Top Jobs
Senior Project Engineer
Energy Analyst- Project Engineer
Energy Engineer II
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Energy Program Design Supervisor-BU
Director of Engineering
Electricity Sector Specialist
Senior Energy Efficiency Program Analyst
Mechanical Engineer
Submit a Position
Find a Position

Upcoming Events
Uganda and Tanzania Localisation Forum 2018 / Mozambique Assembly 2018
Polana Serene Hotel, Avenida Julius Nyerere 1380, Maputo, Mozambique.,
1/22/18 - 1/26/18
AME Roundup 2018
Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver V6C 0C3, Canada,
1/22/18 - 1/25/18
Africa Energy Forum: Off the Grid
Dar Es Salaam,
1/23/18 - 1/25/18
East Africa Energy and Infrastructure Summit
Dar Es Salaam,
1/23/18 - 1/23/18
MiaGreen Expo & Conference 2018 (9th edition)
777 NW 72 Ave,
1/24/18 - 1/25/18
Submit an Event
View All Events

Sain Featured Employer

Creative Destruction in Lighting


Follow energycareer on Twitter

Sign-Up for Free Energy, Facility, Power Newsletter (EFPN) newsletter




At the 2017 Strategies in Light conference, Robert F. Karlicek, Jr., spoke about creative destruction in the lighting industry brought on by LED technology and the Internet of things (IoT). Karlicek is a professor and director for the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.? After catching his fascinating presentation, I interviewed him for a story for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. Excerpt below:

In 1942, economist Joseph Schumpeter coined the term “creative destruction” to describe the impact of innovation. In the lighting industry, LED technology and integration of IoT services are disrupting traditional lighting and legacy business structures, supply chains and distribution channels.?

For the majority of the market, the primary focus is energy efficiency and performance. The high efficiency and longevity of LED products makes them appealing for both new and existing construction. This is destructive to traditional lighting manufacturing and distribution. ?

In the specification-grade segment, innovation focuses on adding value—new form factors, features, color tuning, dimming, data production, IoT integration and visual light communication. As color tuning and IoT concepts continue to enter the market, Karlicek believes this segment will grow.

Return Home


Follow energycareer on Twitter