NEW! Light Bites: What’s happening in LEDs and lighting — May 24, 2022

May 24, 2022
In a “shortlist” style news update from LEDs Magazine, you’ll find brief rundowns on associations and standards organizations, including the DALI Alliance, Zhaga, and the IES.

This week, LEDs Magazine introduces a quick-hitting LED and solid-state lighting (SSL) news format with its “Light Bites” series. We plan to deliver these stories on a weekly basis and rely upon our regular readers and industry contacts to keep us apprised so we can in turn compile these compact chronicles. Email your press releases and accompanying high-resolution images to [email protected] for consideration. A theme of standards and certifications updates happened to emerge in our first installation.

DALI Alliance prioritizes DALI-2 certifications

The DALI Alliance, the global consortium responsible for standardizing the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) protocol and product certification, has discontinued DALI version-1 registration for controls gear only. The organization will now focus on DALI-2 certifications for a wider ecosystem of interoperable lighting controls devices from various manufacturers. Its online Product Database contains several thousand certified products including control gear, bus power supplies, application controllers, sensors, and various input devices. Trademarks for DALI-1 certified products are allowed to remain in use. However, lighting and controls stakeholders should be aware that DALI-2 certification requires test results to be independently verified by the DALI Alliance, whereas DALI-1 testing entailed self-declaration by manufacturers.

“We encourage all users to look for the DALI-2 or D4i logos, which confirm that the product is certified by the DALI Alliance and is fully compliant with the relevant specifications,” general manager Paul Drosihn said.

Two devices receive Zhaga-NFC certification

Luminaire-interface standards association Zhaga has developed a Zhaga-NFC certification for devices that implement Book 24 and 25 specifications for Near Field Communications(NFC)–programmable luminaire components and NFC readers. Zhaga says the ability to define in-field programming parameters for modifying LED driver settings in smart lighting systems supports interoperability, simplifies luminaire configuration, and improves serviceability for the lifetime of the luminaire.

Currently, four independently tested and verified NFC readers — from Feig Electronic and Tertium Technology — now bear the Zhaga-NFC certification.

IES seeks 2022 Progress Report submissions

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) has opened its annual call for submissions to be considered for the 2022 IES Progress Report. Accepted submissions will be presented at the IES Annual Conference, to be hosted in New Orleans, LA, from Aug. 18–20; presented at relevant IES Section meetings; and published in the society’s LD+A Magazine. Progress Report submissions are evaluated on their “uniqueness, innovation, and significance to the lighting industry,” according to the IES, and are intended to provide a yearly benchmark for advances in lighting offerings. Of 139 submissions in 2021, 69 were accepted into the Progress Report. Submit entries via the IES portal by July 1.

CARRIE MEADOWS is managing editor of LEDs Magazine, with 20 years’ experience in business-to-business publishing across technology markets including solid-state technology manufacturing, fiberoptic communications, machine vision, lasers and photonics, and LEDs and lighting.

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About the Author

Carrie Meadows | Editor-in-Chief, LEDs Magazine

Carrie Meadows has more than 20 years of experience in the publishing and media industry. She worked with the PennWell Technology Group for more than 17 years, having been part of the editorial staff at Solid State Technology, Microlithography World, Lightwave, Portable Design, CleanRooms, Laser Focus World, and Vision Systems Design before the group was acquired by current parent company Endeavor Business Media.

Meadows has received finalist recognition for LEDs Magazine in the FOLIO Eddie Awards, and has volunteered as a judge on several B2B editorial awards committees. She received a BA in English literature from Saint Anselm College, and earned thesis honors in the college's Geisel Library. Without the patience to sit down and write a book of her own, she has gladly undertaken the role of editor for the writings of friends and family.

Meadows enjoys living in the beautiful but sometimes unpredictable four seasons of the New England region, volunteering with an animal shelter, reading (of course), and walking with friends and extended "dog family" in her spare time.