Lighting

Lighting Design Firm Wins Award for Innovative Theater Illumination

GE Lighting, East Cleveland, OH

Schuler Shook Inc., Chicago, IL

During this year’s Lightfair International in Las Vegas, Nevada, GE Lighting announced the winner of its 31st annual international GE Edison Award. This award recognizes excellence and quality in professional lighting designs that employ significant use of GE Lighting Products, including, but not limited to, GE LED systems, LED luminaires, LED architectural products, LED lamps and modules, lighting controls and non-LED lamps and luminaires.

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Dynamic Lighting Control Saves Energy, Reinforces Energetic Atmosphere

AWeber Communications, Chalfont, PA

AWeber Communications in Chalfont, PA thrives on creative energy. From free-form office space, to tube slide transports, to a dynamic lighting control system that automatically responds to the outdoor environment, AWeber offices combine playfulness with productivity and energy efficiency. These values are built into the office design, and evaluated regularly.

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LED Drives Savings in Manufacturing & Distribution Lighting

Thomas Research Products, Elgin, IL

What do you do when you move your manufacturing and main distribution center into a new facility, and your business is built on providing key components to LED lighting OEMs? If you’re Thomas Research Products (TRP), a leading supplier of LED drivers in North America, along with LED light engines, surge protectors for lighting, and energy-saving lighting controls, you put your money where your mouth is!

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Gallium Nitride Nanowire Tips Function as LEDs

Probe tips for atomic force microscope can be used to illuminate tiny sample region with optical radiation.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD

A team of researchers has demonstrated that atomic force microscope (AFM) probe tips made from its near-perfect gallium nitride nanowires are superior in many respects to standard silicon or platinum tips in measurements of critical importance to microchip fabrication, nanobiotechnology, and other endeavors. In addition, the scientists have invented a means of simultaneously using the nanowire tips as LEDs to illuminate a tiny sample region with optical radiation while it is scanning, adding an entirely new dimension to the characterization of nanoelectronics materials and devices.

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New Technique Makes LEDs Brighter, More Resilient

Coating polar gallium nitride (GaN) with a layer of phosphorous-derived acid increases luminescence without increasing energy input.

NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new processing technique that makes light emitting diodes (LEDs) brighter and more resilient by coating the semiconductor material gallium nitride (GaN) with a layer of phosphorus-derived acid.

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Light-Emitting Properties of Quantum Dots Can Help Harvest Sunlight

Los Alamos National Laboratory

A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers in collaboration with scientists from University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Italy. Their project demonstrates that the superior light-emitting properties of quantum dots can be applied in solar energy by helping more efficiently harvest sunlight.

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NIST Studies Why Quantum Dots Suffer from ‘Fluorescence Intermittency’

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working in collaboration with the Naval Research Laboratory, have found that a particular species of quantum dots that weren't commonly thought to blink, do. Although the blinks are short — on the order of nanoseconds to milliseconds — even brief fluctuations can result in efficiency losses that could cause trouble for using quantum dots to generate photons that move information around inside a quantum computer or between nodes of a future high-security internet based on quantum telecommunications.

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Novel Nanoparticle Production Method Could Lead to Better Lights, Lenses, Solar Cells

Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories has come up with an inexpensive way to synthesize titanium-dioxide nanoparticles and is seeking partners who can demonstrate the process at industrial scale for everything from solar cells to light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

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Researchers Determine LEDs Are Safe for Skin

Stony Brook University

There was a time when no one thought about light bulbs; when one blew, you simply screwed in another one. Nowadays, it’s more complicated, as energy efficiency concerns have given rise to a slew of options, including incandescent, compact fluorescent lights, and light emitting diodes.

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Tetrapod Quantum Dot Samples

Quantum Materials Corp. (San Marcos, TX) announced that it has shipped Tetrapod Quantum Dots in sample quantities to a diversified leading Asian-based electronics manufacturer. Tetrapod Quantum Dots are an advanced nanoscale material that improves the performance and energy efficiency of very high-resolution computer, TV and smartphone displays. Quantum Materials' patent-pending continuous-flow technology produces uniform, narrow bandwidth tetrapod quantum dots with bright emission, less aggregation, purer colors (including high-luminous red) and precise color rendition.

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