Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Keeping Up with Technology

We at Abernathy Lighting came across a fascinating article in Lux Magazine the other day that we thought we would bring to your attention. The link is below:

View the Lux Magazine Article Here...

What peaked our interest was the discussion of the growing trend in "Smart" technology being incorporated into today's luminaires. With the wide spread adoption of LED technology, the lighting industry is reveling in luminaires which pride themselves on lasting for 20 years or more. The point raised by this article is that, if these luminaires contain newer IT based technologies, such as Bluetooth, Wifi, or other wireless communication systems, it is possible that these features rely on technology (specifically circuitry and microchips) which were never intended to last 20+ years under constant use.

Let us know your thoughts on this. While we find it fascinating to think that our kitchen down lights can now communicate with our toaster, are we short changing ourselves in the long run?

* Image from "The Brave Little Toaster"

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