Posts Tagged ‘LED lighting’

“Female Friendly” LED Lighting Products…Seriously?

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

An LED lighting manufacturer is preparing to “unveil female friendly lighting products” at an upcoming home and housewares show in March, according to a recent press release. Female friendly? Gimme a break. If that doesn’t shout, “Women are inferior!”, I don’t know what does.

Apparently, the company’s research shows females are expressing a growing interest in their LED lighting products, so they decided to develop a new line of products that cater to women. I’ll stop here and say, kudos — they’re analyzing the numbers and attempting to capitalize on a trend — but their delivery is downright degrading. I mean, doesn’t the term “female-friendly” imply that women have difficulties using conventional flashlights?

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Cree Breaks LED Record

Friday, February 5th, 2010

cree_logo.jpgResearch and development teams at Cree, Inc. have surpassed another standard of LED lighting, the company announced Wednesday. According to a press release, Cree successfully developed an LED white light that produces a record 208 lumens per watt.

Not to be outdone, Cree broke its own record previously held at 186 lumens per watt, a mark it set nearly two months ago. All tests were conducted under standard LED test conditions at a drive current of 350 mA at room temperature.

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Philips Makes Noble Gesture Despite Impracticality

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Solar PanelsThe pairing of two green technologies, solar power and LED lighting, has the potential to pay off in hugely practical ways. Yet, for one reason or another, the two have never been efficiently brought together, until now that is.

According to Philips Lumileds, a new solar-powered LED floodlight system has been made available for residents and communities who find themselves without electricity, particularly those on the African continent. At least, that’s how they’re billing the product.

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New Article: Innovations in LED Lighting

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Coast recently published a new article called Innovations in LED Lighting. The article explores the recent popularity of the LED, briefly examining the technology’s historic roots and speculating where it may lead us in the future.

As I read through the article, I was struck by the extremely long incubation period for LEDs. The technology sat virtually disregarded for close to 50 years before it was given due attention. After that, it still took another 50 years to develop the technology to be used in the way we see it today, when LEDs practically exploded onto the scene not even ten years ago.

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Times Square “2010″ Sign Goes LED

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

New Year’s Eve. December 31, 2009. 11:59 p.m.
Times Square Ball

All eyes are inevitably turned to the iconic glowing ball as it begins to drop, slowly but surely signaling the approaching new year less than a minute away. The ball dropping has been a tradition for more than a century, seeing its first descent in 1907. Since then, the ball has seen a number of faces, its most recent unveiled just last year. And as the ball comes to a landing, its lights are diminished and four numbers light up revealing the numerical designation for the new year — 2010.
This year, its the number lights that get the overhaul. Instead of using 40-watt halogen bulbs as in years prior, all four digits of the new sign will be illuminated by 9-watt light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The two new digits, “1″ and “0″, were ceremoniously delivered by pedicab last Wednesday.

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LEDs Light Up Space Exhibit

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum recently announced the opening of a new exhibit that’s supported by an LED lighting solution from Cree, Inc.Space Museum

The LED lighting solution was specifically designed for a new exhibit in the museum, “Moving Beyond Earth.” Reportedly, the exhibit boasts 20-foot high ceilings and 5,000 square feet of space. In addition to providing bright and consistent light, the LEDs burn cooler than conventional bulbs. This particular feature of light-emitting diodes proved extremely beneficial as stable temperature and humidity levels are required to protect the historical artifacts featured in the exhibit.

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LED Christmas: Tips and Tricks for the Tree

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Being as it’s the weekend before Christmas, many families are gearing up to venture out and find the perfect Christmas tree for their homes. If that’s the case for your family, once you’ve got your tree up, consider the following tips and tricks for lighting your tree this year, courtesy a local news station in North Carolina.

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LEDs Soar to New Heights

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

VolarisGiven the rising popularity of LEDs, it comes as no surprise that the innovative technology will soon soar through the skies. Volaris, a “high-efficiency airline” based out of Mexico, recently announced it will be converting its wingtip lights to LEDs. The upgrade will serve to decrease costs while increasing the overall safety of the planes.

According to Volaris executives, the upgrade will save operators in downtime and maintenance, since the lifespan increases from 500 hours to 20,000 hours with LED.

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