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ILLUMIGEDDON AND THE NEW AGE OF LIGHTING DISTRIBUTION BY CHRIS BROWN

Several years ago, I started a project to 'connect the dots' of the lighting industry... all the new technology, new manufacturers, new business models, new competition and the fact that solid-state lighting (SSL) is a classic disruptive technology, and also a destructive technology to our traditional MRO lamp replacement business. In addition, the advent of smart lighting is bringing new players from the technology industry into our once sleepy, stodgy lighting industry. Connecting the dots led me to the conclusion that we are experiencing the end of the traditional lighting industry as we had known it. Thus the concept of 'Illumigeddon' was born and has been debated for months with Bill Attardi in his EnergyNewsWatch.com blog. In no particular order, I want to start more conversation on what I think are the most important aspects of the new age of SSL, particularly as it impacts lighting distribution.
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