Two-thirds of poll participants have never heard of integrative lighting

June 25, 2021
Our recent QuickVote shows that there is a lot to learn about integrative lighting. Fortunately, Strategies in Light presents such an opportunity.

I would have liked to see more responses to our QuickVote poll of a few weeks back, surveying the topic of integrative lighting, but it’s interesting to look at the data regardless of the sample size. 😊 If you haven’t taken the poll, we’re keeping it open so feel free to participate!

First to the simplest of details. Nearly 65% of respondents said they had never heard the term “integrative lighting,” while approximately 35% answered in the affirmative.

Social media represented the largest source by which respondents encountered this topic, with nearly 24% of votes. Technical journal content was the second most popular source for information on integrative lighting (17.6% of votes), while industry event speakers and industry whitepapers each gained 11.8% of votes. Obviously, I can infer that the small sample size has an impact on the spread of the terminology and topic. Still, it tells us that perhaps this term hasn’t gotten a lot of traction in the industry yet. But that doesn’t mean it won’t!

Finally, most intriguing to me was the question “In your opinion, what does ‘integrative lighting’ involve?” This question was designed such that multiple answers could be selected. “Applying scientific principles related to non-visual effects of lighting design in the built environment” had the most selections. But only 17.6% of total respondents actually selected all seven options. Not that I was trying to make that obvious, but ideally all of the answers ought to be considered to achieve integrative lighting objectives within the built environment.

It’s an undeniably intricate concept. Reference a recent article by my colleague and Strategies in Light conference co-chair Clifton Stanley Lemon on integrative lighting and the complexities of changing strategy.

Clifton urges more buy-in and collaboration between all lighting and building professionals involved in a project. To put integrative lighting concepts into common practice, he says, stakeholders must fully appreciate the intersection of design (aesthetics, complementing and seamlessly blending with architecture), engineering (reliable and energy-efficient delivery of safe, quality light), and human experience factors (visual comfort, non-visual impacts) in the built environment.

That undercurrent of “integration” does run throughout the Strategies in Light program, which has been developed to orient the LED and solid-state lighting (SSL) industry to changes in technologies, helping to reshape its approach to product development, design, and application. Forward-looking pivot points include energy stewardship, equity, implementing smart solutions for buildings, and developing a more agile supply chain to address these dynamics.

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About the Author

Carrie Meadows | Editor-in-Chief, LEDs Magazine

Carrie Meadows has more than 20 years of experience in the publishing and media industry. She worked with the PennWell Technology Group for more than 17 years, having been part of the editorial staff at Solid State Technology, Microlithography World, Lightwave, Portable Design, CleanRooms, Laser Focus World, and Vision Systems Design before the group was acquired by current parent company Endeavor Business Media.

Meadows has received finalist recognition for LEDs Magazine in the FOLIO Eddie Awards, and has volunteered as a judge on several B2B editorial awards committees. She received a BA in English literature from Saint Anselm College, and earned thesis honors in the college's Geisel Library. Without the patience to sit down and write a book of her own, she has gladly undertaken the role of editor for the writings of friends and family.

Meadows enjoys living in the beautiful but sometimes unpredictable four seasons of the New England region, volunteering with an animal shelter, reading (of course), and walking with friends and extended "dog family" in her spare time.