LEDs Magazine News & Insights - Nov 29th, 2023
Industry news, commentary, research, and applications in LED and solid-state lighting technology and markets
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November 29, 2023

Welcome to LEDs Magazine’s News & Insights for Nov. 29, 2023. Considering the U.S. Thanksgiving holidays last week, it’s been a pretty active seven days since our last newsletter. I can certainly credit our colleague Mark Halper, as he keeps a close watch on business activity coming out of the U.K. and Europe market, following up on talk of renewed connected lighting efforts by Fagerhult and Signify, as well as the latest financial results from Glamox.

I also got a chance to speak with Mark McClear yesterday in advance of today’s announcement that Casambi has elevated him from North American general manager to CEO of the controls specialist firm. McClear is confident that the case for wireless controls will continue to resonate due to reduced hardware costs, in addition to reduced materials and installation costs, that will help customers put their money toward better quality lighting products and other improvements.

Finally, we have included our most-read columns and blogs of 2023 below in the lead-up to our annual top 20 stories of the year. And look for our Annual LED & Lighting Industry Guide issue to land soon this year with an additional editorial section on building and construction trends that will continue to influence the lighting market.

Carrie Meadows, [email protected]

After a year-plus expanding the North American controls business, McClear sees materials and installation advantages boosting the signal for wireless controls messaging.
Current uproots its Arize line to concentrate on commercial & industrial lighting, while Acuity plants seeds for indoor agriculture growth with acquisition.
Recent developments at Fagerhult and Signify, among others, help tell the full story, which now includes “circularity.”
Interest rates and weak currency take a bite out of EBITDA. Meanwhile, Europe’s fluorescent ban is stimulating sales on land. Offshore orders remain strong, but implementations slip.
Wanda Lau interviews Acuity Brands CEO Neil Ashe, who says the manufacturer is “positioned at the intersection of sustainability and technology.”
First impressions of the event: The floor was busy, industry colleagues were pleased to gather again, and I logged 2.3 miles just walking the exhibit and conference area.
LEDs Magazine remembers the late Ian Ashdown, who provided detailed analysis of horticultural, ultraviolet, and visible light disinfection studies and practices to the LEDs catalog, also linked in this newsletter.
Power-integration expert Talal Abdelghany of ERP Power helps fixture designers determine proper remote LED driver wiring distance.
Casambi’s Travis Laib explains the capabilities of a BLE Mesh communications architecture and how the longer-range BLE Mesh devices present a new option for outdoor scenarios.
IALD Enlighten Americas 2024 will be taking place in the Rancho Bernardo region of San Diego, California in October 2024. The event will be held from Oct. 17-19.
Industry experts Chad Rothe, Monika Oberer, and Gregory Kay share design guidance and recommendations for high-end user experiences that promote well-being.