Setting standards, making laws, driving adoption
Across the China strait Taiwan's government is planning to announce five sets of standards for smart lighting, according to a Focus Taiwan
The standards are expected to improve the efficiency of lighting management, improve safety during night-time activities, create energy-saving and a smart lighting environment, and explore high value-added business opportunities worldwide, the Institute for Information Industry reported said recently.
Active legislative positions to drive LED lighting adoption have been taken for some time by mainland China and Taiwan. They are helping to make Greater China the focus of LED lighting the place where the rest of the world will eventually have to go buy their lights. It certainly looks like the European Union and the United States missed a trick in that regard.
Indeed legislation, such as passing a law that says all public buildings lights HAVE to be solid-state by such and such a date seems to be a far better way of driving local technical ability, manufacturng and supply than doling out tax payers' money to researchers. It is what the European Union did with regard to cellular telephony and that helped drive Ericsson and Nokia to leading positions and sustained billions of euros of research, manufacture and jobs, for a while.
It is too late in the realm of solid-state lighting as the trick has been pulled by Taiwan and China. Which is why the LEDs for my next solid-state light bulb may well have been finished in Wuxi.
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