Strategies in Light Europe – Day 2 Summary

Today the Strategies in Light Europe conference in Munich (Germany) officially opened with the keynote presentatations. Peter Laier (Osram) presented a vision on how the lighting industry will evolve from a device business to an apllication business enabled by digital lighting. Half of the worlds population is born after 1989 and is “digital native”. Only through open interfaces and open collaboration a new ecosystem for lighting can be developed. This was illustrated by Jeffrey Cassis (Philips) through examples of innovative City Lighting based on SSL technology. In 2020 60% of the world population will live in larger cities. Intelligent and connected lighting can contribute highly to make cities more liveble.

Other presentations focused on the role of government and regulators to stimulate the development and proper use of SSL solutions. In Europe a program called SSL/erate is launched by the european lighting industry to accelerate SSL uptake through an SSL innovation platform.

In the USA, the DOE is driving SSL development as part of the Energy Efficiency act. It has been doing this since 2006 according to presenter Marc Ledbetter (Pacific North West National Laboratory). Various programs have been developed and implemented. Examples are CALIPER  (independent testing of the performance of SSL lamps and luminaires), LED Lighting Facts (database of more than 11000 SSL products), Next Generation Luminaire (design competition for indoor and outdoor luminaires), Muni Consortium (collaboration between 400 US municipalities sharing experiences and approaches on the specification and purchasing of SSL streetlighting). Also in the USA, a lot of utilities have incentive programs to stimulate the use of energy efficient SSL lighting solutions. In Europe there are less financial incentive programs. More emphasis is given to energy saving targets per country, mandatory quality-performance standards on (SSL) lighting and on the education of professionals and consumers about SSL through e/learning and education.

Brad Koerner (Philips) gave an overview of the present design practices and tools in architertural lighting. He made a plea to provide information on SSL lamps-luminaires and modules in a way that it can be directly imported in the software tools used by lighting designers and architects. He showed an interesting example of so-called on site manufacturing of luminaires using Zhaga compliant SSL modules where the luminaire was basically made at the building site using aluminum extrusion.

A number of sessions were dedicated to the trends in networks, driver technology and controls. Furthermore there were 3 presentations on the biological effects of lighting which seems to be gaining a lot of interest within the lighting community.

If you missed Day 1, you can read it here.

Written by our special correspondent, Bas van de Kieft, in Munich.

21 Nov