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Strategies in Light 2015 panel will address value thinking versus socket filling

Strategies in Light 2015 panel will address value thinking versus socket filling

01/23/2015

Bob Steele, co-chair of Strategies in Light, interviews Lighting Research Center director Mark Rea regarding his views on the subject of “value thinking in lighting” and what attendees can expect from his panel session at SIL 2015.

GE Lighting expands LED-based Lumination series with track fixtures for accent and retail lighting

GE Lighting expands LED-based Lumination series with track fixtures

01/21/2015

Solid-state lighting track portfolio includes models with 90 CRI targeting demanding retail sales applications and other accent usages.

DOE publishes new Caliper reports on LED PAR38 and residential retrofit lamps

DOE publishes new Caliper reports on LED PAR38 and residential lamps

01/21/2015

Addendums to LED-lamp Caliper research by the US Department of Energy shows that PAR38 products are more robust to harsh environments than legacy products and that dimming remains inconsistent in A-lamps.

LEDs Magazine announces finalists for inaugural Sapphire Awards

LEDs Magazine announces finalists for inaugural Sapphire Awards (UPDATED)

01/21/2015 With competition across 13 categories, the 2015 LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards program features the best in solid-state lighting technology ranging from the enabling technologies used by product developers to the finished products that serve the broad general lighting application space.
DOE's ARPA-E announces funding opportunity that could include SSL-centric building efficiency projects

DOE's ARPA-E announces funding opportunity that could include SSL-centric projects

01/21/2015

The OPEN 2015 funding opportunity will make available as much as $125 million for energy-centric research products and could include building-efficiency-related projects that might include solid-state lighting technology.

LED lighting increases milk production at Michigan dairy

LED lighting increases milk production at Michigan dairy

01/20/2015

Michigan State University documents how long-day lighting in a dairy with closely-controlled intensity from LED sources boosted milk production by 8%.

Cree delivers connected LED lamp based on ZigBee wireless standard

Cree delivers connected LED lamp based on ZigBee wireless standard

01/15/2015

The white Connected Cree LED Bulb delivers the equivalent output of a 60W incandescent bulb and works with popular ZigBee-certified hubs such as the Wink Hub.

DOE issues Gateway report surveying LED lighting used in museums

01/13/2015

The newest Department of Energy report is based on an extensive survey of museums that have installed one or more LED projects and indicate a preference for energy savings but a demand for good light quality.

Epistar takes 94% stake in TSMC SSL, adds LED IP and fab capacity

01/09/2015

Taiwanese LED chip maker Epistar continues on an acquisition path after acquiring the LED manufacturing business of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.

Qualcomm takes CES stage to promote wireless LED lamp technology

Qualcomm takes CES stage to promote wireless LED lamp technology

01/09/2015

Mobile wireless stalwart partners with LIFX to support lighting as part of its Internet of Things (IoT) initiative, with the result being a module and reference design for wireless LED lamps that are compatible with the AllSeen platform.

SIL speaker addresses smart lighting and safety within the Internet of Things

SIL speaker addresses smart lighting and safety within the Internet of Things

01/09/2015 Advances in smart lighting require the lighting industry to get a handle on security for a new wave of lighting products joining the Internet of Things. Philip Smallwood, Strategies in Light conference co-chair, talks with SIL presenter Paul Jauregui, VP of marketing at information security speci...
Holi announces LED-based tunable lighting designed to improve sleep

Holi announces tunable LED lamp designed to improve sleep

01/07/2015

Introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show, a tunable LED-based lighting product works with smartphone apps via Bluetooth to encourage rest at night and a gentle awakening experience in the morning.

Belkin, Osram, and TCP demonstrate LED-based connected lighting at CES

Belkin, Osram, and TCP demonstrate connected LED lighting at CES

01/07/2015

The WeMo home automation platform from Belkin gets new SSL products from Osram and TCP as well as new sensors, while TCP also demonstrates its Connected by TCP products.

Philips Lighting taps Amy Huntington to lead business in the Americas region

Philips Lighting taps Amy Huntington to lead business in the Americas region

01/07/2015

Huntington takes the place of departed Bruno Biasiotta and is tasked with driving sales across lamps, consumer luminaires, and professional luminaires.

iLight Plexineon luminaires define hotel facade with LED lighting in Portland, Maine

iLight Plexineon LED luminaires define hotel facade in Portland, Maine

01/07/2015

Designers intentionally expose façade lighting to add texture and detail to the exterior of a new hotel building that towers over the other structures in the area.

Connected Lighting Alliance hosts a multi-vendor ZigBee networked LED lighting demo at CES

Connected Lighting Alliance hosts a multi-vendor ZigBee LED lighting demo at CES

01/06/2015

Major players in lighting and controls, including Philips Lighting, Osram Sylvania, GE Lighting, Lutron, LG Electronics, and Leedarson, show interoperable SSL products at the mammoth Consumer Electronics Show.

Greenvity teams with Mitsumi to bring LED networks and controls based on MCUs to market

Greenvity teams with Mitsumi to bring LED networks and controls to market

01/05/2015

Japanese electronics stalwart Mitsumi will manufacture microcontroller-based modules based on Greenvity technology for network-enabled decorative and area SSL.

Cree begins to fill SC5 Extreme High Power packaged LED portfolio

Cree begins to fill SC5 Extreme High Power LED portfolio

01/05/2015

LEDs push lumen output for applications such as stadium lighting but also deliver system cost savings in indoor SSL applications such as directional track lighting.

Philips supplies dynamic LED-based solid-state lighting for Madison Square Garden

Philips supplies dynamic LED lighting for Madison Square Garden

12/30/2014

External color SSL installation on iconic New York sports and entertainment venue can deliver dynamic light shows or simply display the colors of the home team.

Illumination in Focus top 20 stories of 2014: Retrofit lamps dominate reader statistics

Illumination in Focus top 20 stories of 2014: Lamps dominate reader statistics

12/18/2014

While LED-based integral luminaires will likely prove to be the most significant LED lighting products long term, our 2014 viewing patterns suggest more interest in retrofit lamps for now.

Dynamic LED lighting art project headlines at New York's Flatiron

Dynamic LED-based light-art project headlines at New York's Flatiron

12/17/2014

A control system based on Crestron technology includes 16 controllable lighting zones in the Light Iron Project now on display at Flatiron Plaza in New York City.

Sweden restaurant leverages horticultural LED lighting to grow herbs and produce for in-house use

Sweden restaurant leverages LEDs to grow herbs and produce for in-house use

12/17/2014

Fine-dining location adds an extra dimension to the menu using LED-lit indoor herb and vegetable gardens that guests see as a spectacle and experience as a fare enhancer.

Acuity brings OLED lighting to consumer retail channels

Acuity brings OLED lighting to consumer retail channels

12/17/2014

Continuing its push in OLED technology, Acuity is now supplying flush-mount, pendant, and sconce fixtures based on OLED panels in the $200–$300 price range.

DOE reports on bright LED luminaires in high-temperature environments

DOE reports on bright LED luminaires in high-temperature environments

12/16/2014

A US Department of Energy Gateway report on outdoor SSL fixtures lighting a section of the Mexican border near Yuma, AZ shows the superior quality of LED lighting.

LEDs Magazine top 20 stories of 2014: Readers like drivers and controls news and features

LEDs Magazine top 20 stories of 2014: Readers like drivers and controls news and features

12/16/2014

Based on reader popularity, articles on controlling LEDs have become more valuable than articles on LEDs and SSL products, although all are represented on our annual list.

Osram delivers new IR LED for biometric ID applications

Osram delivers new IR LED for biometric ID applications

12/15/2014

Iris-scanning technology promises to be a hack-resistant method to protect access to mobile devices including smartphones and tablets, and IR LED technology will enable such biometric applications.

Zhaga Consortium plans a new interchangeable-light-source Book including COB LEDs

Zhaga plans a new interchangeable-source Book including COB LEDs

12/15/2014

Moving below the typical LED modular light engine level, the consortium will develop a specification for the LED-source component — most prominently the COB LED.

EPA issues directive on LED and legacy lamp verification testing for Energy Star

EPA issues directive on LED and legacy lamp verification testing for Energy Star

12/09/2014

Guidance for Energy Star verification testing to the Lamps V1.0 and V1.1 specifications directs certification bodies on mandatory tests along with optional randomly-selected tests.

Osram brightens performance venues with new Ostar Stage RGB packaged LED for entertainment lighting

Osram brightens performance venues with new Ostar Stage RGB LED

12/09/2014

A multichip package with red, green, blue, and white LEDs delivers more than double the brightness of prior products designed for use in stage spotlights.

Using LM-80 measurement methodology to determine the true value of packaged LEDs

Using LM-80 measurement methodology to determine the true value of packaged LEDs

12/09/2014 At Strategies in Light 2015, Monica Hansen, LED Lighting Advisors, and Lynn Davis, RTI International, will elaborate on a methodology used to assess LM-80 data across a variety of packaged LEDs in an effort to determine the effects of different LED platform designs and materials on performance, l...

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