LEDs Magazine News & Insights 24 Nov 2021 – Editor’s Column

Nov. 24, 2021

Welcome to the LEDs Magazine News & Insights newsletter for Nov. 24, 2021. Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I wish that to my colleagues here in the US and to all of you around the world. It’s been a terribly difficult couple of years from many perspectives, but we have to remember that we are lucky in so many ways.

I will be brief heading into this holiday weekend. We have a really interesting article on some Power over Ethernet (PoE) case studies from Igor. The really interesting part is that PoE proved a good choice in both historic building restoration and in a brand new building. Maybe we have yet something to learn about the value of PoE.

Igor was behind all of the PoE projects discussed. But there was a different roster of support contractors, architects, and system integrators. We also noted that Igor won multiple LEDs Magazine Sapphire awards this past year including co-founder Dwight Stewart winning Illumineer of the Year honors.

If you watch these pages enough, you might be convinced that cannabis growing is the way to true dollars. Actually, there is no doubt that some have turned what was recently a hobby into cold hard cash. But it’s not an undertaking for the faint of heart. A story from Fluence by Osram makes the challenges faced by cannabis growers clear.

We have a couple of stories about the smart buildings sector. For those of you that missed the news, we have a new business sibling called Smart Buildings Technology. The new publication held a one-day virtual even last week called SmartConnect. You can catch the archive if you missed it.

Our Carrie Meadows also covered some of the event in an online summary. This one note is incredibly important. The COVID-19 pandemic initially derailed smart buildings but the technology is now on a one-year upswing.

Carrie and I also collaborated on a blog post about terminology in the solid-state lighting (SSL) tech sector. Really Carrie wrote about something I ruminated on previously in part based on a conversation I had with her. Precise use of terms can be incredibly important. There is nowhere this is more evident than in UV-C-based disinfection.

That’s all I’ll offer today. As I said, brief is better. Again, best wishes to you all.

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]