Back to earth

Singapore, 5th November 2013

After a long flight I am back in the Singapore office for a few days before heading off again to China and other…

Back from a high in Copenhagen with little sleep, it was back to work and back to earth with many project issues to resolve…and yes the first LED cowboys already in the office 🙂 . Following my presentation at PLDC last week, I received many compliments and most of all acknowledgements from the industry on how much I had hit the hammer on the nail and how much this needed to be said in public. And true to my story I continued where I left today sharing my frustration with cowboys who came to visit us today. The sad thing is that they are mostly ignorant and mean well. A LED lighting demo with varying colour consistency was acknowledged as a “China made” product, but when I started probing about binning quality I was met with a troubled look and a reply that they would check with HQ and revert back to me…

And that is really a representation of what’s going on at the moment. Manufacturers and suppliers (by Czars and my Cowboys) are so desperately looking for sales and getting a slice of the LED market that they come to us with products that are either half-baked or cheap alternatives simply (I believe) because they need the sale and somehow most of the time they believe they have to win on price rather than quality. Even reputable manufacturers take these shortcuts (and probably need to) to keep sales going to finance the huge costs of LED development…I sincerely hope that they will see us as partners and involve us in the process rather than “using” us as means to a sale.

Light Watch 4-188: As I returned to Singapore I read that the response to the lighting incentive scheme as available for buildings in key parts of the city skyline, was minimal and very lacklustre over the past years with only few takers. The scheme encourages building owners to light up their building in return for an incentive in the form of additional GFA or cash grant up to a maximum of $500,000. Since 2006 when the scheme came into being only 12 applicants were approved of which only with a cash grant. Many buildings still remain poorly lit and of those that were lit, it was felt that the building was over lit. Perhaps the scheme did not achieve its intended purpose…



05. November 2013 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: city beautification, light watch, lighting and the economy, lighting of the future, lighting standards | Leave a comment

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