2016-06-01

This LED Matrix Hand Bag Gets Your Tweets

At the Bay Area Maker Faire held at San Mateo Event Center from May 20- 22, 2016, Hackday found Debra Ansell, who toured around the faire with a LED embedded Matrix hand bag.
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2016-06-01

BrightYolk to Launch Eco-Friendly LED Module Replacement Bulbs

Taiwanese LED luminaire manufacturer BrightYolk is preparing to introduce a more environmental friendly LED bulb, where consumers can directly replace broken bulb components.
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2016-05-31

Epistar to Raise InGaN LED Prices due to Uptick in Production Costs

Epistar, a leading Taiwanese LED chip maker, is to be the first manufacturer that raise the price of heavily-oversupplied InGaN LEDs. The company plans to raise up to 15% of the price in order to profit.
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2016-05-31

EU Recalls Smart Lighting Product and LED Flood Light Manufactured in China

France and UK recently sent recall notifications to the EU The Rapid Alert System for Non-food Dangerous Products (RAPEX) for LED luminaire products made in China, due to electric shock risks.
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2016-05-31

Samsung Wouldn’t Let You Get Away with Internet, Not Even When You are on a Surfboard

While the term “Internet of Things” and “connected technology” grows increasingly familiar, leading technology giants strive to find out the next “thing” to be connected. Some bet it on the smartwatch while some go for lighting. Samsung locks its eyes on surfboard recently, reported the Verge.
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2016-05-30

Oregan City Installs LEDs at Homes and Saves US $136000 Every Year

The Bend energy Challenge has installed LED light bulbs in Bend, a city in Oregon, U.S., over the past six months. The 18,000 bulbs installed were assisted by two AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team.
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2016-05-27

Hot Picks of the Week May 23-27

Chinese investors Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (GCI) is proposing to acquire Aixtron for EUR 6 per share, which would bring the acquisition value to about EUR 670 million. The investment will mostly be used for accelerating Axitron’s MOCVD R&D, and receiving the needed capital. Company management, structure, and patent portfolio will remain unchanged after the acquisition.
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2016-05-27

Samsung’s New Bendable OLED Display is Expected to Boost Gadget Demand Once Commercialized

Samsung, the Korean display giant showcased a host of futuristic products, including OLED displays that can be rolled like a parchment, OLED displays for virtual reality gadgets and vehicles as well as hologram technology, reported Yahoo Tech.
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2016-05-27

Samsung To Expand Quantum Dot Technology Applications

Samsung Electronic intends to expand the use of quantum dots (QD) from TV display panels to include memory semiconductors, sensors, and batteries, according to a Business Korea report.
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2016-05-27

Researchers Find Consumers Make Healthier Choices in Brightly Lit Restaurants

Dining in dimly lit restaurants has been linked to eating slowly and ultimately eating less than in brighter restaurants, but does lighting also impact how healthfully we order?
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2016-05-26

Adelaide in Australia to Roll out First Smart Streetlight Pilot Project

Intelligent LED streetlights capable of automatically dimming according to the ambient lighting environment are being trialed in Adelaide, Australia, reported Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
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2016-05-26

Samsung Electronics Forgoes OLED TV Jumps Straight into QLED Technology

Earlier this month senior Samsung Electronics officials reported the company would not be making OLED TVs in the near future, and would be directing its focus on quantum dot-TVs (QLED TVs). Following this development, recent reports suggest the company’s long term strategy might skip OLED TV altogether, according to Korean media ETNews.
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2016-05-25

Apple Rumored To be Equipping MacBook Pro with OLED Touch Bar on Keyboards

Apple might overhaul the 12-inch MacBook Pro design later this year by making the notebook thinner and lighter, by integrating a Touch ID support and an OLED display touch bar above the keyboard, reported 9 to 5 Mac.
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2016-05-24

Orion Seals US $2.4 M Retrofit Lighting Project with Global Fortune 50 Retailer

Orion Energy Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance, energy-efficient retrofit lighting platforms, announced a US $2.4 million retrofit lighting project with a global Fortune 50 retailer due to its ability to work with channel partners to deliver a brand new, custom product in less than a month. The project marks the initial phase of what is expected to be a broader opportunity for both retrofit lighting and new construction.
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2016-05-24

UMass to Receive LED Upgrade from Eversource

Walking through the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus at night is getting brighter thanks to an ongoing, campus-wide installation of 800 LED street and parking lot lights. The effort is part of a three-year partnership between Eversource and UMass Amherst which began in 2014. The combined electricity savings from the partnership of approximately 9 million kilowatt-hours is the greenhouse gas equivalent of taking about 1,300 vehicles off the road.
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2016-05-23

Irish City Council to Upgrade to LED Streetlights

Kerry County Council in Ireland will be overhauling existing streetlights with LEDs to cut annual streetlight spending, reportedThe Kerryman.
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2016-05-23

LED Streetlight Project Developments in Varanasi and Ambattur in India

Indian government incentives and policies has resulted in the large number of LED streetlight projects in the country, with many new developments each week. Varanasi is still behind schedule when it comes to streetlight upgrades, while Ambattur is starting to introduce smart LED streetlights.
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2016-05-23

TetraGear Keep Wheel Riders Visible and Safe at Night

Vancouver-based startup TetraGear has developed LED lights to increase visibility and safety of users of various mobility devices including wheelchairs, bicycles and strollers at night.
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2016-05-20

Hot Picks of the Week May 16-20

Reports from Taiwanese media have pointed out StrongLED might have acquired Osram Licht smart LED bulb OEM orders. The alliance formed between the two competitors in the smart light market is aimed at countering Philips Lighting’s advancements in the smart lighting sector, according to the report from Commercial Times. The group’s LED component business Osram Opto, sheds insight about new 10 degree binning color technology, aimed at providing more realistic view of color performance.
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2016-05-20

Spartanburg City Council Approves Public Art and Lighting Projects Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies

Spartanburg City Council on Monday night approved design concepts for a US $1 million public art project that will light up neighborhoods later this year.  The funding is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies. In 2015, the City of Spartanburg was selected as one of four cities nationwide to take part in Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a new program to support temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drive economic development.
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2016-05-20

Amerlux Completes LED Retrofit Lighting Project in Downtown LA

Amerlux recently supplied its Avista LED light engines as part of a major retrofit project in the downtown Los Angeles  area in California, U.S. Since the late 1920s, GE lamps were used to provide light for the streets of downtown LA during its modern revitalization. The Bureau of Street Lighting reported that more than half of its streetlights have already been retrofitted to LED, including 600 fixtures with Amerlux Avista light engines. This retrofit project saves the taxpayers of Los Angeles almost 80% in energy costs and provides better color rendering for enhanced visibility, safety and security throughout the community.
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2016-05-20

GE Makes Next Generation Interactive Lights Through Crowdsourcing Competition

How many inventors does it take to change the future of a lightbulb? GE Lighting partnered with the maker movement magazine Make: and the hardware-hacking communityHackster to find out. Their crowdsourcing competition, called Lights for Life Challenge, invited inventors to take LEDs in new and unexpected directions. There’s one condition, though: The solutions must include voice commands.
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2016-05-19

litcase Mounts 100% Dimmable LED Selfie Lights to Your iPhones

A Los Angeles-based team launched a campaign on Kickstarter for its iPhone 6/6s selfie case that equips with high quality lights. The campaign pledged to raise US $50,000 for the flash iPhone case as it has secured US $10,550 so far.
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2016-05-19

Northwestern University Finds Blue Light Exposure in the Evening Can Alter Metabolism

Exposure to bright light could affect your metabolism, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.  
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2016-05-19

West Jordan in Utah to Replace 5,000 Streetlights with LEDs

The City of West Jordan in Utah, U.S., is replacing approximately 5,000 traditional streetlights with LED (light emitting diode) lights, which provide improved illumination at a reduced operating cost – and shrink the city’s carbon footprint. 
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2016-05-18

LED Streetlights Might Not Be As Cost Effective in Reducing Energy Consumption as Thought

As cities across the world turn to LED streetlights to reduce carbon emissions, it might not be as cost effective as thought, said Eric Spiegel, CEO of Siemens U.S..
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2016-05-18

UVC LED Vendor RayVio Receives $ 26M Investment from Chinese Investors

RayVio, an advanced UVC LED vendor, announced that it has closed new funding rounds of in total $26 million led by IPV Capital and Tsing Capital. RayVio will use the new funding to scale production to meet global consumer demand for protection against germs in water and environments. RayVio’s powerful Ultraviolet (UV) LED technology enables compelling new health and hygiene products, such as point-of-use water disinfection, and creates new markets and revenue streams for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners around the world.
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2016-05-18

NEMA Sides with Consumers on Keeping Diverse Bulb Choices in U.S.

In written comments filed with the U.S. Department of Energy by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), U.S. lighting manufacturers reaffirmed their position that consumers should have multiple options when selecting the type of light bulbs to purchase. NEMA's comments took issue with requirements in a Department of Energy (DOE) proposed energy efficiency rule aimed at forcing the exclusive adoption of LED bulbs, thereby denying consumer choice and disrupting the ongoing and rapid market transition to energy-efficient lighting.
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2016-05-18

DOE Awards Three Grants to SSL Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy have awarded three Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants targeting advances in solid-state lighting (SSL) technology. These Phase I grants will explore the technical merit and commercial potential of different innovative concepts or technologies that are expected to contribute to the achievement of the price and performance goals described in DOE’s SSL R&D Plan.
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2016-05-17

British Research Highlights Importance of Human Factor in LED Design

A report into the human responses to LED lighting solutions has concluded that the human reaction to light sources should be a primary factor in deciding to deploy them, not just efficiency or cost.
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The new versions of the PointLED and Firefly LEDs are Osram Opto Semiconductors’ latest additions to its portfolio for use in mobile applications such as fitness tracking and health monitoring. Osram can therefore offer its customers a g... READ MORE