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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2014-06-24

LED Phosphor: Better Red makes Brighter White

In cooperation with Dr. Peter Schmidt of Philips Technologie GmbH in Aachen, a team of researchers led by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schnick, who holds the Chair of Inorganic Solid-State Chemistry at LMU Munich, has developed a new material for application in light-emitting diodes (LEDs). “With its highly unusual properties, the new material has the potential to revolutionize the LED market,” says Schnick. The two teams report their results in the latest edition of Nature Materials.
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2014-06-13

The Application of Transparent LED Screen in the Field of Architectural Media

What is architectural media? When we consider the building as the information carrier, that’s it. With the development of LED photoelectric technology, the technology of architectural media has made great progress. During recent years, it has been widely used in the market, but not without problems. After hard and tedious attempts, we have come up with various solutions, especially in the application of glass wall screen. Thus a new super transparent LED screen appeares.With the qualities of super transparence and ultra light, it has obvious advantages in the field of arch...
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2014-05-27

The Future of Blue Light Considering Its Health Concerns

It was 1958, when J. Woodland Hasting and Beatrice M. Sweeney wrote the paper entitled "A persistent diurnal rhythm of luminescence in gonyaulax polydra".  Paper concluded on how lights of different wavelength have the ability to change flow of a hormone named melatonin and hence affecting human body clock, also known as circadian rhythm (as shown in Fig 1).The most powerful wavelength to do so was found to be that of blue.
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2014-05-21

University of Waterloo Develops Cost-effective Nanoparticles to Revolutionize LED Manufacturing

Researchers from University of Waterloo’s Chemistry Department announced they have found the “holy grail” for lighting that could revolutionize LED manufacturing, according to a Canadian media CBC report.
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2014-05-16

KAIST Makes Breakthrough in Nanogenerator Power Efficiency for Wearable Device Applications

The energy efficiency of The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) piezoelectric nanogenerator has increased by almost 40 times, one step closer toward the commercialization of flexible energy harvesters that can supply power infinitely to wearable, implantable electronic devices.
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2014-05-14

UCLA Develops New Thin-film Transistor for LCD and OLEDs

A device created by UCLA researchers could lead to a significant leap in the quality of images on smartphones, computer displays, TVs and inkjet printers.
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2014-05-02

Orthogonal Photolithography makes High-resolution OLED Microdisplays Possible

The realization of OLED technology is contingent upon the development of appropriate materials, processing strategies and device structures which are scalable in terms of their cost, capacity, and capability. During the past decade significant progress has been achieved in the synthesis and characterization of OLED materials. 
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2014-04-29

Swiss Researchers Develop Molybdenite LED that Doubles as Solar Cell

After using it to develop a computer chip, flash memory device and photographic sensor, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) scientists have once again tapped into the electronic potential of molybdenite (MoS2) by creating diodes that can emit light or absorb it to produce electricity.
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2014-04-28

Effect of Artificial and Natural light on the Human Body

A lot has been discussed and studied on a bid to understand the most important question - Does light have any effects on human beings?  Light can be categorized into two shades, one being natural: produced by sun while the other is artificial light originating from an electronic display or device.
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2014-04-22

Study Finds LEDs Safe for Skin Applications

There was a time when no one thought about light bulbs—one blew, you screwed another one in. Nowadays, it’s more complicated, as energy efficiency concerns have given rise to a slew of options, including incandescent, compact fluorescent lights, and LEDs.
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2014-04-15

Polish Researchers Develop Highly Efficient Red OLEDs for Lighting and Medical Applications

Researchers worldwide continue search for better luminescent materials for OLED manufacturing. Two new compounds with europium complexes developed at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw display in their class record high luminescence efficiencies in red, and their properties enable faster, low cost manufacturing of thin OLED films.
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2014-04-14

Better Solar Cells, Better LED Light and Vast Optical Possibilities

NTNU researchers Dheeraj Dasa and Helge Weman have, in cooperation with IBM, discovered that gallium arsenide can be tuned with a small strain to function efficiently as a single light-emitting diode or a photodetector. This is facilitated by the special hexagonal crystal structure, referred to as wurtzite, which the NTNU researchers have succeeded in growing in the MBE lab at NTNU. The results were published in Nature Communications this week.
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2014-04-08

Fairchild: Primary Side Regulated Flyback LED Driver with Power Factor Correction

Roy Mi, Senior AE & Technical Marketing Manager at Fairchild Semiconductor introduces the company's LED driver with power factor correction in this latest blog entry. Please see below for more details:
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2014-04-07

DOE: Nanostructures Half a DNA Strand-Wide Show Promise for Efficient LEDs

Nanostructures half the breadth of a DNA strand could improve the efficiency of light emitting diodes (LEDs), especially in the “green gap,” a portion of the spectrum where LED efficiency plunges, simulations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have shown.
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2014-04-01

All-in-one Smart Opto-medical Device?

Gone may be the days, where the doctor used to pierce needle through the arteries of patient to collect blood sample and test for any perceived ailment.  At this horizon of technology, scientists have been able to investigate, design, manufacture and calibrate new procedures to analyze a particular blood cell organelle without the need of collecting it explicitly.  Not just in the field of cell biology, but smart medical devices are also making their presence felt in the field of tissue imaging, ophthalmology, neuroscience, orthopaedics, and ear cell regenerations as you will learn through this article.
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MaxLite adds to its portfolio of architectural-grade linear fixtures with the L-FORM™, a slender LED luminaire designed to deliver continuous runs of high-quality illumination in narrow suspended or surface mounted interior applications.... READ MORE

Panasonic Corporation announced today that it has developed the industry’s smallest*1 semiconductor device, the “PhotoMOS”[1] CC type series, which achieves low consumption current and contributes to equipment downsizing. The... READ MORE