SIL 2012 Preview #5: Activities in the LED Light & Design Pavilion

Strategies in Light 2012 will feature many educational functions including trade discussions with US Department of Commerce personnel and five tutorials that offer continuing education credits, writes Vrinda Bhandarkar.

Strategies in Light 2012 offers a unique opportunity to learn about the entire value chain of the LED industry. For LED industry participants, it will be a chance to network with suppliers, service providers, industry experts, designers, specifiers, architects, and regulators. Expo admission is free.

Tour of lights

Every two hours, Strategies in Light 2012 will offer guided technical tours led by industry experts for those who wish to see solid-state lighting (SSL) in action.

Trade opportunities

On February 8 and 9, Shannon Fraser, from the US Department of Commerce can be found in the in the Lighting Pavilion discussing the services offered by the Department of Commerce to help businesses find partners and trade opportunities outside the US.

Continuing education credits from AIA/CES & NCQLP

LEDs are undoubtedly the next-generation source for the lighting industry. However, the transition to SSL require education and training. Strategies in Light 2012 offers free tutorials on the show floor that qualify participants for learning units from the American Institute of Architect’s Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) and certified lighting education units from the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP).

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), on behalf of the US Department of Energy’s SSL Program, will offer the following four tutorials on February 8:

SSL basics: Michael Poplawski will cover the key concepts necessary to understand LEDs as a source of white light. The tutorial is designed to help lighting industry participants make informed decisions about LED lighting.

SSL Lumen Maintenance and TM-21: In the second presentation, Michael Poplawski will explore standard test procedures and methods for determining SSL lumen maintenance. He will also talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the standards’ methods.

DOE’s Caliper Testing: Marc Ledbetter will explain the DOE’s Caliper program which tests market-available LED lamps and luminaires, and then compares results to manufacturer’s claims and to the performance of benchmark conventional technologies. Ledbetter will present the results and analysis of several product categories (note: this presentation will be repeated on February 9).

DOE’s Gateway Demonstration Program: Naomi Miller will present the most recent product performance and cost-effectiveness trends of LED lighting products in the field (note: this presentation will be repeated on February 9).

In addition, Mark Butterworth from Philips Lumileds will be giving a tutorial on Color Quality on February 8, describing the limitations of using CCT (correlated color temperature), MacAdam Ellipses and ANSI binning. He will discuss CRI and compare this standard to new proposals such as the Color Quality Scale (CQS). This tutorial also qualifies for AIA/CES and NCQLP credits.

In addition to the tours, tutorials, and presentations, participants are invited to the two networking receptions on the show floor that includes over 150 exhibitors. Check the website for registration information and schedules.

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