Melissa Stickford is passionate about lighting and design. She's worked in the lighting and electrical field for over a quarter century. Along with her passion, she bring a sense of humor, encouraging, teaching and inspire others to just "look up". Let's see the world in a new lovely light, while saving energy, using daylight and enlightening spaces.
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Remember that 80s' hit song? How about this one? "Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce
Another runner in the night..." And of course, "this little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine, Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine…. " Now that you've got a song stuck in your head, I need to be honest, I’m a total lighting geek, a nut, a fanatic! I’m a total lover of light! Call me crazy, I don’t care… Light, traveling in waves, is something we cant see or touch. But, it can make us feel happy, sad, energetic, sleepy... So many take it for granted, flipping a switch and magically a light glows. Let me tell you, LEDs have broke all the rules. Light and Technology, as we know it, is transforming our way of living…
Lighting is becoming more personal to us, catoring to our individual preferences. We have LED products available with dimming and color adjustment simultaneously, known as warm glow dimming (and some will sync up with your music too - COOL!). So, the way we can control our fixtures has also changed. EVERYTHING is connecting to the internet in our homes and businesses. Thus, introducing The Internet of Things (IoT) which is a fancy term for expanding connectivity to the internet. Because lighting is in all our spaces, connecting them seems only appropriate. As more and more devices are online and IoT becomes mainstream, the radio signals of Wi-Fi won’t be able to keep up the speed and bandwidth. A light based system, Li-Fi is being developed offering 40 times the speed of Wi-Fi. Apple is already enhancing some of its services with Li-Fi. They recently patented a technology that gives data transmission capabilities to the iPhone camera, and the latest versions of the iOS have Li-Fi functions as part of their code – the hardware is not capable yet, but the software side is already being developed! They are equipping their Apple TV for Li-Fi communication, thus Apple’s applications such as HomeKit and Siri will be more powerful. The iPhone will serve as the control interface for all light-based applications and services, while the Apple TV or any other stationary device serves as the hub.