It seems that the consistency that traditional sources offered is out the window. The best way to be sure of what you’re getting is to get your hands on it and test it out. You can learn so much from samples, which will help ensure the best results in your design.
Where do you think the lighting design industry is headed?
How do you feel about the direction it’s taking?
IOT! And I don’t mean Internet of Things. As we move forward, we can expect to see an exponential growth of the “Integration Of Things” into light fixtures. We’re already seeing it to some degree, but I expect it will only continue as time goes by. In architecture, we love to keep ceilings free from devices, sensors, HVAC, and other things, but if there’s one thing that usually has to stay, it’s got to be light fixtures. Over the years, we’ve seen HVAC and daylight, occupancy, and other various sensors integrated into light fixtures. More recently, we’ve seen the real IoT, acoustical materials, plants, and with the ongoing COVID pandemic, germicidal UV.
While I love new products and technologies, I question how this will change the role of a lighting designer. How much will lighting designers be expected to be the experts on all of these new technologies? How will these technologies impact the quality of the light fixtures and the light they produce? As products continue to evolve, we must be willing to change with them. Those unwilling to adapt might be left behind.
In terms of product innovation, what are you most excited about in terms of future products
or technology still in the early stages?
I’m looking forward to seeing warm-dim technology continue to evolve. Static white LEDs feel so flat and gray when they dim, which renders them problematic in hospitality and residential applications. While yes, the technology is out there, it’s still relatively new and I believe manufacturers will continue to refine them to match the color and dimming performance of halogen and incandescent sources. I look forward to the point where quality warm-dim is a standard option on the majority of projects, and thus easier to use on projects.