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The 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.

LIGHTimes Online is here to serve the information needs of the LED industry supply chain, as well as integrators and non-architectural application solution providers with technology, product and market news updates for these rapidly evolving devices. Our readership also includes LED packagers, technology enablers and service companies seeking the the answers to how best to meet their customers' needs.

For architectural lighting and applications news of interest specifically to lighting designers, specifiers, and architectural lighting decision makers, along with luminaire designers, lighting system integrators and lighting subsystem developers, please visit our sister publication, Solid State Lighting Design.


SSL is booming and the 2011/2012 Summit Series is coming back to keep the message on quality

Launched in 2008, the SSL Summit will bring the quality story to New York City in October 2011, and then back to LA in March 2012. At every one of the Summit events, the feedback remains consistent: Just what we need, do it again soon. The Summit brings together lighting decision makers with industry thought leaders, pioneers, and innovators from the across the solid state lighting eco-system.

Continuing the tradition, 2011/2012 will continue to be all about quality, quality, quality. Showcase participants and sponsors are vetted to separate the wheat from the chaff (have your IES LM-79 test reports ready!). Last year's event in NYC included representatives of over 100 million square feet of developed property, and the one thing we don't want to leave out for 2011 is you! Look into the series information at www.SSLsummit.com for the details. Sponsorships are available for the full series.


Iowa Cubs to get Daktronics Display at Their Home Field
LIGHTimes News Staff

February 26, 2015...The Iowa Cubs, a triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, has selected Daktronics to design, manufacture and install a new LED video display for Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa. The new display will have 15HD pixel layout. In addition to clear, crisp imagery and deep contrast, the display features wide-angle visibility so every seat can see the best picture. The display, which incorporates robust environmental protection for outdoor use, will measure about 24 feet high by 62.5 feet wide.

"Our new state-of-the-art Daktronics video board will be able to do everything but a backward somersault, pike position," said Iowa Cubs principal owner Michael Gartner. "It will provide more information and more excitement for our fans. They're going to love it."

The displays employ variable content zoning, which allows for one large image or multiple zones to show any combination of live video, instant replays, statistics, scoring information, animations, graphics, and sponsor messages.

"We're proud to be involved with this significant upgrade for Iowa Cubs baseball at Principal Park," said Matt Warnke, Daktronics sales representative. "The confidence the Iowa Cubs have shown by selecting Daktronics says a lot about our industry-proven, high-quality product. We're excited to be a part of this and we are looking forward to the first game showcasing the new display."

Daktronics will also include its Show Control System with this installation. This system grants a combination of display control software, video processing, data integration and playback hardware for user-friendly production.

Philips LED Lighting Installed in Costa Cruises' Ships
LIGHTimes News Staff

February 26, 2015...Royal Philips of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, has completed the upgrade of 10 ships for Costa Cruises. Over 300,000 Philips LED lights were installed, reducing the energy required to power the ships lighting by 60%. Aboard ships, diesel motors generate all of the electricity. According to Philips, the lighting renovation across 10 ships enables total annual savings of 30,000 tonnes in CO2 emissions. The switch to energy efficient LED technology is the latest step towards Costa Cruises’ goal to slash its CO2emissions according to targets it set out in its Sustainability Report published in 2014.

Stefania Lallai, Costa Cruises Sustainability Director, commented, “This initiative between two companies engaged in providing solutions for the mitigation of the impact on the environment represents another step forward by Costa Cruises in the field of sustainability. The lighting project with Philips is an important initiative undertaken to lower the CO2 impact generated by our fleet and to reduce energy consumption on board.”

Philips pointed out that its MasterLED spots and CoreProLED tubes, which were installed on the cruise ships, emit excellent quality white light that does not irritate or tire the eyes. Moreover, the LED lighting lasts longer (up to 40,000 hours.

Back in 2013, Philips completed the relamping of three ships. The lighting of the remaining seven ships completely upgraded by December 2014. Philips is taking part in the LED lighting renovation of Costa Cruises’ headquarters in Genoa, Italy.

“Travel by sea already has the lowest carbon footprint compared to other forms of transport in the wider tourism industry,’’ said Nicola Kimm, head of sustainability for Philips Lighting. ‘’Think of cruise ships as self-contained mini floating cities, powered by their own energy supply. Switching from 50 Watt bulbs to 7 Watt LED technology increases energy efficiency by more than halving each ship’s electricity consumption required for lighting.’’

Agricultural Lighting Company Once Innovations Begins Licensing Patents
LIGHTimes News Staff

February 24, 2015...ONCE Innovations (ONCE), an agricultural and horticultural lighting company, has begun licensing its technology after the company recently filed its 100th patent application. The company currently has 26 issued patents worldwide including patents related to agriculture, horticulture, and lighting.

The licensing program is not for just the patents related to agriculture and horticulture, but also those related to lighting.

ONCE CEO Zdenko Grajcar said, “We are not just another LED company. We are in the agricultural lighting business with a mission to help growers produce more food at lower costs. Our core focus in on the research in areas of animal and plant photobiology and related optogenetics. We feel leveraging our research findings in specialized, biologically adjusted lighting has huge potential in agricultural markets.”

The company has hired law firm, Vincent and Elkins (V&E) LLC, to be their legal counsel related to licensing of Once Innovation's patents.

“ONCE technology is designed from the ground up, based on fundamentally new understandings of what connects living organisms to light. Our patent program is based on the investment of significant capital into research and development. Filing our 100th active patent application is an important accomplishment reflecting the company's ongoing attention to innovation and a candid testament to the outstanding achievements of our R&D team,” commented Joe Hoffman, ONCE General Counsel.

Mr. Grajcar noted that several companies have approached ONCE in recent months inquiring about licensing the company's proprietary line voltage LED (AC LED) and color shift technology outside of agriculture markets.

Everlight Anticipates Growth in Part Driven by LEDs for Automobiles

February 24, 2015...Everlight Electronics chairman Robert Yeh said he expects revenue to grow this year compared to last year’s NT$30.61 billion (US$967.75 million). Yeh indicated that the growth would come from rising demand for LED lighting from business segments including automobiles, according to a Taipei Times article.

Yeh said that Everlight plans gradually shift its focus away from its own-brand fluorescent LED tubes and LED bulbs because of increased price competition. He said the company will shift its focus more toward outdoor LED display products and commercial lighting applications. He noted that the company's commercial lighting and outdoor LED display segments would also face competition from Chinese producers, but Everlight would improve the designs of its commercial lighting and outdoor LED display products to enhance their competitiveness.

Yeh said he was optimistic about the near future of the market for LED applications for automobiles.“I foresee demand for automotive LED applications rising rapidly, so Everlight will put more resources in its automotive LED applications segment,” Yeh said in the Taipei Times article.

Automotive LED products account for less than 5 percent of Everlight’s total current revenue. The company's lighting and backlight segments make up about 40 percent, the company noted.

QD Vision Named Edison Award Finalist for Color IQ™ Quantum Dot Technology
LIGHTimes News Staff

February 24, 2015...The Edison Awards has named QD Vision, Inc., of Lexington, Massachusetts, a manufacturer of quantum dot solutions for displays, a 2015 Award Finalist. The renowned awards, which Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness inspired, recognize ingenuity, innovation, and creativity in products worldwide. More than 3,000 academics and senior business executives across the country judge the Edison Award nominees. Their votes acknowledge the Finalists’ success in attaining the award’s stringent criteria of quality.

“It’s exciting to see companies like QD Vision continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards’ executive director. “Edison Awards recognizes game-changing products and services, and the teams that brought them to consumers.”

“It is a tremendous honor that our Color IQ™ technology has been recognized by the Edison Awards judges as innovative and inspirational,” said Seth Coe-Sullivan, co-Founder and chief technical officer of QD Vision. “Our team worked hard to deliver the first commercially-viable quantum dot solution to the display market, where our products are boosting color performance and reducing energy consumption every day.”

At the Edison Awards Annual Gala on April 23, 2015 in the historic Ballroom of The Capitale in New York City, the award winners will be announced.

Philips Horticulture LED Solutions Introduces New GreenPower LED Production Module
LIGHTimes News Staff

February 19, 2015...Philips Horticulture LED Solutions launched a new, 25% more efficient GreenPower LED production module. The module is for multilayer plant and indoor crop growth applications. Philips says that the new solution is especially beneficial for the propagating young plants and for vertical city farms. Philips claims that the new GreenPower LED module provides significantly more control and offers improved and uniform crop quality and energy savings of up to 75 per cent compared to fluorescent lighting. The company also notes that the energy-efficient LEDs give off less heat and create a more uniform light distribution, making the module perfect for air-conditioned environments.

Consuming just 23 W, the GreenPower production module produces the same 50 micromol output as its 32-watt-consuming predecessor. Additionally, Philips says it reduces energy costs by up to 75 per cent compared to fluorescent lamps. The company has developed several spectral versions of the GreenPower LED production module. The different colors versions of the modules meet different growing requirements.

Growers can specify the best ‘light recipe’ for any given plant or crop. Or can experiment to create their own. Light recipes include dedicated combinations of intensity, spectrum, lighting initiation, uniformity and positioning. These light recipes make it possible to enhance certain plant traits including compactness, color intensity and branch development to produce an optimal crop yield and quality.

Many full-scale commercial applications have successfully employed the GreenPower LED production module, including leafy plants in Japan, lettuce plant propagation in the Netherlands, and multiple crops in the USA. Use of the LED modules in these commercial applications has reportedly resulted in significant increases in yield and quality. The GreenPower LED production module can be used to supplement natural daylight, as a new installation, or as a replacement for fluorescent lamps. Thanks to its significantly lower heat radiation, it can also be used in greenhouses and in air-conditioned environments, which are not suited to conventional lighting.

Werner Park to Get 50% Larger Display from Daktronics
LIGHTimes News Staff

February 19, 2015...Sarpy County and the Omaha Storm Chasers, a minor league baseball team of Omaha, Nebraska, have chosen Daktronics to design, manufacture, and install a new LED video display for Werner Park in Omaha. The Storm Chasers will be the first Minor League team in 2015 to get a new display that features a 13HD pixel layout.

"We are excited to be investing in our new state-of-the-art video board from Daktronics. To be able to deliver this on the heels of Back-to-Back Triple-A National Championships, and leading into the First National Bank 2015 All Star Game this July, is fantastic," said Gary Green, owner and CEO for the Omaha Storm Chasers. "Werner Park will continue to be viewed as a premier venue and we are looking forward to our fans enjoying their in-game experience even more thanks to Daktronics!"

The Storm Chasers will be one the first teams in the minor leagues to receive a new display in 2015 that will feature a 13HD pixel layout. The display from the Brookings, South Dakota-based company will have a 50% greater surface area than the previous display. It will measure about 25 feet high by 45.5 feet wide. According to Daktronics, the new display, which can withstand harsh outdoor conditions, will feature wide angle visibility that can be seen from any stadium seat, and it will deliver excellent image contrast and clarity. Variable content zoning allows the display to show one large image spanning the entire display or it can also be separated into multiple zones to enable any combination of live video, sponsor messages, animations and graphics, instant replays, scoring information and statistics.

"Daktronics is excited to partner with the Omaha Storm Chasers and Sarpy County on this exciting new video display upgrade for Werner Park," said Matt Warnke, Daktronics sales representative. "This new display will provide fans unbelievable image quality while offering the Storm Chasers great flexibility in how they promote their partners as well as adding to an already exciting game-day atmosphere."

The Omaha Storm Chasers are Back-to-Back Triple-A National Champions, and Pacific Coast League Champions for three of the last four seasons. The Storm Chasers are the longest running Triple-A affiliate with Kansas City Royals dating back to 1969. Since its 2011 opening, more than 1.8 million fans have passed through the gates for Storm Chasers games and community events at Werner Park.

Tangle Creations® Expands Successful Line of LED-lit NightBall™ Products
LIGHTimes News Staff

February 19, 2015...Tangle Creations, a San Francisco-based toy company that created a football that lights up, introduced an expanded line of 'Night' light-up sports products at the American International Toy Fair in New York City. Following the company's retail success of its Sportz™ Matrix™ NightBall™ Football that the company introduced just one year ago, the company debuted its new light up products which include the NightBasketball, NightDisk, NightRacket, and NightGloves for catching footballs

"We are exceptionally pleased with the incredible retail success of the Tangle NightBall Football," says Richard X. Zawitz, Tangle Creations, Inc.'s CEO and Tanglemaster. "Thanks to the support of our national retail partners, the NightBall Football is the most successful product launch for Tangle in our 34 year history. Building on this success we have developed additional breakthrough 'Night' products that feature the same magical light-up LED technology that will allow kids and adults to be sports stars and 'light up the night!'"

Super-bright LEDs illuminate the waterproof NightBasketball. With the help of some kind of pressure sensor , the basketball which meets size and weight regulations, has embedded LEDs that get brighter the harder it bounces.

Similarly, the light-up ball that comes with the waterproof NightRacket LED-lit paddle ball set (including two paddles and one ball), gets brighter the harder you hit it.

The one size fits all, always-on NightGloves, which blink and glow, include light-up finger tips.

"Now sports enthusiasts can play a wide variety of sports long after the sun goes down thanks to the new line of 'Night' products from Tangle Sportz," continued Zawitz. "These new products will add to Tangle's unique history of designing and marketing innovative products for consumers of all ages."

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