2011-10-08

Japan’s Leading LED Manufacturer Enters U.S. Market, Buys ICON International

Endo Lighting Corporation, the leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of LED fixtures in Japan, has entered the U.S. market with the acquisition of ICON, International in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. The two companies share a commitment to innovation and proven performance in designing and bringing to market ground breaking LED lighting. “This is a very good match,” said ICON President Michael Goeller. “Both Endo and ICON are customer focused. We share a dedication to creating light that enhances the ambiance of the surround...
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2011-09-29

UK UV LED Curing Pioneer Opens in Japan

One of the world’s foremost developers of UV LED curing, Integration Technology Ltd (ITL), is opening an office in Japan to further support its domestic distributors and a growing customer base. ITL has operated in the region since 2001 in partnership with local distributor Neopt to support its digital graphics market business, adding Finesensing in 2009 for an ever growing number of specialist industrial applications. In a move mirroring ITL’s proven strategies in China, the USA and South Korea, the company is to open a representative office in ...
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2011-09-28

Taiwan, Fujian Unveil Mutually Recognized Standard for LED Streetlights

The LED Street Lighting Industry Alliance of Taiwan and the Fujian Optoelectronics Industry Association of Fujian Province, mainland China recently co-unveiled mutually recognized standard for LED streetlights and signed a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) on LED standards.   The agreement and the recognized standards suggest that LED streetlights made in Taiwan or Fujian are allowed into the other signatory.   The recognized standards are only applicable to high-power LED streetlights and streetlight-used LEDs while the agreement lays fou...
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2011-09-26

Toshiba Sets up LED Lighting Systems Division

Shortly after stopping producing standard incandescent lamps to focus on LEDs and other solid-state lighting products, Toshiba International Corp., has set up its LED Lighting Systems Division which consists of team of U.S. lighting veterans. Ken Honeycutt, is now senior V.P. of Toshiba International Corp. and chief venture executive for Toshiba. Previously,he spent most of his lighting career with Acuity Brands Lighting, where he rose to the position of CEO. Mark Altomare, V.P. of business development, who was regional V.P. of sales at Hubbell Lig...
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2011-09-23

Nichia Filed a Lawsuit against Tsannkuen Japan

According reports from Nichia, Tokyo District Court has issued a provisional injunction order, fully in favor of Nichia in the case where Nichia filed provisional injunction action on September 6, 2010 at Tokyo District Court to enjoin Tsannkuen Japan, a sub Nichia sidiary of a Taiwanese company, from infringing Nichia's patent. The infringed patent is one of Nichia's patents concerning the technology of combining photo-luminescent material with blue LED, and is employed in many white LED products that combine photo-luminescent material with blue LED. ...
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2011-09-15

Chip One Stop Acknowledged Nichia's White LED Products Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Reportedly, Chip One Stop, Inc. has come to an agreement with Nichia on the patent infringement litigation regarding Nichia's patent No. 4530094 ("patent No. 094") that had been pending in Tokyo District Court by settlement out of court. Chip One has acknowledged that the white LED products (product number: GT 3528 series) manufactured by Everlight and sold by Chip One falls within the scope of the claim of patent No. 094, and agreed to terminate the sale of all white LED products manufactured by Everlight and to respect Nichia's intellectual ...
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2011-09-08

Panasonic to Debut a New LED Lighting

Panasonic Electric Works Co. will debut a slew of new LED lights, starting Oct. 21. The subsidiary of Panasonic Corp. (6752) will increase its offerings 50% to 2,000 items this fiscal year, aiming to double LED lighting sales to about 50 billion yen. A series of color adjustable lights will hit the market Nov. 21. They can emit soft yellow light during dining and bright white light for studying. The suggested retail price for this series ranges from 41,475 yen to 59,850 yen, excluding installation. The new LED models also include desk lamps and porch lights. ...
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2011-09-08

Coca-Cola Brings in LED Lighting for Vending Machines

It’s reported that Coca-Cola (Japan) Co., Ltd., its 12 bottling partners and other affiliates of the Coca Cola system in Japan have scheduled to bring in LED lighting for vending machines in product displays for all new purchases of machines for beverage products in cans and PET bottles, starting from 2012. It was made under the Coca-Cola system's global business guiding principle, "Live Positively," and as part of its environmental initiatives for a sustainable society. The Coca-Cola system has cooperated with voluntary action plans of the so...
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2011-09-07

Panasonic Idemitsu OLED Lighting Sells OLED Lighting Panel

Reportedly, Panasonic Idemitsu OLED Lighting (PIOL) Co Ltd, a JVof Panasonic Electric Works Co Ltd and Idemitsu Kosan Co Ltd, has kicked off shipping an OLED lighting panel in the Japanese and overseas markets Sept 1, 2011. According to the company, the general color rendering index (Ra) of the OLED panel is 90 or higher, which is claimed as one of the world's highest for a mass-produced OLED panel. The OLED lighting panel has a size of 97 x 90mm, a thickness of 2.11mm and a weight of 38g. The area of its light-emitting part is 80 x 80mm...
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2011-09-01

Fujitsu 8-bit Flash MCUs Aim for LED Lighting Apps

Fujitsu Semiconductor has introduced a range of 8-bit microcontrollers with embedded flash memory. Intended for use in control systems for lighting and industrial equipment, such as LED ballasts, induction heating, DC-DC converters, power tools and battery chargers, the MB95F430 MCUs have four channels of built-in analogue voltage comparators as well as an operational amplifier. The chip’s dual operation flash memory supports up to 100,000 erase cycles and 20-year data retention so can be used to replace external E2PROM. The on-chip debug module with sin...
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2011-08-17

Nichia Withdrew Two Provisional Injunction Actions Koyo Business Service

Reportedly, Nichia has withdrawn the two provisional injunction actions it filed to the Tokyo District Court against Koyo Business Services, Inc. on July 26, 2011. Previously, Nichia believed that LED lighting products (PICASONA products) which were manufactured by LumiRich, one of the ILJIN group companies,and sold by Koyo used LEDs manufactured without license from Nichia. In the provisional injunction action procedure, Koyo stated that it has changed the LEDs used in all of the PICASONA products sold after the action was filed to license...
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2011-08-10

Sharp Introduces World’s Most Efficient LED Ceiling Light

Reportedly, Sharp has developed a square ceiling light LED ceiling light,which is considered as the most efficient in the industry. Combining direct illumination with the kind of highly efficient LEDs used in LCD televisions,the new product  is 1.6 times more energy efficient than previous LED ceiling lights. And it’s designed to be uesd in small, medium, and large sized rooms. According to the company, this LED ceiling light features it’s the top performer in terms of energy efficiency. The model for small-sized rooms has a luminous efficiency of 81...
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2011-08-08

Ushio Lighting Launches New LED Spotlight

Ushio Lighting Inc launches an LED spotlight that general color rendering index(Ra) is as high as 97 on Aug 5,2011, in Japan. The spotlight named “Cool Spot LED” is aimed for facilities in hotels and halls. It has lower consumption and longer product life that compared with spotlight using halogen lamps. Ushio Lighting employed the "Natural Light LED" for the light source of the spotlight, which is a white LED made by combining a purple LED chip and red, green and blue fluorescent materials. Among 15 kinds of color rendering indexe...
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2011-08-02

Panasonic Electric Works to Display Its ECOOL Products at LED Lighting Exhibitions in Korea

Panasonic Electric Works is to display its “ECOOL” high thermal conductive glass composite circuit board materials at the LED Tech Korea2011 (August 17-19, 2011). From the commencement of sales in April 2009, “ECOOL” has continuously expanded the sales for use in high thermal radiation circuit board applications including LED lighting and backlights. Now we intend to actively engage in global sales promotions of ECOOL products with the particular aim of accelerating sales in overseas markets, by starting to display at these exhibitions...
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2011-07-28

Lumiotec to Start Selling Two OLED Lamps, including the Portable Hanger - the World's Cheapest at $450

Lumiotec announced it will start selling two OLED lamps in September 1st - in Japan, Europe and other countries. The first one is the Hanger - a portable lamp that comes in several colors (red, white, yellow, blue, yellow-green, pink, purple and silver) and has a really cool design:   The Hanger uses Lumiotec's 14.5x14.5 Square white OLED panels. The OLED features a color temperature of 4,900K, maximum luminance of 2,700cd/m2 and it consumes 9.5W. The price of the Hanger (including the controller, dimmer switch and AC/DC adapter) is ¥35,000 (or a...
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2011-07-25

TDK-Lambda Introduces a Power-supply Module for LED Light Bulbs at Techno-Frontier 2011

TDK-Lambda Corp has introduced a power-supply module for LED light bulbs at Tokyo Techno-Frontier 2011 held from July 20 to 22, 2011. The new module mainly targets to manufacturers outside Japan and it is designed for E-17 and E-26 base light bulbs and measures 10 x 35 x 11mm. Its input voltage is AC +80 to 120V, and its output power is 6W. The conversion efficiency of the power-supply module is 85% or higher, and its output ripple is 30% or lower.   Its operating temperature range are  -30 to +75°C,and storage temperature range are , -40 to +85&...
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2011-07-21

Japan Creates Solar Power and LEDs Shelter for Public Applications

Recently,Sekisui Jushi Corporation, Kyocera Corporation and its wholly-owned domestic solar energy sales subsidiary Kyocera Solar Corporation have joined force to develop a multi-purpose solar power shelter called the Eco-Shell ,which combines with a Kyocera solar power generating system for the roofing material and LEDs for lighting. The new product is designed for use in bus & taxi stops, benches and walkway coverings and other public spaces. It is set to sell from July 20, exclusive to the Japanese market, targeting municipalities and private companies. And the ...
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2011-07-15

Toshiba Breaks the Green Gap in LEDs

Toshiba's Tamonari Shioda has presented the company’s new discovery about the green gap in LEDs at the ninth International Conference on Nitride Semiconductors (ICNS). Currently, the green gap in LEDs is that the rapidly declining efficiency of green light emitters at longer and longer wavelengths. According to Toshiba's Tamonari Shioda, by inserting thin AlGaN layers in the active region of a conventional device, this approach could increase the output power of green LEDs by a factor of almost ten.  ...
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2011-07-12

USHIO to Showcase Two New UX4-LEDs Series Models at SEMICON West 2011

USHIO INC. has kicked off shipping the world's first 200-mm wafer full-field projection lithography tool "UX4-LEDs FFPL 200" for manufacturing High-Brightness LED chips. Additionally, the company has completed development of the laser lift-off system "UX4-LEDs LLO 150" for volume manufacturing of vertical-structure LED chips. These latest models of the UX4-LEDs are based on the same platform as USHIO's field-proven UX series, which has an installed base of more than 1,100 systems. They will be exhibited thro...
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2011-07-12

Kyocera Launches LED-UV Curing System for Printing Machines

Newly, Kyocera Corporation has developed the KVL-G3 Series LED-UV curing system, a key component in industrial printing machines. Combined with LED techology, the new product achieves a 70% reduction in power consumption compared to existing lamp-system products (metal halide). In addition, thanks to Kyocera's proprietary high-density packaging technologies, the company has succeeded in arranging LED chips on a high-density surface as opposed to in-line conventional products. With this development, Kyocera has enabled the fastest label printing capability...
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2011-07-07

Panasonic to be the Sole Supplier of LED Lighting for the TOKYO SKYTREE

Reportedly, Panasonic has teamed up with TOBU TOWER SKYTREE Co., Ltd. to support LED lighting to brighten the world’s tallest free standing broadcast structure, the TOKYO SKYTREE(R), scheduled for completion in May 2012. Only LED lighting will be used to illuminate the TOKYO SKYTREE. And Panasonic will be the sole supplier of LED lighting. There are 1,995 LED lighting fixtures and a LED lighting display system to be installed in this 634-meter tower. Panasonic’s LED lighting not only offers excellent &ldqu...
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2011-07-06

Panasonic to Produce Solar-Powered LED Light

Awareness of disaster preparedness after the catastrophe in Japan, Panasonic has paved the way for the introduction of a portable solar-powered LED light on Aug. 26 and plans to produce 100,000 units a month. According the company, Solar panels are embedded on the back of the body with two AA batteries in store. The light wii last up to 60 hours on a full charge of about 15 hours under clear skies. In addition, it can also be used as a power backup, capable of supplying electricity to cellular phones and notebook computers via a USB cable. The two rechargeable batterie...
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2011-06-28

Nichia Files a Patent Infringement Lawsuit against German Retailer

It is said that Nichia has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Hornbach Baumarkt AG, a German DIY retailer partly owned by British retail group Kingfisher plc. in Germany at the District Court Düsseldorf. Nichia believes a Christmas decoration product including white LEDs (product number 183125) sold by Hornbach has infringed its patent EP 936 682 (DE 697 02 929), therefore it is seeking an injunction, damages, recall and destruction against the German retailer.  ...
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2011-06-28

The Institute of Energy Economics Estimates LEDs may Help Japan Reduce 9% Power Consumption

According to the Institute of Energy Economics (IEE) of Japan, a foundation supervised by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, if LED lights replace all the fluorescent and incandescent lights used in the country, 92.2 billion kilowatts of electricity -- worth the output of 13 nuclear reactors -- would be saved, that is, the annual domestic power consumption would be slashed by 9 percent. A group of researchers led by Yoshiaki Shibata at the institute conducted the calculation. According to their survey, among an estimated 1.6 billion lights being used in Japan...
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2011-06-27

Panasonic Supports Infineon Raceway for Energy Conservation

Panasonic has supported its 1,652 solar panels and a new full-color, dual-sided LED video board at the famed Northern California Infineon Raceway for energy conservation. Manufactured by Panasonic’s Sanyo division, the high-efficiency solar panels will cover 41-percent of the raceway’s energy usage. And Panasonic has also provided the raceway with a low-energy LED video board. Easily visible from Highway 37, the new board measures 5.77’ high by 17.32’ wide, and uses 57,600 LEDs to create messages brighter than the older technology. It consumes...
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2011-06-17

Phoseon Technology to Showcase Edge UV LED Curing Systems at RadTech Asia

Phoseon Technology, the provider of UV LED solutions is about to showcase its air cooled and water cooled UV LED systems designed to be capable of curing in a wide range of UV applications at RadTech Asia 2011 conference, in Yokohama, Japan. It’s said that the company will display the three-tiered benefits of UV LED curing (high-quality, environmentally friendly, and lower total cost of ownership). Phoseon's products add additional capability with high performance, maximum UV energy, and outstanding reliability for customer's tough curing environm...
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2011-06-09

Panasonic Electric Works to Display Its ECOOL Products at LED Lighting Exhibitions in China (Guangzhou) and Taiwan

Panasonic Electric Works is to display its “ECOOL” high thermal conductive glass composite circuit board materials at the Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (June 9-11, 2011) and the LED Lighting Taiwan exposition (June 14-16, 2011). From the commencement of sales in April 2009, “ECOOL” has continuously expanded the sales for use in high thermal radiation circuit board applications including LED lighting and backlights. Now we intend to actively engage in global sales promotions of ECOOL products with the particular aim o...
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2011-06-07

Japan LED Manufacturers Increase Production

Due to greater consumer interest in electricity conservation stimulates the market, prices of LED lights are plummeting in Japan. An okohama-based chain of home appliance stores, Nojima Corp. has released its own line of LED lights that until the end of August will be priced at 980 yen each--less than half the average market price. Industry observers estimated that LED prices will likely continue to fall with strong demand. And LED manufacturers have scaled up production to meet the demand. Panasonic is said to increase production in Indonesia and China in rec...
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2011-06-03

TDK Releases Its See-through OLED Panel’s Structure

TDK Corp recently has released the structure of the see-through OLED panel which started mass production in March 2011. The see-through OLED panel features a passive-matrix type and has a screen size of 2.4 inches. Its pixel count is 240 x 320 (QVGA). It can display color images. The brightness and transmittance of the new see-through OLED panel are 150cd/m2 and 40%, respectively.   TDK used metal electrodes as negative electrodes so that the company's proven manufacturing technologies can be used to start volume production as soon as possible. Then...
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2011-06-03

Japanese Mitsui $3.5 Million Investment in Lighting Control of Redwood Systems

Currently, Japanese conglomerate Mitsui Group has made a $3.5 million investment on LED lighting control developer Redwood Systems which computerized direct current lighting control systems aimed at improving energy efficiency. The system is capable of gathering data on things like temperature and room occupancy with sensors or motion detection cameras. That data can then be used to adjust lighting under the system's control. The system can also be set on a schedule via a Web-based platform. It uses servers to supply electricity to light fixtures via Ethernet cables usi...
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Osram Opto Semiconductors now enables remote control functionality to be incorporated in a lower profile than ever before thanks to the first flush-mountable infrared LED. The compact side-looking T-shaped Midl... READ MORE

Cree, Inc. introduces the new 8000-lumen LMH2 LED Module, a no-compromise, easy-to-use solution for high-ceiling applications. The 8000-lumen LMH2 is designed to replace 150-watt ceramic-metal-halide (CMH) lamps while using only 63 percent of ... READ MORE