Whether at home, in stores or integrated in furniture, efficient LED technology and state-of-the-art control engineering have opened up new possibilities in the field of lighting design. OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) are already being celebrated as the new generation of lighting, which produce light over larger areas and can be produced in any structure and pattern conceivable. The purpose of these innovations is not merely to demonstrate the technical expertise of the lighting specialists. They also offer users noticeable value added on account of their flexibility in a variety of applications while using little power. But what are the requirements for meaningful innovations and what factors need to be taken into consideration in their development?
These are some of the questions which will be answered by Elmar Schüller, Founder and Director of the Innovative Living Institute (ILI), at the forthcoming ZOW (9 to 12 February 2015) where he will be curating the Lighting Forum.
How technology is customised
Hardly any other sector is currently experiencing such radical change as the lighting industry, according to ZVEI, a new LED generation comes about every six to eight months while swiftly established technologies disappear from the market. The process of development and design is now focusing to an increasing extent on human beings. The central issues addressed by the Lighting Forum at the forthcoming ZOW will be the way in which new lighting technologies are tailored to people’s needs, which demands are placed on innovations and which new opportunities are being opened up.
“Changes in society as well as a shift in values and culture bring about changes in criteria in relation to quality”, explains Schüller. “Completely new requirements are created and attitude acquires a new significance.” In view of the two financial crises, impending bottlenecks in the supply of raw materials and a democratic system in need of a shake-up, self-fulfillment and communication have taken the place of wealth and ownership. “The distinctive feature of design lies within the context of social significance,” states the established innovation, design and business expert, who over the past few years has been involved in various projects, including the development of the prestigious “red dot award” to become an internationally recognised accomplishment. “It is only with new technologies that innovative products and solutions in the field of lighting can be created. And if these products and solutions are a reflection of our culture and these requirements change, then this means that new, intelligent answers and products need to be found to satisfy these new needs. Only when we understand people’s needs will we be able to create smart solutions for these requirements.”