LEDs Magazine News & Insights 19 February 2020 - Editor's Column

Feb. 19, 2020

Welcome to the LEDs Magazine News & Insights newsletter for Feb. 19, 2020. I’m mostly recovered from our Strategies in Light week and the cold I suffered through prior to the event. I know some of our team exited with a “crud” of some sort. I sure hope I wasn’t the source of it.

Strategies in Light was a mixed experience for us. I think the conference went extremely well. We had great speakers. Clearly, the exhibits were impacted by the coronavirus, both directly and indirectly. We had exhibitors that simply could not attend. But we also had registered attendees with exhibits-only passes who chose to stay away.

It was great to see Mark McClear last week at our event, though. Mark has just joined BIOS as company COO, as we covered in an industry news story. The LED and solid-state lighting (SSL) sectors are just better when Mark is involved. The above story also includes news of other executive moves.

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) is further included in the above story. I have been outspoken for a couple of years about the need for the SSL sector to revisit quality of light. The latest DLC policy is specifically focused on quality of light. And commercial luminaires will have to meet more exacting specifications going forward to be eligible for critical market-transformation incentives.

In business news, Cooper Lighting Solutions will formally become a part of Signify on Mar. 2. That said, the company wants everyone to know that it will be business as usual through and after the transaction closes. Cooper is pledging that customers will see no change as it continues to maintain its own brands and channels.

Meanwhile, a school in Holland is the latest example of a connected lighting facility where the programmatic and autonomous facilities extend beyond just lighting. Connected SSL startup Ingy worked with HVAC controls specialist Danlers and lighting company Koopman Interlight on the project. Sensors in the system are providing operational data on the facility while the lighting system can maximize the use of daylight and set scenes for the learning environment.

I should also 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]