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Low-Level Light Therapy Could Be Used to Treat Alzheimer’s Patients

Among Americans over 80, who represent the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, half are debilitated with a neurodegenerative disorder. Of this group, 5.4 million now have Alzheimer’s Disease, and according to recent data released by the Alzheimer’s Association,...

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U.S. Department of State Retrofits Harry S. Truman Building With New Lighting Controls

The Harry S. Truman Building is the State Department’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. Its main corridor spans two city blocks and contains more than 150 lighting fixtures. But that’s just a sliver of the building, which contains 34,000 fluorescent lights...

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Creating White Light Using LEDs

When it comes to creating white light using LEDs, there are many different methods, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages. First, the most common and traditional is chip-level conversion, where the converting material is integrated directly onto a blue LED die or fills up the LED package...

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The Rebirth of the Incandescent Light Bulb

The incandescent light bulb, first commercialized by Thomas Edison in 1879, was a remarkable invention for its day. Edison found that when an electric current was passed through a carbon filament, the filament would glow, or incandesce. The incandescent light bulb was improved over the next three...

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LED Sensors and Controls Technology

It’s common knowledge that one of the easiest ways to save energy is to shut off lights when they are not in use. Even so, the lighting controls market accounts for a fraction of the overall lighting industry. The market is small, despite the benefits of control technology, because in the past energy...

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Testing LEDs in a Climate Controlled Environment

Though they are a relative latecomer to the world of lighting technology, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are quickly making up for lost time. Since their invention in 1962, LEDs have been applied in a wide range of lighting applications, including traffic signals, automotive panel lighting, aviation...

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“Blue” Light Could Help Teenagers Combat Stress

Adolescents can be chronically sleep deprived because of their inability to fall asleep early in combination with fixed wakeup times on school days. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), almost 70 percent of schoolchildren get insufficient sleep, which is defined as less than...

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Researchers Develop Tool to Determine When To Change An LED Traffic Light?

In many of the nation's traffic lights, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with their brighter light and longer life have replaced standard bulbs. But knowing when to replace the signal heads has remained a guessing game, says Dr. Suzanna Long, assistant professor of...

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NASA Tests LED Lights in Plant Growth Experiments for Deep Space Missions

What kind of food will astronauts eat and what is the best way to grow it during deep space exploration missions? A group of plant biologists is seeking the answers as it works on one of NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Habitation Projects at Kennedy Space...

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Measurement Advance Using LEDs Could Speed Innovation in Solar Devices

A new versatile measurement system devised by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) accurately and quickly measures the electric power output of solar energy devices, capabilities useful to researchers and manufacturers working to develop...

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LED Technology Holds Most Promise To Save Energy and the Environment

Today's light-emitting diode light bulbs have a slight environmental edge over compact fluorescent lamps, and that gap is expected to grow significantly as technology and manufacturing methods improve in the next five years. So says a recent report from the Department of...

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Navy Ships Get New LED Lighting

Energy Focus, Inc. announced that it has recently received an additional $1.5 million order to provide IntelliTube™ LED fluorescent replacement tubes, IntelliTube LED berth light fixtures, and a variety of the company's high performance LED globe fixtures to upgrade the lighting on a number of U. S. Navy ships....

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Boeing 777 Full-Flight Simulator Incorporates ReaLED™ Technology

Today’s commercial aviation operators are looking for cost effective, high-fidelity and stable solutions for visual displays. The brand new Boeing 777 full-flight simulator (FFS) being manufactured by L-3 Link Simulation & Training UK (L-3 Link UK) at its Crawley, UK...

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Major Tokyo Train Station Slashes Energy Use With LED Technology

With the help of Panasonic LED and OLED lighting fixtures, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment is slashing overall energy use at a public station by 25 percent, with a 40-percent reduction in lighting energy alone. It’s all part of a pilot community development program...

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Phase-Dimmable LED Driver

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) has introduced a new LED controller with constant power regulation. The LM3447 AC/DC LED driver includes a dimmer detect, phase decoder and adjustable hold current circuits to provide smooth and flicker-free dimming operation in off-line, isolated LED lighting applications, including A19,...

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Hybrid Lighting System

The BioLume™ Garage Fixture is the first installment in a new series of patented bi-level hybrid fixtures from EverLast® Lighting (Jackson, MI) that integrate a 5000K induction lamp and amber LEDs with SMART sensor controls to provide biologically sensitive, dark-sky friendly, and energy-efficient lighting. When an area...

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LED Heat Sinks

Ohmite Manufacturing (Arlington Heights, IL) has introduced Wakefield Solutions’ 19000 Series radial-fin heat sink extrusions for LED light engines. Options range from a maximum 14.7°C rise for a 4.5 watt power rating to a maximum 29.2°C rise for a 42.8 watt power rating. All models do not exceed a maximum LED substrate...

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Onboard LED Lighting System

EYE Lighting International of North America (Mentor, OH) recently introduced of its high-G, high-intensity onboard LED lighting system for high-speed crash test photography.

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Dry Vacuum Pump

Edwards (Crawley, West Sussex, UK) has introduced the new iXH645H dry pump. The new pump has been optimized for MOCVD processes used in LED manufacturing, as well as for compound semiconductor manufacturing using III-V materials in gate stacks. The iXH645H delivers very high gas flow capability and is able to operate continuously...

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Single Pulse LED Measurement System

Gigahertz-Optik (Newburyport, MA) has developed a cost effective measurement system consisting of the BTS256-LED tester and LPS-20-1500 LED power supply with S-BTS256 software to assist with single pulse LED binning.

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4-Channel LED Driver

Phihong USA (Fremont, CA) has developed a new multichannel driver for indoor and outdoor lighting applications. Designated the PDA037W-350G, the driver is equipped with four outputs of 350mA and offers 0-10V dimming capability.

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Laboratory-Grade LED Fiber Optic Illuminator

Dolan-Jenner Industries (Boxborough, MA) has announced the availability of its Fiber-Lite® model LMI-6000 LED Fiber Optic Illuminator.

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Surface Mount LED Displays

Lumex (Palatine, IL) recently launched its QuasarBrite High-Temperature Surface-Mount (SMD) Seven- Segment numeric LED Display technology. Whereas standard seven-segment LED displays can operate at temperatures up to 85°C, the combination of proprietary epoxy and plastic used allows the new Lumex high-temperature...

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LED Driver

Light-Based Technologies (LBT) (Vancouver, B.C.) recently announced the release of its ultra-compatible deep dimming LED Driver. The UC LED Driver is targeted at North American and Japanese lighting fixture manufacturers.

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LED Inspection Lamp

Spectronics Corporation (Westbury, NY) has introduced the powerful Spectroline® TRITAN ™ 365, an ultra-high-intensity, multi-LED, broad-beam UV-A inspection lamp perfect for NDT applications. The TRITAN 365 features three ultra-hi-flux UV-A LEDs for NDT inspection, plus a white light LED to illuminate dark areas. It...

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The Future Looks Dimmer
The Future Looks Dimmer

Originally fueled by environmental concerns and the steadily rising cost of electricity, the market for energy- efficient lighting has been dramatically accelerated by regulations that will restrict the sale of most...

The Future Looks Dimmer
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Specifying Gaskets for Outdoor LED Lighting Fixtures

LED lighting technology has the potential to lower energy consumption and reduce maintenance costs on outdoor installations such as area lighting and parking lights, street lights and other “difficult to reach” outdoor locations. When operating in controlled temperatures and weatherproof...

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Efficient Optical Spectroscopy of Single Solid-State Quantum Emitters

Devices such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and lasers are typically based upon the accumulated emission from a large number of gas phase atoms, ions in solids, electron-hole pairs in semiconductors, or other fluorescence centers. In such macroscopic devices, the behavior of...

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'Metamaterials,' Quantum Dots Show Promise for New Technologies

Researchers are edging toward the creation of new optical technologies using "nanostructured metamaterials" capable of ultra-efficient transmission of light, with potential applications including advanced solar cells and quantum computing.

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Researchers Study How to Avoid Charge Traps in Plastic Electronics

Plastic electronics hold the promise of cheap, mass-produced devices. But plastic semiconductors have an important flaw – the electronic current is influenced by “charge traps” in the material. These traps, which have a negative impact on plastic light-emitting diodes and...