Posts Tagged ‘LED technology’

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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.


First U.S. LED-lit Commericial Building Opens

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

In early June of 2009, the Marvel Food and Deli in Auburn, Washington opened its doors for the first time becoming the first commercial new construction in the U.S. to be outfitted exclusively with LEDs (light-emitting diodes). The new supermarket utilized LEDs for both the store interior and exterior lighting in the parking lot.

According to recent research within the supermarket industry, implementing LED technology is estimated to reduce energy consumption in stores by as much as 60 percent. Additionally, LEDs offer higher efficiency with little negative environmental impact. LEDs are proving to be vastly superior to fluorescent, MH (metal halide) and HPS (high pressure sodium) lighting; with an over 50,000+ hour lifetime, their longevity greatly reduces maintenance costs.


Los Angeles adopts LED streetlights

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Los Angeles joins the growing list of cities converting conventional streetlights to LED technology. The City plans to retrofit a total of 140,000 LED fixtures in local and residential neighborhoods over the course of the next five years as part of the green streetlight program.

The LED streetlights are estimated to reduce L.A.’s energy usage by 40 percent as well as lower carbon dioxide emissions by 40,500 tons per year (roughly the equivalent of taking 6,700 cars of the road).