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Briefs : Lighting
Retail Merchandise Tracking System

Looking for an item in a large department store or mall can be like searching for a needle in a haystack, but that could change thanks to a hybrid location identification system that uses radio frequency transmitters and overhead LED lights, suggested by a team of researchers from Penn State and Hallym...

Application Briefs : Lighting
Covert Aircraft Landing Lights

Covert lighting on military aircraft is increasingly being implemented on existing airframes to create a compatible environment for pilots using night vision goggles during flight. This retrofitting procedure requires that new and improved lighting devices, such as LEDs, fit within the parameters defined by the...

Application Briefs : Lighting
Aircraft Cockpit and Cabin Lighting
Lumex, Palatine, Illinois

Due to the significant performance benefits they provide, LED and LCD technologies are replacing traditional incandescent bulb fixtures in more and more places throughout the cockpit and main cabin of aircraft. Compared to incandescent bulbs, LED and LCD technology provide:

Application Briefs : Lighting
Night Vision Compatible LED Indicators

Wilbrecht LEDCO’s new Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) compatible LEDs are designed for avionics applications that require night vision compatibility. Available in green, yellow, white and red in both 3mm and 5mm sizes, these specially filtered LEDs allow the cockpit display to be visible to the unaided...

Techs for License : Lighting
Extensible Light-Sensing LED Array

New technology developed at NDSU uses an extensible array of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as a means of sensing incident light levels. This light-sensing LED array can be used to construct highly-dynamic backlights for displays, as well as large-format synthetic aperture cameras.

Techs for License : Lighting
Heterocycles for Use in Electronic Devices

Synthesis of heterocyclic aromatic compounds has been pursued for a long time by chemists in order to analyze their properties and potential applications in biomedical and materials sciences including electronic devices such as organic light emitting devices (OLEDs) and in hydrogen storage.

Products : Lighting
Power Supplies

Green Watt Power (Concord, CA) has announced the GLC-150 Series of AC/DC LED power supplies. The GLC-150 Series has a universal / full range AC input voltage of 100 — 277 VAC. The power supplies offer 150W output power and are available in six different models of constant-current output: 2.8A, 3.2A, 3.75A, 4.2A, 5.0A, or 6.25A....

Products : Lighting
Step-Up Converter

The ZLED7015 step-up converter from ZMD AG (Dresden, Germany) features an integrated 35V power switch for high-brightness LEDs. The input voltage ranges from 6V to 30V. The converter, which includes a 0.3V voltage feedback mechanism, has a soft-start function and open circuit detection capability.

Products : Lighting
LED Driver Selection Tool

Power Integrations (San Jose, CA) has introduced an online selection tool that enables users to rapidly identify the appropriate power supply reference design for an LED lighting application. The LED Design Selector provides choices from Power Integrations’ library of reference design options for LED lighting. Using...

Products : Lighting
Film Capacitors

TDK-EPC, a group company of the TDK Corporation (Uniondale, NY), has extended its range of EPCOS MKP film capacitors with the B32671L8 and B32672L9 series. The high-voltage (2000 VDC) capacitors are available with reduced lead spacing (LS) from 10 mm. In addition, the voltage of the LS 15 types has been increased from 700 to 900...

Products : Lighting
LED Flash Controller

STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland) offers the STCF04 chip, an integrated camera flash and torch controller that raises the maximum power of an LED flash module to over 40 Watts. The device also provides extra flash and torch brightness controls, with eight user-selectable levels for the flash and 12 for the torch, as...

Products : Lighting
Infrared Emitters

Opto Diode Corp. (Newbury Park, CA) has introduced three infrared (IR) emitters. The OD-850W gallium aluminum arsenide (GaAlAs) LED features a wide-emission angle and typical optical output of 40mW at 100mA. The device has a peak emission wavelength at 850nm, a wavelength more closely matched to the peak response of...

Products : Lighting
Indicator LEDs

The QuasarBrite™ panel mount indicator LED from Lumex (Palatine, IL) operates with 120 VAC power that can be taken directly out of the main power source. The device is available in a round configuration with a 7mm diameter. The configuration, however, can be customized with wire lengths ranging from 6" to 6 ft, and with a...

Products : Lighting
Low/Mid Power LEDs

Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. (Taipei, Taiwan) offers a series of low/mid power LEDs especially suited for use in solid state lighting. The Low/Mid Power LED series is directed towards light bar replacement and omnidirectional bulb applications. The series consists of 0.06W, 0.2W, 0.4W, and 0.5W products with efficiencies of...

Products : Lighting
Fiber Optic Light Module

Excelitas Technologies Corp. (Waltham, MA) has released the XLM Plus Fiber Optic Illuminator Module with Electronics. The Light Module has integrated electronic circuitry for safety alarms, error modes, and power status indicators. It also provides circuitry for connection to fiber safety interlocks. In the event that a...

News : Electronics & Computers
New Approach to Graphene Electronics

Graphene has been touted as the next silicon, but it is too conductive to be used in computer chips. A University of Manchester team led by Nobel laureates Professor Andre Geim and Professor Konstantin...

News : Energy
Welding Nanowires With Light

Electrically conductive meshes made of metal nanowires promise exceptional electrical throughput, low cost, and easy processing in applications like video displays, LEDs, and thin-film solar cells. However, in processing, these meshes must be heated or pressed to unite the crisscross pattern of nanowires that form...

Check out the newly redesigned Jan/Feb issue of Lighting Technology. Cutting-edge research news, industrial lighting application stories, feature articles, products, and new technologies for...

A cost-competitive solution for increasing the light extraction efficiency of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) with efficient and stable color rendering index (CRI) for solid-state lighting (SSL)...

News : Lighting
Zinc Oxide Microwires Improve LED Performance Through Piezo-Phototronic Effect

Zinc oxide microwires were used by Georgia Tech researchers to improve the efficiency at which gallium nitride light-emitting diodes (LEDs) convert electricity to ultraviolet light. By applying mechanical strain to the microwires, the researchers created a...

News : Lighting
High-Efficiency OLEDs on Plastic

Researchers in the University of Toronto's Department of Materials Science & Engineering have developed what they say are the world’s most efficient organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) on plastic. This result enables a flexible form factor as well as a less expensive alternative to traditional OLED...

Articles : Lighting
Coordinated Circuit Protection for LED Lighting

As lighting technologies transition from power-hungry incandescents to coldcathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs), and now to light-emitting diodes (LEDs), it is clear that while end-users are willing to pay more for greener light there is an inherent expectation that longer life and improved...

Articles : Lighting Technology
The Cold Hard Facts

Highly regarded for their maintenance-free, energy-efficient operation, and environmental friendliness in a wide range of industrial applications, light-emitting diode (LED) lighting solutions are quickly becoming a sought-after alternative to high-intensity discharge (HID) and fluorescent lighting in cold storage...

Briefs : Lighting
Quantum Dot Light Enhancement Substrate

Acost-competitive solution for increasing the light extraction efficiency of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) with efficient and stable color rendering index (CRI) for solid-state lighting (SSL) was developed and demonstrated. Solution processable quantum dot (QD) films were integrated into OLED...

Briefs : Lighting
Dark Red Luminescent Material for LEDs

The use of a material development method known as high-throughput experimentation (HTE), which allows for the screening of large composition areas of complex material systems, has led to the discovery of a dark red luminescent material for light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The new luminescent material can be...

Application Briefs : Lighting
Reducing Energy Costs at a California Waste Facility

Waste Connections, Inc. is an integrated solid waste services company that provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services in mostly exclusive and secondary markets. They serve over two million residential, commercial, and industrial customers from a network of...

Techs for License : Lighting
Multi-Color Quantum Well-Based LEDs

A process to enhance the electron-hole wave functions overlap – resulting in high-efficiency quantum well light-emitting diodes (LEDs) emitting in the green and yellow wavelengths – has been developed. This proposed technique changes the polarity of the structure and diminishes the piezoelectric effect. It...

Techs for License : Lighting
Transparent, Solar-Powered Lighting Module With Integrated Energy Storage

This invention integrates an organic light-emitting diode (OLED), a power-generation device (photovoltaic or PV cell), and an energy-storage device (lithium-ion battery or LIB) to power a grid-free lighting module. PV/LIB/LED voltage and capacity matching ensure maximal...

Products : Lighting Technology
Polycarbonate Diffuser Sheet

The Makrolon® Lumen XT diffuser sheet from Sheffield Plastics (Sheffield, MA), a Bayer MaterialScience LLC Business, was developed specifically as a diffusion lens for LED lighting. It offers three distinct light diffusion levels that can be matched with other design elements to help achieve the desired lighting...

Products : Lighting
Surface-Mountable LED Component

The Micro SM4 from Bridgelux (Livermore, CA) reduces component count, cost, complexity, and size of lighting systems — enabling a high performance LED solution for diffuse and directional lighting, such as 20-40 W incandescent, 20-35 W halogen, B10-style (candelabra), and low-wattage compact fluorescent lamp...


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