DOE workshop covers SSL case studies and technology development (MAGAZINE)

March 22, 2011
LED industry participants gathered in San Diego to hear about the latest applications and enabling technologies, and to help map the DOE’s SSL program, says Maury Wright.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) hosted its 2011 Solid-State Lighting (SSL) R&D Workshop in San Diego, California in early February, offering attendees a unique opportunity to hear about LED-based lighting developments and to participate in defining the areas where the DOE will fund LED and OLED research. The presentations covered the latest in SSL technology including details of indoor and outdoor case studies.

Jim Brodrick, the DOE Lighting Program Manager hosted the event, and kicked the presentations off with a quick update on the state of the LED and OLED lighting industries. He noted that LEDs are finding great success in outdoor applications like street and area lighting, refrigerated case lighting, and downlights for commercial spaces. But he noted ongoing concerns with LED lifetime, color consistency and droop. Brodrick asked, “If you go into a room and there are 24 fixtures up there, do they all look the same? What about three years later?”

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