Lighting Industry Product Development and Management
The development in technology has seen the lighting industry develop state-of-the art lighting products to enhance the livelihood most people of especially in their homes and place of work. 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 also working tirelessly to come up with state-of-the art lighting systems which can improve people’s livelihoods and meet all their lighting needs.
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 recent past, LED technology has experienced impressive gains that have seen a great improvement in the efficacy of LED lighting products.
There is a compelling need for lighting industry players to take initiatives in research in lighting product research and development. 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 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. 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. 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 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 these in mind, most light companies can develop products which satisfy the current needs in light technologies. Consequently, product development and management should take center stage in light companies if they ever want to keep in line with the changing technology.