Africa's 900 million people use less energy than Spain's 47 million. In sub-Saharan Africa, 621 million people have no electricity whatsoever. Each year, 600,000 Africans - half of them children - die from household air pollution, caused by fuel wood and charcoal used for cooking.
We can not deny the fact that Africa has limited access to clean and affordable energy. Even today, most African countries are still following the outdated high-carbon pathway the developed countries have followed. But local governments have realized the importance of developing clean energy to promote economic prosperity and safeguard the sustainability of our planet.
At the LED Show last week, Marci Sanders of D&R International, an environmental and energy efficiency consulting firm, presented an update of recent revisions to the Lighting Facts program aimed at further improving the integrity of products that carry the Lighting Facts label. The biggest change is that Lighting Facts will now require that manufacturers update the status of their listed products annually.
To kick off the first day of conference sessions at The LED Show (Las Vegas, NV), Cree, Bridgelux, and Nichia took the stage in the first session, touting vastly different messages. Cree focused on the system-level aspects of solid-state lighting (SSL) design.
For many lighting professionals, the dimming and control aspect of the industry can represent a seemingly complex problem. There are an increasing number of control options to choose from with LED lighting and compatibility is not always assured.