2015-03-03

Low Power LED Lighting Trends (I)

This is the first part of Fairchild Semiconductor's five part blog series that will examine LED lighting trends and Fairchild solutions. LED lighting applications fall into three basic input power levels: low-power is less than or up to 20 Watts; mid-power is between 20 Watts and 50 Watts; and high-power is above 50 watts. In the real-world, applications do not always fit nicely in these three buckets, but these power levels align when considering LED driver solutions.
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2015-02-05

The Next Generation of LED Filament Bulbs

Until now, the basic design of an LED lamp has remained fundamentally unchanged. The common formula has been to use a single, high power GaN chip (or a few larger chips), add phosphor (remotely or directly), and drive the chip(s) with as much power as possible to yield the maximum amount of white light. The key to the longevity of the lamps is to effectively dissipate the heat that is generated by the large LED chips. This is why so many LED lamps have large heat sinks added to the base of the lamps.
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2015-02-04

Lumia: Streetlights Replacement Problems and Solutions

  Streetlights are being replaced from conventional technologies and converted into new LED solutions. This is not a new story but we are getting more and more information saying that the change to LED causes problems for people living nearby the newly installed LED streetlights. We at Lumia® would like to explain why this is not a problem for our streetlight solutions and how we are avoiding the issues faced by other streetlight brands.   
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2015-02-03

Team Led by UCLA and Columbia Engineers Uses Disorder to Control Light on a Nanoscale

A breakthrough by a team of researchers from UCLA, Columbia University and other institutions could lead to the more precise transfer of information in computer chips, as well as new types of optical materials for light emission and lasers.
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2015-01-27

Taking Light beyond the Bulb

Now that we’ve flipped the calendar page to January, it’s a chance to celebrate that 2015 has been declared the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015) by the United Nations. We don’t take this opportunity – pardon the pun – lightly.  This is for several reasons. First, our jobs revolve around light.  We work for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which is a telescope in space that observes X-rays from the Universe. X-rays are a kind of light. In fact, there are many different kinds of light, but only one that the human eye can detect naturally (called optical, or “visible,” light).
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2015-01-13

L.J. Star White Paper Illuminates Diffused Light for Process Vessels

L.J. Star Inc., a leading supplier of sight glass lighting, has released a new white paper that explains why the wrong kind of vessel lighting can make a stainless steel vessel appear scratched or contaminated when it’s really not.
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2015-01-13

What are the Real COB, Flip Chip and Vapor Chamber Technology?

What is “Vapor Chamber” Vapor Chambers provide far superior thermal performance than traditional solid metal Heat spreaders at reduced weight and height. Thermal spread resistance is almost neglectable and thermal resistance is x times lower than (refer to copper, carbon nanotube compound, nano diamond compound). Vapor Chambers enable higher component heat densities and TDPs(Thermal Design Power) at safe operating temperatures, extending the components and products life.
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2015-01-13

Light and Vision: Between an Object and a Subject

Alessandro Farini, head researcher of the Visual Ergonomy Lab at the CNR-National Institute of Optics in Florence, Italy, shares in this UN International Year of Light blog entry the impact of lighting on visual perception.
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2015-01-08

Comprehensive Guide to Existing and Developing SSL Standards

The implementation and development of lighting standards has built up the market’s confidence in the Solid State Lighting (SSL) industry, according to a Leading Testing Laboratories (LTL) report. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been working closely with standards organizations to provide technical support, covering product performance testing, statistical evaluations, data compilation, analysis, and related documents. Its goal is to quickly develop and implement required SSL product standards.
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2014-12-22

NASA Study Shows Correlation Between Holidays and Global Lighting Intensity

Even from space, holidays shine bright. With a new look at daily data from the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite, a NASA scientist and colleagues have identified how patterns in nighttime light intensity change during major holiday seasons – Christmas and New Year's in the United States and the holy month of Ramadan in the Middle East.
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2014-12-11

PECO Helps Customers Keep Holidays Happy and Bright

The holiday season is upon us, bringing decorations, festivities and holiday cheer! PECO offers the following tips and suggestions to get in the holiday spirit while staying safe.
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2014-12-09

New LED Device Tracks Oxygen Levels Underwater for Swim Performance, Muscle Repair

A research article published 5 December describes a new light-based technology for measuring oxygen content in muscles while underwater, valuable information for competitive swimmers as well as patients using water-based therapies to recover from muscle injuries. Authored by researchers from the University of Essex and Artinis Medical Systems, the open-access paper appears in the current issue of the Journal of Biomedical Optics, published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.
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2014-11-20

Raising Color Gamut with Quantum Dots

If LCD TVs start getting much more colorful — and energy-efficient — in the next few years, it will probably be thanks to MIT spinout QD Vision, a pioneer of quantum-dot television displays.
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2014-11-04

The Truth about Blue Light and Cancer

We live in a non-stop world where most of us are sleeping less than previous generations. The ready availability of artificial light has made it easy to work and socialize around the clock – leading many health professionals to question the impact this increased exposure is having on our wellbeing.
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2014-10-29

Purdue Grows Ornamental Plant Seedlings with Blue and Red LED Lights

Purdue University researchers' success in using red and blue LEDs as the only source of light to grow ornamental plant seedlings indoors has led to a new phase of determining whether they can reduce production time with more colors.
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2014-10-27

Spark Optoelectronics: How to Make a Perfect Office Lighting System

Office lighting design plays a very important role in the office decoration. Most of people probably know that an appropriate and comfortable office lighting environment is extremely good and key for staffs’ work, body and mental health. However, with more and more using of computers and wrong office lighting design, many people’s eyes and body health are badly influenced.
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2014-10-22

Spark Optoelectronics: Choosing Vision Friendly LED Lights for Home Applications

Nowadays, people more and more care about health and always look for a variety of ways to do that. However, few of them know how important home furnishing LED lighting is to eye and skin health. Healthy home decoration is related to LED lighting, furniture layout, room and wall design.
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2014-10-17

Magnetic Mirrors Enable New Technologies by Reflecting Light in Uncanny Ways

As in Alice’s journey through the looking-glass to Wonderland, mirrors in the real world can sometimes behave in surprising and unexpected ways, including a new class of mirror that works like no other.
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2014-10-14

Spark Optoelectronics: The Three Wrong Assumptions Consumers Make When Buying LED Lights

At present, LED illumination lamps and lanterns are more and more popular and pervasive with the explosive growth of LED industry output value. Moreover, people have fallen in love with LED lights and can’t leave them in daily life and work.
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2014-09-11

Carnegie Mellon's Smart Headlights Spare the Eyes of Oncoming Drivers

A smart headlight developed at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute enables drivers to take full advantage of their high beams without fear of blinding oncoming drivers or suffering from the glare that can occur when driving in snow or rain at night.
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2014-08-18

Developments in Solar Powered LED Surveillance Lights

A UK solar light blog outlines some of the latest developments in solar LED surveillance lights. Solar Power LightsSecurity illumination is seen as one of the essentials to protecting your property. The instalation and running costs have now been shattered to make this aspect of security available to all. So have a look at the new lines of security lighting.
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2014-08-06

WowLighting Busts Myths on Choosing LED Lamps and Fittings

These guidelines have been written by WowLighting to provide buyers with the information they need to correctly select LED lamps to replace existing filament lamps, and to choose new LED light fittings. Many suppliers and manufacturers make misleading claims about their products, to avoid these myths we strongly recommend you familiarize yourself with the issues described below.
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2014-08-05

Big Guys Finally See the “White”

More than one year after Soraa demonstrated it (see my blog from 5/6/13), the importance of whiteness rendering is now being noticed by the larger lighting manufacturers. Perhaps the most notable imitation, from Philips (see LEDs Magazine July/Aug 2014, pp. 9-10), mixes in some violet-emitting with blue-emitting LEDs to provide a level of Optical Brightening Agent (OBA) excitation, which is necessary for whiteness rendering.
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2014-07-25

Five Things to Look Out for When Choosing LED Strips

LED light strips are more widely used these days. Here are professional tips from Chinese LED manufacturer Shenzhen Vini Lighting to help you choose quality LED strips.
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2014-07-24

Features of Solar Street Lamp Light Fixtures

Streets are used every day in every neighborhood for vehicles and pedestrians alike. They make passage easier and more orderly for everyone. Since they are found outside they get very dark at night. Keeping them well lit then becomes a priority. Introducing solar street lamps makes the situation a little less dangerous. 
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2014-07-18

University of Michigan Researcher Lowers LED Costs with Metal-Free Organic Material

Researchers at the University of Michigan have taken a major stride toward perfectly efficient lighting that is also relatively inexpensive and simple to make. The same material can also reveal the presence of water by changing color.
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2014-07-10

Novel Nanoparticle Production Method Could Lead to Better LED Lights, Lenses, Solar Cells

Sandia National Laboratories has come up with an inexpensive way to synthesize titanium-dioxide nanoparticles and is seeking partners who can demonstrate the process at industrial scale for everything from solar cells to light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
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2014-07-10

BluGlass Demos Huge Improvement to p-GaN Light Output

Australian Cleantech innovator, BluGlass Limited, has announced today that it has been successful in demonstrating the best ever p-GaN light output using its propriety technology, Remote Plasma Chemical Vapour Deposition (RPCVD) on an MOCVD partial LED structure. This result is greater than a 10 fold improvement in LED efficiency over the first p-GaN demonstration data published by the company in December 2012, when the same measuring methodology is applied. 
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2014-07-02

Possibilities of LED Based Facial Treatment Using Red and Blue LEDs

In 1967, a curious scientist in Hungary thought to perform an experiment to check if laser radiation can cause cancer in mice. He shaved dorsal hair and divided the mice in two set of groups and exposed one group of mice with a low powered ruby laser (694 nm). To his regret and to the joy of mice, they didn’t succumbed to cancer, but to his surprise, he observe that the mice treated with laser had grew back more hair as compared to the untreated group.  This was the beginning of an era of photo bio-stimulation sparked by Endre Mester. 
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2014-06-24

A Better Light Bulb: Pyramid Scheme for Brighter OLEDs

The most common kind of light bulb in the United States—the incandescent—is only about 5 percent efficient. The phosphorescent organic light-emitting diode, on the other hand, makes light out of 100 percent of the electricity that goes into it.
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Osram has developed and produced the LEDriving Xenarc headlight, its first full retrofit headlight. The front lighting on the Audi A4 is equipped with a combination of xenon and LED technologies. Osram is the only manufacturer so far to offer ... READ MORE