LEDs Magazine News & Insights 17 Nov 2021 – Editor’s Column

Nov. 17, 2021

Welcome to the LEDs Magazine News & Insights newsletter for Nov. 17, 2021. Just looking at my inbox accounts on both my Endeavor and Gmail accounts the past few days, I feel very neglectful not to be able to offer you some kind of Black Friday deal. Who in the world started such nonsense… And it’s bad enough that retailers such as Best Buy and Office Depot have pseudo deals galore. But even mainstream news organizations are filling my space with Black Friday offers, which were presumably limited to one day at some point.

All I can offer is a free subscription to LEDs Magazine and to our many newsletter options. That and you get to read my insightful columns every week.😉 We have pared the rolls of subscribers, eliminating people who had not responded in years to an information update request or who have not actively participated in activities such as webcasts. If you have lost some access, you may need to resubscribe and demonstrate your viability.

We have a few solid-state lighting (SSL)-centric news items for you this week even as the mass persona apparently turns its attention to shopping. Just yesterday we learned that the US Department of Energy (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has added a third Living Laboratory to its roster. This new Living Lab will be specifically focused on connectivity and located at the National Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) headquarters in Portland, OR. The NEEA is a fitting location for such prestigious study that will be welcomed in our LED and SSL sectors.

The DOE further noted in its announcement that there are three new DOE reports published on the DOE SSL website that all have a connectivity slant. The dates on the reports don’t suggest that the work is brand new, but unfortunately we don’t always learn immediately about new DOE research these days.

In connected news (pun intended), our colleagues at Smart Buildings Technology are holding a free virtual event today called SmartConnect. If you can’t make it, don’t be afraid of missing out: You can still register for on-demand access for 90 days. The event will offer actionable market and deployment intelligence for integration of smart building systems and tackling infrastructure pain points.

We also had news that I mentioned in our Monday lighting for health-centric newsletter this week. Bridgelux has announced commercial availability of its Thrive 93 LEDs that share good color rendering and efficacy. I mention the announcement again here because we have updated a portion of the story about the ownership of Bridgelux that further corrects a mistake we made in coverage almost two years back.

And we have a story from Mark Halper in the UK about changes in the sustainability sector of the Signify organization. Perhaps it’s just a “change is going to happen” story, or maybe it’s something more. Signify has been among the most vocal in our sectors proclaiming zero-carbon installations and calling on industry to adopt zero-carbon technologies such as at the recent COP26 conference. But there remain questions about the company’s true mission.

In closing, I will remind you that we have a webcast tomorrow focused on taking UV-C measurements in LED sources accurately. Join us for an hour at noon Eastern as experts from Intertek and Vektrex will combine to speak on a topic that has become increasingly important during the COVID-19 era. Our Carrie Meadows indeed posted on our blog further explaining the topic at hand.

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]