While LED lamps are typically billed as the most efficient form of artificial lighting, reducing both lighting and HVAC costs, they are not always beneficial. Poorly integrated, or cheaply produced LEDs can actually raise your costs.
In the last year, biophilic lighting design has grown hugely in popularity. Biophilia is the idea that human bodies are hardwired to be in tune with nature, so efficient design should integrate natural elements to support this connection.
While LED lights are one of the most efficient artificial lighting methods on the market today, not all LED lamps are created equal. Many LEDs generate light in the high blue spectrum and flicker imperceptibly which can cause a range of health issues. Some lamps also experience dimming over time leading to your lights decreasing in efficiency over time.
In a recent talk on trends in lighting technology Robert Karlicek, an external expert with Philips Lighting said “Lighting is almost going to be unimportant… it’s the services and capabilities of advanced lighting systems that become the driver for new business models in the lighting community.”
LIGHTFAIR 2016 showcased many new LED-based lighting solutions. Improved lamp and luminaire designs and a growing variety of control technology show a clear path for future development in the market. But as lighting technology becomes more complex, more intelligent, and more deeply integrated, manufacturers, distributors, and contractors will have to be knowledgeable about an ever-broadening field of interconnected lighting products in order to stay ahead and sell the most advanced technology for their client’s building project.