Apr 27, 2017

Light Fair InternationalTwo full-day forums on the Wednesday, May 10 represent arguably the two hottest trends in the lighting industry. The IoT & Smart Lighting Forum will explore the benefits of connectivity that drive lighting and technology ahead. The Light & Health Forum will outline the impact of light on biological health and well-being, and address current issues such as the potential for blue light as a hazard. Each consists of six one-hour sessions.

Session highlights from the IoT Forum include:

Michael PoplawskiMichael WelshMichael Poplawski of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Michael Welsh of Control Network Solutions Ltd. will take a look at the growing threat of turf wars and why they are a barrier to the development and deployment of connected lighting.
Konkana KhaundKonkana Khaund, Frost & Sullivan, along with speakers from Cisco and Philips, will analyze how smart cities can go beyond lighting for illumination, safety, security and aesthetics, to connected lighting with smart LEDs that enable everything from law enforcement to environmental improvement, transportation oversight, citizen engagement, wireless connectivity and emergency preparedness.

Thomas BlewittThomas Blewitt of UL will explore how hackers—whether sophisticated or some guy in his bedroom—can wreak havoc on connected lighting. He will provide an overview of basic “cyber security hygiene” principles to reduce risk.

Session highlights from the Light & Health Forum include:

Dr. George BrainardDr. David Sliney, U.S. Army Medical Department (retired), and Dr. George Brainard, Thomas Jefferson University, are among the panelists who will ask: Blue light—is there an issue? They will explore the potential health implications of blue-rich solid-state and compact fluorescent lighting, and touch on the recent media reports that have created concerns.

Naomi MillerJennifer VeitchNaomi Miller, PNNL, and Jennifer Veitch, National Research Council of Canada, will assess what we know and what we don’t know when applying light and health research. Much is not yet clear, as individual and environmental differences complicate matters. As a result, designers are faced with multiple populations using a space and balancing circadian needs with work demands and long-term health.

Mariana FigueiroMariana Figueiro of the Lighting Research Center, along with presenters from the U.S. General Services Administration and the U.S. Department of State, will share the results from GSA’s multi-year study of circadian light in federal workplaces in the U.S. and in northern Europe.