What do you think the future of lighting will be like? How are traditional lighting forms being challenged?
This year we will see an increase in LEDs being sold due to the halogen phase out in 2018 and with more companies selling LEDs over traditional halogen bulbs – did you know that the European Commission has ruled that halogen mains lamps will be phased out from September 2018? In addition to the phase out, the building industry nowadays are automatically adding LEDs into new builds due to building regulations stating that all buildings must be 75% energy efficient. Find out more about the government energy efficiency strategy.
Top tips for converting from halogens to LEDs:
- It is better to start converting now to spread the cost out also it takes more than just changing the halogen lamp like for like.
- Good quality and reliable LED lighting involves a bit more thought and you will need to consider the overall lighting design, system compatibility and dimming with your lighting controls.
The next lighting trend that we will see a real increase this year is connectivity and IOT (Internet of Things). We expect this is the year it will see an upward trend in homes as well as businesses as people want more connectivity in their homes than ever before with smart meters and lighting controlled by apps already on the market.
Did you know? We announced last year at LUXLive 2016 that we have partnered with GOOEE, so stay tuned for exciting news this year.
Light fittings used beyond illumination, i.e. incorporation of sensors, is increasing every year with more cities and buildings being changed to become ‘smart’ cities and building. This will be a big lighting trend at the upcoming Lighting Fixture Design conference. Find out a little more about this trend here.
Circadian rhythms are becoming a hot topic within the health industry. More people are spending more time at work with work/life balance lines being blurred and thus lighting plays an important part in regulating the circadian rhythms. Typically indoor lighting does not encourage normal circadian rhythms, however, with the correct spectral tuning, artificial lighting can be helpful and important in maintaining circadian rhythms. To find out more, take a look at an article from Wood Harbinger.
Connected lighting as a whole has the potential to help governments create cities and residents enhance the quality of life and ensure sustainable growth – the next few years will be exciting ones and we are excited to see what happens in the industry.