Total Lighting Efficiency: Think Outside of the Chip
When you think about efficient lighting the first thing that comes to mind (and often the only thing) is the efficacy of the LED. However, as LED efficacy improvements are nearing diminishing returns of optimization, what will enable the next generation of significant improvement? The ‘Race to the Bottom’ for LED manufacturers leaves it up to lighting system manufacturers to develop the technologies necessary to create the next level of improvements required for a healthy industry.
Advancements in the methods that integrate LEDs into lighting solutions will open new opportunities for improving efficiency, enable innovative form factors and introduce new functionality for SSL solutions. The Delivery of light, the Integration of the package it is housed in, the Connectivity, and the Flexibility of the form factor will all become significant contributors to the overall efficiency of SSL solutions. In conjunction with these integration advancements, a more holistic approach to design, engineering and manufacturing will enable the lighting solutions of the future.
An approach to quantify the total lighting solution efficiency and effectiveness will be presented. Case studies will then be shared which highlight how these engineering tools can enable innovative lighting solutions when used in conjunction with advancements in integration and higher levels of collaboration within the solution team.