Posts Tagged ‘LED technology’

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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LEDs 2009: Year-in-Review

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

The year has been a good one for LED technology — from new innovations to adopted policies — 2009 has been a banner year for the light-emitting diode. Take a look at the following list of achievements for LEDs.

LED Wallpaper — It’s exactly what you think it is.

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LEDs Give Light to Wallpaper

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

It would seem that LED technology is, again, evolving to greater extremes. I recently heard about a British company that is currently designing an LED-based wallpaper. Yes, I just said wallpaper.

Apparently, the wallpaper uses a chemical coating that glows, lighting up a room like natural sunlight would. The coating somehow utilizes organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), so the wallpaper comes with all the energy saving and efficiency LEDs bring. Interestingly, an electrical current will run through the wallpaper, but it is reportedly safe to touch.

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LED Christmas Lights Lead the Way

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

LED Christmas Tree at the CapitolWith Christmas only a day away, holiday LED light retailers have already seen an increase in sales from last season. The New York Times reports that companies who are selling Christmas lights, anyone from home improvement stores to online retailers, are witnessing dramatic increases in sales from the year prior. The feat comes as a much-needed surprise, especially on the backside of an unstable economy.

The Times suggests the example of the nation’s most iconic trees at the White House and Rockefeller Center may have contributed to the technology’s rise in popularity, as both trees are now decked with the holiday LED lights. According to experts, LEDs are expected to account for up to half of all holiday light sales this season and over 100 million decorative light strands are projected to be sold in the U.S. alone.

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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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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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Starbucks Goes LED

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

StarbucksStarbucks Coffee Company recently announced its intention to implement LED technology into a large number of its locations worldwide. Under the banner of its LED Lighting Conversion Program, the coffee giant has initiated the conversion of incandescent and halogen bulbs to LEDs in all company-owned stores in the U.S. and Canada, and has already completed installation in more than 1,000 U.S. locations, according to a company press release.

Furthermore, Starbucks will expand the program to international markets in March 2010, aiming to complete installation in more than 8,000 company-owned stores around the world by the end of 2010. Following global implementation, Starbucks projects a 7 percent per-store reduction in energy use. This improvement will contribute toward the company’s goal of achieving a 25 percent reduction in energy use by the end of 2010.

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