F1 ast forward

Singapore, 24th September 2012

Operation moving, successfully completed! I am now in transit in Singapore on my way to Indonesia for the coming days. Surely you will all have read about the F1 night race that was held last night in Singapore. The race has truly come of age over the last 5 years and is now one of the top attractions in the F1 calendar and still the only night race. I blog about it every year as it is quite a special event. I was not able to attend this year but from previous years I can testify it is truly a special occasion, not in the least because of the lighting! From my “slow” office moving last week to a fast F1 forward this week! And how has LED change the face of our illuminated environment and the city skyline these last few years! Several down town buildings in the Singapore skyline have received a multi-million LED façade make over and nearly all lights in and around the circuit are LED driven, including the illuminated balloons that line along all the public areas.

How fast are we moving forward with LED! It is predicted that by 2020 more than 90% of our lighting will be LED technology. In other words in the space of 10 years we would have gone from barely 10% LED to 90% LED leaving just some minor applications using conventional system. I guess by now some people start collecting incandescent lamps and soon others like CFL and Metal Halide. Not only that, but the compact LED technology allows us to integrate lighting in applications (such as building materials and common day objects and products) previously unheard of.  One of my friends has reading glasses with integrated LED lights! One thing is for sure, the lighting technology has never stood still and has seen a continuous evolution of which the end is still not in sight!

Light Watch 3-143: The hottest LED application must be Sebastian Vettel’s race helmet! He had LED custom installed in his helmet for the occasion, in a configuration representing his star sign. They still worked at the end of the race ( 🙂 )! Pretty cool and original from Sebastian…and for what it’s worth, he won!
See video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrR0I7Tjb6c

24. September 2012 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: city beautification, light watch, lighting applications, lighting of the future | Leave a comment

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