It is not the critic who counts... - Energy Watch News


It is not the critic who counts…

One of my all-time favorite quotes…I love it every time I read it and I read it often as it’s hanging on my wall in my office. Theodore Roosevelt, Our 26th President frames his argument towards action perfectly by not only honoring “the triumph of high achievement” but bestowing nobility on failure, leaving the option of doing nothing to the weak and inept.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…”

Well, next month, the doers of deeds in the lighting industry take time to show their wares at the most dynamic lighting show in the USA: LIGHTFAIR. Maybe they should change their name to LEDFAIR but that may take place someday as light emitting diodes change our lighting world. Over many years that I now diminish saying as not to advertise my age, I have witnessed change. I remember when the fluorescent lamp was introduced at the 1939 World’s Fair.  No, I got that from Bill Brown…You have to admit that the lighting industry has moved at it’s slow pace since Thomas Edison introduced us to the incandescent light bulb.  That was 1879…..ask Bill Brown about that, not me.

The focus has always been quality of light and recent history includes energy efficiency. Electronics that did not assist Edison is certainly assisting us now. And we need to remember that electronics was first introduced at LIGHTFAIR in the 80’s with the electronic ballast. Whatever happened to all those electronic ballast companies?

I really look forward to LIGHTFAIR this year. For me, it’s a reunion with the many friends and relationships with which I have grown in this wonderful industry since I started selling Westinghouse lamps in 1965 in NYC. Oh, I was just a baby when I started…

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