the paradox of industry standards and creative freedom

Despite the myriad new technologies available to the lighting industry, the industry seems frozen in the past, paralyzed by suddenly having too much creative freedom.  The problem is that the industry is actually suffering from a lack of smart industry standards that would ultimately enable more innovation in architectural lighting applications.  Without modern and extensible standards, the lighting industry is effectively reduced to bunch of walled-garden, proprietary-technology fiefdoms.  To allow creative designers and solution providers to “mix and match” the best capabilities and innovations from throughout the industry, the industry must develop the connective tissue of intelligent and open standards; in other words, technological constraints will drive application innovation.