2016-03-01

Niagara Falls to Glow with LED Lights and Save 82% Energy by Fall 2016

A group of tourists got Wayne Thomson, chairman of Niagara Falls (Ontario) Tourism, thinking about upgrading the lighting of the well- known fall, reported Buffalo Business First.
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2016-03-01

Samsung Scales up Investment in New OLED TV Fab

Our friends at OLEDinfo have compiled news from several Korean sources confirming total investments in Samsung’s upcoming OLED TV panel fab might be higher than previous reports, and sheds light on the OLED technology the company will be utilizing.
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2016-03-01

Vac-Con Selects Orion Lighting for Major Facility Expansion

Orion Energy Systems, Inc. , a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance, energy-efficient retrofit lighting platforms, today announced Vac-Con®, Inc., a Florida-based manufacturer, has again selected Orion lighting for a major facility expansion. The project features a combination of first and second generation HARRIS LED High Bays.
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2016-02-26

Cree Launches New Brand Essentia by Cree with 90+ LPW Products

Cree announces Essentia® by Cree, a new brand of commercial lighting products that offer a broad range of high quality lighting solutions at a great value.  Created in response to market demand, Essentia by Cree branded products will meet industry competitive efficacy of 90+ LPW and color temperatures between 2700k and 5000k that customers have come to expect from Cree as the leading LED lighting technology supplier. This new brand compliments market leading Cree branded lighting products and provides the industry with more high quality lighting that leverage Cree’s market leading LED capabilities.
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2016-02-24

Simon and Acuity Brands Kicks off Pilot Smart Parking Lot Lighting Projects in Atlanta and Florida

Simon announced that it is conducting a pilot program in conjunction with Acuity Brands that will employ outdoor LED lighting systems to monitor parking lot vehicle counts and occupancy data to facilitate the efficient management of traffic and parking. The pilot will be conducted at Lenox Square in Atlanta, GA and Florida Mall in Orlando, Florida.
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2016-02-23

EU Commission Photonics Public Private Partnership Invests EUR 35M in Three Advanced Photonic Production Lines

Three major Pilot Lines, which help SMEs take photonics technologies from lab into market, have been launched today by the Photonics Public Private Partnership (PPP). The Pilot Lines mean that thousands of high tech SMEs in Europe - who often lack access to advanced, cost-intensive infrastructures and expertise needed to manufacture new and innovative products – will be able to take their good ideas, scale-them up and validate them with the first customers for commercial production. The Pilot Lines will focus on health applications, flexible organic light-emitting diodes and sensors for the detection of chemicals in gas and liquids. 
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2016-02-23

DOE Releases Newest Findings on Flicker Meters Performance

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a report on the performance of newly commercially available flicker meters. The purpose of the study was simply to report on the availability and performance of these meters. Flicker is garnering increased attention across the lighting community, and gaining a better understanding of why flicker matters and how much it varies among lighting products is becoming more and more essential to proper lighting design.
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2016-02-22

Dubai to Install 160,000 LED Light Bulbs and Solar Panels for New Housing Project

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will supply 2,000 existing and new homes from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Housing Establishment (MBRHE) project with 160,000 LED light bulbs and photovoltaic panels. The move aims to reduce the demand for energy as well as the long- and medium-term costs for electricity, the plan follows the signing of a MoU between DEWA and MBRHE in 2015.
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2016-02-22

Kent’s Newly Installed LED Streetlights Attract Harsh Criticism from Residents

Residents living in Kent County Council in UK have been discontent with the glare and overtly bright new LED streetlights, according to a report by Kent and Sussex Courier.
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2016-02-22

Researchers Develop Solar Powered UV LEDs for Water Purification in Remote Areas

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have developed a water purification plant that provides clean water far beyond the reach of the electrical grid - thanks to solar cells. With the help of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus, these small and portable solar cell stations have now been placed across rural Bangladesh.
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2016-02-19

Hot Picks of the Week Feb. 15-19

Osram is putting the focus on sustainable growth and wants to take even greater advantage of the potential offered by semiconductor-based lighting technologies. Prior to that, another important strategic step, the carve-out process of the general lighting lamps business, got under way. Given Osram’s strong financial standing, the company is proposing a dividend of €0.90 per share at Tuesday’s AGM. In parallel, Osram has in the meantime also started a share buyback program of up to €500 million.
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2016-02-19

GE to Upgrade J.P. Morgan's 5,000 US Branches with LEDs

Current, powered by GE, announced a deal with JPMorgan Chase & Co. to install LED lighting across most of Chase's U.S. branches. Potentially spanning 25 million square feet across roughly 5,000 branches, the project is the world's largest single-order LED installation to date. Current estimates that, once completed, the project could reduce the branches' lighting-related energy use by more than 50 percent– equal to taking nearly 27,000 cars off the road.
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2016-02-18

Flexible OLED Smartphone Enables Multitouch with Bend Input

Researchers at Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab have developed the world’s first full-colour, high-resolution and wireless flexible smartphone to combine multitouch with bend input. The phone, which they have named ReFlex, allows users to experience physical tactile feedback when interacting with their apps through bend gestures.
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2016-02-05

Osram Supplies Laser Headlight Modules to BMW

Following on from the BMW i8, the BMW 7 Series is another range of models from the Munich car manufacturer that Osram is now equipping with a laser module for the headlights. “We have succeeded in developing this new technology to such an extent that we have now taken it from a niche vehicle to a mass produced car – an important step in terms of market penetration”, said Hans-Joachim Schwabe, CEO Specialty Lighting at Osram. “With laser light as the next stage in automotive lighting we are once again demonstrating our competence in lighting systems and underlining our leading position in LED and laser technologies.”
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2016-02-04

Surrey to Switch 28K Streetlights to LEDs and Improve Public Safety

Surrey, a city of British Columbia, Canada is to join other Canadian cities in switching streetlights to LEDs. The conversion is estimated to cost CA $11million (US $8 million), reported CBC.
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2016-02-04

Osram Looks Bright on Fiscal 2016 with Share Sale of Foshan

- Revenue up 6 percent; stable on a comparable basis - Adjusted EBITA margin rises to almost 12 percent - Osram confirms updated outlook for fiscal 2016
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2016-02-03

Northern Indian State Makes LED Lights Mandatory for Housing Colonies

Located North of New Delhi, Indian state Haryana has recently made LED lamps a necessary requirement for amending the zoning plans of licensed colonies and change of land use (CLU) granted sites, according to a Business Standard report.
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2016-02-01

Canadian Municipalities to Spend CA$13 M on LED Streetlight Retrofits

Several Canadian municipalities are planning to invest CA $13 million (US $9.29 million) to replace 42,000 streetlights this year, reportedMetroland News.
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2016-02-01

Metro Detroit Freeways to Look Brighter with LEDs within Two Years

Metro Detroit freeways to be upgraded with approximately 15,000 LED streetlights. Several major interstates freeways will be converted to LED lighting as early as April 2016 with a US $123 million public-private partnership.
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2016-01-30

Smart Reflector Blinks to Improve Pedestrian Safety

In collaboration with the Coreplast Laitila company, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has created a reflector that can be wirelessly controlled via a mobile phone application. This involves equipping a traditional reflector with sensors, LED lights, and wireless charging and communication.
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2016-01-29

Lextar Focuses on Niche Markets and Eight LED Market Trends

The worst is thought to be over as 2015 comes to an end, a quick overview of developments in the past year show product prices have reached new historical lows in the past year. The elimination race has escalated with restructures becoming the new norm in the industry.
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2016-01-28

Texas Rangers to Install Eaton Ephesus LED Lights in Globe Life Park Stadium

The Texas Rangers announced that the club has entered into an agreement with Eaton's Ephesus Lighting to implement an advanced LED system for the field lights at Globe Life Park in Arlington beginning with the 2016 season.
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2016-01-28

New York Town Considers Installing Warm White LED Streetlights

Scarsdale Village, a town in New York, U.S. is considering to convert its 2,000 streetlights to warm colored LED ones, reportedScarsdale10583.com.
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2016-01-27

Osram Offers Consumers a Solution for Verifying Pirated and Authentic Xenon Headlights

Osram headlight lamps are continually being copied illegally by product pirates. To protect consumers from low-quality copies the lighting manufacturer has now developed its own trust program. Thanks to innovative two-step security checks, purchasers can easily verify whether the lamp they have bought is an Osram original that has been manufactured in accordance with international quality and safety standards.
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2016-01-25

Austrian Company LUMITECH Licenses Seoul Semiconductor Human Centric Lighting Patents

Seoul Semiconductor a global leading LED components manufacturer from Korea, and the Austrian company LUMITECH, a leading manufacturer of components for Human Centric Lighting announced a licensing agreement for PI-LED technology patents. These patents govern the industrial trade mark rights of LUMITECH’s PI-LED technology, which can implement tunable white from 2.500 to 7.000K with perfect colour rendering in a high and constant efficiency. Based on the license agreement, Seoul Semiconductor has the right to offer tunable white components based on the leading PI-LED technology, worldwide.
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2016-01-20

NASA Zinnias Grown with LED Lights Bloom in Space

One of the most triumphant moments in the book and recent movie The Martian comes when lead character, Mark Watney, successfully grows a potato crop on Mars. It’s more than food for survival; he’s also nourishing his spirit.  In space, there is no scent of baking bread, no wind on your face, no sound of raindrops hitting the roof, no favorite kitten to curl up in your lap. Over time, being deprived of these common earthbound sense stimulations takes a toll. Having limited access to stimuli to the senses is identified as a significant risk by NASA’sBehavioral Health and Performance team.
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2016-01-20

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Installs First Smart Lighting Testbed in Hospital Inpatient Setting

In an effort to study the effects of lighting on human health and diseases, the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC) atRensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), recently installed a novel hospital inpatient lighting testbed for the study of automated lighting at theUniversity of New Mexico Health Center (UNMHC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The testbed is a demonstration of the success of the multi-institutional, interdisciplinary Engineering Research Center Program funded by the National Science Foundation.  
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2016-01-19

Apple iOS Code Hints of Integrating Li-Fi Applications in Future Devices

A sharp eyed Twitter user has spotted a code implying Li-Fi functions might be incorporated in later generation Apple iOS, reportedTechRadar and other media.
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2016-01-18

Massachusetts Town Temporarily Halts Streetlight Retrofit Project

A town in Massachusetts, U.S. has decided to put its LED streetlight upgrade on hold, even though it had received funding from Department of Energy Resources in conjunction with the town’s new status as a Green Community, reported The Patriot Ledger.
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2016-01-15

Hot Picks of the Week Jan. 11-15

A MIT research has caught on like wild-fire in the industry this week, since it holds the potential of reviving the nearly phased-out incandescent bulbs. The research claims that by using nano optic crystal structures, they were able to raise incandescent luminous efficiency to 6% and holds the potential of reaching 40% rivaling LEDs. However, there was a slight glitch in the press release. The cited luminous efficiency data was a bit outdated, most likely traced to 2013 results. Thanks to a reader from Epistar, who pointed us into the right direction
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AcroOptics, a research lighting company with product lines focused on aquaculture, algaculture, horticulture and biological research, has developed the CRAVE LED Reef Aquarium Lighting System, a configurable native habitat simulation lighting ... READ MORE

MaxLite introduces the DiscMAX LED Post Top Luminaire as energy efficient lighting with architectural appeal for parking areas and large outdoor spaces.

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