2020-03-03

Signify to Provide Horticulture LEDs to Europe’s Largest Vertical Farm

Signify announced its expanded partnership with Planet Farms, a European operator of vertical farms based in Italy. With the latest agreement, Signify will provide its horticulture LEDs and management system to Europe’s largest vertical farm to boost the quality and yield of the crops. The updated collaboration will enables Planet Farms to produce and deliver aromatic herbs and lettuce to its customers in Italy all year round. (Image: Signify) Signify has also reached an agreement to provide horticultural LED grow lights to an additional five vertical farms t...
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2020-03-03

Seoul Viosys Reports Increasing Demands in UV LED Technology with Concerns of Coronavirus

Seoul Viosys, a subsidiary of Seoul Semiconductor focusing on UV LED technology, announced that customer inquiries for its violeds UV LED products has increased more than five times over the previous month, fueled by concerns over the continuing global spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). With the growing concerns over the global spread of the coronavirus, numerous automotive companies in China are actively reviewing adoption of Seoul’s violeds UV LED technology in sterilization systems for vehicle interiors. In addition, violeds UV LED techno...
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2020-02-27

Light Engine Design to Provide Lighting and Technical Consulting to Large Scale Cannabis Project in Oklahoma

Light Engine Design’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Tall Trees LED Company, announces an expanding partnership with a prominent nutraceutical company in Oklahoma. Tall Trees will be providing technical consulting and operational management, as well as LED lighting for both the indoor and greenhouse facilities. Tall Trees LED Company, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Light Engine Design, focuses on research, development, manufacturing, and sales of Solid-State Lighting (SSL) in the Controlled Environment Agriculture industries. The facility in Oklahom...
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2020-02-27

Researchers Identify Cell Leading to Effectiveness of Circadian Lighting

Human centric lighting and circadian lighting applications have become popular as people are getting more aware of the effect of lighting on our physical and psychological condition. To further understand the connection between lighting and people’s wellbeing, a new study found a cell in the retina which create the effect of light on human. Researchers at the University of Washington Health Sciences (UW Medicine) identifies a cell in the retina, which plays an important role in signaling our brain centers that regulate circadian rhythms, boost alertness, help memory and co...
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2020-02-27

Velodyne Lidar to Drive Autonomous Cleaning Vehicles in China to Fight Coronavirus Epidemic

Velodyne Lidar announced a sales agreement with Idriverplus to provide Puck™ sensors over three years. The LiDAR sensor from Velodyne will be used in mass production of commercial autonomous vehicles, including street cleaners, passenger cars and logistics vehicles. Idriverplus is a Chinese company focusing on driverless technology and plans to place into commercial operation in China thousands of units of its unmanned, electric street cleaning vehicles, called WOXIAOBAI, with each vehicle equipped with two Puck sensors to ensure security and perception. Idri...
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2020-02-26

Samsung Onyx Cinema LED Screen Lands in Australia

Samsung continues to expand the market of its cinema LED display Onyx and the screen has landed in Australia for the first time at HOYTS Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park, Sydney. The new installment features Samsung’s latest 14-meter Onyx Cinema LED screen. Another 10-meter Onyx screen will also be installed at HOYTS Highpoint in Melbourne, Australia, by March 2020. (Image: Samsung) “As the cinema landscape continues to evolve globally, theaters are looking for new ways to enhance the movie-going experience,” said Hyeseung Ha,...
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2020-02-25

Energy Focus to Supply LED Lighting for the U.S. Navy Fleet with $3.4 Million Contract

Energy Focus, a U.S. LED lighting company, announced that it has been awarded a contract valued at approximately US$3.4 million to supply tubular LED lighting products to the U.S. Navy by Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), a combat support agency in the U.S. Department of Defense with more than 26,000 civilian and military personnel throughout the world. The Company expects to deliver on the contract beginning in the second quarter of 2020 with completion expected by year-end. James Tu, Chairman & CEO of Energy Focus, said, “This contract refle...
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2020-02-25

Innolux Clarifies Rumors of Apple’s Mini LED Orders

Media from Taiwan reported that Apple has placed Mini LED orders to Innolux, a display manufacturer of the Foxconn group, for the new iPad Pro scheduled to launch in 2H20. In response to the report, Innolux announced that the company did not reveal relationships with its clients and the information was not correct. (Image: Pixabay) It was reported that Innolux has sent display samples to Apple for the new Mini LED based iPad Pro. Innolux has been a strong player in Mini LED and Micro LED technology development. As a member of the Foxconn Group, the ...
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2020-02-24

Agri-tech Company to Grow Tomatoes in Guggenheim Museum in New York with LED Lighting

80 Acres Farms, an indoor farming operator, is growing tomatoes on one of the busiest streets in New York outside the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the Guggenheim's new exhibition in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas, Countryside, The Future, which is taking place from February 20 until August 14, 2020. (Image: Guggenheim Musuem) People in New York will be able to look through a large window in the indoor farm to view a crop of fresh tomatoes being grown continuously during the next six months under precise LED lighting and other controlled conditio...
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2020-02-24

China Buys UV Light Equipped Robots to Combat Coronavirus

To fight against the continuously spreading coronavirus, China purchased self-driving disinfection robots with UVC light to run in hospitals. Danish company UVD Robots signed an agreement with a medical equipment supplier to the Chinese market, Sunay Healthcare Supply. The partnership will ship the UVC light equipped robots to China for hospital deployment. (Image: UVD Robots) UVD Robots is a Danish company established from a project between Odense University Hospital and Blue Robotics with their development of an UV-disinfection robot providing auto...
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2020-02-21

LRC Research Focus on Disinfection Function of Hybrid UV Lighting System for Hospital Cleaning

As the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, continues to spread across the world, people become more alert to public health issues. Hospitals, where people go seek for health care and treatment, usually gather individual with potential health problem and become a risky environment for others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the U.S., approximately 1 in 25 patients contract healthcacre-associated infections (HAIs) in hospitals. Despite that standard cleaning procedures cover manual application of detergents and disinfectants,...
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2020-02-20

Researcher to Optimize Light Therapy to Health of People with Alzheimer’s

Mariana Figueiro, director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, continues to enhance the lighting treatment developed for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease. The research team recently announced a US$ 3 million grant renewal from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Figueiro has demonstrated that providing light exposure of certain amounts and qualities throughout the day can improves sleep patterns, sociability, and agitation, while decreasing symptoms of depression. With the latest grant renewal, Figueiro and her t...
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2020-02-20

Connected Lighting Solution Enable Marks & Spencer to Improve Store Management and Reduce Operation Costs

Signify announced at EuroShop 2020 its further step in the Retail IoT space through the launch of Interact Retail multisite management – a cloud-based, connected lighting system designed for multiple stores and retail distribution centers. The system will be adopted by UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S). (Image: Signify) The new features make it possible to create a network of connected stores, helping s the retailer to create and manage uniform light schedules for its stores from a single dashboard. The retailers can thus define scenes and schedules on ...
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2020-02-18

Freight Farms Raises US$15 Million in Series B Funding to Advance Technical Potential of Containerized Vertical Farming

US-based container farm developer Freight Farms has raised US$15 million in Series B funding led by Ospraie Ag Science, an investment firm committed to supporting sustainable solutions. The investment round, which received participation from existing investor Spark Capital, brings the company's total funding to more than US$ 28 million. Freight Farms specialized in containerized vertical agriculture. Its product, named “Greenery,” incorporates hydroponic systems and LED lighting, enabling production of more than 500 varieties of crops at commercial s...
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2020-02-18

Analog Devices and Jungo Partner to Develop ToF and IR-based Camera for In-Cabin Monitoring

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) announced a collaboration with Jungo to develop a Time-of-Flight (ToF) and 2D infrared- (IR) based camera solution to enable driver- and in-cabin monitoring in vehicles. (Image: ADI) The combination of ADI’s ToF technology with Jungo’s Codriver software is expected to enable the monitoring of vehicle occupants for levels of drowsiness and distraction by observing head and body position as well as eye gaze. The solution is also expected to enable smart vehicle interaction based on face, body, and hand gestures, and offer ...
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2020-02-18

Innoviz Technologies to Provide LiDAR for China’s Autonomous Truck

Israel-based LiDAR company Innoviz Technologies announced its partnership with Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile, a truck manufacturer based in Xian China, which is also known as Shacman Trucks outside China. With the cooperation, Innoviz will supply its LiDAR sensors for developing autonomous trucks for an upcoming project in one of the biggest ports in China. At the first stage of the project, InnovizPro LiDAR is being utilized in Shaanxi Truck's autonomous proof of concept project at the Chinese port, with Shaanxi's ultimate goal being the deployme...
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2020-02-17

Smart Street Lighting as Fundamental Infrastructure for Future Smart City Applications, Says Osram

  In its latest blog post, Osram addressed the significance of smart street lighting for future cities, noting that the digital transformation of city services is critical and will rely on connected city infrastructure. The United Nations foresees that by 2050, 68% of the world population will live in urban areas. For enhanced safety, operational efficiency and sustainability, this growing and concentrated population need to be supported by integrated system and services. Smart street lighting thus serves as a primary smart city installation to simultaneously create the unde...
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2020-02-12

Gooee Partners Engineering Contractor TClarke to Support Smart Buildings in UK

Smart lighting solution provider Gooee announce its partnership with TClarke, a UK engineering company. The two partners signed a 5-year UK exclusive agreement enabling the Building Services Group to sell, install and maintain the Gooee suite of smart building products. As part of this agreement, TClarke has also taken a strategic shareholding in Gooee. This strategic partnership will enable Gooee’s platform to be deployed at scale throughout the UK and for the company to grow whilst taking advantage of the rapidly increasing demand for proptech solutions, focus...
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2020-02-11

Researcher Uses LED Lighting to “Fool” Hops to Skip Dormancy and Bloom

By using LED lighting system, a researcher successfully speeds up the production cycle of hops and tricks them to flower without dormancy. Bill Bauerle, professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University (CSU), has spent years in the horticultural research center of the university to optimize hops cultivation. With the support of horticulture LED lighting system, Bauerie opens up new possibilities for indoor, sustainable, local production of hops (Image: Colorado State University) Hops are almost exclusively ...
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2020-02-10

Pioneer Teams MooVita to Demonstrate Automotive Driving in Malaysia

Pioneer Smart Sensing Innovations (PSSI), the subsidiary of Pioneer focuses LiDAR sensors, announced its partnership with eMoovit, a company incorporated abroad in Malaysia of MooVita, for a 5G autonomous driving demonstration taking place in Malaysia from January 2020. This demonstration is done as a part of “5G Demonstration Project” which is convened in six states of the country by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, and verify for autonomous driving through 5G in partnership with Altel. The autonomous vehicle in the form of a...
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2020-02-07

Acuva Technologies Closes $5.4 Million Growth Financing to Meet Global Demand for UV-LED Drinking Water Systems

Acuva Technologies announced the closing of a US$5.4 million growth financing with a syndicate of existing and new investors to deliver the Company's innovative drinking water purification systems to global consumers. The proceeds of the financing will be used to meet the rapidly growing demand for Acuva's proprietary products in global markets and to fund the growth of the Company's teams both in Canada and abroad. Acuva has established global leadership is UV-LED disinfection technology and secured partnerships with several major international Original Eq...
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2020-02-06

Flickering Light Stimulates Brain to Release Signaling Chemistry to Combat Alzheimer

Several studies have indicated that flickering light can help to cure Alzheimer disease. A new study published by researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University further identifies how the flickering light works. The researchers found that the exposure to light pulsing at 40 hertz – 40 beats per second – causes brains to release a surge of signaling chemicals that may help fight the disease. The new finding was published in the Journal of Neurosceince on February 5, 2020. In 2016, flickering light was first linked with Alzheimer disease with ...
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2020-02-05

Plessey Partners WaveOptics to Build Micro LED Module for Smart Glasses

UK-based Micro LED technology developer Plessey announced at Photonics West its’ new partnership with WaveOptics, a designer and manufacturer of diffractive waveguides. (Image: WaveOptics/Plessey) This two companies aim to create a new optical module for next generation smart glasses incorporating Plessey’s native green Micro LED full HD display with WaveOptics’ Katana waveguide technology and projector design. The full HD Micro LED display from Plessey is the result of its previously announced partnership with Compound Photonics, t...
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2020-02-04

UVC Light Equipped Germ-Killing Robot Helps Airlines to Fight Coronavirus

Dimer UVC Innovations is a US-based company providing UVC light disinfection systems. The company is offering its GermFalcon®, a germ-killing robot that sanitizes airplanes, to assist airlines and federal agencies disrupt the spread of coronavirus. GermFalcon, developed by Dimer UVC Innovations, was specifically created to improve airplane hygiene industry-wide. The groundbreaking system uses ultraviolet-C (UVC) light to kill viruses, bacteria, and superbugs on surfaces and in the surrounding air. Designed to easily navigate an airplane cabin, GermFalcon&rs...
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2020-02-04

Fluence Expands EMEA Footprint with Horticulture Partners in Papenburg, Germany

Fluence by OSRAM is expanding its business in Europe and announced the partnership with growers and other horticulture specialists in Papenburg, the Emsland region of Germany. Given Papenburg’s decades-long history of attracting horticulture experts, Fluence’s innovative lighting solutions for horticulture are a natural fit for the region’s tomato, cucumber, leafy greens and herb growers. Elektro Evers, an engineering firm specializing in greenhouse technology, is Fluence’s exclusive systems integrator in the Papenburg region. Elektro Evers as...
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2020-02-04

EU Research Project Aims to Use Fluorescent Proteins to Make LEDs More Sustainable

An EU funded project, named ENABLED, is working on creating LEDs with artificial fluorescent proteins to make the lighting source more sustainable. Currently, LED lamps consist of a blue-emitting chip and an optical filter made of inorganic phosphors, rare earth minerals that transforms blue light into the white light. This filter does not efficiently convert blue light, causing serious implications on visual acuity in children and sleep disorder in adults. Moreover, inorganic phosphors are quite scarce and are listed as one of the 27 critical raw materials by the Euro...
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2020-02-03

How UV LEDs Might Help to Diminish Coronavirus

UV light has been used widely in disinfection with a wide range of medical and non-medical products available in the market. In the time when the whole world is fighting against the coronavirus outbreak, LEDs that deliver virus killing UV lights might be a practical solution for preventing infection. UV light is germicidal because it inactivates microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA with its short wavelength. In addition, oxygen can also absorbed energy from UV light to form ozone for disinfection. (Image: Pixabay) According to curren...
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2020-02-03

ZKW Integrates LG’s Rear Light Business and Set up New Location in Korea and China

The ZKW Group, which was acquired by LG Electronics in 2018, announced that it has established a branch in Incheon, Korea in December 2019, with the integration with the rear light business of LG Electronics. The company also integrated the rear light production of LG Electronics in Ningbo, China. These new locations are added with the aim to further expand business in the Korean automotive market and the Asia-Pacific region. (Image: ZKW) At the time ZKW was acquired by LG in 2018, it was already agreed that the “Exterior Lighting for Automoti...
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2020-01-31

Samsung Partners Art Community to Promote Digital Art with Its Micro LED Display

Samsung Electronics announced its collaboration with Niio Art, a platform for new media art, to launch an open call for new media artists for the Samsung The Wall x Niio Art Awards. The award aims to discover inspiring digital art from around the world. Entrants will compete for a chance to be exhibited internationally on Samsung’s The Wall, the highest quality, large form factor 4K Micro LED digital art canvas, and qualify for up to $15,000 in cash prizes. The competition will culminate in summer exhibitions at ten showcase locations including Korea, Singapore, ...
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2020-01-21

Light with High Brightness May Cause Eye Damage, Says Researcher

A research team in Taiwan measured lamps in the market and found that nearly all the desk lamps are too bright that they may damage the eye. Jwo-Huei Jou, professor at Taiwan’s National Tsing Hwa University (NTHU), and his team consisting of student from Shu Guang Girl's Senior High School and Ho-Shin Chen and NTHU, measured that white CFL with a color temperature of 5600K at an illuminance of 101 lux permits 29-minute reading time, and white LED of 5300K at 196 lux permits only 13 minutes. Situation would become worse with a blue light-enrich...
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