SIL presentations chart LED advancements and application evolution (MAGAZINE)

March 22, 2011
LED technology has advanced to enable broad applicability, although component makers are still seeking to boost brightness and quality, and potential technology challengers such as OLEDs are lurking, says MAURY WRIGHT in Part 1 of our report from SIL 2011.
The 2011 Strategies in Light (SIL) conference showed signs of a maturing solid-state lighting (SSL) technology sector. Indeed, in one keynote presentation, Osram Opto Semiconductors president and CEO Aldo Kamper said, “We can now address all [lighting] applications with LEDs.” Without question, LED component manufacturers have made significant gains in areas such as brightness and color quality, although there remains significant opportunity for further advances. Moreover, while SSL is steadily penetrating general illumination applications, other opportunities in areas such as life sciences and horticulture lie largely untapped. Still, LEDs aren’t the only evolving lighting technology with promise, as OLEDs or other energy-efficient alternatives could steal some significant market share by mid decade.

Whether in the sessions or on the show floor, SIL had an upbeat feel attributable to what’s a rapidly expanding LED and SSL market (see page 15 for the Strategies Unlimited HB-LED market forecast that was the first presentation in the SIL conference). The industry has made strides at the component level and perhaps more so in the system design area. The results of the Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) competition announced at SIL are evident of advances in luminaire design (see page 26). Moreover, the exhibit floor was full of examples of improvements in SSL technology in areas such as phosphors, driver electronics, and modular luminaire components (see

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