In a groundbreaking LpS-Digital lecture, Willem Sillevis Smitt, Sr. Director of Strategic Marketing at Lumileds, delves deep into the transformative journey of the lighting industry, introducing the revolutionary Nightscape Technology. This innovation promises to harmonize our lighting needs with the preservation of our natural ecosystem and the dark sky initiatives.
The lighting industry has always been at the crossroads of innovation and challenges. William, with his vast experience at Lumileds, takes us on a journey through its evolution.
Historical Perspective: About a decade and a half ago, the introduction of LED technology was met with skepticism. Questions arose about its efficacy, longevity, and overall efficiency. However, the industry responded proactively. Regulatory frameworks such as Energy Star, DLC, LM80, TM21, and even European lighting regulations were established, ensuring that these concerns were systematically addressed.
Current Landscape: Fast forward to today, and the challenges have evolved. The detrimental impacts of lighting, especially light pollution on both humans and wildlife, have come to the forefront. The health implications of blue light emissions have become a topic of widespread discussion. Recognizing these concerns, various states in the US have begun implementing light pollution laws. Notably, Maui has taken a bold step by regulating the blue light content in new light installations.
The Night-time Dilemma: The night brings its own set of challenges. The industry is grappling with issues like the appropriate shielding of light, managing the blue light content, determining the right timing, and ensuring the correct direction of light emissions. The overarching goal? To minimize environmental disruptions while ensuring efficiency and longevity.
Enter Nightscape Technology: In response to these challenges, Lumileds has pioneered the Nightscape Technology. This avant-garde innovation promises white light with a minimal blue content of less than 2%. When pitted against other light sources, Nightscape stands out, not just meeting the blue light requirement but also offering a higher CCT. The technology is a testament to Lumileds’ commitment to balancing user experience with environmental considerations.
Way Forward: The future of the lighting industry hinges on its ability to address end-user concerns proactively. Instead of viewing these challenges as hurdles, they should be seen as opportunities for growth and improvement. As William aptly concludes, collaboration will be the linchpin in crafting a superior end-user experience, ensuring that our lighting solutions are in harmony with the world around us.
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Lumileds is a global leader in OEM and aftermarket automotive lighting and accessories, camera flash for mobile devices, MicroLED, and light sources for general illumination, horticulture, and human-centric lighting. Our approximately 6,000 employees operate in over 30 countries and partner with our customers to deliver never before possible solutions for lighting, safety, and well-being. To learn more about our company and solution portfolios, please visit https://lumileds.com.
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