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Editorial: We’ve Just Scratched the Surface – Adoption, Science, Integrated controls
... The US Department of Energy recently held its annual Market Development Workshop in Detroit, Michigan, with a few key takeaways for anyone in attendance. We’ve just scratched the surface on adoption – When you’re immersed in the industry, it’s easy to understand the compelling case for LED lighting versus...
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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.

Lighting Science Group’s Technology to Help NASA Astronauts on International Space Station
SSL Design News Staff

December 16, 2014...Lighting Science Group reported that their GOOD NIGHT™ and AWAKE AND ALERT™ lamps were recently featured in Consumer Reports magazine. The article explains some of the science of the lamps and points to their link to NASA and the International Space Station astronauts. Lighting Science worked in conjunction with NASA to design the LED lighting system that is scheduled for installation in the International Space Station in 2016. Good Night™ and Awake and Alert™ LED Lamps are derivatives of this system.

A key focus of the development effort was on the importance of how blue light affects human circadian rhythm.

“We were thrilled to see the article, ’Sleep Like an Astronaut’, in Consumer Reports which emphasized our advanced bio-spectrum Good Night™ and Awake and Alert™ LED lights,” said Robert Soler, Director of Lighting Research. “This suggests that our consumer is becoming increasingly aware and knowledgeable about the impact light has on our human physiology. The effect that these two LED products can have on the body’s natural melatonin production and circadian rhythm can impact sleep and overall wellness.”

Ed Bednarcik, Lighting Science’s CEO, agrees. “Our ongoing investment into innovative biological LED technology is a key component of our success in this area."

Bednarcik continued, "We are excited that our groundbreaking design and technology are being recognized by consumers, enabling them to change the way they feel in their everyday lives.”

Costa Cruises' Fleet of Ships Gets LED Lighting from Philips
SSL Design News Staff

December 16, 2014...Royal Philips is supplying new LED lighting to upgrade the lighting of the fleet of Costa Cruises ships. Costa Cruises is replacing more than 300,000 light fittings across 10 ships with the Master LED and CorePro LEDTube solutions from Philips. The lighting project promises energy savings of up to 80 percent in addition to a large reduction in fuel consumption.

"We are proud to have incorporated Philips' experience and solutions into such a technologically advanced project," said Roberto Brambilla, professional commercial director, Philips Lighting IIG. "Philips has always been committed to improving people's lives through considerable and valuable innovations. This project furthers the LED revolution with technology that requires less energy and has a far smaller environmental impact than traditional lighting solutions."

In addition to greatly reducing energy consumption, Philips points out that the LEDs emit excellent quality white light that resembles natural sunlight, with fittings that stay at room temperature. Philips contends that the newly installed lighting solutions provide a brighter environment and create a more welcoming and relaxing atmosphere than the previous halogen bulbs.

Stefania Lallai, Costa Cruises sustainability and PR director, stated, "This initiative between two companies engaged in issues regarding the preservation and protection of the environment represents another step forward by Costa Cruises in the field of sustainability and is part of the projects undertaken to attenuate the impact generated and to reduce energy consumption on board."

Philips is working with the Travel Foundation and climate groups to implement green technologies within the travel industry.

XL Video Provides LED Columns for Hugo Boss Event
LIGHTimes News Staff

December 16, 2014...Working for client, Bureau Betak, XL Video supplied 40 4-sided LED columns and media control for the New York Fashion Week show of Jason Wu for Hugo Boss. The show took place at 4 World Trade Center on the eve of 9/11. Agency Bureau Betak approached XL Video’s senior account executive, Tim Riley, to design and produce the catwalk event. Bureau Betak asked Riley to deliver dozens of 10’ tall columns of LED displays.

Each of the 40, one-foot-wide square columns was encased in XL’s Pixled 9mm LED video display. To make the columns appear seamless, XL Video’s R&D team in China manufactured a set of custom rails for the LED to clip to. The custom rails were affixed to the wooden columns that the set company built. The rails ensured that all the LED could be mounted to the columns in just 24 hours by XL’s Project Manager, Will Nazarowski and lead LED technician, Curtis Luxton.

Don Stevens, liaised with both Bureau Betak and the content creators to map-out the content across all 160 facets of LED to ensure the client’s content looked flawless and flowed across the columns.

Stevens controlled the content on the day of the event using one of XL’s Stumpfl Wings Quad media servers.

Tim Riley commented, “Bureau Betak came up with and delivered an incredible design for Hugo Boss. The show inside the new 4 World Trade Center building, just a day before 9/11, made this a topical and poignant event, and was made more impressive by its view and location on the 48th floor.”

LEDs Help Algae Grow in the Tank
LIGHTimes News Staff

December 11, 2014...Scientists at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have developed together with the Berlin LED manufacturers FUTURELED a methodology of simulating a wide variety of lighting conditions. The scientists are studying the growth of algae with various light conditions.

According to estimates, there are about 50,000 algal and cyanobacterial species. However, only about 5,000 of these are known to date. Of these, only ten species have been grown for a commercial use. Algae and cyanobacteria can thrive even in salt water pools or on infertile soils and use much less energy to grow than food crops. Researchers are also looking to Algae to potentially be used in the production of aviation fuel.

"Algae grow much faster than soy or corn. You do not need fertile soil, pesticides per hectare per year and could bring a ten times higher yields, " said Professor Dr. Thomas Brück , head of the Department of Industrial Biocatalysis the TU Munich.

Scientists have already discovered numerous interesting products from various algae species. Many algae can produce, protein mass or build fat's chemical intermediates. Protein mass could be used as fodder to fuel or could be produced from the fats.

However, they have found that even within a species the ability to produce certain products is highly variable. "In our studies, we see again and again large differences in productivity," says Thom's camp. "We have to find not only the right kinds but also uses the candidate with the highest productivity breed."

The researchers worked with Berlin company, FutureLED to develop a light and climate simulation to optimize algae cultivation. The researchers use combinations of colored LEDs to simulate the spectrum of sunlight.

"No one can predict whether an alga from the South Seas under the lighting conditions in Germany is as productive as in their home," said Thomas Brück. "Nor do I know what this successful candidates would still be just as successful under the lighting conditions of the Sahara.All this we can test in our laboratory now. "

The efficient LEDs offer light that is between 400 and 800 nanometers in wavelength with a radiant power of up to 1000 watts per square meter and the sunlight comes close to uniform intensity distribution. Scientists can control the different types of LEDs individually to set individual spectra. Fluorescent and incandescent bulbs produce too much heat and do not allow the easy light variation. The researchers specifically needed the LEDs to activate the molecular switches of the algae that help control plant growth.

The project is funded through Industrial Biocatalysis project in the framework of the research project algae aviation fuel. Other project partners are the Departments of Biotechnology (technical scale cultivation) TUM and Chemistry II (catalytic conversion, Clariant AG (algae processing, fat separation) and the conys GmbH (hydrogen / biogas production). South of Munich, on the campus Ludwig Bölkow (LBC), researchers are currently building on the campus Ludwig Bölkow (LBC), a technical center for the study of the algal culture on a large scale. The Free State of Bavaria and the Airbus Group supporting the project with 12 million euros.

New Infrared LED from Osram for Biometric Identification Systems
LIGHTimes News Staff

December 11, 2014...Osram has debuted the Oslux SFH 4780S, a high output IR LED that emits at a wavelength of 810 nm. Osram notes that the IR LED with a height of just 2.4 mm and a narrow emission angle, could pave the way for reliable, energy efficient biometric identification such as iris scanning incorporated into mobile devices. Osram contends that a wavelength of 810 nm is particularly suitable because it can provide high-contrast pictures of the irises of any color at comparatively low levels of light.

"The SFH 4780S from Osram Opto Semiconductors currently offers the best performance-to-size ratio. The SFH 4780S is the first IRED in the new high-performance Oslux package. Oslux LEDs have long been established for visible lighting applications in mobile devices, such as camera flash. We are now extending the range to include infrared emitters," explained Bianka Schnabel, marketing manager for infrared products at Osram.

Oslux components offer a narrow emission angle at a low height because they perfectly match the lens to the internal reflector. Also, despite the use of a lens, the Oslux has a flat component surface. Despite the low height of 2.4 mm, developers have managed to achieve an emission angle of only +- 10 degrees for a record radiant intensity of typically 2900 milliwatts per steradiant (mW/sr) at an operating current of 1 amp (A).

The IR LED's high optical output comes from a stack of two thin-film chip with an edge length of 750 mm arranged one above the other with the aid of Osram’s nanostack technology. The emitter can operate with a current of up to 2 A in pulsed mode. Thanks to its black package, the SFH 4780S can be integrated unobtrusively behind the covers of mobile devices.

Unlike current designs which often use several IREDs, this new IRED with high radiant intensity enables the iris scanner operation with just one compact emitter. Like all applications that expose the eye to infrared light, iris scanners must comply with the relevant eye safety standards.

Planar Introduces First Ever 98” 4K Touch Display
LIGHTimes News Staff

December 11, 2014...Planar Systems, Inc. of Portland Oregon has developed the Planar® UltraRes™ 98” Touch LCD display. According to the company, the 500 nit, LED backlit display is the largest 4K touch display available without bevels or seams.

The Planar UltraRes 98” Touch combines 4K HD resolution of 3840 x 2160 with a multi-touch, multi-user experience. The display allows users to interact across a large screen area with crystal-clear detail and precision. With 32 simultaneous touch points, the display is perfect for a wide variety of resolution-rich, collaborative applications including training facilities, meeting rooms, and command and control centers. Planar Systems says it is also ideal for interactive digital signage that allows viewers to directly engage, and is rugged and reliable enough for public spaces.

“Planar has been first to market with a variety of new 4K display solutions, and the Planar UltraRes 98” Touch represents another industry milestone,” said Becky Connors, product marketing manager at Planar Systems. “With its multi-touch support, enhanced durability and sleek design, the display sets the bar for interactive commercial experiences, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to offering the best in 4K technology.”

The Planar UltraRes 98” Touch expands the company's ultra-high definition category, which includes Ultra HD touch and non-touch offerings in 28”, 58”, 65” and 84” sizes.

Planar’s ERO™ (Extended Ruggedness and Optics™) optical bonding technology offers added protection to safeguard the Planar UltraRes 98” Touch in high-traffic and long-term use applications. The bonded glass screen eliminates the air gap between the protective glass and LCD screen to improve the optical performance and touch accuracy.

The Planar Profile™ Mounting System enables installation just 4” from the wall, making it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. LED backlight technology and passive cooling give it maximum energy efficiency. The fan-less design consumes less than 0.5 watt of energy in standby mode. The Planar UltraRes 98” Touch will be available starting in December 2014 through Planar’s global network of authorized resellers.

LG Forms OLED Division
LIGHTimes News Staff

December 9, 2014...LG Display, the affiliate of LG Electronics which produces display-panels announced the launch of an OLED division that aims to commercialize OLED technology, according to CNET news. The South Korean company is expected to be the only vendor of OLED TV technology after rival Samsung opted for QD LCD technology on its TVs for 2015. LG plans to release more OLED TV models in 2015.

Company CTO Yeo Sang-deog is to head the new division. He was recently promoted from executive v.p. to president. The new division will control all OLED related projects and a new department will handle all OLED buying clients.

The company is quadrupling OLED panel production this month in hopes of bringing down the price of OLED TVs. The company is also working to minimize or eliminate the problem of burn-in effects that occur when an image stays on the screen for too long, the CNET article noted.

Osram Moves Toward Fewer LEDs Per Traffic Light
LIGHTimes News Staff

December 9, 2014...Osram has introduced the surface mountable Oslon Signal 120 for traffic lights. Shanghai Austar Lighting Electrical Industry Co., Ltd., has passed the Chinese national traffic light certification standard GB14887 with its LED traffic lights. The solution uses high brightness LEDs that are specifically designed for operating at high currents and high temperatures. Traffic lights with LEDs are known for their long operating performance. Osram's Signal LEDs support cutting edge traffic light designs with a significant reduced number of LEDs per signal.

“High-power LED traffic light is considered the next development direction of urban traffic signal facilities. Osram Opto Semiconductors has long been a forerunner that promoted technical innovations and their extensive applications. The passing of the Chinese national certification of Austar’s High Power Traffic Lamps proves again all the advantages that LED technology can offer to our customers’ lighting solutions,” explained Marcus Wong, Senior Marketing Manager of Osram Opto Semiconductors.

Oslon Signal 120 comes in a tiny ceramic-based package. It can reportedly operate with high efficiency even at high temperatures. Osram Opto Semiconductor's yellow LED employs the company's high efficiency ceramic converter (C² technology), which makes the yellow Oslon Signal ideal for use even at high currents and high temperatures.

Instead of a typical light output of 26 lumen (lm) at Tj = 85° (junction temperature), the company managed to increase the light output by about 300 percent to 80 lm at the same temperature. The LED's typical brightness is 100 lm at an operating current of 350 mA. These LEDs for traffic signals use the company's UX:3 Chip technology and lens, and with the 120 ° beam angle The company notes that the compact component size (3 mm x 3 mm x 1.7mm) is very easy to cluster and is perfect for standard secondary lenses for signal lights. Oslon signal is designed for international use, and the company says it meets the relevant standards for traffic lights: ITE 2005 in the USA and EU EN 12368 in Europe. The signal LED has an estimated life of 100,000 hours, more than five times that of conventional LED traffic light sources.

Shanghai Austar is one of the leaders in the domestic traffic signal sector. Osram Opto Semiconductors worked with Shanghai Austar on high-power LED traffic lights since the year of 2011. Mr. Yu Weiming, General Engineer of Austar pointed out, “Osram Opto Semiconductors with its technical advantages and R&D strength in LED lighting technologies makes a great partner for us. I believe that our cooperation can further the application and population of the high-power LED in the traffic signal sector. Traffic lights look simple, and yet as new optical technologies develop, the current application mode of traffic lights will be changed, and that will bring about a new industry opportunity."

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