It’s an exciting time in the lighting industry with new advancements on the horizon. While it can be difficult for everyone to keep up with the changes, some of the developments will give designers the edge they are looking for. New technologies enable luminary fixtures to be concealed, so that the only obvious factor will be the light itself. While not many homeowners are leaning towards these advancements just yet, architects are seeing the benefits for larger projects. Here are a few areas that solid-state lighting has advanced.
Remote Phosphor Technology
You are probably familiar with phosphor if you ever owned toys that glowed in the dark. When it comes to lighting, phosphor is often used to coat blue LEDs in order to make the light emitted white. With remote phosphor technology, designers are seeing more freedom, while their manufacturing costs are lower because the phosphor is combined with the diffuser optic.
Manufacturers have been working hard to gain a steady color temperature so that designers can capture some warmer colors for their architectural lighting needs. With remote phosphor technology it is easier to manipulate the hue, as well as the temperature, making color control more feasible. While there are still some colors that need further work, and some colors are going to be more expensive, this shows the great strides that are being made in solid-state lighting.
Moldable siliconeis able to handle different situations that are extremely important to the lighting industry such as high temperatures, ultraviolet light exposure, and lumen densities. However, one of the best features that silicone has to offer is that it is extremely stable even in different wall thicknesses. It allows for a better design flexibility when getting down to those minute details like angles, undercuts, and micro optic features.
While glass is still the number one choice for many designers and manufacturers, they are always on the lookout for newer, less expensive materials, which are easier to work with like moldable silicone. Glass just isn’t capable of being flexible like other materials and it can get extremely expensive depending on the design that is being implemented.
There have been further advances in solid-state lighting than those mentioned above such as gallium nitride substrates. With diodes evolving, the lighting companies will be pleased that diodes are making more light because that is more cost effective. This will be a huge benefit for designers, since lighting units have dozens of LEDs.
While manufacturers work hard to keep up with the latest advancements in the industry, it can complicate things because as new technologies surface, the old (which often aren’t that old) become obsolete. This can be a big problem for designers, but everyone is working hard to keep up and make it easier for all involved in the industry. Also, as solid-state lighting improves and the luminaires are able to perform better, fixtures can now be concealed so they aren’t the focus, but the light itself is. However, people are not yet warming up to this style of lighting in their homes. The nostalgia of traditional lighting still brightens people’s day