of tuning workplace lighting to support the human circadian cycle might be catching on in some quarters, but it has yet to win over many potential users. Head of lighting for New York City-based shared workspace startup is cautious of over-promising and the does not see enough evidence for its effectiveness and is running just one pilot at a small meeting room at its home facilities in New York. Specialists from the lighting industry acknowledged that the field could benefit from more evidence. ‘The human side of smart lighting’ is still the area that requires a lot more research and it’s best to remember that the best source of human-centric lighting remains the sun, and employees should take outdoor breaks during their workdays.
(Lux Review, 19/11/2018)
EucoLight (the European association for lighting WEEE compliance schemes) recently hosted a workshop that gathered over 100 experts discussing the widespread availability of products through online marketplaces that do not comply with consumer safety standards, VAT requirements, and environmental obligations. Market Compliance Manager of the Lighting Industry Association (LIA), reported on a retail mystery shopper testing study. The initial findings of the survey revealed that a high proportion of the lighting products tested from online marketplaces have serious electrical safety risks.
(A1 Lighting, 09/11/2018)
Horticulture LED lighting has opened a new horizon for indoor farming, vertical farming and many other alternative ways to grow crops free the weather limits for food production. Now, British scholars at the University of Nottingham suggested that abandoned underground coal mines could be suitable environments for growing vegetables. With hydroponic systems and LED lighting, crops can be grown in subterranean environments some advantages. For example, groundwater could be directly used in the hydroponic systems. Besides, crop production is unaffected by climatic or seasonal restrictions, allowing production of all kinds of crops all year round.
(LED Inside, 05/12/2018)
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