Archive for December, 2015

IALD Departure

Posted: December 28, 2015 in General Commentary
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The following is not directly related to the work of solid-state lighting, but does reflect a situation that others have found themselves in related to organizations and the industry that solid-state lighting exists within. I offer it as a personal insight and experience with one of lighting’s major organizations –  perhaps offering comfort to others in similar situations.

1985 – Proud Associate Member and Optomistic Young Professional

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Virtual Facilities Tour

Posted: December 15, 2015 in Facilities
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After  a month of moving and settling in, we are now up and running in our new facilities. We’ve got room to move around, space to lay out projects, and our equipment is now properly set up, powered, and fully operational. This affords us to produce the level of quality we strive for, and opens doors for expanding capabilities. This is just the beginning of my personal effort to explore delivery of product and service of distinctive character and value. It also affords me the space to experiment, play, and create unrestrained by the cramped quarters we were operating out of in the home-based facilities. Believe it or not, most everything you see here in the tour was crammed into our home until the first week of November. It’s a work in process. As we add capabilities, as well as do a little lighting remodeling, I’ll post updates. Stop in and visit! (more…)

The recent press release announcing Philips, Cisco, et al,  joint venturing to deploy and build Power over Ethernet (PoE) networks in lighting is going to fuel this discussion and create a stir, without a doubt. In the press release, all the current hot buttons were pressed with vigor, from App controlled lighting using smart phones to ties to the Internet of Things (IoT). The picture painted by this release, presentations on this topic, and other articles floating about, indicate a future where lighting breaks its bonds of wiring to be free to serve us all in magical, never before realized new ways, using less energy through magic DC power, finally severing us from the drag of AC power. It’s certainly got folks talking.

At the recent LED Specifier Summit in Chicago, I was asked by no less than 8 people what I thought about PoE, and whether it was going to be the next big disruptive innovation to strike lighting. Concurrent to this were phone discussions with technology providers and fixture manufacturers, asking similar questions. It was hard not to think that something was going on, as everyone seems to be all quivery about it. The problem is… I am not so sure what all the fuss is about, and whether anyone is really thinking this through. I like the concept of a distributed network style, low voltage DC lighting infrastructure. It solves fixture design issue, and presents intriguing possibilities for integrating controls, lighting and the IT universes together in ways our current system of isolation-in-high-voltage simply cannot easily address.

Advantages Impossible to Ignore (more…)