LEDs Magazine News & Insights 20 Oct 2021 – Editor’s Column

Oct. 20, 2021

Welcome to the LEDs Magazine News & Insights newsletter for Oct. 20, 2021. We now have our October issue available for viewing by subscribers. You can experience a magazine-like reading experience using our digital platform.

Earlier this week in our connected lighting newsletter, I pointed out a couple of articles from the issue in that specific application space that readers may find of interest. I’ll add recommendations of some more generally focused solid-state lighting (SSL) articles here. I have written a couple of times about the new US Department of Energy (DOE) L-Prize including an article that appeared in an earlier issue. But in October we got the true insider story. Kate Hickcox of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), who is part of the program administration, revealed the concepts and goals behind the new L-Prize.

I also wrote a column and a feature article about the LED and SSL market sectors for the issue. Both were prompted in part by the keynote address from the virtual Strategies in Light back in August. Here I will specifically mention the column addressing the potential of new business strategies for SSL. Think about this concept — buildings don’t need lighting, but people do.

We also had a web exclusive column that we just published on horticultural lighting. David Barnby of Samsung argues the point that vertical farming operations should use broad-spectrum LEDs as opposed to monochromatic red and blue LEDs. He may be right. We just haven’t gotten to the bottom of spectrum for plants just yet. But there is a lot of good information in the archives from the virtual HortiCann Light + Tech Conference that we held in September.

I got the opportunity to write about a really neat architectural lighting project this week at the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus theater in Germany. Such projects truly reveal what can happen with LED lighting, improving the visual comfort in a space. And the theater architecture is quite stunning, providing the perfect foil for innovative lighting design.

We have an upcoming webcast that anyone working in connected lighting will want to register for and watch. Join us Nov. 2 at 3:00 PM Eastern to learn more about the process of planning, installing, and commissioning connected SSL. You will get the benefit of hearing from both a technology provider and a lighting manufacturer.

And back to Strategies in Light to close, that archived event will end at the close of October. Our Carrie Meadows added another blog post on the Strategies in Light content. There is truly a treasure trove of presentations in the archive.

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]