In the 1990’s, it was a heady time for prediction and prognostication about energy. The lighting industry established goals to be reached in the foreseeable future, calling their plans “Vision 2020” as a roadmap for the evolution of lighting. The US Department of Energy entered the scene with little clue (along with the rest of us) of what would become of lighting in the next 20 years. Energy codes including ASHRAE/IES 90.1-1999 and California Title 24-2001 were trying to set the pace, but most of the industry did not know what a driver was and could not imagine a future without “super T-8” fluorescent lamps.
But a sharp turn was approaching. By 2012, the emergence of two complimentary technologies dramatically altered the entire lighting industry and quickly changed the slope of the energy curve for lighting. White light LEDs and control electronics replaced historic technologies in less than seven years. Now, in 2020, lighting is no longer a major energy user in new and retrofitted buildings. This exceeds the wildest predictions and dramatically alters the emphasis of the lighting industry.
Well, here we are in 2020 and bluntly, the energy era for lighting is completely over. Our work is done. So, what’s next? This keynote offers a visionary roadmap for continued growth in the lighting industry in ways not imaginable 20 years ago. Some are obvious, others will be a surprise. Come and hear.