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LED Drivers

Dialog Semiconductor plc (Kirchheim/Teck, Germany) has announced a new solid state lighting (SSL) LED driver that integrates boost and flyback converters into a single IC. The iW3623 offers a universal 100 VAC to 277 VAC input range and output power up to 45W. Dialog’s patented Flickerless™ design achieves a near-zero 100 to...

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LED Direct Replacement Bulb

The Verde Series LED GU24 direct replacement lamp by American Illumination (Los Angeles, CA) is one of the few GU24 direct replacement light bulbs available, and is the only one compatible with the GU24 locking ring for simple transitions from CFL to LED. The Verde GU24 bulb replaces the 13W CFL, consuming only 8.5W...

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New Family of Tiny Crystals Glow Bright in LED Lights

Minuscule crystals that glow different colors may be the missing ingredient for white LED lighting that illuminates homes and offices as effectively as natural sunlight.

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Fine-Tuning Emissions From Quantum Dots

Tiny particles of matter called quantum dots, which emit light with exceptionally pure and bright colors, have found a prominent role as biological markers. In addition, they are realizing their potential in computer and television screens, and have promise in solid-state lighting. New research at MIT...

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Silicon-Based Nanoparticles Could Make LEDs Cheaper, Greener To Produce

Light-emitting diodes, are the most efficient and environmentally friendly light bulbs on the market. But they come at a higher up-front price than other bulbs, especially the ones with warmer and more appealing hues. But researchers at the University of Washington have...

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Metallurgists Use Microwaves to Create Nanocrystal Semiconductors

University of Utah metallurgists used an old microwave oven to produce a nanocrystal semiconductor rapidly using cheap, abundant and less toxic metals than other semiconductors. They hope it will be used for more efficient photovoltaic solar cells and LED lights, biological...

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Pet Foods Facility Anticipates Less Than Two Year Payback with LED Lighting

The new 300,000 square foot Diamond Pet Foods facility in Ripon, Calif. went online in May 2012 with more than 500 high-efficiency, Class II Div 2 LED fixtures by Dialight. Through combined energy and maintenance savings, the company expects a full return on its...

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LED Tube Lamp Brightens Auburn SuperMall With 50% Less Energy

Aleddra LED Lighting, a business unit of Lightel Technologies, Inc., recently partnered with management at the Auburn SuperMall in Auburn, WA to improve the quality of light throughout the mall while at the same time reducing lighting energy consumption by 52%.

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Lighting Company Retrofits Headquarters With Edge-Lit Light Guide Technology

Global Lighting Technologies, a manufacturer of LEDbased, edge-lit light guide solutions for general illumination applications, has retrofitted its North American sales & engineering headquarters with LED ceiling lights. In a classic example of practicing what it...

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Plymouth (U.K.) City Council Switches to Solid-State Lighting

Plessey is working closely with Plymouth City Council in the U.K. to help achieve the Council's ambitious carbon reduction strategy for all their managed buildings and infrastructure. Plessey is replacing the existing fluorescent lighting in Douglass House with solid-state LED...

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LEDs Go Organic: The Science behind OLED Lighting Systems

Organic is a term more often associated with vegetables than lighting systems, but some LED manufacturers are now incorporating organic molecules into their products to meet specific application demands. The result is a new type of LED system that provides a broad illumination area and...

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Single-Stage vs. Two-Stage Drivers

The key circuit elements in an LED lamp are the LEDs, the optics, the casing (including heat-sinking) and the driver. The driver now represents anywhere from 10% to 40% of total bulb cost, so selecting the right topology is crucial to delivering the most cost-optimized design. In order to achieve a long...

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Dimmable Omnidirectional A19 LED Lamps

MaxLite® (West Caldwell, NJ) introduced the new Omnidirectional A19 LED Lamp as a true A19 incandescent replacement lamp that distributes a soft, warm uniform light without compromising performance or aesthetics. The long-life, energy efficient alternatives to conventional lighting, MaxLite’s dimmable...

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Powerline Communication SoC for LED Lighting

Greenvity Communications (Milpitas, CA) has expanded its Hybrii® family of system-onchip (SoC) connectivity solutions with the new Hybrii-Mini GV7013 aimed at cost-sensitive consumer and industrial applications. Compatible with the HomePlug® Green PHY™ powerline communication (PLC) specification...

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LED Controller and Driver

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (Dallas, TX) has introduced the industry’s smallest off-line, phase-dimmable, constant- current lighting controller and an easy-to-use lighting driver that simplify the retrofit of a variety of LED bulbs, including E14, GU10, A19, PAR20/30/38, MR16 and AR111. The TPS92075 controller...

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LED Luminaires

EYE Lighting International (Mentor, Ohio) has announced the introduction of Aphos™ brand LED luminaires. Ideal for parking garages, parking lots, warehouses and similar applications, the rugged luminaires are designed with custom LED optics that deliver exceptional lighton- task coverage that can minimize the number of fixtures...

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Digital AC/DC LED Driver

iWatt Inc. (Campbell, CA) recently introduced a new digital AC/DC solid state lighting (SSL) LED driver platform designed specifically to address the key issues of cost and lifetime in price-sensitive, non-dimmable, residential SSL bulb applications. The first device in this new platform is the iW3626, a singlestage...

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Through-Hole Dot Matrix Display

Everlight Electronics Co. (Taipei, Taiwan) recently announced the ELMM-457SURCB/A3, a high performance through-hole dot matrix display driven by packaged IC. Each display can be directly interfaced with a microprocessor. The serial IC interface allows the display of 104 built-in characters and 24 custom...

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8” Round High Brightness LED Module

Heatron LED Solutions (Leavenworth, KS) has introduced Ascendia, a high brightness 8" round LED module. Delivering up to 7400 lumens from an 8" diameter module, Ascendia is designed for mounting heights up to 30 feet.

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LED High Bay

Dialight (Farmingdale, NJ) recently introduced its new 25,000 lumen DuroSite® LED High Bay to meet the high light output requirements of industrial applications. With 100 lumens per Watt efficacy, the new 250W LED High Bay is UL1598/A certified for wet locations as well as CE compliant and CSA 22.2 certified.

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Atomic-Scale Investigations Solve Key Puzzle of LED Efficiency

From the high-resolution glow of flat screen televisions to light bulbs that last for years, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) continue to transform technology. The celebrated efficiency and versatility of LEDs and other solid-state technologies including laser diodes and solar...

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Nanometer-Scale Material Can Speed Up and Squeeze Light

In a process comparable to squeezing an elephant through a pinhole, researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have designed a way to engineer atoms capable of funneling light through ultra-small channels. Their research is the latest in a series of recent findings related...

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Alternate Methods for Testing LED Tube Lights

LED tube lights, designed as replacements for T8/T10/T12 fluorescent bulbs, represent a significant portion of the growing commercial LED lighting market. According to the United States Department of Energy (DOE), commercial forces are driving the development of LED technology, which is expected to...

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Adhesives for Optoelectronics

The beginning of the 21st century finds optoelectronics being one of the key disciplines on technological development. Substantial progress in computer technology, communication, imaging, illumination technology, sensor technology, medical technology or production technology is based on the availability of...

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Army Explores Potential Of Light-Emitting Monolayers To Benefit Soldiers

Recently Penn State researchers working with the Army Research Office showed that tungstenite, or WS2, formed from layers of sulfur and tungsten atoms, has light-emitting properties that could be useful to plenty of Army applications, like optical sensors or even lasers....

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New Manufacturing Technique Could Lead to Brighter, Smarter, More Efficient LEDs

Ming Ma, a doctoral student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has developed a new method to manufacture light emitting diodes (LEDs) that are brighter, more energy efficient, and have superior technical...

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Researchers Demonstrate New Way to Control Light in Semiconductor Nanocrystals

As demand for computing and communication capacity surges, the global communication infrastructure struggles to keep pace. The problem is that light signals transmitted through fiber-optic lines must still be processed electronically, creating a bottleneck in...

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LED Technology Shines Light on Bay Bridge as Sustainable Art

Fulfilling the brainchild of Ben Davis, chairman of Illuminate the Arts (ITA) and the vision of acclaimed artist Leo Villareal, The Bay Lights, a new LED lighting system that was developed by Philips Color Kinetics, has transformed San Francisco’s Bay Bridge into a one-of-a-kind...

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New Smart Lighting Sensor Solution Can Help Enable Smart Cities

Libelium recently announced the availability of a new smart lighting solution for Smart Cities deployments based on the modular Waspmote Plug & Sense! wireless sensor network platform.

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New LED Streetlight Design Curbs Light Pollution

Streetlights illuminate the night, shining upon roadways and sidewalks across the world, but these ubiquitous elements of the urban environment are notoriously inefficient and major contributors to light pollution that washes out the night sky. Recent innovations in light emitting diodes (LEDs)...