Lighting : LIGHTING Feb-Mar 2018
10 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | February/March 2018 FROM THE EDITOR Welcome to 2018 and to Volume 38 of Lighting. Each year’s six issues make up a volume, so this is the 38th year of continuous publication as the IESANZ’s official journal, now usually called “a magazine”. Prior to its current title, Lighting existed for a short time as Lighting in Australia. With the amalgamation of the independent IESs of Australia and New Zealand, the new society’s journal became, simply, Lighting. However, the title has a subtitle Art and Science for International Designers. That subtitle is what now might be called the journal’s mission and by implication that of the IESANZ. Prior to Lighting in Australia and Lighting, the IES’s journal was the bimonthly IES Lighting Review, which had a long and highly regarded history, with its papers often being referenced in “more scientific” international journals and cited as references in Australian Standards. In fact, until the 1980s or 90s, Australia had a very active lighting industry that supported the development of Australian Standards written for the actual conditions found in Australia, rather than simply copying British, American or the emerging international standards. Australian universities employed people with more than a passing interest in lighting (as opposed to light) in architecture, engineering, optometry, ophthalmology, physics, astronomy, metrology and psychology. The Australian government, before it became forum for anti-intellectual slanging matches, engaged in active research in light and lighting, in the CSIRO, Experimental Building Stations, road research laboratories, electricity authorities, railways and many more. Most of the preceding no longer exist. Australia’s vibrant lighting industry was involved in research and development, with many companies employing lamp, luminaire and control gear specialists. For those energetic industries and public enterprises, the IES Lighting Review and later, Lighting were true journals of not only the IES but of the whole lighting community, since they were records of not only formal decisions (of the IES) but of the Society’s activities and those of the industry at large by publishing technical papers presented at IES Technical Meetings and at the Society’s Annual Conferences. Research papers from industry, the research establishments and universities were also published. I participated in much of that activity in my younger days, when Australia’s population was a half of what it is now. Since that time, technological change has been relentless. It has been so disruptive that industries have disappeared and those survivors have changed to do so. The more recent changes are the equivalent of those wrought by the agrarian and the later industrial revolutions. Those technology revolutions have not only brought improvements in productivity and quality but have always replaced labour with machines; the industrial revolution mopped up those displaced from agriculture. Two world wars, influenza, malaria, the communist revolutions, civil wars and wars of independence have kept the factories going and probably got rid of at least 200 or 300 million people over the past century. The current IT/robotics revolution is having an enormous impact; I suspect greater than the other two. What will the millions of workers, whose lives have been “disrupted” do? I suspect that they will be surplus to requirements; to all requirements. Maybe the impacts of the disruption this time is too much to contemplate? The lighting industry is still caught in its own major revolution, making it part of the electronics industry. As they say, the landscape is changing. Lighting has responded to the ever-changing landscape by responding to its changing audience’s needs while adapting to the huge changes underway in the media and advertising. As I mentioned in the last issue of 2017, the IESANZ and Lighting value your support. We also value being a journal of record for our industry. Warren Julian Editor What’s in a name? ORION AERO NEVADA AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST RANGE OF LIGHTS AND FANS Get a quote at www.beaconlightingcommercial.com.au BELLAY SURFACE MARCEL TYPE A CUBA COMMERCIAL Melbourne 03 8415 027 7 | Sydney 02 9699 7255 Brisbane 07 3216 9039 | Perth 08 9444 9653 Adelaide 08 8374 0553 We have one of Australia’s largest ranges of lights, fans and LEDs sourced from around the globe. As lighting specialists, we’re leading the way when it comes to state-of-the-art technology and energy efficiency.
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