Editorials

EnOcean Alliance Contributions to Lighting and IoT

A consortium of companies known as the EnOcean Alliance works together to develop and promote self-powered wireless monitoring and control solutions for sustainable buildings. To Date, the alliance and the standard that it promotes are apparently much more prominent in Europe and Asia than in the U.S. One alliance member …

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The LED Lighting Industry of Last Year; And Predictions for Next Year

During 2016, the LED lighting industry witnessed the expanded adoption of LED lighting across all segments. More and more companies began manufacturing LED lamps and luminaires. This increased competition and drove down the prices for LED lighting, resulting in reduced profit margins, especially for the well-established firms. LED chip makers …

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OLEDs Need Much Improvement

By Lightimes Editor, Scott McMahan The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the CALiPER Report 24, which discusses the performance and accelerated lifetime testing of OLED luminaires. The report is the first CALiPER report that discusses the independent procurement and evaluation OLED luminaires. As expected, OLED luminaires have a long …

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Speculation About Lighting as a Service

By Scott McMahan, Editor of SolidStateLighting.net Several companies have begun selling products that employ Visual Light Communication that uses LED lamps to transmit data. Using this modulated light to transmit data from the Internet is known as LiFi. Professor Harald Haas who founded pureLiFi speculated about the future of the …

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LEDvance Socket Survey Reveals More Awareness of Smart Lighting, but Knowledge Gaps Remain

Sylvania published its Eighth Annual Socket Survey. The survey results show that LED lighting popularity is gaining. Also, more people than ever before had heard about smart lighting and smart technology. However, the results seem to suggest that consumers still do not understand the potential return on investment for smart …

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DOE Outlines New R&D Priorities in Latest R&D Plan

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that in 2015, LED-based lamps made up merely 6.4% of the U.S. installed base of (bulbs/lamps). Despite this low level of adoption, most forecasts project extraordinary growth of SSL technology over the next 5 to 10 years. Lighting industry forecasters predict that …

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LED Bulb Failure at Home

By Scott McMahan, Editor of Solid State Lighting Design One year ago today, I moved into a new condo in the suburbs of Austin. The condo came equipped with a combination of LEDs and compact fluorescent bulbs. The master bathroom has a vanity mirror, two sinks, a shower, and bathtub. …

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Occupancy Sensors Not All the Same

Occupancy sensors can help save energy by automatically turning off lights when areas are not occupied. However, not all occupancy sensors are the same. Also, improper settings and placements of occupancy sensors can make building occupants view the system as more of an annoyance and than an improvement. Therefore, installing …

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