Editorials

A look back at 2016 and Predictions for 2017

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

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OLED Lighting Needs Vast Improvement Before it Matures as a Technology

By SSLDesign Editor, Scott McMahan The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published the CALiPER Report 24 detailing performance and accelerated lifetime testing of OLED luminaires. The report is the first CALiPER report independently procuring and evaluating OLED luminaires. As expected, OLED luminaires have a long way to go before they …

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Thoughts on LiFi and Lighting as a Service

By Scott McMahan, Editor of SolidStateLightingDesign.com Visual Light Communication uses modulated 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 lighting industry when faced with LED lamps and …

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Smart Lighting Awareness Increases, but Gaps in Knowledge Remain According to Sylvania Socket Survey

Among the people of the sample, the most common source of light bulb information was found to be at a physical point of sale. The survey respondents consulted employees, displays, and packaging most often. However, since 2015, the survey found that more consumers are turning to websites (retailer and manufacturer) …

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New DOE R&D Plan Sets Priorities for SSL R&D

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

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NGL Winners Announced; Performance Improved

Judged NGL Entrants Showed Improvement; and Indoor Competition Included Connected Lighting Category for First Time The U.S. Department of Energy’s Next Generation Luminaires™ (NGL) Design Competition announced the winners at LIGHTFAIR in San Diego. The competition recognized 25 commercial LED-based indoor and outdoor lighting products for excellence. NGL is sponsored …

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