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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.
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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
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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.
Company Raises Money with Kickstarter Sell DIY Ambilight for Computer Monitors LIGHTimes News Staff
September 2, 2014...Inovatek Electronics Ltd. is attempting to raise money to manufacture and
sell AmbiLED HD through Kickstarter.com.
The company claims that AmbiLED HD is the first high resolution ambient light
conversion kit for computer monitors. Inovatek asserts that the system easy to
apply and open-source. Inovatek Electronics started out designing the system as
a fun, open source project. However, the AmbiLED prototype generated so much
interest that the company decided to offer it as a commercial product if they
could raise enough money through Kickstarter.com The company hopes to raise
£33,000 by September 30.
The company says that while other DIY ambient light systems exist, they use
only between 3 and 30 LEDs and require a lot of cables between the LEDs and the
controller to control the three-pin RGB LEDs. However, Inovatek's individually
addressable WS2812B 16 million colours RGB LEDs, do not need complex cabling
and connections. In a demonstration video, the company applied a 290cm long
strip with 172 LEDs to the back of its test monitor. Uniquely, the monitor with
ambiLED HD has is no cabling or construction behind it.
AmbiLED HD can reportedly control up to 512 LEDs(8.5 meters) with just a 3
pin connection. It works as a single self-adhesive LED strip without any extra
cabling. The strip can be connected to the back of your display with just a 3
pin connector plugged into the AmbiLED HD controller. The controller is powered
through an AC adapter (included) or USB port of your PC.
AmbiLED HD paints the background with the nearest colour in order to improve
your visual experience. Despite a 120° visual field, only about 6% of the
visual area appears clear and sharp at a time. However, you can sense the
entire 120° area including the frame around a computer monitor and background
around it. The company says at first that the AmbiLED HD can be startling when
for example a car moves very fast to the edge of the screen or at light saber
blast effect goes beyond the screen's boundaries. However, viewers learn and
adjust to the screen limits, and eventually become immersed in the
The AmbiLED HD features open source hardware, firmware and software with an
Arduino based circuit design. The system has a flexible and bendable 12mm wide
self-adhesive RGB LED strip. The system uses 14W/m RGB LEDs, whereas only 3W/m
is enough for AmbiLED HD. It comes with a 5V 3000mA wall adapter (capable of
supplying up to 5 meters of LED strip), and it is Windows compatible.
AV1 Group, Inc. Signs White Label Agreement With LED Manufacturer to Target Cannabis Sector LIGHTimes News Staff
September 2, 2014...Investment and holding company AV1 Group, Inc. of La Jolla, California USA,
has entered into a White Label agreement for the marketing and sales of
LED-based lighting equipment rebranded as the GrowthSpectrum Line. AV1 Group
recently launched its CannaLighting Division to enter the rising cannabis
cultivation market with specialty lighting that the company designed to yield
robust plant productivity, maximize plant health, and increase potency. AV1
points out that quality lighting is vital in the Cannabis industry because the
majority of Cannabis growing operations are enclosed or indoors.
AV1's strategic partnership with the LED manufacturer, branded under the
GrowthSpectrum product line, enables entry into a fast growing market with
minimal overhead. The CannaLighting division will be targeting cannabis grow
houses nationally to deliver the GrowthSpectrum brand of LED luminaires. The
company will have their marketing brochure available online shortly.
"We are prepared to begin marketing our products to growhouses in
legalized states nationwide. Momentum is growing as we expand," stated
Bryen Beglinger, CEO of AV1 Group, Inc.
Excelitas Adds Adapter and Controller to OmniCure UV LED Curing Tools LIGHTimes News Staff
August 26, 2014...Excelitas Technologies Corp. of Mississauga, Canada, announced the expansion
of the OmniCure AC Series UV LED curing solutions. The company added the new
PLC2000 Controller and AC Optical Adapter to complement the OmniCure AC Series
of high power UV LED systems.
When connected to an OmniCure AC Series UV LED head, the OmniCure PLC2000
multipurpose external controller device helps intelligently control, monitor,
and manage the curing solution to ensure a repeatable UV process. The PLC2000
can dynamically adjust the output intensity, exposure time, and on/off
capabilities. At the same time, it can offer system information and error
The PLC2000 also supports RS232 and RS485 communications allowing multiple
UV LED heads to be connected, accessed, or controlled through a single computer
The new OmniCure AC Optical Adaptor can convert a high irradiance focused
exposure area into a larger area while maintaining exceptional illumination
uniformity. The optical adaptor is designed for use with the OmniCure AC4 and
AC7 Series UV LED systems. The AC Optical Adaptor creates evenly distributed
irradiance across output areas of 100mm x 100mm, 100mm x 150mm, 70mm x 70mm and
other custom sizes that are available upon request.
Mike Kay, director of product management, Industrial Curing at Excelitas
Technologies. "The PLC2000 and AC Optical Adaptor are product accessories
designed specifically for the OmniCure AC Series UV LED curing systems to offer
enhanced capabilities for maximum flexibility and control of their UV
The OmniCure product family of UV curing solutions will be showcased at The
Assembly Show in Rosemount, IL at the Excelitas booth #1424 from October 29-30,
2014 and at MD&M MN, Minneapolis, MN at booth #641 from October 29-30,
Elation EZ4 LED Display and Elation LED Luminaires Installed at Qzone in Quil Ceda Creek Casino LIGHTimes News Staff
August 26, 2014...Quil Ceda Creek Casino, located on the Tulalip Indian Reservation north of
Seattle, installed an Elation Professional EZ4 LED video screen in addition to
Elation Platinum Spot LED II moving heads and EPAR Series LED fixtures. Opened
in April 2014, Qzone functions as a music venue, sports bar, and café and even
holds corporate meetings occasionally. The space, which originally started as a
nightclub before its convertion to a gaming room and now Qzone, is located just
off the main Quil Ceda Creek Casino gaming floor. The client wanted to offer
customers different options and events in order to draw them onto the
Agility was called in to design, build and install the lighting and video
package six months prior to opening. Agility initially planned on a 6 mm pixel
pitch panel for the centerpiece LED video screen. “Venues of this
type are relying more and more on LED walls,” said Agility’s
Rob Johnson, account manager on the project. “Because the LED screen
in Qzone was to be the centerpiece of the room and be used for a variety of
purposes, we were a bit concerned about the pixel pitch. We took a trip to the
Elation headquarters in L.A. where we had the chance to compare the 6 mm screen
with the 4 mm and came away convinced the 4 mm EZ4 was the best choice for this
Elation's 8 ft. x 12 ft. EZ4 LED screen was installed directly behind a 20
ft. wide by 13 ft. deep stage served as the primary presentation platform and
hosts live music and assorted acts. The LED screen is hard to miss from the
venue’s entrances. “It’s the focal point of the room and
looks great when you enter. It even looks good when you’re close to it at
the front of the stage,” Rob stated. Rob cites the EZ4’s easy
assembly, price point, and versatility as factors in its choice. “The
old club had a projector and screen but you can’t use that type of
technology when you have a performer or speaker on stage. The EZ4 is a real
multipurpose screen for a multipurpose room and gives the venue a lot of
The EZ4 is the company's highest resolution LED panel. It offers high
density of 10,816 pixels (104 x 104) per panel for sharp and clear picture with
vivid colors. The EZ4 screen can serve as a visual jukebox to play music videos
or simply to watch TV. It also acts like a big computer screen for corporate
meetings and presentations.
Guests to Qzone can get up close and personal to their favorite sports teams
with the display’s superior image quality and 1,200 Nits of brightness.
The display also serves as the the high quality visual backdrop for bands and
performers who need to run video and graphics. Elation Media Master Express
media server manages and plays back video and graphics for performances and
Rob specified LED lighting for its many benefits including power savings.
The Qzone lighting system includes Elation 135W Platinum Spot LED II color and
pattern changing moving heads and the EPAR Tri LED lights, which are both
mounted on a Global Truss system hanging over the dance floor and stage. Rob
chose the Platinum Spot LED II’s positioned on finger trusses over the
dance floor, for their compact size and attractive price. Their compact size
fit in well with the room and its short trim heights. “They actually
make the room look bigger and taller,” he said.
EPAR Tri RGB LED lights used for band washes provide color wash from 20 ft.
upstage and downstage trusses. The EPAR QA fixtures with their added amber LED
for extended color range and effective color temperature control, highlight
speakers on stage. Qzone hosts bands, DJs, comedy acts and other events and
performances that test the reliability and versatility of EZ4 LED screen and
the LED lighting daily. Rob reports that since its installation earlier in the
year, the system has held up very well.
LG Electronics Offers Interactive Fan Experiences At 2014 US Open LIGHTimes News Staff
August 26, 2014...At the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, LG Electronics USA created a wide
variety of interactive fan experiences. The championships start this week at
the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (NTC) in Flushing
Meadows-Corona Park, Queens. LG serves as the Official Mobile Device Partner
and Official Electronics Partner of the 2014 US Open, which runs through Sept
Fans will be able to engage in tennis-themed activities through the new LG
G3 smartphone at the LG Winner's Circle, tennis. LG's OLED TVs and the LG Ultra
HD 4K TVs with four times the resolution of Full HD will provide interactive
content with LG's Smart TV+ webOS™ platform, an intuitive user interface
for streaming content and apps.
In the 1,300 square foot LG Winner's Circle located at the NTC:
Fans can compete against one another to answer US Open-themed trivia
questions in the "LG webOS Challenge," LG's new webOS-enabled smart TVs and the
LG Magic Remote.
The "LG OLED Challenge" will allow spectators to review "on court" shots on
LG's OLED TVs to determine if a shot is in or out by more than the 4mm
thickness of the LG OLED screen,
At the "Swing in 4K" station, fans can watch their tennis swings live on
LG's new 84-inch class (83.8 inches measured diagonally) Ultra HD TV.
The "LG G3 Selfie Station," allows fans to pose after a winning shot and
have their selfies taken using the LG G3 smartphone's Gesture Shutter
The official 2014 US Open App, available on Aug. 25 via the Google Play
Store, allows users to join the US Open Live Prediction Challenge, presented by
LG G3. For the challenge, fans can predict what might happen next to earn
points toward LG prizes. LG mobile device users earn extra points and enjoy
exclusive access to the LG Leaderboard.
"LG's innovative products help fans create fun, memorable
experiences," said David VanderWaal, head of marketing for LG Electronics
USA. "We're honored to bring fans those experiences, whether it's onsite at
the US Open in New York, at home, or on-the-go through the amazing picture
quality of our OLED and Ultra HD TVs and our smartphones."
Lew Sherr, Chief Revenue Officer of the USTA said, "LG's gallery
activation will enhance the fan experience on-site and the new predictive game
presented by the LG G3 smartphone on the US Open mobile app gives fans a new
and innovative way to connect with the Open."
ROE Visual Introduces Black OnyX P3.47 HD LED Display for Overseas Market LIGHTimes News Staff
August 21, 2014...ROE Visual Co., Ltd, a maker of creative LED displays based in Shenzhen,
China, has launched the Black OnyX P3.47 HD LED display. ROE Visual's new
high-performance indoor HD LED display, the Black OnyX, incorporates
professional industrial design. The display's magnesium alloy panel makes it
strong and lightweight. The module employs Multi-Color's latest anti-glare
black LEDs to attain a high contrast ratio. Driving IC MBI5153 supports great
image quality at a low brightness with a high refresh rate.
ROE visual's new control system - Evision powers the Black Onyx. Evision
supports a maximum resolution of 2560x1024. A knob allows real-time brightness
adjustments and using a remote control allows real-time configuration of the
display. All operating and calibrating parameters are stored. Resetting is not
necessary after replacing the module.
The friendly and innovative design supports convenient installation for
hanging and stacking for large events, concert tours and exhibitions. The
company claims that the finest pixel pitch and outstanding color processing of
the Black OnyX ensures superior performance in lecture halls and TV studios.
Jason Lu, ROE Visual's General Manager, commented, "In the LED industry, it
is obvious that a single product is insufficient to meet the demands of
customers. Because customers need a complete set of solutions, Black OynX, as a
newcomer who wants to surpass the formers, has to develop such solutions rather
than a simple product. Therefore, we design and promote this product by
carefully considering the requirements and ideas of customers prior to and
after the purchase, which enables our customers get maximum value from this
For Audi Shootout, Roe Visual shipped a 7-square-meter Black OnyX display to
Europe on August 1. ROE's Black OnyX will be showcased at PLASA LONDN(Oct. 5-8)
and LDI LAS VEGAS(Nov. 21-23) in 2014.
Green Spirit Farms Chooses Illumitex LED Grow Lights to Grow Good Local Food LIGHTimes News Staff
August 21, 2014...Illumitex of Austin, Texas, reported that the company has partnered with
Green Spirit Farms of New Buffalo, Michigan. According to Illumitex, the
partnership will continue its efforts of enabling independent farmers to
provide locally grown, fresh food to communities across the country.
Illumitex plans to replace Green Spirit Farm's existing induction lighting
at its vertical farm operations with its LED grow lights. Illumitex says Green
Spirit Farms plans to use only Illumitex LED grow lights as the light source
for Greens Spirit's planned expansion farms. Green Spirit tested numerous
lights of various types, including other LEDs before deciding to employ
Illumitex grow lights.
“We at Green Spirit Farms believe that Illumitex is the premiere
lighting source for indoor horticulture based on our independent testing
conducted this year in New Buffalo. We are excited to announce this fruitful
partnership that will assist us in further vertical farming
innovation,” said Daniel Kluko, Green Spirit Farms’ director
of research and development. “Illumitex LEDS will allow us to grow
more produce in less time using less energy, which ultimately is good for our
business, our customers and the planet we all share.”
Green Spirit also plans on choosing Illumitex Eclipse grow lights for the
systems it will develops for other vertical farms using its unique Vertical
Illumitex points out that vertical farming is quickly becoming the
food-sourcing solution of choice for markets and restaurants that want locally
sourced, fresh produce. A city's Centrally-located, abandoned warehouse
buildings can reportedly be transformed into urban farms that supply
freshly-picked tomatoes, herbs, and greens locally. Illumitex recognizes the
need for alternative farming methods to feed the world's growing population
with a finite amount of available farmland.
“With more and more Americans relocating from the suburbs to the
cities, it is becoming very important to grow fresh food closer to the
population,” said Eric Anderson, Illumitex VP of marketing and
business development. “Together, Green Spirit Farms and Illumitex are
making that goal a reality. The controlled environment agriculture expertise of
Green Spirit Farms coupled with their innovative business model and
Illumitex’s LED technology is a very powerful combination.”
UV LEDs from SETi Used in Newly Installed Decontamination System for Scientific Experiments Aboard the International Space Station LIGHTimes News Staff
August 21, 2014...Onboard the International Space Station, crew members using the Microgravity
Science Glovebox (MSG), can now safely perform biological research. NASA has
installed a UV LED-based decontamination system developed by Teledyne Brown in
partnership with Marshal for MSG. UV-LEDs from Sensor Electronic Technology
Inc. (SETi) of Columbia, South Carolina sanitize liquids, air, and surfaces
inside MSG within minutes. SETi developed the UV LEDs in part through US
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Compact Mid-Ultraviolet
Technology (CMUVT) program. The decontamination process before and after
experiments with the UV LEDs helps to ensure the crew safety from biological
experiments inside MSG.
MSG is a highly-specialized containment system for conducting scientific
experiments in zero or low gravity. Crew members aboard the International Space
Station have used MSG to conduct experiments for the past ten years. With the
recent installation the decontamination system, the facility can now host life
"We are really excited to be able to provide this new system that will
enable astronauts aboard the space station the ability to conduct important
life science research," said Lee Jordan, project manager of the MSG at
Marshall. "For example, with this system, crews can conduct experiments
related to non-human cell biology that we couldn’t do before in the MSG.
The work we do aboard the space station is so vital because it helps us
discover technologies that can lead to bettering our lives on Earth."
A sanitation process cleans up spills inside the glovebox and uses high
power UV LEDs with sufficiently short wavelength for ultraviolet germicidal
irradiation to kill any microorganisms. The sanitation process also removes
airborne contaminants such as biological and chemical impurities and offers
optimal accommodations for life science and cell science research. It has an
exchangeable glove system that was redesigned for biological studies.
The decontamination system is available to all biological payloads that
operate in the MSG and require a sterile environment. Rodent research studies
will be among the first experiments to employ the decontamination system.
Rodent Research Hardware and Operations Validation (Rodent Research-1) is
scheduled to launch aboard the fourth commercial resupply flight of
SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft. The long-term rodent studies in space will
examine the effects of microgravity on rodents that serve as model
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