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LIFX adds Amazon voice control to smart LED lamps

LIFX adds Amazon voice control to smart LED lamps

02/08/2016

On the heels of Android support, the smart lamp pioneer now lets users change lighting schemes by talking to Amazon’s Echo system.

More IoT moves: Lighting company Helvar taps former Nokia exec to develop new digital services

More IoT moves: Lighting company Helvar taps former Nokia exec to develop new digital services

02/08/2016

LED lighting component and systems developer initiates its digital executive position to better leverage IoT business opportunities.

Osram CEO: We have received offers for lamps division

Osram CEO: We have received offers for lamps division

02/03/2016

The company is reviewing informal bids for its lamps division. A sale could take longer than the group’s “carve-out.”

Warning: The IoT is not secure

Warning: The IoT is not secure

02/02/2016

Smart lighting users should beware, as Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica says Internet of Things technology developments are outpacing the safeguards.

SIL STRIKING POINT: Networked lighting controls are necessary for SSL industry progress

SIL STRIKING POINT: Networked lighting controls are necessary for SSL industry progress

02/02/2016

Strategies in Light (SIL) speaker Jason Hanna of Digital Lumens explains the potential of networked lighting controls and urges solid-state lighting (SSL) industry professionals to delve into the technology for advances in lighting.

LED business news: GE quits CFLs, Nichia and Everlight, Philips and WAC

LED business news: GE quits CFLs, Nichia and Everlight, Philips and WAC

02/01/2016

In the latest LED business news, we round up a discontinuation announcement from GE Lighting, and new developments regarding IP battles involving Nichia and Everlight, and Philips Lighting and WAC.

Burglar deterrent: LED bulbs know how and when to switch on as if you're at home

Burglar deterrent: LED bulbs know how and when to switch on as if you're at home

01/29/2016

A small Swiss-German company has lighting's latest twist in the Internet of Things with a new functionality for smart LED lamps.

Osram CEO doubts OLEDs for general lighting

Osram CEO doubts OLEDs for general lighting

01/27/2016

Olaf Berlien says the once-promising technology will have niche uses but is too expensive as a general light source.

LED business news: Philips financials, Lumitech and Seoul, Revolution and Rexel

LED business news: Philips financials, Lumitech and Seoul, Revolution and Rexel

01/26/2016

Philips’ 4Q financial reports indicates that LEDs comprise 48% of Philips Lighting sales, while Seoul licenses HCL technology from Lumitech and Revolution Lighting Technologies partners with Rexel Holdings.

Philips Lighting supplies Power-over-Ethernet LED lighting to Clemson

Philips Lighting supplies Power-over-Ethernet LED lighting to Clemson

01/26/2016

Networked SSL system delivers controllable lighting while sensors also allow Clemson University to autonomously gather real-time data including occupancy and more.

SIL STRIKING POINT: The LED Show will spark smart city discussion

SIL STRIKING POINT: The LED Show will spark smart city discussion

01/25/2016

The “Net-Zero Non-Zero: Lighting and the Evolving Smart City” workshop at The LED Show, co-located with Strategies in Light in Santa Clara, CA, promises to provide a unique perspective on several topics: IoT, the future of lighting, smart cities, and the nature of innovation. Chair James Highgate...

Rensselaer engineering center trials smart lighting in hospital room

Rensselaer engineering center trials smart solid-state lighting in hospital room

01/25/2016

The Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center is working with the University of New Mexico to trial tunable lighting and its impact on human health using an LED-based system and controls in a hospital patient room.

Philips terminates $2.8B sale of Lumileds LED business to China’s GO Scale

Philips terminates $2.8B sale of Lumileds to China’s GO Scale

01/22/2016

The LED business deal is nixed in the face of US national security concerns.

Osram CEO pushes digital services beyond lighting

Osram CEO pushes digital services beyond lighting (UPDATED)

01/21/2016

With offers for lamps group “days” away, Olaf Berlien outlines plans to add Internet connectivity and data-centric activities to company’s stable.

Packaged LED news: Cree adds to XQ Series; Samsung adds 5630 LEDs

Packaged LED news: Cree adds to XQ Series; Samsung adds 5630 LEDs

01/21/2016

Cree’s new XQ-A LEDs are intended to enable more flexibility in products that require small-footprint white and color LEDs while Samsung’s LM561B+ and LM561C mid-power LEDs offer improved performance.

Boise Wyndham hotel makes transition to LED lighting

Boise Wyndham hotel makes transition to LED lighting

01/19/2016

Heliodon Lighting found SSL replacement lamps or retrofit kits to allow the Wyndham Garden Hotel and Conference Center to make a complete energy-efficiency transition and to leverage rebates on the project.

Soraa LED lamps make plumbing fixtures sparkle

Soraa LED lamps make plumbing fixtures sparkle

01/19/2016

The violet emitter and three-phosphor formulation used in Soraa’s SSL products are finding success in color-critical applications such as the Crosswater bathroom fixture showroom and in similar retail and gallery settings.

LIFX adds Google Android voice control for smart lamps

LIFX adds Google Android voice control for smart lamps

01/18/2016

Nothing can be more of a turn-on than talk.

Osram gives lamps division a name to help move it

Osram gives lamps division a name to help move it

01/15/2016

German lighting giant says it’s still on schedule for April 1 “carve-out” of group now called LEDVANCE.

Acuity, Microsoft to jointly show lighting-based IoT services for retail trade at New York confab

Acuity, Microsoft to jointly show lighting-based IoT services for retail trade at New York confab

01/14/2016

Indoor positioning using LEDs can help stores engage and sell to brick-and-mortar customers as if they were online.

Transcend launches broad-spectrum LED tubes for horticulture applications

Transcend launches broad-spectrum, LED-based T5 tube for horticulture applications

01/08/2016

A custom phosphor mix applied on LEDs delivers spectral power distributions matched to specific plant types and stages of plant growth while also delivering white light.

SIL STRIKING POINT: Connected lighting panel will debate protocols

SIL STRIKING POINT: Connected lighting panel will debate protocols

01/06/2016

Strategies in Light (SIL) conference co-chair and Strategies Unlimited research director PHILIP SMALLWOOD drives home that wireless standard protocols are reaching a critical decision point in this rundown of the connected lighting panel to be held during the event in Santa Clara this March.

Competing wireless standards will wed at CES, SSL may benefit

Competing wireless standards will wed at CES, SSL may benefit

01/06/2016

Networking technology has become increasingly important in LED-based lighting, but the SSL sector is hampered by the lack of interoperable standards and the Consumer Electronics Show should see progress on that conundrum.

Cypress launches a 1A LED driver IC for auto applications

Cypress launches a 1A LED driver IC for auto applications

01/05/2016

The buck-topology driver from Cypress Semiconductor can operate at switching frequencies in excess of 2 MHz, which means that the driver electronics can fit a tiny footprint with small magnetic components.

Osram uses CES as a venue to expand Lightify networked lighting portfolio

Osram uses CES as a venue to expand Lightify networked lighting portfolio

01/05/2016

The Lightify family of networked lighting products will get several new members at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, including outdoor RGB strips, and wireless switch and plug products.

LEDs Magazine top 20 stories of 2015: Readers make lamp and business stories most read

LEDs Magazine top 20 stories of 2015: Readers make lamp and business stories most read

12/30/2015

Based on popularity among readers on our website, LED-based tubes edged industry business interests across our annual top 20 list, while controls topics showed by a narrow length.

LIFX cuts price - again - on color-changing LED lamp

LIFX cuts price - again - on color-changing LED lamp

12/29/2015

Not long ago the smart lamp was $100. Now it’s set at $50.

Zhaga Consortium publishes LED driver Book 13, posts compatible products data

Zhaga Consortium publishes LED driver Book 13, posts compatible products data

12/29/2015

Book 13 specification defines standardized LED driver form factors intended for usage with separate LED modules, and the Zhaga Consortium has a revamped product database that includes all products compliant with the library of Zhaga Books.

Crossing Signal Mosaic uses LED sources to invite pedestrians into residential building

Crossing Signal Mosaic uses LED sources to invite pedestrians into residential building

12/28/2015

An SSL-based public art project at the Parc on Powell apartment building in Emeryville, CA synchronizes with the rhythms of the roadway intersection and pedestrian crossing signals and has won a major design award.

British LED specialist teams with IBM Watson for IoT

British LED specialist teams with IBM Watson for IoT

12/23/2015

PhotonStar is the latest solid-state lighting company to join forces with an IT powerhouse.

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