David Gershaw is the Chief Innovation Officer at Light Efficient Design, and he joined Greg and Mike from his booth at Lightfair International.
While LED’s story of Solar-powered exterior lighting is told from the show Philadelphia it starts in Africa six years ago where they were partnered to light miles of roads in Tanzania with off-grid solar-powered lamps. What started with three components, one being a buried car battery, is now an all-in-one fixture that can be placed virtually anywhere. David’s enthusiasm for the tech that’s inside his company's solar powered option is infectious. As part of the conversation Michael leads the group in digging into some atypical energy efficiency math for fixtures that hybridize solar and grid-sourced power, this leads to some speculation on a whole new kind of rebate program that could arise from these calculations. As the episode closes, the discussion shifts toward Dave’s role as an innovator and the strange and exciting technology that is emerging in the near future.
Aurelien David is the chief scientist for technology and R&D in LEDs and semiconductor optoelectronics at Soraa — a company founded by the inventor of the LED — and he was kind enough to appear on the Get a Grip on Lighting Podcast from the NAILD booth at Lightfair International.
The episode starts by addressing a recent report by ANSES about the hazards of blue light, particularly LEDs at night. Aurelien and Michael agree that the sky may be falling once again, given that so much of the light we experience, whether it be classic Edison incandescent bulbs or the sun itself project a great deal of blue light. Aurelien takes the time to explain the so-called Blue Peak; how it affects circadian lighting, how manufacturers are working to avoid it now, as well as the future of violet and cyan light as a dodge to the problems associated with blue. The episode closes out on the topic of lighting as the highest achievers in energy efficiency and waste savings, and its capacity to adapt to new technology will see it through the current health effect hurdles.
Ellis Yan, founder and CEO of TCP International Holdings, Inc. returns to the Get a Grip on Lighting podcast with more of his expertise to share.
In this quick interview from the scene of Lightfair International in Philadelphia hits on international tariffs on fixtures...and maybe lamps as well soon. Ellis shares his thoughts on the health effects of lighting, the health of effects of saying there are health effects of lighting. Afterwards, Michael shifts gears to the change in lifespans in fixtures versus lamps and the ethics of operating in this new paradigm wherein purpose-built fixtures only last seven years. Ellis finishes off with his predictions about the future of LED continuing as drivers and fixtures start to stagnate.
No one likes to get punched in the eye, but according to Dr. Nisa Khan that’s what certain LED lights are doing to us right now. According to her “lighting dropped science a long time ago.” LED lighting is unlike any other light source we have dealt with and is not something we should take lightly. Is it time to bring science back to lighting?
In true form to the lighting industry, the UL is adapting and is now leading the charge to publishing a recommended best practice for circadian lighting. Typically known for their stamp of approval, they might not seem like the organization primed to do this but they have a plan in place and are aggressively following through. Adam Lilien, the Lighting Business Development Manager of UL, joined us today to discuss this groundbreaking attempt at defining the best practice for circadian lighting with actual facts.
Flicker in lighting continues to be a hot topic and it’s not often you can sit down and record a conversation with royalty so take the time to listen to this one. We met with Naomi Miller Lighting Designer/Senior Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory more importantly known as the Queen of Flicker at the 2019 DLC Convention. She discussed her super powers and why we need to fix flicker in lighting for good.
In this episode we discussed the ABC’s of LED tubes- diving into Type A, Type B, Type C and combo. Gino Marella from Current, Powered by GE gave us the run down on where are we at today and what the future looks like for the most popular commercial lamp type there is. It’s refreshing to hear from a company with over 80 years of lighting background on a new technology that many have jumped into with no lighting background.
It’s inevitable that every business will be upgrading their lighting to LED at some point in the future if they haven’t already. Now is the time to get in the door and make your pitch. If you don’t someone else will. There are many ways to get in the door, but it takes dedication, persistence and follow through. Most people can’t dedicate 100% of their time doing that, but there are companies who do just that- 100% of the time. Listen to this episode to find out what it takes to be successful at lead generation.
As one of the most influential organizations in the lighting industry, the Design Lights Consortium (DLC) is leading the charge in ensuring the right lighting is being implemented in the field. Now they are wading in to the next phase of the LED lighting revolution. In this episode we talked to the Executive Director of the DLC, Tina Halfpenny at the 2019 DLC convention about their plans for the future.
We always love it when the guest makes a statement that is a no-brainer for the title of the show, and Melissa Stickford did just that a few minutes in. Lighting is a superpower and is not something to take lightly (no pun intended). Lighting affects everything we do so if you are going to do something with your lights make sure you take the time to do it right.