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Editorial: What Hath Our IoT Lighting Doth Wrought?
 
... Last time around, "News Staff" offered some tie-together insights on why we might expect lighting to find itself at as the eyes and ears of the IoT. Makes sense. It has a good view of the space, constant electricity (and if not, it's a pretty correctable decision), and we're...
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What Hath Our IoT Lighting Doth Wrought?

 
... Last time around, "News Staff" offered some tie-together insights on why we might expect lighting to find itself at as the eyes and ears of the IoT. Makes sense. It has a good view of the space, constant electricity (and if not, it's a pretty correctable decision), and we're...

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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.’’

LED Engin's LuxiGen Emitters now Available Through Digi-Key
LIGHTimes News Staff

February 26, 2015...LED Engin, a San Jose-based producer of high flux density LED emitters and secondary lenses, reported that it has signed a distribution agreement with Digi-Key, a seller of electronic components. LED Engin's LuxiGen emitters and secondary optics will be available through Digi-Key's global websites.

The company asserts that the high-power LuxiGen emitters offer high efficacy and flux along with superior color stability and lumen performance. The emitters have what the company says are ultra-efficient and uniform optics. According to LED Engin, LuxiGen's patented ceramic package enables the lowest thermal resistance per package area. Additionally, the emitters have an extremely wide range of power inputs from 3 W to 90 W and a wide selection of colors from UV 365 nm to infrared 940 nm. LuxiGen multi-chip packages are also available in multi-color/wavelength options including RGBW, RGBA, UV, and Dental Blue. Each die is individually addressable. The company also offers a suite of complementary total internal reflection (TIR) lenses for the emitters in Narrow Spot to Wide Flood beam.

President and CEO of LED Engin, David Tahmassebi, said, "Through this agreement, hundreds of thousands of design engineers and purchasers around the world now have access to LED Engin products. Digi-Key is a customer-focused company that ranks highly in industry surveys for its product availability, rapid order fulfillment and responsive service. This means faster access to our class-leading emitters and optics."

Digi-Key is said to be one of the world's largest and fastest-growing distributors of electronic components. Digi-Key stocks more than one million parts from 650 different suppliers and ships about 15,000 orders per day with a 99 percent same-day shipment rate.

Ira Suko, director of semiconductor product at Digi-Key, said, "LED Engin has created very high-quality LEDs in minuscule packages thanks to the company's extensive technical expertise in thermal management and other award-winning techniques. Our customers now have access to the most advanced LED packaging technology, emitters and light source modules available in the market."

Trinseo Showcases Plastic Optical Materials
LIGHTimes News Staff

February 26, 2015...Trinseo, the Berwyn, Pennsylvania-based materials company formerly known as Styron showcased its plastics for the LED Lighting industry at Strategies in Light at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada from February 24 – 26, 2015. The company says it changed its name on February 1st to "reflect how its technologies and materials play an intrinsic role in the innovative and sustainable solutions that customers require for their next generation products."

Trinseo has supported the lighting industry for almost a decade with polycarbonate-based compounds under the CALIBRE™ Polycarbonate Resins and EMERGE™ Advanced Resins and brands. These materials includes transparent, light diffusion, reflective, and ignition resistant grades for diffusers, optics, lenses, reflectors, and housings.

Trinseo also formally introduced its EMERGE™ PC 8830LT Advanced Resins, a material that the company says balances thickness, transparency, and flame retardancy– three key properties that thinner gauge applications require. The material is UL94 rated V-0 at 1.0mm and 5VA at 2.5mm.

Trinseo boasts technical and manufacturing resources around the world that enable it to coordinate application development, product availability and technical support. The company's global reach is especially critical in the LED lighting industry in which applications are often specified in one region and manufactured in another. The Trinseo team from North America was joined at Strategies in Light by colleagues from Asia Pacific.

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 to Sell OLED Lighting Division
LIGHTimes News Staff

February 24, 2015...Philips has decided to sell its OLED lighting division, according to electronics magazine Plastic and Electronics. IHS reported that Philips Lumiblade was the world's largest producer of OLED panels in 2014.

IHS cites several reasons for Philips' withdrawal from the OLED lighting market. While IHS said that the choice to exit the OLED lighting business maybe just a priority shift, OLED lighting has struggled to reach the mass market and LG decided to delay the launch of its much anticipated 100 lm/W panels until next year. OLED lighting has had some recent notable successes. For example, Seoul National University recently reported the installation of 1,100 LG OLED luminaires in their library, making it the largest OLED installation. IHS says that the LG produce launch delay likely indicates that while consumers might be starting to see the advantages of OLED panels for lighting, the tipping point for the technology which was expected to be a 100 lm/W panel, may not be ready for the market.

On the contrary OLED displays, have become the “in thing” within the displays industry. For example, Apple recently announced that, its newest smart watches will employ OLED displays, the first Apple product to incorporate them. Also, Samsung recently announced a $3.6 billion funding pledge for their OLED production and research line. Samsung reportedly plans to split the new line out into a separate advanced-technology unit.

With an industry as unpredictable and volatile as the nascent OLED lighting market, IHS says that Philips is likely selling the Lumiblade business unit to focus on improving their position in LED lighting and slowing the decline of their core lighting business. IHS points out, however, that if the OLED lighting industry starts to take off in the future, an ex-Philips OLED business may directly competes with its former parent company.

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.

Bayer Shows Off Polycarbonate Resin and Sheet Materials for LED Lighting
LIGHTimes News Staff

February 24, 2015...Bayer MaterialScience LLC is showcasing its polycarbonate resin and sheet materials at Strategies in Light 2015. The company debuted its new grade, of polycarbonate sheet, the Makrolon® Lumen XT LC0 polycarbonate sheet. The new product expands the company's Makrolon® Lumen XT polycarbonate product line. According to Bayer, the Makrolon® Lumen XT LC0 polycarbonate sheet resists high temperatures, and offers uniform light diffusion without hot spots. Furthermore, Bayer says that the Lumen XT LC0 sheet material meets UL 94 V-2 flammability rating and maximizes light transmission.

Another material that Bayer will display is its Makrolon® DX-NR polycarbonate sheet which has co-extruded UV resistance technology that makes it ideal for exterior lighting. Bayer says that the DXNR sheet balances light transmission and diffusion.

Makrolon® TC8030 polycarbonate is one of the company's heat-resistant plastics developed for LED applications. The TC8030 polycarbonate is intended for use in LED heat sinks for lamps or luminaires and is UL 94 V-0 rated at 2.0 mm. Compared with aluminum, a common heat sink material, Bayer says this grade of Makrolon® polycarbonate provides similar thermal performance while helping reducing costs and enhance design flexibility. Processing Makrolon® TC8030 plastic with injection molding , reportedly allows to create non-traditional shapes and optimize joining techniques. Additionally, Bayer says that the material can be employed to in-mold LEDs on the printed circuit board in the heat sink assembly.

The company is also showing off other company's LED luminaires which use its materials. Lumenova™ R20, BR40 and BR30 reflector lamps utilize Makrolon® RW6267X polycarbonate for the optical mixing chamber, the area between the internal LED and the outer lens. Makrolon® RW6267X polycarbonate is reflective, white grade flame-retardant, low-viscosity material that is UL 94 V-0 rated at 1.5 mm. Bayer points out that the material offers high reflectance without secondary operations.

Cooper Lighting, Orion Energy Systems, Juno Lighting and XtraLight successfully use Makrolon®Lumen XT polycarbonate sheet for a variety of flat and formed applications.

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.

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What Hath Our IoT Lighting Doth Wrought?
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February 19, 2015...Last time around, "News Staff" offered some tie-together insights on why we might expect lighting to find itself at as the eyes and ears of the IoT. Makes sense. It has a good view of the space, constant electricity (and if not, it's a pretty correctable decision), and we're going to have the smarts in there anyway. Should anyone doubt that lighting will be smart, and will have sensors, and will be connected, counseling will be available, but you better start lining up now, because the change is going to be so fundamental that you'll need more than a few sessions to get over the grief of losing your analog lighting...

Profound you say?... Heck yes. The move from wired to wireless phones was easy. The move from analog to digital wireless phones was also easy, in that it just became a clearer connection with longer battery life. Then came the smartphone. When it meant "phone plus calendar", we still didn't wrestle with it. A PDA with cellular access wasn't really disruptive, just helpful. It was that next thing, those pesky, and helpful, apps that really stood our conception of the personal communications device on its ear. Camera? Convenient (for everyone but the really stupid drivers, amateur stuntmen and drunk wedding guests, who are forever immortalized for the epic fails). Navigator? I have it in my car, so it makes sense. Messaging? AOL had that a long while back, so now its wireless. Crowd-sourced routing information for the navigator? Hmmm... what's a Waze? Coupons popping up on the phone as I drive by the local mall (thanks RetailMeNot, but wasn't really expecting that). A free download of a Zippo lighter, so you can still demand a proper encore at the nonsmoking concert? Totally didn't expect that. Point my camera at a foreign language menu, or announcement, or newspaper and Word Lens transforms, real time, into my native language? Are you freakin' kidding me? (Seriously, if you haven't seen that one, check it out... amazing. Next up will be universal translators, just like in Star Trek, except it will only cost $1 and you don't need to be in Star Fleet to download it.

The same thing is going to happen to lighting... Intelligence and sensing will certainly drive a massive wave of spatial-cognitive data that the building management systems will love. Utilities will love it to, as they'll finally have real-time access to energy use throughout a built space. They'll see the highs and lows, and be able to see the response to their demand-response directives, as well as validate the incentives they provided owners in exchange for promises to energy savings. Now the building owners will get to "earn out" their rebates by actually saving energy. But the really interesting stuff will have very little to do with energy efficiency, and everything to do with connect the space to its function. When we move from knowing someone is in a room to "who" is in a room, we are going to start a whole new stream of data flowing. How quickly did the cleaning crew cover the space? Did they miss anyplace? If so, turn that area red, and alert the supervisor with a text message.

What should the temperature be? Last time that Ned was in the room, he gestured (through the lights, naturally) to adjust it from 76 to 78-degrees. But if we can sneak it back to 77, will he notice? Nellie raised the lights to 550 lux in the morning, but dimmed them to 450 in the afternoon. If we transition it slowly down from 550 down to 450 between 10am and 3pm, will she not make a manual override? If so, the space enjoys the savings from averaging 500 instead of 550 lux during those 5 hours for a 10% energy savings. And if we change the curve so that we're come down a little quicker, a little earlier, we can test to see if she's cool with that as well. Every little bit counts.

So let's add the app that moves the color temp a bit. What happens to Sven's typing rate at 3500K vs 4000K? How long do the meetings last when they start at 10am, and how many people are present? What about at 2pm? The presence sensing in the lights will do the people counting (or will it be the RFID reader in the light... or both, since one gives us ID and the other gives us motion/activity. With Waze or Google tracking your route home, the cloud will be able to suggest to the lighting what type of mood or activity lighting you'll want to see when you get home. Stopped at a restaurant on the way home? Guess you won't be cooking dinner when you head into the kitchen, so no reason to add the extra bright, or shift from warm to cool. But once you're home, did you follow the "I'm tired" room to room path (cut down on the cool white, they're heading to bed) or did they follow the getting something done path?

This may sound like it's all about making people comfortable and happy, because it is. Claims are that France's 32 hour work week is as productive as a US 50-60 hour week. Skeptical or not, the idea is certainly an attractive one, in that a better optimized/less stressed    fill in the blank    will produce better results than a non-optimized whatever-it-is. Work week, work environment, hospital night shift, factory. The ability to control, and tweak and learn, and acquire user biometric and productivity data, through the apps that will wrap in and around out lights will have those profound implications. The cloud will catch the resulting data flow, and "big data" will mine and sift and categorize what matters, and then provide updated goals to the building management system to pass along to the nodes, so they can do their job better, so we do ours better.

Yes, it may seem quite fanciful... But if the astronauts were told that a car built just 30 or so years later would have more processing power installed in just its door than the astronauts had in the entire Apollo capsule that first went to the moon, they might find that a bit fanciful. And that 10 years from there, your smartphone would have more apps than a PC does... well you get the picture. Watch the lights now, as they'll be watching us all soon enough.

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