At the Department of Energy’s 10th Annual SSL R&D Workshop in Long Beach, California, nearly 250 attendees discussed the next great leap forward in performance of LED systems.
In his February 8, 2013 SSL Postings, “Some Thoughts on the Long Beach R&D Workshop,” DOE SSL Program Manager Jim Brodrick related an interesting statement by Susanne Seitinger of Philips Color Kinetics, who believes controlling not just intensity, but the color of light, could result in accelerated SSL adoption.
“Susanne Seitinger of Philips Color Kinetics spoke about how using and controlling the color of light could increase the adoption of SSL – which not only happens to be color-tunable, but is well-suited for use with controls. She discussed how controlling the light quality can create ambient experiences that are both meaningful and useful – for example, in a healthcare setting where, once the medical staff has done its work under full illumination, a shift to more soothing colors can reduce the patient’s stress and promote relaxation. Susanne noted that we devote a great deal of attention to configuring our smartphones and tablets to meet our wants and needs, yet we don’t do the same for lighting – even though LED lighting allows for the very same kind of personalization.”