Promoting Adhesion of Conformable Coatings to Multi-Component PCBs

Jeff Elliott, Technical Writer

Exposure to water, dust, oil, chemicals, movement and extreme temperature changes can damage circuitry.  This problem is exacerbated for multi-component printed circuit boards (PCBs) found in outdoor devices that must withstand a wide range of weather conditions for decades with little or no degradation in performance. Vulnerable devices include environmental sensors, broadcast equipment, power supplies, billboards/signs, automotive components, solar panels and outdoor lighting. Continue reading

Recipe for IoT – Empowered Computers, Lots of Sensors, Lots of Data and Management of Human Factor Concerns

David Bay, Corporate Engineer

Given the relative immature status of RFID and internet technologies in 1999, I commend Mr. Ashton for recognizing the importance of such technologies as well as his identification of use cases enabled by their simultaneous use. Continue reading

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

LED Lights Will Help Reduce Blackouts this Summer

By Charlie Szoradi | Independence LED Lighting  

Blackouts suck! It is one thing if a storm knocks out power when a tree blows over electricity cables. On the east coast, I have experienced power loss one or more times each winter at our home outside of Philadelphia, but the power is typically restored within a few hours or a day, subject to the level of damage. 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