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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.
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.
is booming and the 2011/2012 Summit Series is coming back to keep the message
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.
Panel Manufacturers of Taiwan to Lead 4K TV Shipments, According to NPD Display Search LIGHTimes News Staff
March 6, 2014...4K LED display panels are more available and affordable to TV manufacturers
than previously. Taiwan-based panel makers Innolux and AUO are the forecasted
leaders in 4K panel shipments worldwide this year. According to the latest
report from NPD Display Search these two companies are forecast to have 58% of
the market share in 2014. Korean manufacturers (Samsung Display and LG Display)
are projected to make up 25% of the market, and Chinese manufacturers
(ChinaStar and BOE) will together produce 14% of the panels worldwide.
Display Search says that Chinese makers of 4K LED LCD TVs have a
significantly different strategy than other global brands. Display Search says
that global brands tend to want to maximize image quality, but Chinese brands
hope to sell 4K TVs at a small premium in their domestically. Display Search
notes that in order to reduce cost and increase sales some panel makers are
promoting reduced-specification 4K TV. However, this strategy may not fit well
with top brands positioning 4K TV as a high-end product.
The company notes that Chinese brands continue to lead 4K TV manufacturing
and shipments. Thus, according to the company, "4K panel demand from
China’s top six TV brands is crucial to all panel makers." China Star
predicts that 90% of its 4K TV panels will go to China’s top six brands,
BOE 70%, Innolux 57%, and AUO 56%. Samsung Display and LG Display, which are
the top global TV panel makers, have what Display Search describes as
"relatively modest plans for 4K panel production". They expect much of their
production to go to their affiliated TV brands, Samsung and LGE. These brands
plan to each get about 60 percent of their 4K LED TV panels internally in
“The 4K display demand from their related TV brands is critical to
the ability of Samsung Display and LG Display to compete effectively within the
growing 4K TV market,” said Deborah Yang, research director for
monitors and TV for DisplaySearch. “The ability of the Korean panel
makers to expand 4K panel production is dependent on their success in securing
more 4K display clients, beyond satisfying the needs of their own 4K TV
“The rise of the 4K TV market is mainly driven by the supply side,
while leading TV brands are concerned about the value proposition of 4K
TVs,” Yang said. “While some TV brands are considering
increasing their 4K TV shipment targets, we continue to see a mismatch between
4K TV panel supply plans and consumer purchasing expectations.”
March 6, 2014...The Bioengineering Department of Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
(EPFL), in Lausanne, Switzerland has demonstrated a handheld biosensor on a
chip. Professor Aydogan Ozcan of UCLA along with Professor Hatice Altug of EPFL
and postdoctoral fellow Arif Cetin of EPFL developed the "optical lab on a
chip". The device was detailed in a publication of Nature Light:
Science & Application.
The device reportedly can analyze up to 170,000 different molecules in a
blood sample simultaneously. The device could enable an extremely wide variety
of applications including examining insulin levels, diagnosing cancer, and
looking for Alzheimer markers or certain viruses.
While traditional biosample imagers analyze the spectral properties of the
sample, the new technology examines changes in the light intensity to do
on-chip imaging. It basically analyzes the collective oscillation of
electronics when in contact with light. This technique eliminates the need for
often large spectrometers. The relatively tiny device that is just 7.5 cm tall
and weighs just 60 grams is one step closer to being the "Triquarter"
envisioned in early Star Trek Episodes.
The device employs an LED, a single CMOS chip, and a 10 square millimeter
gold plate with an array of minuscule holes with a diameter of 200nm. Nanoholes
on the gold substrates are compartmentalized into different sections of arrays.
Each section functions as an independent sensor. Special biofilms coat the
sensors of each section. These biofilms specifically attract targeted proteins.
This design allows multiple different proteins in the biosamples to be captured
and monitored simultaneously.
Essentially, the LED light shines through the nanoscale openings. Then, the
CMOS chip records its properties. The presence and number of biomolecules
changes the properties of the light passing through the tiny holes. This
enables easy deduction of the number of particles trapped on the sensors.
The research team hopes to work with local hospitals to find the
technology's best uses.
kathy ireland(R) Worldwide and LED Technologies Launch LED-based Skincare Products LIGHTimes News Staff
March 4, 2014...LED Technologies based in Denver, Colorado USA, announced an alliance with
kathy ireland® Worldwide (kiWW®), to develop reVive™ Light Therapy. The
products include skincare devices that offer treatment to promote skin healing
and anti-aging while reducing uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, and acne.
These products are FDA approved for skincare. reVive™ Light Therapy
features a complete collection that offers full face light devices in addition
to hand held light devices, across a full range LED Light Modalities.
Lloyd Nelson, CEO, LED Technologies stated, "reVive™ Light Therapy
is exquisite. This all natural anti-aging and skin care therapy is something I
truly believe in. Looking your best, from a healthy perspective is powerful. I
believe reVive™ Light Therapy is a unique product that is able to make
powerful and personal changes in our lives. These treatments from my
experience, are exceptional for wrinkles, aging spots, fine lines, sun damage
"At kathy ireland® Worldwide, we are very excited to work with Lloyd
Nelson and the great team at reVive™ Light Therapy. These terrific people
are passionate about light therapy and its incredible potential. reVive™
Light Therapy, in my opinion, is one of the most extraordinary new technologies
in skincare and personal care," said Kathy Ireland, CEO and chief designer
of kathy ireland® Worldwide.
Kathy Ireland and Lloyd Nelson will meet with the media on March 5, at the
Independent Cosmetics Manufacturers And Distributors, Young Designers event in
Santa Monica, California. Ms. Ireland will serve as keynote speaker and present
awards to young designers in tandem with ICMAD.
Tiësto Performance to Use PixMob 'Audience Participation' LED Video Technology at Hakkasan Las Vegas LIGHTimes News Staff
March 4, 2014...PixMob Video, a crowd activated display technology recently used at the
Superbowl by Tiesto will again be used at Hakkasan Las Vegas starting Friday
February 28 and for the remainder of Tiesto's shows in 2014. About 2,500 Tiësto
fans will wear LED wristbands that create wireless video effects synchronized
with his music. The crowd will essentially become a canvas for Tiësto’s
visuals. The experience that the visuals create was only previously seen the
Superbowl. Tiësto is an international DJ and performer whose achievements
include: a Grammy nomination, numerous MTV awards, performing at the opening
ceremony of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, and even a wax statue at Madame
PixMob’s technology employs infrared emissions to send instructions to
pixels worn by audience members, initiating colorful light effects across a
crowd. PixMob Video, the newest adaptation of the technology, enables the
creation of live video effects using the audience as a canvas with real-time
transmission of color information onto any number of mobile pixels at hundreds
of thousands of individual locations up to 300 meters away, without the need
PixMob Video is controllable via computer. A video server sends a video feed
to transmitters, which then send instructions to pixels at over 100,000
locations over wireless infrared in real time. Individual pixels can then
change color according to the received information.
"The main idea behind PixMob Video is to offload the geolocation onto
the video transmitter to keep the pixels simple and reactive," says
Vincent. "We’ve worked many years to create and fine-tune a PixMob
transmitter that in essence is very similar to a traditional digital video
projector. Our projector beams digital information over infrared onto people,
instead of visible colors onto a white canvas."
“I was absolutely amazed by what Pixmob was able to do at the
Superbowl and can’t wait to team up with them for my own shows. Hakkasan
is already one of the best clubs in the world, so to bring the Pixmob
experience to my fans will be something really special,” Tiësto
CEO David Parent imagined the concept while spending a week crashing with
Vincent Leclerc at MIT. PixMob looks to connect crowds to create innovative
Daktronics Awarded $1.1 Million Contract From Bay Area Rapid Transit LIGHTimes News Staff
March 4, 2014...Daktronics Inc. of Brookings, South Dakota USA, will supply $1.1 million
worth of high resolution, full-color 6mm pitch LED displays for San Francisco
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in California. The fifth-largest transit station
in America, BART provides transportation between the East and West Bay and
serves eight million travelers each year.
The initially purchased displays will serve as part of the passenger
information system along the new Warm Springs, San Jose Berryessa and East
Contra Costa (eBART) extensions. The Warm Springs extension is scheduled to
open in December of 2015.
Daktronics first provided LED displays to BART almost 15 years ago. Over the
last year, Daktronics and BART support collaborated on developing the new 6mm
pitch LED product specifically for the mass transit market.
Dale Storhaug, Daktronics Mass Transit Manager, explained that the signs
will employ line color designation, color text, graphics and symbols display,
and aid wayfinding. Storhaug commented, “We’re excited to
deliver the latest in transit signage that can replace the current signs which
stood the test of time. Having a customer relationship built on that level of
loyalty and proven dependability is invaluable.”
Lighting Brightness Found to Possibly Affect the Intensity of Your Emotions LIGHTimes News Staff
February 27, 2014...A new study from the University of Toronto Scarborough, found that human
emotion is felt more intensely under bright light. Alison Jing Xu, assistant
professor of management at UTSC and the Rotman School of Management, along with
Aparna Labroo of Northwestern University, conducted a series of studies to
examine the unusual paradox of lighting and human emotion. They found that
whether positive or negative, emotions are intensified under bright light.
“Other evidence shows that on sunny days people are more
optimistic about the stock market, report higher wellbeing and are more helpful
while extended exposure to dark, gloomy days can result in seasonal affective
disorder,” says Xu. “Contrary to these results, we found
that on sunny days depression-prone people actually become more
depressed,” she says, pointing to peaks in suicide rates during late
spring and summer when sunshine is abundant.
The study asked participants to rate a wide range of things under varied
lighting conditions such as: the spiciness of chicken-wing sauce, the
aggressiveness of a fictional character, how attractive someone was, their
feelings about specific words, and the taste of two juices.
The results: under bright lights emotions tend to be felt more intensely. In
the brighter room participants in general wanted spicier chicken wing sauce,
thought the fictional character was more aggressive, found the women more
attractive, felt better about positive words and worse about negative words,
and drank more of the “favorable” juice and less of the
Xu hypothesized that the effect bright light has on our emotional system may
be the result of it being perceived as heat, and this perception of heat can
trigger our emotions. “Bright light intensifies the initial emotional
reaction we have to different kinds of stimulus including products and
people,” she says.
The majority of everyday decisions are also made under bright light. So,
according to these findings, turning down the light may help you make more
rational decisions or even settle negotiations more easily.
“Marketers may also adjust the lightening levels in the retail
environment, according to the nature of the products on sale,” says
Xu. “If you are selling emotional expressive products such as flowers
or engagement rings it would make sense to make the store as bright as
Xu notes the effect is likely to be stronger on brighter days around noon
when sunlight is the most abundant and in geographic regions that experience
sunnier rather than cloudier days. The research is published in the current
edition of the Journal of Consumer Psychology.
US DOE Announces 2013 Outdoor Next Generation Lighting Winners SSL Design Staff
February 27, 2014...The Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Design Competition recognized twenty-six commercial LED outdoor lighting products. The winners were announced the evening of February 26, 2014, at Strategies in Light in Santa Clara, California. Compared to NGL winners from previous years, the recognized products showed notable improvement on all fronts.
The Best in Class distinction meant the product stood out significantly above the others in its category that were recognized as specifiable. The Best in Class winners came from five different manufacturers and covered six areas of outdoor lighting. LED Roadway Lighting was selected for its NXT-S™ local residential roadway fixture, Juno Lighting Group for its Finia building perimeter wallpack and its PL2 series bollard, Cooper Lighting by Eaton for its McGraw-Edison Top Tier™ parking and area luminaire, Louis Poulsen Lighting for its LP ICON LED pedestrian walkway fixture, and Cree for its CPY250 canopy luminaire.
NGL outdoor entries for 2013 were judged visually on color, appropriate illuminance, light distribution, glare control, appearance, serviceability, and value. Energy efficiency and lumen maintenance were evaluated quantitatively based on required documentation, and flexibility, innovation, and controllability were also taken into consideration when appropriate. The 2013 efficacy requirements for entrants were raised by 20 percent. However, the average efficacy for the luminaires increased even more, jumping over 42 percent from 66 lm/W in 2012 to 94 lm/W in 2013. Other notable improvements were seen in light distribution and color quality, with judges noting a not-infrequent need for improved glare control.
“The Next Generation Luminaires design competition links energy efficiency with lighting quality,” said DOE Solid-State Lighting Program Manager Jim Brodrick. “To be recognized as a winner, a product has to be considered specifiable by the judges, who are a mighty tough bunch to please.”
While a total of 102 products were submitted for inclusion in the 2013 NGL outdoor competition, only 68 were approved to continue in the competition, coming from 41 different manufacturers, covering 12 different outdoor-lighting categories. Of those 68 products, 26 were chosen as “Recognized” winners and deemed worthy of specification. Six of the 26 recognized products received the additional designation of Best in Class – the largest number of Best in Class winners of any NGL competition to date. A list of the Best in Class and Recognized products from the competition is available at: http://www.ngldc.org/13/outdoor/winners.stm.
Texas A&M University to Install Largest College Football Video Display LIGHTimes News Staff
February 25, 2014...Texas A&M University has purchased the largest video display in college
football for Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. Daktronics of Brookings,
South Dakota, will be in charge of designing, manufacturing and installing the
47-foot high by 163-foot wide LED video display. It will reportedly be the
first display at the college level to feature 1080 resolution, prior to the
start of the 2014 season. University officials visited football venues around
the country to compare display technology and were very impressed with the
brightness and overall quality of Daktronics 13HD LED video display product.
"As part of the redevelopment of Kyle Field, it was paramount to find
the best technology available to showcase Texas A&M's unique in-game
experience and traditions on game day," said Director of Athletics Eric
Hyman. "We found that the Daktronics technology is highly regarded in the
industry, and we look forward to a strong partnership in providing the 12th Man
an unparalleled experience in college football."
Texas A&M is undergoing a $450 million project to redevelop Kyle Field.
Part of the project is to increase the facility's capacity to 102,500. The
university expects the project to have substantial completion in time for the
2015 season. More information about the project can be found at
This primary Daktronics display will be installed in the south end zone. It
will incorporate the latest LED technology to deliver excellent image clarity,
contrast and wide angle visibility with its 13 HD pixel layout. It will
incorporate multiple levels of protection from the elements. The display can
show one large image to highlight live video and instant replays. It can also
be divided into separate windows to show real-time game and player statistics,
a variety of vivid graphics, and sponsor elements.
Daktronics will also be installing one auxiliary display in each corner at
the north end of Kyle Field. Each of the two 36-feet-high by 54-feet-wide
displays will have a 15 HD pixel layout. Five individual ribbon displays will
be installed around the seating fascia of the stadium featuring a 15 HD pixel
layout. They will measure more than 3 feet high and vary in length from 160
feet long to 510 feet long and will provide up-to-the-minute statistics and
game information as well as showcase sponsors throughout events.
In Kyle Field's new Hall of Champions, a 6 millimeter pitch display
measuring more than 15 feet wide by 28 feet high will be installed for Aggie
Also, Daktronics will install six units of its Street Furniture surrounding
Kyle Field. These eye-level video displays are designed with a very tight, 6
millimeter pixel spacing to maximize close viewing distances. Street Furniture
units are glass-encased displays measuring more than 5 feet high by 4 feet
wide. They will be strategically placed near highly traveled walkways.
"Daktronics is grateful of the opportunity Texas A&M has given us to
provide a multi-display system for Kyle Field," said Dan Fjeldheim with
Daktronics. "A 1080 resolution main display, auxiliary video displays,
ribbons boards and street furniture units will give Kyle Field the most dynamic
visual display system in college football."
Daktronics will be including its powerful Show Control System with this
installation. This industry-leading system provides a combination of display
control software, world-class video processing, data integration and playback
hardware that forms a user-friendly production solution.
Texas A&M will also receive a bank of hours to hire Daktronics Creative
services to produce and deliver digital content consisting of sponsorship
messages, crowd prompts, headshots, game opens, and venue announcements.
Texas A&M previously engaged Daktronics to install a new main video
board at the university's baseball stadium – Blue Bell Park. The baseball
video board measures 27.6 feet by 49.2 feet and boasts a 15mm video display
with a resolution of 552 by 984. The video board is reportedly the largest in
the SEC and one of the five largest video boards in college baseball.
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