Lighting Industry Product Development and Management
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. It is in this regard that most light organizations are ever looking for new ways and technologies that can make their products better with low energy intake. They are working tooth and nail to ensure that they develop smart lighting systems that can meet people’s lighting needs in this digital era.
As technology progresses, most of the current incandescent light bulbs are nearly becoming obsolete. There are two upcoming lighting technologies that are poised to replace incandescent light bulbs the soonest and these are light emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). 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 urge for lighting industry players to take keen research and development initiatives in their lighting products. This will help them define key areas that require improvement. 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. Replacing the functionality in LED luminaire and then embedding it with a chip would allow it to be more cost effective and much more effectual. There should be more research and development on how to bring the conventional packaging architecture into 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. The lighting industry key players must take more emphasis on the evolution of further lighting metrics which may forecast and detect failures which might occur in the lighting fixtures. They should also develop products that are resistant to power surges so as to avoid the aberrations which are brought on by such surges.
Color shift in lighting fixtures 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 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.