LEDs Magazine News & Insights 12 Aug 2020 - Editor's Column

Aug. 12, 2020

Welcome to the LEDs Magazine News & Insights newsletter for Aug. 12, 2020. There is light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Don’t misunderstand. We as a society have more sacrifices to make in order to get past the coronavirus. But it can and will happen.

How do I know this, you ask? Well, this news is mainly unrelated to our LED and solid-state lighting (SSL) sectors, but I get a lot of news from outside our area of coverage. Today I got a press release announcing that the co-located Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou and the Asiamold Fair opened for live attendance in China. These events were postponed from February. The Messe Frankfurt organization that manages the fairs said 650 exhibitors would be present in the country where the coronavirus originated.

Meanwhile, as I said earlier,  the pandemic challenge continues in the rest of the world. And we move back into our masquerade threads as Ultraviolet News and Insights. Seriously, we have a couple of interesting germicidal UV-C-band stories.

A smaller LED luminaire manufacturer and distributor called Energy Harness has announced both an airflow-centric, UV-C disinfection product and plans to install the systems in Indiana schools. The systems are designed for suspended ceilings where they are installed much like troffer fixtures, although these products do not produce visible light. The interesting part of the story is that they are LED based, although we were unable to learn how many LEDs were integrated into each system. It has to be a hefty number based on the specified UV-C dosage.

We also have a story coming out of United Airlines with the company announcing plans to disinfect its aircraft flight decks with UV-C band emission. We have repeatedly warned against handheld UV-C products and potential dangers to human skin and eyes. But United worked with the Cleveland Clinic to develop a safe disinfecting procedure.

We do have a general lighting story for you as well. Osram evidently remains in the lighting business in some geographies, despite our coverage indicating that the company is more focused on photonics. Our Mark Halper was able to learn some details of a major LED lighting project that Osram supplied in a Shenzhen China exhibition center.

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]