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Lighting in Design Q3 2020 coverHaving recently read an online article about changes the COVID-19 pandemic has affected on our nightscapes, we did some research. It appears that images of earth taken at night are revolutionising our ability to measure and understand nearly every dimension of human activity and allow us to get a glimpse into human-earth interactions in close to real time. COVID-19 has exemplified how night-time lights can help understand the impact of shocks on populations, economies and markets.

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Lighting in Design Q2 coverOh, how things can change in the blink of an eye… Just three months ago in this very issue, we discussed how lighting was shifting into becoming a subset of the tech industry and how the demand for smart fixtures was quickly growing. Now, we are simply clinging on for dear life and hoping to get through this pandemic – an event few of us could have foreseen – relatively unscathed.

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LiD 2020 Q1 low coverI saw an interesting article on LinkedIn recently which asked the question, “Is this still the lighting industry?” The basis of the thought-leadership piece tested the theory of whether the lighting industry was shifting to become a small subset of the tech industry. Consider this, a century ago, many railroad companies thought they were in the railroad business. They eventually failed. Those that realised they were in the transportation business succeeded. Twenty years ago, companies believed they were in the mall/shopping centre retail store business. Companies slow to adapt to online sales failed. Those that invested and adapted quickly succeeded. A number of new and nimble start-ups entered the space with no storefronts and are now great successes. Just a decade ago, companies that thought they were in the movie rental business, eventually failed. Those that realised that they were in the entertainment delivery business are now succeeding.

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Lighting in Design Q4 2019We are in the midst of the 4th Industrial Revolution, and technology is evolving faster than ever. Companies, and individuals who don't keep up with some of the major tech trends, run the risk of being left behind. I recently came across an article by internationally best-selling author, futurist, and strategic business/technology advisor to governments and companies, Bernard Marr, which looks ahead to some of the imminent technology trends for next year.

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Lighting in Design Q3 2019In recent months, lighting designers, manufacturers and electrical engineers have been fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to broaden their horizons and knowledge at a smart street lighting masterclass and BEKA Schréder’s Lightability Seminars.

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Lighting in Design Q2 2019Whilst we weren’t fortunate enough to visit Euroluce in April, we did keep a close eye on the trends coming out of Milan. Euroluce is a biennial light fair that takes place in Milan alongside Salone del Mobile, the Milan Furniture Fair. This year’s edition hosted more than 400 exhibitors from around the world and showcased a new direction in lighting: multitasking fixtures for all-around comfort.

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