This week in our Lighting industry news round-up we cover how smart lighting can help employers recruit and retain talent, the end of halogen lighting, China increasing duty drawback rates on luminaires and other lighting related products and more…
Smart lighting – a solution for employers struggling to recruit
According to the latest research by Signify, investing in smart lighting could lead to increased workplace satisfaction among employees. Over half of small and medium-sized enterprises struggle to recruit talent and two in five have issues retaining employees. The findings show that over half of the employees surveyed said they’d be in favor of their company investing in connected tech, specifically smart lighting, ahead of other improvements. When it comes to connected technology usage among SMEs, nearly one in five (17%) already use it in some form in their business, and just under a third (29%) are interested in doing so in the future.
(Arc Magazine, 22/10/2018)
The end of halogen lighting & the bright future of LED
From Sept. 1 this year, almost all halogen lighting will be phased out in Europe to make way for more efficient and cost-effective solutions. The timing is right to educate buyers and end users about the improvements in LED light quality and benefits of their use. The incandescent light bulb has existed for over 130 years; however, about 90% of the energy it produces is in the form of heat as opposed to light, making it hugely inefficient. That translates into 75% more energy used than LED alternatives. Therefore, the switch from incandescent to LED is a vital business decision, and in light of the impending halogen phase-out across the EU, it demands immediate attention.
(LEDs Magazine, 12/10/2018)
China increases duty drawback rates for luminaires
The Chinese government has launched new policies to reduce the impacts of the U.S. tariffs on Chinese exporters. One of them is to raise duty drawback rates for the exported products. The Ministry of Finance of China has issued the policy to increase duty drawback rates to 16 percent for luminaries and related lighting products. According to the official announcement, the goal of the revision is to optimize export tax policy and to respond to the complexity of the international situation. The policy will become effective on November 1st, 2018.
IoT is solving healthcare problems
IoT have been under the spotlight in many sectors including healthcare. In large medical facilities, IoT can provide assistance for visitors to navigate the area. By using the mobile app of the facility via smartphones, visitors can be guided to the best route to get to their destinations. A smart lighting system with integrated sensors in luminaires creates the enabling infrastructure for these digital wayfinding applications. People working at hospitals or medical centers can also benefit from IoT applications. As staffs caring for patients require different light levels for different tasks, flexible lighting solution can meet the demands for specific tasks such as inserting a catheter, taking an X-ray and reviewing test results on a laptop. With suitable lighting, working productivity can be improved.
LuxLive 2018 announces more and more event speakers
The keynote will be delivered by David Saunders, previously keeper of conservation and scientific research at the British Museum and a world authority on the conservation of art and objects. Pic, left, Neil Howard. He will share his insights and learnings in a special session on how both daylight and electric light can affect precious objects. He’ll advise on mitigation measures, and focus specifically on the adoption of LEDs in museums and galleries. Michael Jones, the senior partner who lead the architectural team at Foster + Partners, will reveal how Bloomberg’s European headquarters achieved an unprecedented 98.5 % ‘outstanding’ rating against the latest Breeam sustainability standard. LuxLive features eight inspiring free conference tracks and over 100 expert speakers, covering crucial topics including emergency lighting, safer cities, lighting for transport and infrastructure, workplace and wellbeing lighting and much more.
(Lux Review, 20/10/2018)
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