Lighting : LIGHTING-April-2017
At the time of writing, the Australian Government is in an advanced stage of developing a range of regulatory options including LED minimum energy performance standards (MEPS), phasing-out most remaining halogen and incandescent lamps, product labelling, luminaire MEPS and phasing out linear fluorescent lamps/luminaires. l Encourage a shift in emphasis from lifetime requirements and waste management to serviceability and upgradeability; and l Encourage a shift in regulatory regimes from many rules poorly enforced to few rules well enforced. WHAT WILL BE YOUR ROLE, IF ANY, WITH THIS YEAR’S SPARC-FMA? I am very excited about 2017’s sparc-FMA and am assisting with event organisation. For the first time, LCA is partnering with the Facility Management Association of Australia. Facility managers are important stakeholders in the lighting industry and it’s a great opportunity for them to hear the latest developments in lighting technology from a great range of speakers. CAN YOU GIVE AN UPDATE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF A POSITION STATEMENT ON THE COLOUR RENDERING INDEX? The Colour Rendering Index (Ra), developed by the scientific and standardisation body CIE earlier last century, is a measure of the ability of a light source to reveal the colours of various objects faithfully in comparison with an ideal or natural light source. The widespread adoption of LEDs in recent years has led to debate on the adequacy of CRI. Indeed, there is a good argument for an additional colour quality metric – in particular, for colour saturation. GLA supports the adoption of such a metric for 32 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | April/May 2017 use in conjunction with the well- established fidelity metric Ra. GLA discusses the above themes in its position statement. In addition, it opposes any attempts by regulators to impose minimum performance requirements for a CRI greater than 80 for indoor lighting applications. It is sometimes wrongly assumed that the higher the Ra value, the better the light source must be. However other factors such as colour saturation, colour temperature and the precise position of the colour point in the chromaticity diagram are also important in light quality – perhaps even to a greater extent than colour fidelity. A higher legal minimum requirement for Ra is likely to impede innovation in other important aspects of colour quality such as colour saturation, white light perception and personal preference. Moreover, higher legal minimum requirements for Ra can result in less energy efficient light sources and therefore are contrary to the objective of minimising energy use. ARE THERE ANY CURRENT POLICIES UNDERWAY THAT READERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT? At the time of writing, the Australian Government is in an advanced stage of developing a range of regulatory options including LED minimum energy performance standards (MEPS), phasing-out most remaining halogen and incandescent lamps, product labelling, luminaire MEPS and phasing-out linear fluorescent lamps/luminaires. The introduction of MEPS for LEDs, at least in its current proposed form, has far-reaching consequences for Australia’s lighting industry. Because of the sheer number of LED products and their different configurations, the regulation will place a huge cost impost on the industry. LCA has been working closely with the Department of the Environment and Energy to reduce these costs. I’M SURE THERE WILL BE MANY IN THE INDUSTRY WHO WILL BE SAD TO SEE YOU MOVING ON. WHAT HAS BEEN A HIGHLIGHT FROM YOUR TIME AS CEO AT LCA? The greatest for me will always be the people in the lighting industry. I have been fortunate to work with cohesive, practical and down-to-earth people during my entire tenure with LCA, particularly the Board of Directors and long-standing Chairman, Russell Loane OAM (recently retired from the role). Another important highlight was forming a new company – Lighting Council Australia Limited – when Lighting Council was still part of another association representing a range of electrical and electronic industries. Lastly, a big highlight has been witnessing the enormous changes in lighting technology brought about by solid state lighting. There are many manifestations and consequences of this revolution; perhaps the most farreaching could be lighting becoming the very backbone of the Internet of Things. It is a privilege to be part of this new paradigm in lighting. WHY HAVE YOU DECIDED TO MOVE ON AND WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS? I have been working with the lighting industry since 1992 when I first joined the Australian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association. Having recently turned 65, I felt it was time for me to move on. The decision was also in part based on the death in 2015 of my wife from cancer and feeling the need to leave Canberra. I have very recently relocated to a small hobby farm on the far-north coast of NSW.