2016-03-09

British Researchers Demonstrate First Laser Grown on Silicon

A group of researchers from the UK, including academics from Cardiff University, has demonstrated the first practical laser that has been grown directly on a silicon substrate.
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2016-03-08

Indian State Maharashtra Slashes Energy Consumption with LED Bulbs Distribution and Streetlight Upgrade

Maharashtra is an Indian state located in the western region of the country. The government has implemented several projects to turn the state into a smart, urbanized area. To achieve this goal, the authority opted for energy saving technology that would greatly reduce energy demand, including distributing LED bulbs and upgrading conventional street lighting to LED ones, .
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2016-03-08

Pixelligent Technologies Optical Adhesive Chosen by Norland Products for UV Curing Applications

Pixelligent, the leading high-index advanced materials manufacturer, announced that Norland Products, a global leader in high-value optical adhesives, has launched a high R.I. Ultraviolet (UV) and visible light curable optical adhesive NOA 170 (R.I. 1.70) using Pixelligent's PixClear-based high R.I. Zirconia nanocrystal technology. Norland Products will leverage this technology to increase performance for its market leading applications. 
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2016-03-04

Market Oversupply Drives Nan Ya Photonics Incorporation to Exit EPI-Wafer Market

Waning market demands, price wars and severe oversupply of LED chips in LED industry has urged Nan Ya Photonics Incorporation (NYPI), a subsidiary of Formosa Plastics Group, to  announce earlier this week its exit from the upstream LED EPI-wafer manufacturing business, and shift its focus to downstream market, including light bulb production and lighting system.
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2016-03-03

Apple Receives New OLED Display Patent, Rumored to Launch OLED iPhone by 2017

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Apple a flexible OLED display patent recently, reported MacRumors.
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2016-03-03

Osram Sylvania Shortens Bulb Lifetime to Gain Traction in LED Lighting Market

Osram Sylvania is introducing a novel strategy to reduce LED bulb manufacturing costs, and keep it competitive on the market, according to a report from Forbes.
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2016-03-03

Plessey Expands Production Capacity with AIX G5+ C Cluster from Aixtron

AIXTRON SE, a worldwide leading provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, today announced that Plessey Semiconductors Ltd. has ordered an AIX G5+ C cluster system for the production capacity expansion of gallium nitride LEDs manufactured on silicon wafers (GaN-on-Si). The tool is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter 2016.
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2016-03-02

Bioluminescent Lighting from Glowee May Light up Paris Nightscape Soon

A Paris-based startup company Glowee is developing a bacteria lighting, using bioluminescent glow to light up shop windows and street signs, reported New Scientist.
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2016-03-02

Kyushu University Raises OLED Lifetime

With just a tiny tweak, researchers at Kyushu University greatly increased the device lifetime of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) that use a recently developed class of molecules to convert electricity into light with the potential for increased efficiency at a lower cost in future displays and lighting.
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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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Allegro MicroSystems announces two new adjustable linear current regulators for driving automotive LED arrays. Allegro’s AEC-Q100 qualifiedREAD MORE

LED innovation powerhouse Lighting Science is proud to release the Durabulb, a shatter-resistant lamp designed to withstand life’s inevitable bumps and drops without breaking, while still providing the high quality of light expected for ... READ MORE