Reflection on Lightfair
Last month, the lighting universe came together at Lightfair (or LEDfair, depending on who you ask). Manufacturers from far and
wide were displaying their best and brightest new technologies. And though the weather was not always the
most inviting, the city of Philadelphia most certainly was. What a great venue.
For those of you who missed it, a couple of key trends for
the lighting systems of tomorrow seemed to surface as the week progressed.
Flexibility. Wherever you are, take a look around you and
observe the surrounding surfaces and objects.
If you were in your office, you might see a computer stand, a cubicle
wall, ceiling tiles, some shelves, carpet, and file stand. Now envision each and every one of those
objects as a light source. Future LED
and OLED light sources will only be limited by your imagination and their power
supply; and if what we saw at Lightfair was any indication, the latter may soon
cease to be a constraint.
Sustainability. The most efficient lamp is the one you never
have to turn on. Daylight is as efficient,
abundant, and sustainable as it gets in lighting. Daylighting device manufacturers had plenty
of new technologies and techniques to display at this year’s event. Though daylight management standards and best
practices are still in their infancy, the effective integration daylight and
electric light in lighting systems will surely prove as revolutionary as the
incandescent bulb did over 100 years ago.
Interactivity. The gatekeeper to the capability and utility
of new lighting systems is lighting controls, and I’m not just talking
dimmers. Lighting controls today are
able to adapt to the time of day, type of activity, or your mood. As lighting technologies evolve, lighting
controls and a simple, immersive user experience are the essential elements that
will drive market adoption.
Quite a show, look forward to catching another glimpse into
the future at next year’s in Vegas.
06-13-2011 2:51 PM