LEDs Magazine News & Insights 22 May 2020 - Editor's Column

May 22, 2020

Welcome to the LEDs Magazine News & Insights newsletter for May 22, 2020. Well, we turn the corner into summer this weekend during the strangest period of my life. And yes, I know when summer officially starts or at least about when it does. My calendar differs making the transition the last weekend in May and Memorial Day here in the US when the climate has turned hot. And the transition to fall is clearly Labor Day weekend when US football season starts.

We wish you all a great weekend, as the world begins a recovery from COVID-19. I just hope we aren’t moving too fast. Here in San Diego, restaurants were allowed to reopen at reduced capacity yesterday. As much as my wife and I love going out, I think we will sit on the sidelines for a while yet. Personal services businesses are still closed here. I may have to take the shears to my own hair soon. For now, I will continue to shove it under a hat when we take our dog for her daily romp.

We close the week with mostly silence from the LED and solid-state lighting (SSL) sectors. But I can tell you that my email traffic did pick up a bit this week. I sure hope that bodes well for the start of summer and the SSL business.

We do have a couple of news stories for you since Wednesday. The Signify news written by our European editor Mark Halper is very interesting. Signify has a skylight-emulating luminaire engineered with tunable white-point capabilities. I haven’t been able to discern how the Signify product compares to Cree Lighting’s Cadiant luminaire. Cree Lighting’s product includes far more than white-point tunability, offering spatial tuning as well. And it won major Sapphire recognition this year.

The one unique angle to the Signify offering is the coincident announcement of other luminaires with tunable capabilities intended as a complement to the skylight. Lighting designers/specifiers can match downlights and wall washers with tunable spectra in a project with the artificial skylight.

We also took the late-week pause in news as a chance to offer you another curated section of content. Check the body of the newsletter below for a collection of content on intellectual property (IP) and patent issues. And we have another really interesting IP feature coming for you later this summer.

I’ll again remind you that we need your help in planning the program for Strategies in Light 2021. That multi-day event takes incredible advance planning and our call for papers is out. Submit a proposal and you just may share your knowledge with your peers next February.

You will find many more stories of interest in the body of today’s newsletter. 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]