Upcoming Trends in Lighting Technology

The early 21st Century is an exciting time to be alive for technophobes in general and for those of us in the lighting industry in particular. That is because things are developing so quickly in our industry that they can hardly be listed in one posting. That is why we have attempted to narrow down some of the most exciting developments in our field. Here are several lighting industry technology trends to watch during the next decade.

  • Connectivity: As smart houses are becoming more and more common, connectivity is all about control, access and convenience. The same principal applies to lighting technology. New developments promise to continue allowing digital light technology to be able to be hooked up to and controlled over great distances.
  • Wireless: Hand in hand with connectivity is wireless technology. Wires are nearly disappearing in this world as more and people expect to be able to communicate using the power of radio frequencies, etc to control devices, etc. Our wireless dimmers packs give professionals the freedom to work without being bound to bulky wires and cables.
  • Li-Fi: Like Wi-Fi, Li-Fi is about the transmission of data. However, Li-Fi uses visible light to send data. What this means is that since light is everywhere; Li-Fi could facilitate better and faster communications signals. The technology is in its infancy but is very promising.light
  • LED: Light emitting diode technology has been with us for some time. Some people, however, have been slow to embrace it. In the coming years it is predicted that more and more people will embrace LED and pair it with some of the above technologies.
  • New materials: Nobel Prize winner Shuji Nakarmua has developed violet LEDS that are able to be used in a base of gallium nitride over sapphire to create better more vibrant colors that also last longer. Many other materials have shown promise in advancing light technology.

In short, companies and individuals devoted to advancing our field are beginning to achieve things that were once only dreamed of. The 21st century is a great time to be alive to witness how these technologies increase and improve entertainment experiences. These technologies, along with our Strand Dimmers, will continue to meet the challenge of the 21st century.

Lights, Action, the Olympics

There is an unwritten rule that every Olympics opening ceremony must attempt to outdo the one that preceded it. Indeed, organizers literally spend years trying to figure out ways to showcase this prestigious series of events that go back to ancient Greece. And with each presentation of the games, technology is utilized in a way that helps to grow interest in the games. The substance of the games is importance but so is the pomp and circumstance. Not by coincidence light has long played a part in creating an entertaining display that visitors can behold. (After all, the lighting of a torch is one of the key events at the start of the games.) This year, we saw an unprecedented display of light technology at the games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.olympic

The Display

 

This year’s games were set off by a high-tech and indeed nearly magical display of light technology as 1218 drones flew over the venue to set a world record for unmanned vehicles airborne at the same time. (A similar feat was done at Lady Gaga’s 2017 half-time Super bowl performance.) Even though the event was prerecorded performance, mainly to avoid the harsh weather conditions expected during the opening ceremony, this did not take away from the technological importance of this achievement. Moreover, it amply demonstrates how dependent we are on light to illuminate, entertain and set the mood for many events.

 

How it was Done

 

Technology leader Intel sponsored the event and it says it will continue to that the drones were controlled from a central computer system which coordinated the drones’ flight utilizing GPS technology. Intel ran test for many month before decided whether the drones would be capable of flying in the windy conditions of Pyeongchang. Intel has been chastised by some in the technology media because the event was pre-recorded but this was done as a precaution. Despite this criticism, Intel’s display set a Guinness Book of World Records for number of drones in flight at one time. This previous record was set in 2016 by 500 drones Intel had sent into flight.

 

We would like to again stress that the technology that makes such venues more enjoyable and entertaining is evolving and that we are proud to be a small part of that growth. Our strand dimmers also help people in the entertainment industry create spectacular displays that are memorable and that utilize growing technology. Moreover, our Strand dimmer repair ensures that the show goes on for our clients and their customers.