Light & Building 2
Frankfurt, 12th April 2010
Day two of my Light Fair experience and while I have still only seen a fraction of the fair (it is really big isn’t it…) a picture is starting to emerge of the current state of lighting and where it is going. As one of the leading players and innovators in lighting Philips is showing the way in a number of areas that I believe is a confirmation of the direction for the future of lighting. When I say lighting I mean generally LED lighting.
The first thing is that the energy saving story is gradually making way for a new focus, which is lighting as a major tool for health and wellbeing, lighting as a life style. This means basically that the LED lighting systems are starting to have many more functions than just lighting. The latest systems have complete color adaptability from cool to warm white light and beam adjustments through easy to operate controls (DALI seems very popular) and are developed with specific applications in mind.
The second thing is that the latest LED developments are complete integrated systems developed for the future with build-in flexibility such as easy interchangeable components like reflectors, trims and finishes. Most interestingly Philips, like many other manufacturers, has accepted the fact that the LED technology is moving fast forward and that current LED technology may need to be upgraded as more performing LED’s become available. Hence the latest lighting systems have been designed to allow for future upgrade by just replacing the LED module.
Philips also understands that engaging key stakeholders as partners in innovation is crucial for the development of our future lighting systems. From end-users to specialists in the industry, all are engaged by Philips in the innovation process of new lighting systems.
But not all lighting developments are about LED. Philips (and others) is not forgetting the good old fluorescent and HIT sources, some also with amazing new performances and opportunities. On my question whether these were not gradually being overtaken by LED I was told that not only it would take another 5-10 years at least before this would happen (and then they would still happily live together), but that for most manufacturers the ‘conventional’ technology is still the cash cow that funds all the research for LED!
PS: My blogs are getting a bit long…but there is so much to tell….