DOE and lighting designers discuss pros and cons of LEDs

June 27, 2008
The US Department of Energy believes lighting designers have an important role to play in overcoming the challenges that will lead to successful commercialization of solid-state lighting in the years to come, reports Julie MacShane.
A group of 16 lighting designers met with the US Department of Energy (DOE) on March 19 to examine the solid-state lighting (SSL) market, debate technology issues, and encourage a discussion of the designers’ recommendations regarding the SSL industry.

The DOE recently released a report on the roundtable discussion, held in Chicago, Illinois, which was also hosted by The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA).

When welcoming the designers to the roundtable discussion, the DOE’s James Brodrick, SSL portfolio manager, emphasized that the lighting design community is a critical part of the complex process of getting SSL into the marketplace. He said that the DOE intends to share designer feedback from the meeting with researchers, manufacturers, and product designers to help improve the whole process of getting products to market.


This article was published in the May/June 2008 issue of LEDs Magazine.

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