Posts Tagged ‘LED lighting’

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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LEDs: To Infinity and Beyond

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

LEDs in SpaceIf something’s good enough for NASA, isn’t it good enough for you, too? I mean, if something can withstand the demands of space travel, it should stand to reason that it will thrive in your home. Well, then, it’s time to start the countdown for LEDs.

NASA recently announced its intention to partner with an LED manufacturer to work on implementing LED technology into the space program, specifically developing a “high illumination and good color rendering LED light fixture for space exploration.”

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Cree to Outfit 650 Walmarts with LEDs

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

walmart_greenLast week, Cree announced that it had been selected to provide energy-efficient LED lighting to Wal-Mart for new stores and renovations.

According to a press release, Wal-Mart plans to install LED light bulbs from Cree in 650 stores in order to replace the ceramic metal halide lights in the produce and electronics departments. Additionally, Cree’s recessed LED downlights are also being used in new construction applications.

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LED Lighting wins Emmy

Monday, August 10th, 2009

In the 61-year history of the Emmy awards, never has there been an award given for television lighting technology, that is, until now. Litepanels, Inc. will be the first-ever lighting technology company to receive an Emmy award for its work with LED lighting on television sets including shows such as Desperate Housewives, 24, and Without a Trace.

The statue, a Technology and Engineering Emmy Award, will be presented on August 22 in Los Angeles by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for outstanding achievement in technical or engineering development. Specifically, the award represents technologies ”so extensive an improvement on existing methods or are so innovative in nature that they materially have affected the recording or reception of television.”

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