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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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400W LED Grow Light Can Replace A 1000W HPS…True or False?

The Extraordinary Importance of Beam Angle and PPFD Uniformity
By Ed Rodriguez | CEO | OptoThermal Technologies, Inc.

In the horticultural lighting industry, there is a common assumption, frequently reflected in product promotional claims, that just about any 2017 model of a 400W LED grow light can do the job of a 1000-watt high pressure sodium (HPS) fixture and therefore offer a dramatic energy saving. Not so fast. Continue reading

Designing More Aesthetic Emergency Lighting Systems

Meeting code requirements for emergency lighting with modern, stylish lighting fixtures

Emergency lighting is mandated by the NFPA and International Building Code (IBC) to ensure sufficient light along the path of egress in the event of a power outage or other emergency.  Although this is typically the domain of electrical engineers, many lighting designers and architects prefer to meet these requirements with aesthetic solutions that fit into the building’s overall design. Continue reading

The Bright New World of Smarter Automotive Lighting

Rudy Ramos, Mouser Electronics

A friend and I recently went on an evening cycle ride, and because I knew we would be riding in the dark for part of the time, I took my CatEye OptiCube light with me. It was attached to my front handlebars, meaning that when I steered my bicycle around corners, it was always lighting up the section of path or road I was heading toward. Consequently, I always knew what lay ahead. Continue reading

Smarter LED Street Lighting Applications

Jonathan Catchpole, System Architect/Principal Engineer
TE Connectivity

LED Street Lighting is a technology and infrastructure with evolving demands. It is not only about bringing light to an area anymore, it is about anticipating tomorrow’s needs for value added services. Until recently, designers have mostly only been able to select ANSI/NEMA standard product lines, simply because no specific alternative – or even European – standard existed. Now, working with leading industry partners, TE Connectivity has developed a new connectivity solution for LED street lighting, while at the same time creating a standard for European outdoor luminaires. Continue reading

Why Bluetooth Low Energy Could be the Key to a Smart Lighting Boom

Saara Guastella, Product Marketing Manager
Casambi

Bluetooth Low Energy is a protocol optimized for controlling smart lighting. It overcomes the drawbacks of communication protocols such as ZigBee and Wi-Fi and can be combined with other technologies to make smart lighting even smarter.  Continue reading