LEDs Magazine News & Insights 14 February 2020 - Editor's Column

Feb. 14, 2020

Welcome to the LEDs Magazine News & Insights newsletter for Feb. 14, 2020. Happy Valentine's day to everyone. My wife and I have had obstacles in recent years celebrating Valentine's due to Strategies in Light and our Sapphire Awards.. We will spend the day and night together this year although the plans may be mundane. We will simply enjoy the time together; I hope similar for all of you given the calendar freedom.

You may have seen the news by now, but we have announced the winners in our Sapphire Awards. The winning products were outstanding. And Bob Rogers and Kory Liszt of Cree Lighting were deserving winners of our Illumineer of the Year award. Make sure to peruse the full list of winners. There are many outstanding solid-state lighting (SSL) products in the list of winners.

I haven’t had much time yet to write about what I learned at Strategies in Light. We will publish feature articles on the topic. But I did have a chance to question LEDvance CEO Lawrence Lin about the company’s latest LED replacement lamps. LEDvance has integrated novel LEDs and phosphor application to support what it calls Natural Light.

Strategies in Light also revealed that the movement toward connected lighting and the Internet of Things (IoT) remains more vision than commercial reality. Without question, there are numerous applications that will benefit from connectivity. But our Carrie Meadows explains some of the compelling opportunities she discovered at her first Strategies in Light.

With the Sapphire Awards and Strategies in Light complete, we will have more time to celebrate our finalists and scores. Likewise, we will be looking for paper proposals for our HortiCann  event and next year’s Strategies in Light. 

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]