LEDs Magazine News & Insights 13 March 2020 - Editor's Column

March 13, 2020

Welcome to the LEDs Magazine News & Insights newsletter for Mar. 13, 2020. I know it’s the end of the week, but I’d remind you of a couple of things we have ongoing with which some or many of you should be involved. In fact, it would be an excellent use of your time on Friday to clean off that virtual desk.

We are still looking for abstracts for our HortiCann Light + Tech Conference. I need to start plugging speakers into slots. So email me your abstracts directly at [email protected]. Also, if you missed it, we will have a fantastic keynote speaker in Bruce Bugbee from Utah State. He has worked on NASA programs for growing food in space and has direct experience with cannabis.

We continue to accept nominations for our first ever 40 under 40 program. Learn more about how we hope to identify and celebrate the next-generation of leaders in our LED and solid-state lighting (SSL) sectors. If you know someone who deserves consideration, someone from your own organization or someone you work with from a supplier or in an industry organization, it’s free to nominate that person. Just go to our online nomination portal and submit your entry.

We had an interesting connected-lighting-centric story come from Signify this week. The company has developed a series of multifunction, modular sensors that can be easily integrated into luminaires to enable smart lighting tasks. Different modules in the family will support options in wired and wireless connectivity including Bluetooth and Power over Ethernet (PoE). I had hoped to learn a little more about the architecture before I wrote this column, but am still awaiting answers on the internal design. I’d assume the sensors use Signify’s Sensor Ready (SR) intra-luminaire interface, which is essentially DALI-2 based.

Also we hadn't directly spoken to Signify to discuss this bit of news, but the company’s acquisition of Cooper Lighting did close as planned with the announcement coming Mar. 2. We had run an article the prior week detailing those plans.

We also had one other news item that I didn’t mention in my Wednesday newsletter column, which probably deserves a mention, although I’m still trying to infer meaning. In the ongoing saga of ams acquiring Osram, the Osram CFO has left that company for a similar position at ams. That would seem to me to be a move toward ultimate integration of those companies, but regulatory hurdles persist.

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]