Putting the pieces together at LEDucation

Feb. 10, 2023
I'm pretty sure no one expected yoga as a metaphor for covering the breadth of the lighting industry. But as my favorite YouTube yoga instructor likes to say, it's all connected!

With each year, I gain new perspective on how the intersection of LED technology, controls, architectural design, and occupant needs are driving the direction of component, end-product, and service businesses in this market. This may sound a little out there, but a well-known yoga instructor* I follow often says, “You might do yoga for this body part or that mental need, but it’s all one moving part — mind, body, breath.” My interpretation is that the experience occurs across all levels of our personal “system,” if you will.

It seems to me that we can look at the application of LED technology in built environments in a similar way, regardless of whether it’s an office, a hospital, an automobile, or a vertical farm. LEDs Magazine might cover new packaged LED launches or business updates from component developers, but we’re also looking at how OEMs are developing luminaires or customizing them around those light sources to seamlessly integrate into various environments, then also how those devices and products combine with controls for light levels, dimming, tunable color or spectral recipes, time of day, and other experiential capabilities. It’s all one moving part that works together.

I’m sure we’ll see that demonstrated in a few weeks at LEDucation, both from the expert speakers and in the exhibits. A few topics on my radar include life cycle assessment and other product sustainability topics, light and health, and expectations for new generations of LED installations. There's plenty of provocative content on the agenda. Let me know if you’re going to be there, and I will coordinate visits with as many of you as I can. And don't be disappointed if we run out of time! Rumor has it I'm going to LightFair. :-)

*In case you're interested, the "Yoga with Adriene" channel is the one I go back to over and over. No, she doesn't really need a referral link from me. I just enjoy her presence, personality, cuing, and modification examples. By the way, this is what a real yoga practice generally looks like at our house.

CARRIE MEADOWS is managing editor of LEDs Magazine, with more than 20 years’ experience in business-to-business publishing across technology markets including solid-state technology manufacturing, fiberoptic communications, machine vision, lasers and photonics, and LEDs and lighting.

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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.