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opportunities presented by the increasing rapid adoption of high brightness LEDs,
in all their forms and applications, represents nothing short of a "digital
revolution" for a previously "analog" world. LEDs are having a
substantial disruptive effect on a number of established technologies, and where
there is disruption, there is an intense need for information.
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companies seeking the the answers to how best to meet their customers' needs.
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Launched in 2008, the SSL
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Continuing the tradition, 2011/2012 will continue
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Gregg's Customs Uses LEDtronics LED Lighting in Motorcycle Designs LIGHTimes News Staff
December 10, 2013...Torrance, California-based LEDtronics®, Inc., reports that their custom LED
lights have been an integral part of helping Gregg’s Customs grow and
become internationally-known over the past decade. Since 2003, Gregg DesJardins
has used LED lights from LEDtronics to create customized motorcycle products
for his clients out of his home-based garage. From that time on, Gregg’s
Customs’ product-line for motorcycle enthusiasts has grown into an
internationally-known corporation. At first, DesJardins used
“off-the-shelf” LED lights from LEDtronics his own, specialized
circuitry added. But as his company grew and he wanted to improve his product
line, LEDtronics created LED lights specifically for his needs. Today,
Gregg’s Customs uses LEDtronics exclusively.
“LEDtronics is a component in the bread and butter of my business,
and my primary product is a LED turn signal using LED technology developed with
LEDtronics,” stated DesJardins. “From day one, I’ve
been with LEDtronics, and they are a core part of my product
When starting out, DesJardins was pleased with the personal attention he
received from the representatives from LEDtronics and Pace Associates.
“I was just at the beginning of developing my product and my
LEDtronics’ representative at Pace Associates had no problem sending me
samples or information that I needed,” said DesJardins. “I
was happy with how eager they were to work with me.”
“Gregg’s Customs is all about providing unique and creative
products to motorcycle enthusiasts, and we have helped Gregg DesJardins create
his Billet LED License Plate Lights, Clear Lens Amber LEDs, the red version of
his turn signal, and many other products using LED custom bulbs,”
stated Craig Tyler, Pace Associates Representative. “We are happy to
be part of his international success and look forward to helping his business
grow even more in the near future.”
Gregg’s Customs has created award-winning motorcycles and patented
products, which have been shown in hundreds of industry magazines including
cover features in Cycle World, Robb Report Motorcycling, Super Streetbike, 2
Wheel Tuner, and many international features as well.
“I’ve looked at other options to fulfill my LED lighting
needs, but LEDtronics is competitive and I have no reason to go anywhere
else,” stated DesJardins. “I’ve always had good
experiences with them over the past 11 years, and I don’t have anything
negative to say about them!”
D3 Introduces Indoor 4mm High Resolution LED Display Solution at Express Flagship Store LIGHTimes News Staff
November 26, 2013...D3 LED, LLC (D3) of New York, a maker of turnkey LED display and lighting
solutions, introduced two custom indoor 4mm high-resolution LED displays at the
opening of a new flagship store in San Francisco's Union Square for U.S.
specialty retail apparel chain Express Inc. Using its new indoor 4mm
high-resolution LED display solution, D3 created two distinct digital canvases
for Express to provide brand content and enrich the customer experience.
D3's 13-foot-high digital LED column welcomes visitors to Express Union
Square with high-definition content featuring the brand's four lifestyles.
According to D3, this curved 4mm high-resolution LED column is the only 4mm LED
display in the world having a 36 in. or less convex radius. D3 designed a
121.52 sq. ft., 4mm high-resolution LED display for above the store's cash wrap
area, to create a branded focal wall visible that is visible from any point on
the store's main floor.
Express was looking for a company that could deliver state-of-the-art
display systems and act as a true partner throughout the process of developing
a customized display solution. D3's project team reportedly collaborated with
Express on several aspects of the project, and provided insights into the
operation and long-term sustainability of the displays.
"Our vast experience in the retail space was instrumental in bringing
this project to fruition," said Jason Barak, D3 managing partner.
"From concept to design to execution, we could not be more pleased and look
forward to working with the Express team on future customer engagement
projects, said Barak."
Christie Debuts LED-based 3-D Stereoscopic Projection System LIGHTimes News Staff
November 21, 2013...Christie®, a a visual display company of Cypress, California USA, has
launched the Christie Mirage WQ-L, an LED-based 1-chip with DLP® projection
system offering 2D or 3D WQXGA (2560 by 1600) resolution. The device is
powered by an 800 ANSI lumens light engine for sharp images and exceptionally
accurate and lifelike colors. The LED light engine is rated at 60,000-hours
(approximately 6.5 years) life cycle. The Christie Mirage WQ-L reportedly
includes Christie ArrayLOC™ for synchronized color and brightness
management, which reduces calibration requirements.
The company says that the Mirage WQ-L which uses a DLP chip from Texas
Instruments is ideal for a wide range of markets, from aerospace and automotive
to oil and gas, government, academia, and entertainment. The Christie Mirage
WQ-L operates off the exclusive Christie KoRE™ electronics and firmware
platform, offering what the company describes as the most extensive level of
input capability and control flexibility available for advanced visualizations
“We received positive reviews when we previewed the Christie
Mirage WQ-L at SIGGRAPH 2013,” said Larry Paul, senior director of
technology and visualization solutions management, Visual Environments,
Christie. “The projector’s sealed LED-based light engine
eliminates the need for filters, reduces heat and makes it virtually
maintenance-free. Its flexibility and low-maintenance design makes it the
perfect display solution for a wide range of customers that require a
high-performance system that is also eco-friendly and backed by
Christie’s reputation for quality and reliability.”
Daktronics' New Digital Street Furniture LED Displays Installed at UCSD Theatre District LIGHTimes News Staff
November 21, 2013...Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota USA, delivered four Digital Street
Furniture LED video displays to the University of California, San Diego (UC San
Diego) in La Jolla, California. UC San Diego is the first college campus to
receive this LED display solution that resulted from collaboration with
Daktronics advanced LED technology. The design of the displays was reportedly
refined with cabinetry from the acquisition of Daktronics Belgium. Daktronics
says that Digital Street Furniture is a very versatile product with
exceptionally tight line spacing which is well suited for heavy foot traffic
and slow-moving motorized traffic environments such as shopping centers,
out-of-home advertising and other public spaces. Because the display is usually
placed low to the ground and reachable, a layer of glass covers the actual LED
elements for extra protection. This product reportedly offers vibrant images
and is backed by 6,000 nits of adjustable brightness for the most demanding of
Each of the four displays installed at UC San Diego features 6 millimeter
line spacing and measure 5 feet high by 3 feet wide. They will be located at
the UC San Diego Theatre District to help with event promotion and other
special announcements. The displays are positioned at eye-level to deliver
maximum visibility of scheduled advertising, event announcements and other
timely information to passers-by.
Jay Parker, vice president of live events for Daktronics said,
“This Street Furniture product offers versatility at eye level that
can be very useful for college campuses for event promotion, advertising and
campus alerts. We look forward to the future of this product.”
Philips and Desso Announce Partnership to Develop Light Transmissive Carpets LIGHTimes News Staff
November 19, 2013...Royal Philips Electronics and Desso a carpet company have announced a
partnership agreement to develop solutions that combine LED lighting with light
transmissive carpet. According to Philips, the solution will transform the way
people interact with information and their environment in offices, hotels,
conference centers and other public buildings. The companies say that the
agreement will combine the many benefits of Desso's carpet, such as improved
indoor air quality, acoustics and comfort with the benefits of Philips' LED
The partnership is an agreement to work exclusively together in developing
the markets in EMEA. In addition to this, a joint development agreement has
been signed focusing on a seamless integration of this solution into new and
existing buildings. The product name will be revealed in 2014 as part of the
full go-to-market launch, but Philips and Desso are already working on pilot
projects in key markets.
The companies point out that the light emitting carpets will offer
information, direction to help guide people around buildings. In addition they
can enhance the ambiance and atmosphere of buildings interiors and help to
de-clutter spaces by making information visible only when needed. The solution
for high traffic areas comes in different colors, shapes and sizes.
"This light transmissive carpet solution is designed to engage directly
with people's senses and the eyes' natural inclination to seek out light. The
technology takes advantage of people's tendency to be guided by the floor when
moving through and interacting with space. It brings information, direction,
inspiration and safety via the carpet you walk on. This partnership of market
leaders is focused on bringing meaningful innovations to the market," said
Ed Huibers, Marketing and Sales Director, at Philips Lighting.
Desso CEO Alexander Collot d'Escury added, "We know people spend 90% of
their time indoors and our vision linked to this is to create innovative
flooring solutions that contribute to people's health and wellbeing. This new
solution developed with our partner Philips, meets this need and offers
exciting ways to enhance the interaction between the interior space and its
NIH Grant Funds Research Using Wireless Micro LEDs to Investigate Brain Disorders LIGHTimes News Staff
November 14, 2013...The developing field of optogenetics uses micro-LEDs and light activated
genes to control individual brain cells. For example, scientists can take a
light-activated gene targeted at a particular type of neuron and insert the
gene into a mouse. Then, shining light into the animal’s brain can either
get neurons to fire or inhibit their activity. Such research may one day
provide improved treatments for depression, addiction and anxiety. Researchers
at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are using tiny,
electronic devices to identify and map neural circuits in the brain with
funding from a rare EUREKA grant from the National Institutes of Health. EUREKA
stands for Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge
Acceleration. So EUREKA grants fund high-risk/high-reward projects. The
National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports just 12 to 18 such grants each
With the award, Michael R. Bruchas, PhD, assistant professor of
anesthesiology, and his colleagues will conduct studies with micro-LED devices
that his group recently co-developed with a team at the University of Illinois
in Urbana-Champaign. In a recent study, Bruchas and his colleagues used the
tiny electronic devices, which are thinner than a human hair, to tap into
specific sections of neurons in the brains known as the internal reward system
in mice. Through light activation the neurons were prodded to release dopamine,
a chemical associated with pleasure, when the mice poked their noses through a
hole in a particular part of a maze.
“Optogenetics allows us to zero in on specific populations of
neurons and understand which ones are involved in complex
behaviors,” Bruchas said. “What we learn from these
studies will make it possible for us to target specific populations of brain
cells that malfunction in depression, pain, addiction and other
The four-year, $1.2 million grant will allow Bruchas and his team to develop
specialized, optically sensitive G-protein-coupled receptors on brain cells
that will allow the researchers to control cell signaling in the brain with
light. These new receptor tools will be combined with wireless micro-LED
devices implanted in the mouse brain in an effort to uncover more information
about molecular and cellular events that underlie stress, addiction and
depression. For example, Bruchas hopes to isolate and map the brain networks
involved in stress by studying how mice interact in their cages. A dominant
mouse may limit a cagemate from moving about freely, creating stress that may
be apparent in the mouse’s brain networks.
What makes Washington University research unique is that the micro-LEDs are
portable and wireless. So unlike most other optogenetic techniques being used,
the animals do not have to be tethered to wires and are able to move freely.
With funding from the EUREKA grant, his team plans to make them even smaller
and add sensing capabilities to measure dynamic changes in the brain’s
Sony Announces Latest OLED Displays LIGHTimes News Staff
November 14, 2013...Sony has come out with new professional OLED-based computer monitors. The
new models (PVM-A250, 25" and PVM-A170, 17") are approximately 40% thinner in
depth and 40% lighter in weight compared to previous Sony models. The newly designed monitors
were the result of Sony completely re-engineering them. Sony reportedly made
numerous changes from the chassis to the OLED panel module's structure to the
signal processing board, material and parts. The monitors have also reduced
power consumption by 9% compared to previous versions of its high-end Trimaster
El OLED monitors.
"Higher resolution content creation – 4K and beyond –
requires monitors with larger screen sizes for accurate color evaluation on
site," said Daniel Dubreuil, senior product marketing manager,
professional monitors, Sony Europe."But bigger monitors are harder to carry
and take up more space. These new models have the screen size needed for
critical evaluation, with a thinner and lighter design that’s perfect for
live broadcast and outdoor shooting. They even have a handle for easy
The monitors improvements include an I/P conversion system that delivers
automatically optimized signal processing according to input signals, with low
latency (less than 0.5 field). The new monitors will be available in January,
2014. Retail prices for the 17" and 25" OLED monitors will be well over $4
thousand and $6 thousand respectively. So don't plan on having that monitor
added to your gaming system unless you have lots of money to spend.
Aoto Creates Glasses-Free 3D LED Display LIGHTimes News Staff
November 14, 2013...AOTO, a Shenzhen, China-based company has created the first 3D LED display that doesn't require 3D glasses, in a ceremony for its 20th anniversary.
Aoto equipped the glasses-free 3D LED display with its latest patented technology, including processing depth technology to achieve a more even anaglyph pixel arrangement, referring to the manipulation of the red and cyan colors used to achieve the 3D effect. The company says that the technology can also dynamically adjust for viewing distance.
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