The advancement in technology has witnessed the lighting sector develop state-of-the artwork lighting products to enhance the livelihood of people especially in their homes and workplace. Lighting industry players are ever in the lookout for new developments in this sector. They are working as hard as possible to ensure that they come up with new smart technologies that have place in this digital age.
As technology progresses, most of the current incandescent light bulbs are nearly becoming obsolete. There are two types of lighting technologies that are poised to take the place of these incandescent light bulbs and these are compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs). In the last few years, LED technology have experienced impressive gains which have seen a great improvement in the effectiveness of LED lighting products.
There is a compelling urge for lighting industry players to take keen research and development initiatives in their lighting products. This will help them determine key areas that need a lot of improvement in order for their technologies to keep in tandem with the ever progressing technology. Key areas that need improvement include; advanced packaging, color stability, product reliability and product life, power supplies, and value addition.
It is common knowledge that if lighting industry players particularly in LED technology put more capabilities in packaging, they are likely to create the most cost effective products. The functionality of LED luminaire should be embedded with a chip to make it cost effective and much more efficient. There needs to be more development and research about how to bring the traditional packaging structure to chip level.
There is need to change LED power supplies in the conventional fragile components such as electrolytic capacitors to stronger GaN-based power electronics that are smaller, efficient and cheaper. Basing more research and development on the reliability of individual parts and testing their lifetime would be more beneficial. Stakeholders in the lighting industry must take more emphasis on the development of smarter lighting metrics that may detect and predict failures that might occur from the light fixtures. They should also develop products that are powers surge resistant so as to avoid the abnormalities that are caused by such surges.
Color shift in lighting fittings has been a big issue in the lighting technology. There is need for the lighting industry to develop product with color stability, is reliable and longer-lasting. There is more that needs to be done in order to have a comprehensive understanding of the most acceptable color shifts and mechanisms in lighting.
With all these in mind, most light companies can develop products which satisfy the present needs in lighting technology. Therefore, product development and management should take center stage in lighting companies if they ever want to keep in line with the ever improving technology.