Special Issue "Smart Lighting"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Optics and Lasers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Jussi Parkkinen

School of Computing, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio 70100, Finland
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Interests: spectral color science; lighting research; pattern recognition
Guest Editor
Prof. Alain Tremeau

Faculty of Sciences and Technologies, University Jean Monnet, St-Etienne, 42100 Saint-Étienne, France
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Interests: color imaging; computer vision
Guest Editor
Dr. Vineetha Kalavally

School of Engineering, Monash University Malaysia, Bandar Sunway 46150, Malaysia
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Interests: applications of solid state lighting (SSL); intelligent lighting systems; quality of light; non-visual effects of light; visual inspection systems using SSL; visible light communications; Raman amplifiers; lighting for visually impaired

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The successful production of highly-efficient blue light emitting diodes (LED) was a remarkable milestone in lighting technology. This enabled the development of LEDs for general lighting in public and commercial places, as well as in homes.

Moving from traditional incandescent and fluorescent light sources to LED lighting was originally driven by energy savings achieved by replacing the light bulbs with LEDs, either retrofit or by new luminaires. Soon, however, the nature of LEDs being solid-state devices was utilized and the energy efficiency was shown to be improved by adding intelligence into lighting control.

Alongside, the understanding of the effect of light and its different spectral components to the human wellbeing is increasing. An important step in this matter was the discovery of non-visual light sensing pathway in the human eye including the intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGC), sensors regulating the circadian rhythm.

The shift to LED luminaires has therefore led to a shift in lighting technology from static to highly dynamic, requiring the integration of color science, human psychology and physiology, advanced electronics, sensor technology and the Internet of Things.

This Special Issue covers all aspects of novel lighting systems, where intelligence has been embedded into the lighting system. These include methods for light production, energy saving, control systems, visible light communications, as well as developing lighting for wellbeing, context aware lighting and lighting for special needs. Both indoor and outdoor lighting are covered and the applications in the new fields of intelligent lighting in game industry, spectral imaging, etc., are also welcome.

Prof. Jussi Parkkinen
Prof. Alain Tremeau
Dr. Vineetha Kalavally
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Smart lighting
  • Lighting for wellbeing
  • Non-visual effect of light
  • Visible light communication
  • Light in spectral imaging
  • Light quality
  • Connected lighting
  • Spectral sensing

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Open AccessArticle Illuminance Reconstruction of Road Lighting in Urban Areas for Efficient and Healthy Lighting Performance Evaluation
Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(9), 1646; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8091646
Received: 9 August 2018 / Revised: 8 September 2018 / Accepted: 11 September 2018 / Published: 13 September 2018
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Big lighting data are required for evaluation of lighting performance and impacts on human beings, environment, and ecology for smart urban lighting. However, traditional approaches of measuring road lighting cannot achieve this aim. We propose a rule-of-thumb model approach based on some feature
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Big lighting data are required for evaluation of lighting performance and impacts on human beings, environment, and ecology for smart urban lighting. However, traditional approaches of measuring road lighting cannot achieve this aim. We propose a rule-of-thumb model approach based on some feature points to reconstruct road lighting in urban areas. We validated the reconstructed illuminance with both software simulated and real road lighting scenes, and the average error is between 6 and 19%. This precision is acceptable in practical applications. Using this approach, we reconstructed the illuminance of three real road lighting environments in a block and further estimated the mesopic luminance and melanopic illuminance performance. In the future, by virtue of Geographic Information System technology, the approach may provide big lighting data for evaluation and analysis, and help build smarter urban lighting. Full article
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Open AccessArticle A Single-Stage High-Power Factor Converter with Synchronized Self-Excited Technique for LED Lighting
Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(8), 1408; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8081408
Received: 16 July 2018 / Revised: 3 August 2018 / Accepted: 16 August 2018 / Published: 20 August 2018
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This paper proposes a single-stage, high power-factor light-emitting diode (LED) driver with a self-excited control scheme for the power switches. The self-excited mechanism is accomplished by fetching the driving voltages from a center-tapped transformer. The frequency of the driving voltages is exactly the
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This paper proposes a single-stage, high power-factor light-emitting diode (LED) driver with a self-excited control scheme for the power switches. The self-excited mechanism is accomplished by fetching the driving voltages from a center-tapped transformer. The frequency of the driving voltages is exactly the same as the resonant frequency of the resonant converter, thus synchronizing the resonant frequency with the switching frequency and achieving zero-voltage switching (ZVS) and zero-current switching (ZCS) of power switches. The circuit topology is mainly composed of a half-bridge LC resonant converter, along with a boost-type power-factor corrector (PFC) to fulfill the single-stage structure, meaning that the presented LED driver possesses high power-factor features and low switching loss. Finally, a 40 W prototype circuit is implemented and tested, and the experimental results exhibit a satisfactory performance. Full article
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