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GE Lighting’s Simon Fisher gave a talk on the issues affecting the market. Pennie Varvarides reports last night’s festivities

Lux editor Ray Molony kicked the evening off with an old Irish saying about politics: ‘If you’re not confused, you don’t know what’s going on.’

Welcoming the guests

Fisher took a personal approach, standing with just his words and a microphone. More than 50 industry professionals, including designers, consultants and architects, joined Lux and GE Lighting at Bar Soho last night to discuss the threats, obstacles and opportunities posed by LED lighting.

GE Lighting's Simon Fisher kicks off the talk

With the industry at this point of flux, there is much debate on where it is going and how the industry proposes to get there. Fisher explored the effects of LED in the market and suggests that though LEDs are brilliant for certain applications, they are not the only option.

Things heat up as everyone has their say on the place of LEDs

Fisher spoke to the packed audience about the disruption LEDs are causing to the market and the challenges presented in the design process. Some people questioned whether the energy story has gone too far and that lighting quality is being  forgotten.

Discussing all the new players in the game — and thus all the competition coming out of the Far East — there was concern among the room that quality was being compromised, there may not be room for everyone in the industry.

Is there still room in the industry for us?

TV and electronics big boys have spotted the opportunities in the lighting industry and are jumping in with both feet. They have large budgets to throw into research and development and can afford to make a lot of mistakes along the way. During what soon became a heated debate, there were soon more questions than answers.

Miles Pinniger interjects with a fact about Edison

After the talk and the intense Q&A section of the night, revellers were free to drink and be merry, with many of the issues raised continuing on a micro level among groups.

Lots of people, lots of beer, lots of debate: A successful evening

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