LEDs Magazine News & Insights 7 February 2020 - Editor's Column

Feb. 7, 2020

Welcome to the LEDs Magazine News & Insights newsletter for Feb. 7, 2020. Twice last week, I mentioned a State of the Industry survey we planned to field. We finally deployed that survey yesterday. I know many of you may have completed one of our other surveys recently, but I’m really hoping you can spare a few minutes to participate in this latest project. We are asking you to tell us where you think the LED and solid-state lighting (SSL) sectors are heading. If you missed the email, just follow this link to participate.

After covering Signify’s quarterly financials in our Wednesday newsletter, we have Osram’s financials today. But first an aside. I have wondered if you in the audience had tired of the laborious movements in the ams acquisition of Osram marathon. Our Mark Halper has diligently followed every move in the sequence enthusiastically. I didn’t realize, however, that the situation was wearing on Mark. When he sent me this financial piece, which does have a bit about the acquisition, he included a note saying something to the effect that it would be his last Osram story for a while. Back to the news, Osram managed a small profit.

We also have a story for you about progress that the TALQ Consortium is making in certifying products to its smart city standards. The applications for the standard can range from simple connected street-light systems to complex city services that might rely on a street light network as a backbone. I see clear benefits for TALQ. What I haven’t seen are the largest smart city players moving from their proprietary network base or adding TALQ interfaces in their products. But TALQ compatibility can enable hardware interoperability and it could simplify adding application software to a company’s portfolio.

I hope to see many of you in San Diego next week for Strategies in Light. We have had fantastic weather for more than a month here. February, however, is the most fickle of months in Southern California. Looks like we will have a little moisture Sunday and Monday, but things should be fine after that.

And it appears now that we will have a very pleasant evening on Wednesday for our Sapphire Awards presentation aboard the Midway. It will be a great night out whether you are a potential winner or not. As I have warned before, we will be on the flight deck of what was a working aircraft carrier. The deck has airplane tiedown recesses. Please leave the heels in the hotel room. And everyone bring a light jacket.

Also, I want to tell you that our Strategies Unlimited research unit has two new reports available. The Global Lamps Market Update and Forecast 2020 and the Global Luminaires Market Update and Forecast 2020 are available for purchase and download online.

You will find many more stories of interest in the body of today’s newsletter. Please note my relatively new email address below. And always feel free to contact me to discuss content we post or to pitch a contributed article.

- Maury Wright, (858) 748-6785, [email protected]