LEDs Magazine News & Insights 27 May 2020 – Editor’s Column

May 27, 2020

Welcome to the LEDs Magazine News & Insights newsletter for May 27, 2020. Have you seen the “WAVE” LED-based public art project installed in Seoul, South Korea? I don’t regularly lament days with no writing deadlines. But I was dismayed somewhat when I discovered the direct-emissive-LED display project after our newsletter had cleared production last Friday.

I could have posted on our blog over the long weekend, but I just waited for Tuesday morning to arrive. And even then I had not managed to get some questions answered by the team at d’strict that created the digital art. The huge, three-sided display delivers an incredible 3-D viewing experience. Our story provides a couple of video links including one that has a looping clip of the display in action and another time-lapse video that shows construction in process.

I have become very bullish on self- or direct-emissive displays although they remain far beyond the budget of most consumer households. But as we covered in a feature article last fall, the displays are extraordinarily compelling whether showing live sports or a public artwork.

Still, the “WAVE” adds an angle, or a radiused corner if you will, to the concept. And the side displays that ultimately are perpendicular to the main display turn 2-D imagery into 3-D realism.

We’ve got a curated section of content down below focused on various hotel-centric solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies and projects. Mostly the projects are built around the use of LED-based lighting to appeal to visitors and somewhat indirectly build enthusiasm in the customer base. One of the projects, however, is more directly impactful on the visitor. Moreover, it’s a micro indicator of the trend we regularly cover whereby smart lighting is increasingly being connected and virtually integrated with other building systems. Indeed, the Singapore hotel project was led by Signify even though the project includes luminaires from other vendors. Still, it was Signify that supplied the network and control technologies.

Of course, we also have a coronavirus-related story for you and no surprise that it's related to ultraviolet (UV) emission that can kill the virus. But the content I’m speaking of is an educational video produced by Johnson Controls. Company executive Matt DeLoge uses the video to cover some UV history, different UV bands, the ability to destroy pathogens, and how UV might be safely deployed.

And speaking of the pandemic, I had complained last week, I think, that my hair has gotten incredibly long. It was cut just before Strategies in Light. Here in San Diego it was announced today that hair salons can open. I still think the prudent thing to do may be to continue distancing at home for a bit longer. News gathered from around the US and the globe over the weekend was disconcerting with many people having dismissed the pandemic. I fear trying times remain ahead. Be safe!

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]