Smart Ideas: Products Revisited

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 lighting companies are ever looking for new ways and technologies that can make their products even better with low energy consumption. 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 replace incandescent light bulbs and these include 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 product research and development. This will help them define key areas that require improvement. Most of the key areas that need improvement include; advanced packaging, color stability, product reliability and lifetime, 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. 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 needs to be more development and research about how to bring the traditional packaging structure to chip level.

LED power supplies ought to be changed from the conventional delicate components such as electrolytic capacitors to stronger GaN-based power electronics which are smaller, cheaper and efficient. More development should be emphasized on the reliability of individual parts to improve their lifetime and reliability. 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 systems has been a large 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 management and development should take center stage in lighting the industry if players in this sector ever want to keep in line with changes in technology.