Editorials

2017 LED Lighting and IoT Industry Year in Review

A lot happened this year in the IoT-connected lighting realm. Numerous companies came out with new IoT-based lighting products, sensors, controllers, and software and platforms. However, Philips appears to be the biggest mover and shaker of the IoT lighting world for the year. In a milestone of its wide-ranging adoption, …

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Interoperability Not Just Compatibility the Goal of IoT

The TALQ Consortium recently announced that the standards organization’s new mandate is to help bring interoperability to smart city applications beyond street and outdoor lighting. The TALQ Consortium, in some ways like the lighting industry itself, has now gone beyond its initial mission of bring software interoperability to street and …

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Hurricanes Remind Us Not to Take Lighting for Granted.

With the major hurricanes in the past few weeks and the recent announcement of Philips Lighting’s establishment of the Philips Lighting Foundation, I have realized that people have forgotten how important artificial light is to our lives. We get a few reminders when lightning strikes cause the power to go …

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Standards and Standards Groups Still Needed to Accelerate the Adoption of the Internet of Things

As we the new fiscal year begins, it is time to look at how the industry is doing in developing the Internet of Things and what can be done to accelerate its adoption. Numerous companies have introduced IoT enabled lighting products in the past year. One of the biggest impediments …

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Designing More Aesthetic Emergency Lighting Systems

By Jeff Elliot with input from lighting designer John Decker, IALD of Lighting Design Studio and specialty lighting distributor, Ron Doyle of Wiedenbach Brown   Meeting code requirements for emergency lighting with modern, stylish lighting fixtures Emergency lighting is mandated by the NFPA and International Building Code (IBC) to ensure …

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Usability and Security Should not be Mutually Exclusive in IoT-Connected Lighting

Interoperability is the goal for many Internet of Things devices. However, one issue that is often overlooked in the installation Internet-connected devices including lighting is the security of such systems. This multi-protocol compatibility that allows interoperability can open up such devices to the security issues of those multiple protocols. The …

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Not All Blue Light the Same

Guest Editorial By John Bachner Executive Director of the National Lighting Bureau AMA LIGHTING RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON WRONG METRIC, SAY SPEAKERS AT NATIONAL LIGHTING BUREAU FORUM. The American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) warnings about too much “blue light” at night are seriously flawed: The AMA developed them using a measuring tool that …

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