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LED Lighting goes Beyond the End of the Rainbow

By Rudy Ramos | Mouser Electronics

LED lighting is increasingly taking over from more traditional forms of illumination, thanks to its many and varied benefits. Longer lifespans help cut maintenance costs. Increased efficiency reduces energy bills. And the smaller physical size, greater robustness and ability to switch LED lights on and off without negative effects, mean whole new applications are now possible. Continue reading

LED Lighting Key to Railway Station Revitalization

By Harry L Sterns | Luminus
The Washington Park MAX Station, part of Portlands light rail system, has been serving citizens and visitors since 1998. Located beneath the hills west of the downtown area, it is the deepest station in North America at 260ft (79m) underground the equivalent of 28 floors and is accessible via high speed elevators. The station serves some of the citys main attractions, such as the Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center, Portland Childrens Museum and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Continue reading

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