Posts Tagged ‘LED lighting’

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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Wal-Mart Goes Green

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Last Wednesday, July 15, the Wal-Mart in Leavenworth, Kansas reopened its doors, becoming the first member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Retailer Energy Alliance (REA) to implement a parking lot supported by LED lighting, according to LEDs Magazine.

The LED lighting for the parking lot is based on specifications developed by the REA. The Wal-Mart Superstore is the one of 43 retailers engaged in a DOE program called the Net-Zero Commercial Building Initiative (CBI). According to the CBI web site: (more…)

LEDs Oust Fluorescent Tubes

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

LED lighting is saying goodbye to the fluorescent tube, or at least, it’s about to. According to a California-based LED manufacturer, there’s a new fluorescent-replacement LED lighting product providing the equivalent light output of 24 to 32-watt fluorescent lamps, consuming less than a maximum of 19 watts and operating on a voltage range of 100 to 290 volts AC.

While conventional fluorescent lamps typically have a rated life in the range 8,000 to 24,000 hours, these LED lamps boast an operating life of 50,000 hours — 5.7 years of continuous light. The construction of a UV-resistant polycarbonate housing over the LED tube provides increased protection and shielding against many environmental effects, allowing them to be placed in locations where typical lights would be more vulnerable to the elements.

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President of LEDs Meets President of U.S.

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

The Chief Executive Officer of Cree met the Commander-in-chief of the United States yesterday. Chuck Swoboda, chairman and CEO of Cree, was invited by President Obama to participate in a discussion regarding the latest developments in energy efficient technologies, according to a company press release.

Swoboda, along with seven other CEOs representing American companies at the forefront of innovation, met with the President to discuss American innovation in areas such as clean energy and the potential benefits to the U.S. economy.

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Where for art thou, LEDs?

Monday, June 29th, 2009

LEDs Magazine recently highlighted an interesting student project involving Shakespeare and LED lighting. Liverpool Hope University student Emma Armstrong took on the enormous task of attempting to recreate lighting conditions on a performing stage during Shakespeare’s era using modern lighting technology, that is, light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

Armstrong explains that “lighting” in Shakespeare’s day mainly consisted of tallow (pig fat) candles used in lanterns and chandeliers. Her objective, then, was to reproduce the range of color, light, and flame using only LEDs. A difficult and time-consuming task, to say the least.

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Dubai: LED projects abound

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

“Advanced LEDs Ltd. completes two prestigious projects in Dubai” headlines a recent article in LEDs Magazine. The first: the world’s largest shopping mall. The second: the world’s tallest man-made structure ever built (according to Advanced LEDs).

Boasting more than 1,200 stores, the Dubai Mall plays host to a number of world-class attractions including an aquarium, ice rink, cineplex, and a spectacular water feature that traverses all four levels of the mall. The fashion area of the mall features a catwalk amidst 70 signature shops. Above the catwalk, Advanced LEDs created a stunning focal fixture, lighting huge sails (red, green, blue) using 6.5 kW LED lighting from 76 specially-designed RGBW fittings.

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