Mr. Parag Wani

    Mr. Parag, who is the design and quality head for Lighting division of the consumer Business Unit at Crompton Greaves, gave an enriching insight about the latest technologies and breakthroughs in the world of lighting. He started off with a brief idea about different entities and business units in the Avantha Group, the parent group of Crompton Greaves. He mentioned about 3 major verticals at Crompton Greaves viz. power systems, industrial systems and consumer products – lighting, fans, power appliances, pumps etc. 

    Since he himself heads the design department in the lighting division, and his major interest and forte is in the LED lighting, he spoke at length about different aspects of lighting. He began with the formal definition of light from physics perspective and about how light has evolved from radiance to incandescence and then to electron arc and then finally to fluorescence. Then he asserted that solid state lighting would be the next big thing in lighting. He spoke about various options available to consumers for lighting and about the LEDs and induction lamps that are making foray into the lighting space and replacing incandescent bulbs.
    He continued that although lighting appears to be a simple phenomenon, but the truth is that it is an extremely complex industry which involves a large number of technologies. Every lighting company needs to continuously engage itself with the R&D to ensure that it is abreast with the latest technology. Else the fate of a lighting company would be no different from that of the leading imaging and photographic equipment manufacturing company of its time, Kodak. Kodak succumbed to the innovations in digital photography and with the advent of such embedded systems as mobile phones with high resolution cameras. Similarly innovations in solid state lighting would make the present incandescence based light sources absolutely obsolete. 

    Finally he said that LED is introducing new players to the industry and making the business extremely competitive. He concluded that LED would make possible the concepts of Green Buildings where saving on light would save as much as 20% of energy bills in offices.