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LED lighting is advancing at an extremely fast rate, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with. When you start a project it can be frustrating to find out that the lighting you used is suddenly obsolete. Unfortunately this can often happen even before a project has been completed. Situations like this are extremely difficult to deal with and can lead to many unforeseen problems.

 

Moving forward, everyone in the industry is going to have to work together in order to make dealing with the pace of lighting technology easier. For now, here are a few things to consider when dealing with evolving lighting technology.

Communication is key

As with any good relationship, communication is vital. As a result of quickly evolving LED lighting systems, the traditional specification process has become disarranged. This makes it very hard for designers to know if the lighting unit spec they are currently using will continue to be available in the future. On top of that, with the many improvements being made, the lighting choice decided upon, may be outperformed in the very near future. As manufacturers try to stay on top of this, it’s hard to know who will still be in business in the upcoming years. This is why it is so important that the manufacturers and designers stay in contact.

Check the specs

One thing that designers can do is pay close attention to their specs and keep them flexible. If they are too detailed and rigid then it will be the customer who suffers because they will be more limited. Your customers should always have the best technology on offer available to them. With everyone working together to ensure that distribution, control options and delivered lights, coordinate with the specifications. This unity is necessary in order to be productive in the future.

The future

There are some big changes on the horizon in lighting technology. One of the most important factors that needs to be considered is making sure that today’s specified fixtures are compatible with newer and more refined lighting controls. Manufacturers must continue to do their part in the future to ensure that their products are consistent and can be easily upgraded. It is imperative that they focus on making sure the specifications for certain product types are not going to be phased out.

As we move forward, watch for advancements in LED lighting technology and keep an eye on what the manufacturers and designers are doing. The most important thing you can do right now is to keep communicating with manufacturers about how they plan to move forward. Also, be sure to watch your specs carefully, allowing yourself some wiggle room in case of changes
from manufacturers. Finally, keep up with emerging trends and stay at the forefront of the industry.

The best position you can be in is out in front. By putting yourself in an advantageous position, you will give yourself every chance of seeing changes coming ahead of time. This of course, allows you more time to make changes and adapt, staying ahead of the curve and keeping up with the pace of lighting technology.

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