PUBLISHER John W. Maisel
EDI TOR Andrea E. Klee
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ART DIREC TION: Paul Philpott/Bono Tom Studio Inc.
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY & U TILI T Y BUSINESS Chuck Ross
ARC FLASH SAFE T Y Jim Phillips
BUSINESS William Atkinson
CODE Jim Dollard
CODE Michael Johnston
CODE Charles R. Miller
CODE Mark C. Ode
ESTIMATING Stephen Carr
ENERGY MANAGEMENT & TECHNOLOGY Darlene Bremer
FIBER OPTICS & CABLING Jim Hayes
FINANCIAL Denise R. Norberg-Johnson
FIRE/LIFE SAFE T Y S YS TEMS Wayne D. Moore
LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS Thomas P. Hammerberg
LEGAL Gerard W. Ittig
LIGHTING Craig DiLouie
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EDITOR’S EYE BY ANDREA E. KLEE
APRIL SHOWERS ARE SAID TO BRING MAY FLOWERS. In this case,
however, they’re sprouting up articles on solid-state lighting, such as light-emitting
diodes (LEDs) and organic LEDs (OLEDs).
May is the month of Lightfair International in New York City, a tradeshow that
showcases innovations in the lighting industry. Over the past 10 years, the show has
shifted from traditional forms of lighting to LEDs. Now, the innovation marches on
toward OLEDs or, possibly, to something not yet envisioned.
The lighting field has certainly evolved, and you are likely encountering more of
these shifts on your projects. But how do you handle something that is so new, especially as the game changes on you almost every day? We share quite a bit this month
to help you keep up.
Craig DiLouie’s “State-of-the-Art Snapshot” on page 26 is exactly that: A look at
these continually evolving technologies and how they can be used. Continue the LED
journey by checking out “Awaiting Take-Off” by Jeff Gavin on page 48, for some of
the cautions you should follow when applying LEDs.
One major market for LEDs is in parking structures and garages. Susan Bloom writes
about some benefits of this encouraging market in “A Walk in the Park,” page 42.
Like a ballast, the force behind an LED is the driver, which Craig DiLouie addresses
in his feature, “In the Driver’s Seat,” on page 68. If you don’t have the correct driver,
the LED is not going to function correctly. While you may encounter products that
have a built-in driver, you will find value in the article for overall understanding of
Now, what about OLEDs? That’s exactly what the industry is trying to figure out.
The task lamp shown above—the Aerelight—originated as a proof-of-concept project,
with development funded by a Kickstarter campaign. The photo accompanies Chuck
Ross’ “The Other White LED,” but we ran out of space. Still, I wanted to use it here so
you could see how cool the OLED is in design (and in temperature). For much more
information about the OLED, turn to page 32 for Chuck’s article.
Finally, read Craig DiLouie’s Lighting column (him again?) on page 74, where he
looks at lighting retrofits, including those pesky LEDs.
We don’t spotlight only solid-state lighting this issue; we have much more to share.
Be sure to check out the IN TEGRATED SYSTEMS CON TRAC TOR special section starting
on page 82 with a feature on video analytics by Deborah O’Mara. You can test your
knowledge of fire alarm pathways with a quiz on page 84, then learn about fire system
survivability on page 86. On page 88, the Security column tackles the power behind
the devices, while the On the Market feature on page 98 looks at the vast opportunities in the data center market. Code changes for fire alarms can be found on page 94,
and you can meet an integrator just like yourself on page 95.
Enjoy springing forward into these new markets.