Lighting in the News - April 2016
In case you missed it, some interesting things went down last month in the world of lighting, from the OLED market expecting to see an influx by 2026, to Phillips changing the lighting game again with their new app. Here’s your dose of enlightenment in the news.
By 2026 the OLED Market is Forecasting Bigger Opportunities
As the LED industry continues to grow, Organic LEDs or (OLEDs) are also seeing an influx. Similar to their LED sibling, organic LEDs produce light using a semi-conductor and two electrodes. The major difference comes from the use of organic materials used to make OLEDs. According to Research and Markets, there is quite a bit of potential growth with OLEDs in major sectors. Substantial growth is expected by 2026 with sales at $2.2 billion. However, it is expected that growth will be slow until 2019/2020, with sales staying just below $200 million worldwide. The first sectors projected to see growth are hospitality and architectural with the automotive industry following shortly after. Later, once costs decrease, OLEDs are also expected to be implemented into homes and offices. Part of the reason for this growth is OLEDs can effectively emit warm light across large surfaces.
Circadian-friendly LEDs are just Around the Corner
The circadian system is kind of a big deal. Working as our body’s internal clocks, it helps your body determine whether it’s day or night. The system affects everything from body temperature, to sleep and hormones. Keeping this in mind, Ledra Brands and researchers at BIOS have joined together to produce SkyBlue engine light modules for LED downlights, which will improve the connection to spaces with very little or zero exposure to sunlight. The Vice President of Human Biological Technologies and Research at BIOS, Robert Soler, stated “To enhance circadian entrainment and provide health benefits, our SkyBlue Technology puts LED spectrum in the proper place to provide maximum melanopic flux with minimal blue light hazard.” Developed first at NASA, BIOS LED systems were specifically engineered for astronauts who rely solely on artificial lighting. With higher than standard white light levels, the new SkyBlue Technology mixes melanopic spectrum which improves awareness and performance with minimal blue light hazard.The line is set to be introduced this year.
And the Winner Is…
Eaton awarded six professionals and six students at the 39th Annual SOURCE Awards lighting competition, during this year’s LIGHTFAIR International 2016 in San Diego, California. The competition is held in the United States, however designers from any country may enter, as long as they are using Eaton and Cooper products. Entries were based on creative designs and aesthetics. Designer, Julio Alvarado won in the professional category for lighting the Microsoft headquarters in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The lighting of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in West Harrison, New York by designer Carl Speroff received an honorable mention. Team members for McClure Engineering, including Jamie Westerson, Mary Goodman and Amy Hughes, were also recognized for their lighting design of the Walker Natatorium at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Missouri. One of the winners of the student categories was Elizabeth Hundley for her lighting project design of a restaurant titled “Salt: A Persian Experience”. Triumphantly, the winning firm ENVIRO, was awarded $2,000, while student winner Hundley walked away with $1,500. For more information on the SOURCE Awards competition visit Eaton’s Website.
LED Lighting for Pedestrians in Germany
People in the city of Augsburg Germany, just outside of Munich are getting a boost to their traffic lighting. Smartphone users in the area can now feel a little safer. The new LED traffic lights are unique because they are embedded in the ground, which you can see when looking at your phone. This allows pedestrians to safely walk the streets without looking up. The new lights have been dispersed throughout the city along with traditional lights. City officials are anticipating that by embedding the lights, it will lead to fewer safety issues and accidents for individuals using their smart phones and not paying attention to oncoming traffic.
A Whole Hue World
In case you needed more control over your lighting, Phillips has just announced the arrival of their new Philips Hue gen 2 app. With this updated app, users will now have the ability to program everyday routines, for example, assigning lights to different rooms. One new feature, called Home & Away, allows you to switch lights off when you leave your home and turn them back on upon returning. The app can even be used to pull colors from a photo of your room. Talk about seeing things in a whole new Hue.
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