Healthcare

THE LIGHTING industry is ramping up production of UV-C lamps across the world in an effort to benefit from the surge in demand driven by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The coronavirus crisis is leading to an unprecedented interest in the power of passive ultraviolet lighting to disinfect workplaces. In particular, attention is centring on the use...
Healthcare

SIGNIFY is blowing the dust off a traditional technology in the fight against coronavirus: mercury vapour lamps.  Company chief Eric Rondolat says the medium-pressure light source alone has the potency to kill the virus rapidly. He envisions a booming market for upper-room disinfection, in which air-borne viruses are killed by UV-C light from mercury lamps...
Circadian Lighting

AFTER YEARS of development, Dutch lighting giant Signify has unveiled its rival to the Coelux artificial skylight which wowed the lighting industry on its launch in 2014 and went on to win multiple awards. Dubbed NatureConnect, Signify’s LED-based system has the key characteristic of the Coelux of a perception of space and depth beyond the...
IoT/Smart Lighting

GERMAN standards and testing giant Dekra has awarded the first ever security certificate for internet-connected lighting to Signify. The stamp of approval means Dekra believes Signify’s ‘Internet of Things’ smart lighting systems are as robust as possible in minimising the threat from hacking and fixing vulnerabilities quickly. The award means Signify is the first lighting...
Lighting Industry

THE ADVENT of 3D printed luminaires will be more disruptive to the industry than the development of LEDs, a senior Signify executive has predicted. Coen Liedenbaum – who was one of the first to predict the switch to LEDs in the early 2000s –says the 3D printing project he is working on is ‘something that not...
IoT/Smart Lighting

THE WORLD’S biggest lighting company has backed the introduction of the D4i interface standard. Signify says it has upgraded in premium drivers to D4i, allowing customers to easily exchange different IoT nodes or sensors on luminaires. The company, which contributed to development of the specification, has added it to its portfolio of compact Philips Xitanium Sensor...
Lighting Industry

THE WORLD’S largest lighting company is asking all its employees to sign up to a voluntary scheme which will see their hours and salaries cut by 20 per cent. Signify has written to all its workers in what is describing as a ‘call for solidarity and unity’ asking them to agree the measures, which also...
Street

A TECHNICAL development by Signify is set to bring solar street lighting to a wider range of applications and countries. The launch of a new integrated charge controller enables the emergence of hybrid solar systems.  These enable streetlights to use solar-powered electricity when there is sunshine and the mains grid at other times.  The product...
Retail

IN ONE of the first real-world trials of location-tracking lighting, customers at a supermarket in The Netherlands are using smartphones guided by lights to find products. Shoppers at the Albert Heijn store in Hoofddorp use an app to locate say, soy sauce, to an accuracy of less than 30cm. The installation is a testbed of...
News

NEXT month’s Light + Building exhibition in Frankfurt has been postponed until September due to the threat from the coronavirus. The decision is believed to have driven by the outbreak in Italy of the highly contagious disease and an announcement from Signify that it was pulling out of the show.  Organisers say they came to...