Product Development and Management in the Lighting Industry
Lighting is essential in this digital era. 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 has experienced remarkable gains leading to improvement in the efficacy of LED lighting solutions.
There is a compelling need for lighting industry players to take initiatives in research in lighting research and development. 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. Most of the major areas that require improvement include; innovative packaging, color stability, product reliability and life, power supplies, and value addition.
It is common knowledge that if lighting industry players especially in LED technology put more capabilities in packaging, they are most likely to make the more cost effective. The functionality of LED luminaire should be embedded with a chip to make it cost effective and much more efficient. More development needs to be done on shifting the current packaging architecture to chip level.
There is need to shift LED power supplies from the conventional fragile components such as electrolytic capacitors to more robust GaN-based power electronics that are smaller, cheaper and efficient. More development should be based on the reliability of individual components and testing their lifetime. 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 systems has been a large issue in the lighting technology. There’s need for the lighting industry to develop product which has color equilibrium, are reliable and longer-lasting. There is more that should be carried out to have a comprehensive comprehension of the most acceptable color shifts and mechanisms in lighting.
With all these in mind, most lighting companies can develop products that meet the current 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.
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