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The highlights of EuroLED 2012

If there was a single overriding message at this year's euroLED conference it was that we are about to witness the transition of LED from premium product to mainstream and eventually market-leading lighting solution.

This was the focus of a fascinating opening presentation by Jamie Fox of IMS Research, who predicted that pricing would soon reach a “compelling” level, and a challenging presentation by Marco Toja of LuckyGar, who stated that “90% of applications can already be satisfied by existing LED technology.”

The next sessions focused on applications, with designer Michael Grubb explaining the use of LED lighting at the London 2012 Olympic Park, and GE Lighting's Simon Fisher stressing the importance of solutions that are appropriate to a client's needs – which may mean a combination of LED and other technologies.

Highlights of the afternoon's sessions included an insight into the possibilities offered by LED control gear by Peter van der Kolk of Helvar, while Tridonic's Mathias Burger looked at trends in converters and light engines, including future-proofing through exchangeability.

Day two began with a series of presentations on standards. Our own Andy Davies – in his role as co-chair of Zhaga – explained the organisation's work on standardisaton and interchangeability of LED light engine design. Other updates included news of SSL research in Europe from the EC's Dr Martyn Chamberlain, and the latest on standards in North America by Mike Grather, chairman of the IES TPC Committee.

The next session focused on quality and cost: Yoong Jin Hu of Cree explained the requirements of lighting class LEDs; Philips' Mark van den Berg looked at the needs of different market segments, while Tom van den Bussche highlighted opportunities presented by GaN-on-Si technology. And the event was rounded off with a series of in-depth insights into safety and reliability issues.

All in all, a busy, interesting and enlightening event – many thanks to all speakers and delegates.

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