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Editorial: The Light We Do, and Don't, Want
 
... In a mostly annual trek into parts mostly unknown (to us, anyway) to see what is going on with lighting in the real world, we were struck two things. 1) There still isn't all that much of the light we want, and 2) There is still a lot of...
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Welcome to your LED Applications news channel!

The opportunities presented by the increasing rapid adoption of high brightness LEDs, in all their forms and applications, represents nothing short of a "digital revolution" for a previously "analog" world. LEDs are having a substantial disruptive effect on a number of established technologies, and where there is disruption, there is an intense need for information.

LIGHTimes Online is here to serve the information needs of the LED industry supply chain, as well as integrators and non-architectural application solution providers with technology, product and market news updates for these rapidly evolving devices. Our readership also includes LED packagers, technology enablers and service companies seeking the the answers to how best to meet their customers' needs.

For architectural lighting and applications news of interest specifically to lighting designers, specifiers, and architectural lighting decision makers, along with luminaire designers, lighting system integrators and lighting subsystem developers, please visit our sister publication, Solid State Lighting Design.


SSL is booming and the 2011/2012 Summit Series is coming back to keep the message on quality

Launched in 2008, the SSL Summit will bring the quality story to New York City in October 2011, and then back to LA in March 2012. At every one of the Summit events, the feedback remains consistent: Just what we need, do it again soon. The Summit brings together lighting decision makers with industry thought leaders, pioneers, and innovators from the across the solid state lighting eco-system.

Continuing the tradition, 2011/2012 will continue to be all about quality, quality, quality. Showcase participants and sponsors are vetted to separate the wheat from the chaff (have your IES LM-79 test reports ready!). Last year's event in NYC included representatives of over 100 million square feet of developed property, and the one thing we don't want to leave out for 2011 is you! Look into the series information at www.SSLsummit.com for the details. Sponsorships are available for the full series.


Daktronics Installs Lagest Ever Display at Ector County ISD High School
LIGHTimes News Staff

August 19, 2014...Daktronics supplied and installed the largest display that it has ever installed at the high school level for Ratliff Stadium of Ector County ISD (ECISD). Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, Texas is home to Odessa High School as well as Permian High School of "Friday Night Lights" fame. The company also recently installing the largest display in college football at Texas A&M University's Kyle Field and the largest display in professional football at the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Daktronics notes that ECISD's new display is one of the largest in all of high school sports. The display with a 15HD pixel layout measures about 27 feet high by 50 feet wide, a little more than 1,330 square feet. It's size makes it larger than displays at three professional stadiums including the New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.

Daktronics originally installed the district's previous video display in 2005 that was less than 400 square feet. This display is still being used in the stadium. ECISD is apparently the only high school in the nation that uses two two displays with full video capability for a combined 1700 total square feet of video space.

The Daktronics Sports Marketing team helped ECISD secure 1.2 million dollars of equipment and and more than 2 million dollars in ad contracts over ten years. With the assistance, the district was able to pay off the existing equipment, which will stay where it is. The district is also expected to pay off the new equipment two years sooner. Any revenue generated above obligations is returned to the district.

If you are interested in advertising at Ratliff Stadium, contact Michael Vogelaar at 432-235-0103.

DRSA Wins Contracts to Refit Yauchts with LED lighting
LIGHTimes News Staff

August 19, 2014...DRSA, a supplier of marine LED lighting, recently secured more than 12 major contracts to refit yachts ranging between 100’ and 175’ with LED lighting. According to DRSA, refitting yachts with LED lighting that have dimming capabilities is now in high demand because the technology for LED lighting has finally made its way to the yacht industry.

“We have dramatically increased our focus on designing, creating and sourcing LED light products over the past year as we have seen significants benefits in the marine industry,” said DRSA president Cathy Smith. “LED lights are smaller in size, brighter in appearance and lower in heat emissions. Also, we have now been able to identify solutions to properly dim LED lights on board, so anyone with a yacht going thru a refit - or a used build - is well advised to look at these alternatives,” Smith added. For more than 25 years, DRSA has designed, developed, manufactured, and imported luminaires, light bulbs and LEDs to illuminate entire vessels from bow to stern.

DRSA will be showcasing its products at the International Boatbuilders Exhibition and conference (IBEX) 2014, September 30-October 2 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.

Daktronics to Acquire European Display Company Focused on Transportation Market
LIGHTimes News Staff

August 19, 2014...Brookings, South Dakota-based LED display company, Daktronics, recently agreed to purchase Data Display, a transportation focused display company that has manufacturing and engineering capabilities in Ireland. Data Display has served customers across the European Union and United States.

Under the terms of the agreement, Daktronics will retain Data Display's workforce of manufacturing, engineering, service, and sales teams. Data Display is headquartered in Ireland and includes a modern, ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturing facility with 60,000 square feet (5.575 square meters) of space in County Clare, Ireland. Further terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Data Display has focused on the mass transit industry for more than 30 years. The company offers electronic displays for real-time passenger information (RTPI) in bus and tram networks and provides customer information systems (CIS) for railway networks. According to Daktronics, Data Display has built a strong business in Europe and brings a complementary customer base, skilled workforce and valuable mass transit sector experience.

Daktronics CEO Reece Kurtenbach noted, "We believe Daktronics and Data Display complement each other well. Daktronics is active in the transportation business, mainly in the United States, and we have a global presence with offices and people in many countries, currently focused on sports, third-party advertising and video solutions. Adding the strengths of Data Display will allow our combined organizations to better serve transportation customers world-wide and broaden our leadership position on a global scale. Daktronics looks forward to further expanding its customer and market focus in Europe and surrounding areas."

AUO to Begin Making 1.6-inch AMOLED Panels in Q4 of 2014

August 14, 2014...AU Optronics (AUO) plans to begin producing 1.6-inch AMOLED panels for smart wearable devices in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a Digitimes article. Since 2011, the company has been developing small- to medium-size OLED panels. It has provided 5.5-inch Full HD and 5-inch HD panels used in smartphones for Taiwan- and China-based vendors.

In related news, the Japanese government has sponsored Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), Japan Display, Panasonic, and Sony will jointly invest JPY20 billion (US$196 million) to set up an OLED panel production in 2015 and begin volume production in 2018. While, Samsung Display currently boasts about 90% of the global market for small- to medium-size OLED panels, AUO asserts that AMOLED panel market may take off when more companies compete.

Quirky to Market Yoga Mat with Integrated Pressure Sensors and LEDs to Aid in Yoga Instruction
LIGHTimes News Staff

August 13, 2014...An invention marketing company called Quirky has created an interactive yoga mat. Quirky is tentatively calling the product Beacon. The yoga mat has integrated LEDs and pressure sensors. The mat gives feedback in the form colored LEDs. For example, the LEDs can emit green light around a person's hands on the mat if the person has balanced the weight distribution on their hands properly.

The Interactive Yoga Mat, which its inventors first referred to as Glow, came out of a 2009 Product Engineering class for seniors at MIT. Molly Duffy and her team at MIT came up with a prototype of Glow as part of the class's 'Be Well' theme.

The company says that Beacon provides instruction and feedback for a customized yoga experience. Further feedback comes from a laptop or cellphone app that works with the mat. The company claims that with the help of the mat's sensors, LEDs, and the smartphone app, users can get much of the same instruction that they might get one-on-one from a master yogi. Also according to Quirky, the mat and app enable a completely personalized Yoga workout, allowing the user to perform a single pose or a series of poses.

The LEDs can show users exactly where to put their hands and feet. Initially, the LEDs glow purple to show the user where to position themselves. The LEDs glow red to reveal areas that are getting too much pressure and green when the user is accurately positioned. The device communicates with the app via Bluetooth or USB cable and has a rechargeable battery for extended use.

New Meridian Centre in Ontario to Feature Daktronics Centerhung LED Video Display
LIGHTimes News Staff

August 7, 2014...The Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, which is scheduled to open in September of 2014, will feature a centerhung video display. The new centerhung display from Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota USA, will complement the activities occurring at the new facility including athletic events, concerts, conventions, and more.

The main centerhung will feature four video displays. Each will measure about 7.5 feet high by 13.5 feet wide and feature 10 millimeter line spacing. The displays will be able to show scoring information, a variety of color animations, vivid graphics, up-to-the minute statistics, and sponsor advertisements.

"We're very excited to be featuring another Daktronics installation in one of our facilities as SMG grows our business in Canada," said Ken Noakes, general manager of the Meridian Centre. "It's important to have partners like Daktronics that can supply state-of-the-art technology to our clients. Sourcing this leading edge technology, at the right price, helps us reinforce SMG's position as the leading private facility management company in the world."

Daktronics rigging will supply the custom-designed, permanently-installed hoist system that can raise and lower the center hung. The hoist system will allow the elevation of the display to vary depending on the arena's needs.

"Daktronics is excited to be working with and serving multiple customers at this facility," said Ryan Stratton, Daktronics sales representative. "Through providing products and services to the Meridian Centre, we are able to support our current customer SMG and find two new customers with the city of St. Catharines and the Niagara IceDogs. This sale represents an ongoing effort by Daktronics to supply products to all of the OHL in Ontario and the U.S."

The Meridian Centre will also receive a bank of hours from Daktronics Creative Services for the creation of digital content. The content will consist of any mixture of headshots, crowd prompts, sponsorship messages, game opens, and venue announcements at the venue's request.

Osram Continues Restructing with Planned 7,800 Layoffs Due to Traditional Lighting Business Decline
LIGHTimes News Staff

July 31, 2014...Osram's substantial gains with LED-based products in the third quarter of the fiscal year 2014, nearly offset the considerable shrinkage of its traditional general illumination business. The company's revenue dropped somewhat by one percent year-on-year to about €1.2 billion. Osram's LED-based products business, posted a revenue increase of 21 percent in the third quarter for 38 percent of consolidated group revenue.

The company announced measures to improve the competitiveness of its operating units. Osram says it plans on eliminating 7,800 positions globally over the next three fiscal years. The staff elimination will reportedly include about 1,700 domestic positions and around 6,100 international positions. As part of the previously announced second phase of the OSRAM effort, the company now plans to begin further process improvements and adjust the company business structure after consulting employee representatives.

Osram began the first stage its restructuring in 2012. The company says that all measures for the first stage of its restructuring are being implemented or have been completed. At the end of the third quarter, the cumulated gross savings from these efforts totaled to aproximately €760 million, including €118 million from the recent quarter.

During the second stage of the restructuring Osram indicated that it will greatly reduce the production capacities of traditional lighting products and will reduce its staff accordingly. In total, the company intends the measures to lead to a permanent cost reduction of about €260 million until the end of the fiscal year 2017. Osram expects the gross costs to amount to about €450 million in the same period.

Osram Opto Semiconductor's, the company's opto semiconductor business segment posted a 5 percent revenue increase over the same period a year ago. About €5 million of the improvement comes from the business segment's recent licensing agreement.

Osram's Automotive Lighting and Display/Optics units, continued to experience rising demand in the automotive segment to achieve a comparable revenue increase of ten percent. About 33 percent of total revenue in the segment came from LEDs. The LED Lamps & Systems (LLS) reporting segment that covers the business with LED lamps, light engines as well as LED drivers posted comparable revenue growth of 68 percent in the third quarter due to the fast-growing LED demand.

The Luminaires & Solutions (LS) reporting segment, which is comprised of luminaires for professional customers, products for consumers, in addition to the service and solutions business, recorded a sales decline of 13 percent in the third quarter because of the reorganization of the service business in North America. However, strong growth of LED-based luminaires segment the luminaires business posted a comparable revenue increase.

“While earnings continue to develop nicely, the growing market acceptance of LED technology is, as already announced, causing a significantly faster decline of the traditional business,” said Wolfgang Dehen, CEO of OSRAM Licht AG. “We will successfully complete the first stage of OSRAM Push shortly. However, we have always stressed that the transformation of the lighting market will also continue after 2014 and that it will require additional capacity adjustments. Against the backdrop of the latest developments, additional measures are now necessary to safeguard our position as a leading lighting manufacturer in the long term. We need to be even closer to the customer, further strengthen the entrepreneurship of our segments and at the same time create cost structures that are appropriate to the size of the company, but also to that of its individual businesses.”

Seoul Semiconductor Files Patent Infringement Complaints Against Curtis International and Craig Electronics
LIGHTimes News Staff

July 29, 2014...On July 22, 2014 in Florida Southern Court, U.S., Seoul Semiconductor (SSC) filed a LED TV patent infringement lawsuit against Curtis International, a Canadian consumer electronics company, according to numerous legal publications. Seoul Semiconductor filed a separate, but related lawsuit against Craig Electronics Inc.

Both of Seoul Semiconductor's complaints allege that the defendant companies have infringed U.S. Patent Nos. 6,007,209, 6,473,554, 6,942,731, 7,572,653, 7,964,943, 8,314,440. The lawsuit (1:14-cv-22729-CMA) alleges that Curtis International. has been manufacturing and selling TV products infringing the above listed patents in the Florida Southern district. The lawsuit, (1:14-cv-22728-RNS) alleges that Craigs Electronics has been selling and distributing infringing products.

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