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Content Overview

LED Lighting and System Design is top of mind in Europe.  The 2012 deadline to phase out inefficient incandescent bulbs is rapidly approaching.  The push is on to reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions, and other initiatives such as ButK and EnERLIn are in the limelight.
There is opportunity for those who are poised to meet the challenge.  Are you prepared?

Technology moves at such a rapid pace that it's difficult to stay on top of the latest products, the regulations, policies and applications. For this reason, we've assembled a cast of experts to teach you, challenge you, and provide you with a little fun, and maybe some nice prizes, too.

You don't know as much about lighting as you think. Don't get caught in the dark.

The Digi-Key Symposium: LED Lighting and System Design Europe Edition is unique in that it spans a large audience. Topics are sure to be of interest to the student, academia professional and hobbyist, the experienced design engineer, and the procurement specialist.


  • Driving Today's Lighting Technologies
  • LEDs and their Applications: Ask the Experts
  • Lighting the Future
  • LED Driver and Thermal Issues: Ask The Experts

Prior to the Digi-Key Symposium: LED Lighting and System Design, we encourage you to review the user experience and functionality that will be available to you during the virtual conference.

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photo if Jürgen SturmKeynote Address

Presenter: Jűrgen Sturm, Secretary General of the European Lamp Companies Federation

Jűrgen holds a degree in Law from Passau University, as well as an LL.M. in European Law from the University of Aberdeen.

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Panel Discussion: Driving Today's Lighting Technologies

Moderator: John Donovan, Editor/Publisher, Low Power Design  
Panelists: To Be Announced

This panel will address today's lighting technologies and the issues a designer will face when implementing them. Whether your design involves general illumination, signage or high-power industrial lighting, many of the design challenges remain the same. This panel will look at the products and technologies that are available today, including the lighting elements themselves, the circuits and systems needed to power them and application-specific implementation issues. In particular the panelists will detail how these products and technologies can be implemented for the most cost-effective and power-efficient design.

Panel Discussion: Ask the Experts - LEDs And Their Applications

Moderator: John Donovan, Editor/Publisher, Low Power Design  
Panelists: To Be Announced

Solid-state lighting is finding a wide range of applications, each with its unique design challenges. Whether you're designing dashboard or displays or high-brightness (HB) LED arrays for outdoor venues, even choosing the right components can be a daunting task. In this panel our industry experts will answer questions from the audience regarding different LED technologies and devices, considerations regarding radiant and luminous flux, LED color mixing and color rendering of light sources; and the physical and system-level design consideration for automotive, industrial, consumer and other lighting applications.

Panel Discussion: Lighting the Future

Moderator: Margery Conner, Technical Editor, Online Initiatives, Power, UBM Electronics 
Panelists: To Be Announced

Regardless of what phase of design you're in, it's important to understand what's coming down the pike. Hence, this panel will look a little bit into the future, helping both designers and procurement engineers understand what lighting technologies are available today, what's coming in the near future, what effect these current and future products will have on the market; and what can be expected in terms of price and availability of these products. The session will provide insight into exactly when is the right time to make specific design decisions.

Panel Discussion: Ask the Experts - LED Driver And Thermal Issues

Moderator: Margery Conner, Technical Editor, Online Initiatives, Power, UBM Electronics 
Panelists: To Be Announced

Despite being simple current-source devices, driving LEDs isn't a simple task. How do you maintain a wide dimming ratio while at the same time maintaining color spectrum? How can power, factor and total harmonic distortion be corrected and controlled? What are some creative approaches to thermal management of HB LED arrays in various automotive and industrial applications? Our panel of experts will address these and other issues raised by the audience during the course of the panel.


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