Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Mark Lien on the Forces of Change

In a recent column for LD+A, Mark Lien, LC, LEED-AP, Industry Relations Manager, Illuminating Engineering Society, talks about a meeting with several lighting futurists. Together, they evaluated a list of 10 propositions and were asked to agree or disagree with them. I believe the group was spot on in their agreement regarding one statement, “The […]

Jim Brodrick on LED Streetlighting

Republication of Postings from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solid-State Lighting Program by Jim Brodrick, SSL Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy Last year, DOE devoted two Postings (in June and October) and a webinar to the topic of LED street lighting and its potential effects on human health and the environment, in order […]

Ted Konnerth on IoT and the World of Change

Guest post by Ted Konnerth, Egret Consulting I was invited to join a panel at the new IoT Emerge conference in Chicago. As a lifelong industry guy who has grown up selling and marketing tangible products, it was an interesting and stimulating environment to be surrounded by tech guys who see the world through software […]

Norma Frank on the Hidden Cost of LED Maintenance

Norma Frank, CLMC of Colorado Lighting and chair of the IES Maintenance Committee contributed a maintenance column to a recent issue of LD+A Magazine. In the column, she says: * LED luminaires are highly integrated * Not all luminaires are easily field serviceable * If LED components are serviceable, a lack of standardized connections typically […]

Brodrick on Expanding Choice in LED Technology

Republication of Postings from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solid-State Lighting Program by Jim Brodrick, SSL Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy Not too long ago, solid-state lighting was more of an intriguing possibility than a practical solution. The majority of SSL products on the market back then were all over the map in […]

Mark Lien on Technological Disruption in Lighting Industry

Mark Lien’s June column in LD+A, “Forces of Change,” examines how LED technology is disrupting the lighting industry in six steps, and what we should do about it. My concern for lighting is that quality is already being further compromised by demonetization. Dematerialization may ultimately be controlled by Internet and telecom companies and/or trades integrating […]

THE NEW YORKER: Right or Wrong on LED Life?

JB MacKinnon’s article in THE NEW YORKER, “The LED Quandary: Why There’s No Such Thing as Built to Last,” available here, makes an argument for lighting product durability. (Cory Doctorow makes the case in short here.) As an example, he points to the “Light Bulb Conspiracy” of the early Twentieth Century, in which it’s alleged […]

“Going Beyond the Lumen?” by Jim Brodrick

Republication of Postings from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solid-State Lighting Program by Jim Brodrick, SSL Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy Light sources are typically evaluated in terms of how much light they produce (in lumens) relative to how much power they draw (in watts). From lighting designers to building owners to consumers, […]

GE’s Jason Brown on Lighting and the Industrial Internet of Things

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Jason Brown, Manager, Strategic Solutions for Current, powered by GE. The topic: lighting and the Industrial Internet of Things. I’m happy to share his responses with you here. The interview informed an article I wrote for the June issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. DiLouie: How do you see lighting […]

Philips’ Tim McKinney on Outdoor Area Lighting Trends

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Tim McKinney, Product Marketing (Outdoor) North America, Philips Lighting. The topic: trends in outdoor area lighting. I’m happy to share his responses with you here. The interview informed an article I wrote for the March 2016 issue of tED. DiLouie: How would you characterize demand for outdoor area […]