LEDs Magazine News & Insights 15 Sept 2021 – Editor’s Column

Sept. 15, 2021

Welcome to the LEDs Magazine News & Insights newsletter for Sept. 15, 2021. Still can’t believe how fast the year has passed. Living in the magazine world makes it worse because the calendar is pushed further forward. We are working on our last editorial issue of the year. We’re just an Industry Guide issue away from New Year’s.

I want to start this week with a research item that you can help me with, and in turn we will share results with you down the road. We at LEDs Magazine have worked in partnership with the fine folks behind the LEDucation Trade Show and Conference to create a detailed survey on networked lighting controls for commercial buildings. The survey is crafted both to study the product development audience that delivers controls products and systems, and the specifier/designer audience that uses such products/systems.

We will be collecting data over the course of the next month. You may receive a direct solicitation to complete the survey. If you do receive the email, please take a few minutes and relate your experience. Or you can simply go directly to the survey link and create an entry. We also have some added motivation for your participation. Two participants selected at random will win very cool (pun intended) RTIC coolers that might help get your holiday fare to family gatherings in fine shape later this year.

Back to the calendar and our magazine, our September issue is just out. Carrie Meadows did a nice job in a blog post to highlight some of the content. The one thing you definitely should read is the more detailed account of our 2021 Sapphire winners. We had the winner list a few weeks back, but the new feature article adds great context.

And as with each issue that arrives, I will again point out that subscribers can get the cover-to-cover reading experience in our digital magazine platform. If you are not a subscriber, rectify that in a few short moments.

News was a bit on the slow side this week. Our Mark Halper did dig deep to learn details about the demise of once high-flying, Internet of Things (IoT) startup Gooee. Not surprisingly, the list of creditors is long relative to the failed enterprise. The principals behind the company suffered the most financial damage.

In technology news, Seoul Semiconductor has deployed press releases in each of the last two weeks relative to its WICOP LED technology. WICOP is Seoul’s play in chip-scale packaging technology. And the message I got from the releases is that Seoul expects the maturing WICOP platform to be the basis of big gains for the company in both high-output general lighting and in automotive lighting. Furthermore, the company plans to bring SunLike spectra to WICOP.

Two weeks from now we will be in the midst of our HortiCann Light + Tech online conference. And that Tech word in the title is increasingly important. Speakers this year will cover AI (artificial intelligence) and sensing technologies to help boost plant yield. Other sessions will look at plant response and even sustainability. Please join us. Attendees will also get access to some post-show webinars that we will deliver on new research in the horticultural space.

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) 208-9442, [email protected]