Author Archives: Guest Blog

Delivering Intelligent Lighting Networks for Tomorrows Smart Buildings

By Rudy Ramos, Mouser Electronics

As well as illuminating the spaces we live, work and relax in, modern LED lighting can form an integral part of truly smart buildings. These spaces contain sophisticated networks of systems that collect data, process it and then respond appropriately. The aim is simultaneous to increase the comfort of those using the building, and to reduce running costs by improving efficiency. Continue reading

Dual Technology Exit Signs: Increased Reliability, Whether Power is On or Off

By combining two established technologies LED and photoluminescence in one unit, exit signs deliver reliable, maintenance-free operation for decades
By Del Williams

For building and facility owners or managers striving to meet fire and safety codes, new dual technology exit signs are combining the efficiency of LED lighting with revolutionary new photoluminescent materials to increase reliability and performance over decades of use.
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The Cheese Sandwich and Chip on Heat Sink Technology

By Giles Humpston, Applications Manager | Cambridge Nanotherm

LEDs share two common attributes with most other electronic components. First, they produce heat. Secondly, they do not like getting too hot because excess heat degrades performance and causes premature failure. A notable exception to the ‘heat-is-bad’ rule is thermoelectric coolers but to discuss these components requires entering a philosophical debate about “what is temperature?”, “do we need it?” and “how will it vote in the next election?”. Continue reading

Advancing Light through Independence

By Jes Munk Hansen, CEO | LEDVANCE 

Independence.  This word has special value in the United States this month with the Fourth of July celebrating the nation’s independence from Great Britain in 1776.   It has also significant meaning in the lighting industry.  Many major lighting companies, including OSRAM, are separating their lamps organizations to concentrate on other strategic initiatives.  Like “the shot heard around the world” with the start of the American Revolutionary War changing the global landscape forever, this obviously has created a ripple effect of change for the LED industry.  Continue reading

Fundamentals of the IoT: What is Driving Next-Generation Products?

By Craig Bandes, President & CEO | Pixelligent

The early adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) is proof that a completely connected universe will be a reality in the not so distant future. Soon enough, our garage door opener will communicate with the lights inside our homes and our coffee makers will be linked to our iPhone alarms. Everything will be controlled from the devices in our pockets and the wearables on our wrists.  Continue reading

Will US Made LED Fixtures Ever Cost Less than Chinese Imports?

By Charlie Szoradi | Independence LED Lighting

The answer is YES. Today, some US LED manufacturers have already “cracked the code” on beating the Chinese at price, while maintaining high quality. This may be surprising to many business owners, energy advisors and lighting professionals. In a presidential election year, candidates on both sides of the aisle have spoken about the benefits of increasing US manufacturing and the resulting job creation. Continue reading

How Recycled Energy Waste from LEDS can Make Horticulture More Efficient

By Dr. Giles Humpston, Applications Manager | Cambridge Nanotherm

One of the often-cited advantages of LEDs over tungsten filament and fluorescent lights is their high efficiency. A good quality white LED can convert around 40 percent of the electrical energy to light. While this sounds impressive when compared to other light sources it still means 60 percent of the electricity is wasted as heat. Of LEDs that work in the visible spectrum green devices are the least efficient, maxing out at around 20 percent, while UVC LEDs struggle to achieve double figures. Continue reading