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Brief Published: 21 Nov 2013

Bright Thinking: Philips Luminous Talks


Philips’ latest Luminous Talks conference in New York explored two talking points in the lighting sector – the push for a complete switch to LED, and the demand for artificial daylight.

Stylus attended the November event, which the Dutch technology brand co-hosted with the city’s Parsons The New School for Design.

LED Challenge: Speakers agreed that being forced to fit with old Edison and fluorescent archetypes is a problem for this new technology.

  • If the USA switched entirely to LED, the country could save the equivalent of 50 nuclear power plants’ worth of energy.
  • Philips Lighting Fellow George Craford warned that although LED is becoming inexpensive and more efficient, the potential money savings could encourage consumers to leave the lights on – undoing the sound eco benefits of the technology.

Artificial Daylight: The artificial “lengthening of the day” was a key discussion topic. Davidson Norris outlined his opposition to the addition of standard LEDs to buildings’ environs. The architect says: “There is already enough light in the city; we could use a little darkness.”

  • Philips researcher Raymond Van Ee explained how artificial light is mostly transmitted along a blue wavelength, but natural light travels via both red and blue throughout the day.
  • These colour changes can, however, be mimicked and built into spaces and products, as demonstrated in Phillips’ proposed adaptive Hospital Healing Rooms and Visual Alarm Clock, which Van Ee himself loves.

A webinar presenting a summary of key concepts from the talks is being held on December 12