Solid-state lighting (SSL) is bringing new capabilities to lighting, in part because light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can be easily packaged together on a printed circuit board to form sources that are multicomponent and multifunctional. But the long-term performance of such systems hasn’t yet been fully investigated, despite the fact that next to energy efficiency, long life is the most publicized advantage of SSL. That’s why the U.S. Department of Energy is funding an ongoing series of studies on the reliability of LED lighting products conducted by RTI International, an independent research firm.
Nearly 3 million American workers are hurt on the job each year, and poor lighting is to blame for the most common accidents, including slips, trips, falls, and contact with objects and equipment. Research has shown that simply improving workplace lighting can reduce accidents by as much as 60% percent in industrial facilities.
Info techies are more influential decision makers in today’s IoT-oriented, smart lighting, smart building environment, according to a survey by GE’s Current group.
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) recently unveiled the WELL v2 pilot, the next version of its WELL Building Standard, the first building rating system to focus exclusively on the impacts of buildings on human health and wellness.