LEDs Magazine News & Insights 6 Oct 2021 – Editor’s Column

Oct. 6, 2021

Welcome to the LEDs Magazine News & Insights newsletter for Oct. 6, 2021. Nice to take a deep breath of notably cooler air this week, having gone through a pretty hectic period with virtual events and other activities of late. I don’t relish the shorter days that have arrived, but oh well.

I will spend the cold season in the southeast this year for the first time in years. I only mention that because the transition has my wife and me in the midst of a move to a new house. For the most part it came well equipped, but I immediately saw opportunities for solid-state lighting (SSL) projects. I’ll be sharing some of those details in the coming months. What I would share now is the surprise I have felt in what LEDs have brought to the mainstream of lighting products. Each year, I have followed the bleeding edge through our Sapphire program. But just in recessed lighting, it’s simply amazing how LED technology has made installation simple while improving light quality. And for once being on the buying end, I won’t speak too negatively of price erosion, but I think these manufacturers could raise prices a bit. Stay tuned.

In a normal year, I’d be excited about attending the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Street and Area Lighting Conference (SALC) next week. We will try and catch some of the event virtually. I’ve learned so much about outdoor lighting at SALC.

The event came front and center for me this week as I was writing a story about a milestone that Telensa announced in connected outdoor lighting. The company said it had deployed its PLANet central management system (CMS) over a connected street-light fleet numbering hundreds of thousands of nodes owned by a utility in the state of Georgia. SALC’s past gave me some insight into that story, so follow the link for more details. The main news is that a single CMS compatible with the TALQ Consortium standard can control disparate network and luminaire types, delivering much need interoperability.

Also last Thursday in our Focus On LEDs in Lighting newsletter, I mentioned a breaking story regarding ams Osram divesting its connected lighting business units. Our Mark Halper followed the trail of that news and has the details on the future of Digital Lumens, Encelium, and Osram’s once-prized Lightelligence technologies.

We finished up our HortiCann Light + Tech Conference last week. Our Carrie Meadows has developed some additional coverage including a Day 2 report, and also a blog on the topic of Bluetooth Mesh. Remember you can still catch the archive.

Later this month, eyes will be on New York City and the return of a live event in our LED and SSL sectors. Apparently, LightFair International will take place. I hate to miss it, but I have a somewhat compromised immune system and will stay on the safe side of the pandemic a bit longer. Still, for those of you in the marketing and PR community, make sure to email your announcements to Carrie and myself. We will have a small exhibit at the event and will be represented by publisher Steve Beyer and sales manager Tim Carli.

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]