Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 12-13, 2019

New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

2019 Introduction to LiFi

Introduction to LiFi

Randy Reid, LumEfficient

Tuesday, March 12
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room: Nassau West
Credits: 1 AIA LU


LiFi allows devices to connect wirelessly to the Internet using light spectrum offering unprecedented data and bandwidth.
WiFi systems have speeds from 54 Mbps to 1 Gbps. LiFi has been tested up to 11 Gbps from a single LED. LiFi opens up spectrum 10,000 times greater than WiFi. The LumEfficient ORES is one of the first LiFi enabled fixtures in the world.
LiFi, like WiFi, allows devices to connect wirelessly to the Internet. While WiFi uses radio signals to connect, LiFi uses light spectrum which can enable unprecedented data and bandwidth. The emergence of more connected devices compete for bandwidth and radio Frequencies, like WiFi, are running out of space. LiFi uses the frequencies of light waves, which are 1000 times more plentiful than radio frequencies. A hacker can sit in a parking lot and gain access to data. However, LiFi is line-of-site, meaning a hacker would have to actually be in the building to penetrate the system.


Randy Reid, LumEfficient
Randy Reid has helped shape the lighting market over the past three decades. Randy began his career in 1983 with GE Lighting where he worked in various capacities, including National Sales Manager for Crescent Electric. In 1989, GE sold its ballast division to Valmont, and Reid joined the company as Western Region Manager. In 2002, he founded the US Division of Metrolight, an Israeli-based startup. In 2009, Reid joined LUXIM, then a Silicon Valley startup, in the position of Vice President, Marketing. At the same time, he launched a new company, LumEfficient, to promote and sell LUXIM’s Light Emitting Plasma™ line. Today, LumEfficient is now 100% dedicated to LED technology.

Randy served as President of the Illuminating Engineering Society in 2002-2003. He also held positions of RVP Director, Treasurer, and Senior Vice President. Randy was chairman of the IES Annual Conference in 2010 and received the President’s Award in 2011.

He was a member of the LIGHTFAIR Management Committee in 2001-2003, and served on the LIGHTFAIR Advisory Committee in 2006.

Since 1999, Randy has published the EdisonReport, focused on the Business of Lighting™. He holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Alabama and an M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee.