Is LED mainstream already?
Singapore, 9th April 2010
There is something quite interesting happening that will be further clarified during the upcoming Light and Building Fair in Frankfurt next week. While we can argue that the LED technology is now commonly accepted in the public domain as the lighting of the future and most Tom, Dick and Harry’s mention LED as if it is already the most normal thing to use nowadays, professionals like ourselves (and I mean the respected manufacturers and lighting designers) have still many doubts about its performance and actual applicability in many project situations.
There is the public at large that are simply ignorant about the actual facts and figures regarding LED (color, light output, lifespan, etc) and seem to think that LED is the answer to everything. Then there are the ruthless (mostly small time) manufacturers and suppliers without any conscience that are in it to make a quick buck with LED lighting, they don’t really care whether it is still working tomorrow. And then there are the professional manufacturers and lighting designers that are grabbling with the real performance and quality issues to develop and apply LED in the best possible way. I mean making sense out of installing a reliable and performing LED lighting system…the value for money issue.
I think there is little doubt in everyone’s mind, regardless of the different motives or backgrounds that may drive the various interested people in using and promoting LED, that we have reached or are about to reach the mainstream public domain in terms of LED lighting.
The next few days in Frankfurt will reveal how much and how far LED lighting has moved into our daily lives…..