• Top 20 stories of 2021 indicate market pushes beyond UV
    Business transformation, strategy shifts to combat pandemic-driven economies, and a variety of application and technical stories topped our 2021 articles.

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    By: Carrie Meadows. Dec. 28, 2021. — As we have done for many years, the LEDs Magazineteam reviewed our website data to analyze trends across LED and solid-state lighting (SSL) business and applications, markets, new technology and research, and longer-form coverage from our magazine issues. The 2021 analytics revealed quite a mix of most-read content, with a greater variety of business stories pushing germicidal ultraviolet (GUV) research and case studies further down the top 20 list.

    Going back to November 2020 when chief editor Maury Wright wrote his Commentary for our Industry Guide issue, he forecasted that “the LED and SSL sectors will have to deal with remnants of the pandemic even if multiple vaccines arrive for the start of the New Year.” But Wright further noted that “the pandemic will also yield new opportunity to the LED and SSL sectors” spurred by interest in GUV technology in institutional and building-campus settings — which was the motivation for our series of UV-C application special reports in 2021.

    Of course, our plans for magazine coverage are made well in advance of what unfolds on a daily basis in the LED and SSL industry, so it is always edifying to follow trending topics throughout the year and see whether they parallel business and applications developments we’re expecting — or they take an entirely different turn. As we suspected, readers remained interested in UV application details (as well as visible light for disinfection) but the amount of research, product launches, and case studies slowly receded, which would impact volume of available content on that topic.

    Still, it’s clear from this top 20 of 2021 that supply-chain impacts on company financials and adaptations to SSL market approaches became a dominant theme this year. As in recent years, we reviewed our site analytics for the number of visits to article pages (both news and magazine articles). After analyzing the initial report, we combined related stories within our top 10 commentary below, as this validates the popular themes regardless of whether articles published earlier in the year had more time to collect traffic.

    Top 20 articles of 2021

    1. The ongoing emergence of ams Osram as a sensor-driven company

    Now, our most popular story of the entire year was an early February announcement that Osram was beginning to divest its digital lighting businesses. But as mentioned, we’ve packed together some of the related articles from the stats report that compelled this ams Osram coverage toward the top of the list.

    2. Visible LED light gets spotlight for SARS-CoV-2 impact

    As reported by chief editor Maury Wright in May, several laboratory trials documented that violet radiation around 405 nm can over time deactivate viruses, including the coronavirus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic. This was a significant piece of information missing from the antimicrobial light puzzle, as visible-light products had previously been studied and determined to deactivate bacterial and fungal pathogens.

    3. Ams Osram sells off connected SSL and components units

    Over the summer, ams Osram sold off its North American Digital Systems business to Acuity Brands, which is integrating the connected lighting components unit into its own Digital Lighting Networks unit. Later in the fall, the sensing specialist continued to separate the connected lighting and controls offerings by selling Boston-based Digital Lumens to private equity firm Skyview Capital.

    4. Sapphire Awards show true-blue dedication to innovation

    Again, we’ve combined the highly-read breaking news of both Sapphire Awards winners and finalists announcements, since they appear within the larger top-articles list with similar themes. LED and SSL innovation is alive and well, and the roadmap of the lighting industry shows strengthening interest in human wellbeing in the built environment as well as flexibility of design and function enabled by elegantly engineered controls schemes.

    5. Identity and savings intertwine in ams Osram strategy

    Ams revealed its strategy post-domination of Osramwith a move to delist Osram as a separately traded entity, announced the new ams Osram Group name, and referenced expectations to reduce operational savings over the next several years, which could include shifting production lines to its major Asia-Pacific manufacturing plants.

    6. Lumileds executive explores markets, portfolio diversity

    An extensive interview between LEDs Magazine chief editor Maury Wright and Lumileds CEO Matt Roney delivered some can’t-miss insights into the transition from resolving general illumination challenges with LEDs to extending their capabilities into mobile and personal devices, advanced automotive SSL, and other specialties such as components for horticulture, spectrometry, and security.

    7. GE Current expands C&I business with Hubbell acquisition

    In yet another acquisition story, Wright mused that the landscape of the “big three” players in general lighting had altered significantly over the past several years and continues to do so as companies such as GE have parted ways with portions of their lighting operations, which essentially created a secondary player in GE Current, now owned by American Industrial Partners. Pending approvals, Current expects to close out a $350M deal for Hubbell Lighting businesses, except for Progress Lighting, in 2022.

    8. Transparency of UV-C LED specs is critical for adoption

    In a well-read “Last Word” column, Nichia’s Erik Swenson got down to serious business, calling upon LED manufacturers to clearly define ultraviolet-C-band (UV-C) LED specifications and set realistic expectations for their performance in end products and systems.

    9. Business interruptus for smart lighting specialist

    Unfortunately, lighting connectivity specialist Gooee filed for administration in London this year, after being on our coverage radar for only about 6 years. Sadly, attempts to sell the company fell through and it appears no other avenues were left to cover losses.

    10. Commercial market remains an ongoing concern in the pandemic

    Early on in 2021, Signify’s financial reports brought some expected consequences of the pandemic to light. In its Q4 and year-end reporting, Signify indicated that “adapting” to coronavirus conditions in the global SSL industry included cost controls such as layoffs in order to combat a decline in commercial sales and reduced supply availability.

    11. Mini LED will march onward in 2021

    Rohinni CEO Matt Gerber explained the challenges mini and micro LED technologies have faced, and laid out the roadmap for 2021 and beyond.

    12. Full-spectrum controls unlock the potential of dynamic lighting

    Lutron’s Craig Casey outlined a lighting-specification primer for educating clients on critical concepts that merge dynamic SSL with controls to optimize wellbeing and enhance the light experience in the built environment.

    13. Dose factors heavily into ultraviolet disinfection system design

    UV radiation, when suitably applied, delivers powerful disinfection and protection against antimicrobial-resistant pathogens, wrote Pamela Lee and Marvin Ruffin of Excelitas.

    14. Educational administrators grapple with unknowns in using UV to fight COVID-19

    The lighting industry has rushed many UV-C-based products to market in the face of the pandemic, with educational facilities a natural target, but Wright reported that administrators are struggling to grasp the subtleties of GUV.

    15. California draws a line on quality for LED linear lighting

    A development in the California market transformation space could bring renewed focus to phasing out the many remaining linear fluorescent lamps still in use across the C&I lighting sector.

    16. Signify CEO eyes $2B agricultural lighting market

    Executive Eric Rondolat said that food-related and UV-C applications will make up the two biggest “sustainability” businesses, followed by solar and 3-D printing of products.

    17. Violet-pumped Nichia LED offers quality light and germicidal benefits

    A strong peak at 405 nm means that SSL products based on a dual-purpose Nichia LED can deactivate bacterial pathogens while efficiently lighting a space.

    18. Bluetooth mesh integrated in LED fixtures serves 22-story Minnesota office building

    EMC, Silvair, and McWong partnered to retrofit a 470,317-sq. ft office building with Bluetooth mesh connected luminaires to deliver additional energy savings and perhaps an IoT future.

    19. Super Bowl LV ushers in new approach to LED sports venue lighting

    Luminaires with white plus red, green, and blue plus amber LEDs were installed at Tampa’s Raymond James stadium to light the playing field and deliver color effects.

    20. Connected lighting success rests on interoperability and market clarity

    Henry Wong of the Bluetooth SIG brought attention to connected lighting barriers in commercial applications, elaborating on value, ROI, and strategies that will drive increased adoption.

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  • Re-envisioning the Post-COVID Workplace

    PropTech Innovations from Digital Lumens, Inc. Enhance the Tenant Experience and Help Increase the Value of Commercial Real Estate

    The COVID-19 pandemic shook the commercial real estate (CRE) marketplace to its core — and the reverberations continue. Many workers are slow to return to the office. Companies are downsizing their physical footprints. And once-thriving buildings and neighborhoods can look like ghost towns. The good news? Property technology (or PropTech) innovators — including Digital Lumens, Inc. — deliver next-gen solutions that meet the current challenges and position CRE for a brighter future.

    During this period of seismic change in the marketplace, building owners face two intertwined needs: enhancing the tenant experience and increasing the value of their properties. One can’t happen without the other. As a result, updating office buildings with innovative PropTech is a front-of-mind topic for CRE professionals who want to survive and thrive in a disrupted market.

    Creating a great tenant experience

    Digital Lumens and Encelium, the core brands of Digital Lumens, Inc., are helping property owners and managers make critical changes to their buildings that significantly improve the tenant experience, including implementing advanced, automated lighting and other comfort-enhancing capabilities. The goal is to retain current occupants and attract new tenants. At the same time, these innovations make buildings more intelligent, more efficient — and more valuable. They are helping address some of the top challenges in today’s commercial real estate market.

    “In unsettled times, it’s important to stay flexible and be ready to make changes, fast,” says Brian Bernstein, CEO of Digital Lumens, Inc. “Digital Lumens and Encelium enable our customers to make meaningful improvements and critical upgrades to a wide range of commercial buildings, quickly and easily. Thanks to our advanced, proven PropTech solutions, our customers can attract and retain tenants, take advantage of new opportunities, and build the value of their property portfolio.”

    Luring tenants back to the workplace

    The stats vary, but a high-profile survey by the New York Times found that 45% of workers want to be in the office full-time, compared with 31% who want to be remote full-time and 24% who want a hybrid work arrangement.¹ Reluctant workers need to be lured back to offices, factories, warehouses, and other places of work. Meanwhile, workers who want to come back expect a more comfortable environment. When employees notice a significant improvement in light quality (and quantity) and a better overall working environment, it sends a strong message that their employer cares and invests in their comfort, security, and safety.

    Encelium X, Encelium’s complete light management system, gives tenants a high level of control, who can adjust lights in their workspaces, conference rooms, and other areas — quickly and easily — creating a great experience. The workplace may not have all the comforts of home, but now it can have most of them.

    With its SiteWorx portfolio of applications, Digital Lumens optimizes workplaces for comfort, safety, and efficiency. SiteWorx monitors factors that contribute to Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS), including temperature, humidity, air quality, airborne particles, gas sensors, and much more. Conditions out of the norm trigger alerts, allowing for immediate remediation, while long-term data can be used for company reporting and trendspotting. And when safety requires social distancing, SiteWorx can observe occupancy and activity, alerting building managers to overcrowding.

    Meeting the needs of a younger workforce

    Millennials already make up 50% of the workforce, and by 2025 they’re projected to reach a staggering 75% of the global workforce.² These younger workers (particularly tech workers) aren’t going to be satisfied by beige cubicles, harsh lighting, stale air, or other discomforts that employees may have tolerated in the past. They want to control their work environment with mobile phone-like speed and simplicity.

    Encelium X balances automation with control. For example, occupancy sensors and time-scheduled events turn on lights automatically, while easy-to-use touchscreens provide one-touch manual control. Accurate color temperature control keeps lighting in sync with tenants’ circadian rhythm. Comfort dimming keeps all areas lit appropriately at all times. These sophisticated capabilities and more are all designed to be exceptionally easy to use, helping retain and attract tech-savvy tenants.

    Increasing the efficiency of office buildings

    Facing high volatility and high vacancy rates, building owners need to do more with less. They need to cut costs where they can, without cutting corners that affect the all-important tenant experience. And by bringing new automation to commercial buildings, fewer managers can oversee more properties.

    Digital Lumens’ SiteWorx solution identifies opportunities for energy savings, including intelligent lighting control strategies, such as task tuning, progressive dimming, and daylight harvesting. It also monitors how electricity, water, and other utilities are being consumed so that these costs can be contained and reduced. These capabilities and more ensure that commercial spaces are smarter, more efficient, and easier to manage.

    Encelium X light controls boost energy efficiency while simplifying building maintenance. And the Encelium system is BTL-certified to ensure seamless integration with building management systems (BMS). Sharing occupancy data enables HVAC systems to optimize performance during regular operation and perform variable load shedding to save energy during peak periods — all automatically and while ensuring tenant comfort.

    Making buildings more flexible

    Building owners and managers need to be able to reconfigure offices, floors, and entire buildings — quickly and efficiently — to meet the needs of tenants with rapidly evolving workforces.

    Encelium X is exceptionally flexible, enabling quick changes to commercial spaces — from sub-dividing areas or expanding floorplans — so new tenants can move in quickly. In an era of rapid evolution, Encelium X enables significant changes in lighting that take minutes, not days or weeks.

    Digital Lumens’ SiteWorx solution is equally flexible, so owners and managers can reconfigure areas or entire buildings to meet evolving needs, simply, easily, and quickly. Wireless sensors, intelligent luminaires, and other advanced components keep even larger buildings nimble and ready for change.

    Enhancing the tenant experience while increasing value

    Meeting the challenges of a post-COVID CRE marketplace comes down to one core capability — control. Tenants want more control over their workplace environment and day-to-day experience. And building owners need to gain tighter control of their buildings to be more efficient, flexible, sustainable, and valuable. Recognizing these pressing needs, advanced PropTech solutions from Digital Lumens and Encelium deliver new control, automation, and value to building owners and managers — and an exceptional experience to even the most demanding tenants.

    To learn more about the latest PropTech solutions offered by Digital Lumens, Inc., visit us at Digital Lumens is a portfolio company of Skyview Capital.


    ¹ “It’s ‘Back to That Isolation Bubble’ for Workers Pining for the Office, New York Times, August 23, 2021.
    ² “The (Millennial) Workplace of the Future Is Almost Here—These Three Things Are About to Change Bigtime,” Inc., January 15, 2019.

    At Digital Lumens, Inc., our sole focus is on helping people by improving the facilities where they work, learn, and heal. We use our proven technology and deep expertise to transform how our customers illuminate, monitor, and manage key facilities — including industrial facilities, offices, and other commercial buildings, healthcare centers, and educational campuses.

    Our two brands — Digital Lumens and Encelium — bring advanced but easy-to-use Lighting, Lighting Controls, and Beyond Illumination solutions to our diverse customers, so they can achieve new efficiency, comfort, and control.


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