LED Lighting Manufacturers band together to create "standards" for LED lighting
Twelve major lighting
manufacturers, including Philips, Osram
, Infineon Technologies, Cooper Lighting
and Trilux, are creating an organization to develop "standard specifications for the interfaces of LED light engines." The organization, Zhaga
, "will enable interchangeability between products made by diverse manufacturers. Interchangeability is achieved by defining interfaces for a variety of application-specific light engines. Zhaga standards will cover the physical dimensions, as well as the photometric, electrical and thermal behavior of LED light engines." The reported goal of the organization is to speed industry innovation and adoption of LED technology, as well as to prevent market fragmentation resulting from incompatible LED light engines. So far, the 12 member lighting
manufacturers are: Acuity Brands Lighting
, Cooper Lighting
, Infineon Technologies, Louis Poulsen Lighting, Osram
, Philips Lighting, Regent Beleugtungskörper, Schréder, Toshiba, Trilux, and Zumtobel Group.
If it achieves its stated goals, Zhaga should help spur LED adoption and avoid some of the early quality problems associated with LED lighting. However, the current Zhaga membership seems to exclude many smaller manufacturers and therefore doesn't seem to be 100% in the interest of the entire industry. We hope that Zhaga continues to grow and become more inclusive, since the full potential of disruptive green technology such as LED lighting will not be achieved if we allow the industry to be controlled by patent monopolies or cartel-type industry groups.