We were honored for our Mr Beams ReadyBright Power Outage Lighting System to win the Good Housekeeping Very Innovative Product (VIP) 2013 award. There were 1,500 products tested by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute and 9 products were selected. Good Housekeeping Editor Rosemary Ellis said in her spot on the Today Show highlighting the winners "Everyone should have one of these" and referred to testers who found the power outage lighting "tremendously helpful" for those who dealt with the recent hurricane on the east coast.
Excellent article today in the New York Times today called "LEDs Emerge as a Popular ‘Green’ Lighting" on how people are starting to get comfortable with LED light bulbs and build an understanding of the benefits of the technology partly because they are starting to see more and more products on the shelf. The intelligence built into LED products discussed in the article is part of the value add that can be accomplished uniquely because it is solid state lighting. The Nest thermostat is a good example - a thermostat that can directly communicate with a light bulb. Edison probably did not consider that.
Wireless Environment is an off-grid lighting company. Efficiencies in LEDs and advances in battery technology make off grid lighting a practical and a real solution to a number of lighting problems. There is a strong customer need for lighting that is off grid. For some customers, it is a completely wireless light - battery powered with wireless controls and a bright LED light source. No electrician is required to install a light anywhere a customer needs it.
For other customers, the light is connected to the grid but there is an advantage to taking it off grid sometimes. Lights will use direct electricity most of the time and shift to stored power when it is advantageous like during a power outage or to reduce power consumption at times of peak demand.
There is no doubt that wireless lighting has a place in solving lighting problems that people have. We hear it from the customers of our Mr Beams products - it is a sense of surprise that a product on the market could be easily installed, for the right price, that is bright enough and turns on automatically in a convenient way. We hear it from lighting manufacturers and specifiers when we have demonstrated more advanced hybrid power ideas for lighting manufacturers and at trade shows - people in the industry have not fully considered the benefits of more intelligent switching controls and off grid capabilities in grid connected lighting products.
We are firing up our new wireless technology blog -- check back soon for our first real post on emerging wireless technologies.