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Sapphire Awards will commend value-add features of products and projects22/09/2017

The deadline for the LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards has been extended to Oct. 2. So now you have another opportunity to make the case: What makes your technology/project/team worthy of Sapphire blue?

Martinsville Speedway gets LED lighting for fall NASCAR race20/09/2017

Eaton’s Ephesus division has supplied an LED-based sports lighting system to the Martinsville racetrack prior to the NASCAR automobile racing visit that features the organization’s top late-model stock car racers.

LG, Samsung invest in German OLED company aiming at efficient blue19/09/2017

Cynora says it will deliver this year. Meanwhile, Fraunhofer announces a color breakthrough in flexible OLEDs.

Osram announces CSP LEDs for flash and launches new Osconiq brand and packaged LEDs19/09/2017

The Ceramos C CSP LED has a compact footprint, making it a good match for camera flash applications, while the new Osconiq brand includes mid-power LEDs masquerading in high-power form for architectural and horticultural lighting.

Modular design techniques overcome tunable SSL development obstacles (MAGAZINE)19/09/2017

Emerging tunable lighting applications are creating demand to drive down development cost and complexity. Matt Shepherd illustrates how a closed-loop system designed with smart lighting modules simplifies LED specification.

European Investor Forum brings lighting financiers up to speed on IoT (MAGAZINE)19/09/2017

Carrie Meadows reports on why potential SSL investors will be schooled in the value of lighting as part of the Internet of Things during the Strategies in Light Europe Investor Forum at LuxLive.

UV LEDs boost the benefits of horticultural lighting (MAGAZINE)19/09/2017

Emily Vaughn deepens the horticultural lighting discussion to explore the role that UV LEDs can play after an LEDs Magazine webcast, as Carrie Meadows reports.

After three decades, OLED technology continues to evolve (MAGAZINE)19/09/2017

Going beyond the celebration of milestones in OLED history, speakers at Display Week delivered their prognosis for the flexible light-emitting technology and the applications it will pervade, writes Sri Peruvemba.

Will the real Brexit please step forward? (MAGAZINE)19/09/2017

No one really knows how the divorce of the UK from the European Union will work. The lighting industry is no different. Few see smooth sailing. The rough waters might deliver tariffs and checkered product requirements. Some fear the incandescent bulb could even make a comeback. Mark Halper reports.

Grocer uses LED horticultural lighting for store-grown produce19/09/2017

Maury Wright explores how a health-conscious Texas grocery store is using vertical farming and SSL in a recycled shipping container to offer customers the freshest possible herbs, lettuce, and other greens.

Sapphire Awards winner Eaton describes the inspiration behind planar LED-based lighting for people spaces19/09/2017

Maury Wright interviews Ken Siderius relative to the LEDs Magazine Sapphire Award that Eaton won for the Invue Arbor luminaire that is based on a planar light guide optic.

SSL manufacturing is traveling back to the US (MAGAZINE)19/09/2017

Elemental LED's Matt John outlines why lighting manufacturing will make its way back to the US as the industry progresses toward customization and modular products.

Lighting for Health and Wellbeing conference perspective shows significance of the LED in human-centric lighting19/09/2017

Maury Wright offers some thoughts on presentations and conclusions made about human-centric lighting at the first Lighting for Health and Wellbeing conference.

Samsung debuts CSP LEDs with top emission for directional applications18/09/2017

Fillet-enhanced CSP LEDs add reflective side walls to maximize light extraction from the top emission surface, thereby matching the new components to directional and other high-output applications.

Philips and Renault show off a smart car and smart lighting concept18/09/2017

It's a car! It's a home! It's a wireless lighting control system! The latest in IoT illumination, on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, of all places.

Five Friday thoughts to top off the week in LED lighting15/09/2017

Instead of dwelling on my to-do list {rolls out a mile-long ream of parchment}, I thought I would float out five thoughts on LED lighting happenings — in 550 words or less.

DALI-2 boosts lighting control systems with certification, control devices, and improved interoperability (MAGAZINE)15/09/2017

DALI-2 brings new functionality to DALI lighting control systems by standardizing devices such as application controllers and inputs. As Tim Whitaker and Scott Wade explain, DALI-2 certification will also lead to improved interoperability.

Street lighting key to ambitious $126 million smart city scheme in Dijon13/09/2017

EDF's Citelum connecting city services including lighting, in project with French giants Bouygues, Suez, and Capgemini to improve urban operations and gather data.

Acuity and Silver Spring team up on smart street lighting12/09/2017

Another day, another IoT alliance between a major lighting company and a leading networking firm.

California Million Lamp Challenge opens bidding for LED lamps used in retrofits12/09/2017

The University of California system in conjunction with the California State Department of General Services has launched the Million Lamp Challenge with bids due Sept. 20.

Philips teams with wireless giant on 4G and 5G light poles for smart city applications11/09/2017

Alliance with American Tower could spur the use of street lighting as the backbone of smart city and IoT services.

Passion for progress drives science into applications of solid-state lighting (UPDATED)08/09/2017

The Lighting Research Center and LEDs Magazine have something in common: The mission to deliver the information and resources that professionals rely on to identify trends, evolving technology developments, and business opportunities that will not only build up a robust market but will bring global benefits.

As lighting companies morph into IT firms, they face stiff competition in the smart building race — from IT vendors05/09/2017

Barclays is deploying a sensor-based system for space utilization analysis at banking HQ in London, with no luminaires in the mix.

Tackle the top 5 challenges in municipal outdoor lighting01/09/2017

In a recent webcast Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance executive director Bob Parks represented the obstacles and misgivings experienced by municipal engineers and decision makers when it comes to replacing traditional outdoor lighting with newer solid-state lighting technology.

Greenhouse boosts lettuce yield with Heliospectra LED horticultural lighting29/08/2017

A one-for-one SSL retrofit of a Washington State greenhouse facility has resulted in an extra lettuce harvest per year and allowed the business to boost sales 25% in its existing footprint.

Osram develops LED modules with silicone lens for adaptable beam auto headlamp29/08/2017

The Smartrix SSL and lens module will enable auto makers to more easily offer advanced LED headlamp features such as adaptive drive beams.

Lumileds brings Stylist white LED technology to mid-power packaged LEDs29/08/2017

LEDs with spectral power distribution tuned to optimally illuminate specific goods in retail markets from fashion to food are intended to boost sales to the end customer who sees the displayed items accurately.

Top 5 takeaways for a smart buildings ‘student’25/08/2017

We recently had the pleasure of hosting a webcast with Cisco’s Luis Suau, technical leader of the Industries Product Group, who schooled us on smart buildings and how lighting and controls instill intelligence as a central point for such systems.

LED business news: Osram buys Digital Lumens; Cree results, Apple patents23/08/2017

LED business news: Osram buys Digital Lumens; Cree results, Apple patents

Dutch port taps smart street lighting, with IoT on the horizon23/08/2017

Sensors and software from Tvilight should reduce energy and maintenance costs. Technology specialist Dynniq looks to tie lights to other systems such as traffic.

UNESCO site Wartburg Castle gets LED lighting for 300 exhibits and common areas23/08/2017

Zumtobel supplied luminaires from the Supersystem II SSL product family to the UNESCO World Heritage Site to improve the visitor experience, deliver energy savings, and enable flexibility for new exhibits.

DOE publishes Gateway report on OLED lighting for offices22/08/2017

The US Department of Energy has studied new open-plan office lighting at a New York accounting firm, and found the SSL installation pleasant for the employees yet trailing LED luminaires in efficiency.

A new flicker of concern fuels the TLA topic18/08/2017

I’d be comfortable saying lighting flicker is an irritating phenomenon that has been experienced by 99.999% of the population with access to electric lighting.

London connects another 28,000 street lights to wireless mesh controls (UPDATED)11/08/2017

Two boroughs aim for energy efficiency and possible IoT applications using Silver Spring's Starfish.

Decision makers let LEDs speak for themselves in outdoor lighting (UPDATED)11/08/2017

Community outreach and education on the part of local planners might make all the difference in municipal outdoor LED lighting projects.

CoeLux harnesses LED lighting to deliver California sunlight in a Copenhagen restaurant11/08/2017

Planar LED-based luminaire installed in restaurant demonstrates how solid-state lighting (SSL) can mimic natural light and deliver an experience to people from across the globe through spatial tuning.

Lighting for Health and Wellbeing conference: Attendee perspective10/08/2017

We held our first US Lighting for Health and Wellbeing conference two weeks back, and we felt that it was a great success.

LED lighting companies Helvar and Nordeon name new CEOs09/08/2017

For Finland's Helvar, it's the second new boss in less than a year. Meanwhile, Holland's Nordeon sets up a new advisory board.

NEMA files legal action that could stymie California regulations on LED lamps09/08/2017

A declaratory judgement filed with the United States District Court in Sacramento, CA seeks to prohibit the California Energy Commission from enforcing state regulations on general service lamps such as a proposed 90-CRI requirement.

ASABE publishes a metric standard for LED-based horticultural lighting08/08/2017

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has published the first in a series of three planned standards focused on horticultural SSL, with the first focused on definitions and descriptions of metrics.

DOE again reports slow improvement in LED downlights, adds R&D grants07/08/2017

The US Department of Energy issued a Caliper Snapshot report on LED downlights that confirms a trend foreshadowed last year, indicating efficacy improvements have stalled in the category, and the agency also announced some new grants for R&D.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Boost LED lighting performance by learning ballast resistor basics07/08/2017

Small components such as ballast resistors can have a big impact on SSL designs when they are specified appropriately and LEDs are biased for optimal operation, says Phil Ebbert.

Smart buildings work harder for commercial occupants04/08/2017

Experts in the lighting industry have made it plain that the field is no longer restricted to pure-play lighting companies. So in our next webcast, Cisco technical leader Luis Suau will take us through the whats, whys, and hows of networking systems via lighting in smart buildings.

Wireless mesh controls augur huge savings, slash light pollution at Dutch chemical plant03/08/2017

With Chess Wise's MyriaMesh, new LEDs turn on only when needed rather than staying lit 24/7 as the old fluorescents have done. It's part of a lighting-as-a-service contract at the Chemelot site.

Lumileds announces high-power, single-die discrete packaged LED that delivers 1700 lm01/08/2017

The Luxeon V packaged LED can be driven at just under 5A and targets high-lumen applications including high- and low-bay luminaires, sports field lighting, and outdoor area lighting.

Prepare for IoT - The next revolution in LED lighting (MAGAZINE)31/07/2017

Universal Lighting Technologies president and CEO Mark Verheyen explores why lighting companies need to continuously refocus.

Examine the heated question of chip-scale packaging in the LED industry (MAGAZINE)31/07/2017

John Cafferkey discusses the growing popularity of CSP LEDs for general lighting and how thermal management solutions need to adapt to keep pace.

Steel mill blasts away lighting maintenance worries with industrial LED lighting conversion31/07/2017

The Russian-owned NLMK plant in western Pennsylvania used to spend inordinate time and money replacing bulbs. Britain's Dialight is correcting the problem with long-life LED lighting while ushering in energy savings and other benefits, as Mark Halper discovers.

Norwegian school installs tunable LED lighting to enhance learning (MAGAZINE)31/07/2017

A human-centric lighting project is intended to improve learning performance and sleep patterns for students, explains Maury Wright, and the lighting design also optimizes cylindrical illuminance.

Plastic light diffusers match LED lighting needs31/07/2017

Gabi Bar and Moira Nir explain how to select thermoplastic compounds for SSL optical systems and how to measure the important transmission and diffusion parameters.

Enabling technologies and compelling SSL shine at LightFair International, connected lighting seeks success31/07/2017

Signage and promotion may have suggested that smart lighting and the IoT were the headliners at LightFair 2017, but compelling lighting products with features such as tunable white and improved enabling technologies including new LEDs were the real stars, writes Maury Wright.

Sapphire Awards winner Fluxwerx discusses its integrated approach to SSL product development31/07/2017

Maury Wright interviews Scott Santoro about how Fluxwerx approached LED-based luminaire development relative to the Sapphire Award-winning Fold SSL product family.

2018 Sapphire Awards program is open for entries with more categories31/07/2017

The dog days of summer may have arrived, but forget about the sweltering heat and get to work nominating the hottest products in the solid-state lighting (SSL) sector for the LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards.

Translating the LED literature into good SSL design28/07/2017

How I made the leap from an impromptu Spanish lesson to how we communicate and interpret information in the SSL design community...  

Tackle TLED tradeoffs to manage retrofit expectations (MAGAZINE)28/07/2017

Tubular LED upgrades of fluorescent fixtures offer efficacy, energy consumption, and lifetime advantages over traditional fluorescent lighting, but it is essential to consider the options and tradeoffs when dimming and controls are involved, says Ethan Biery.

Consumers can't spot the difference between bulb types when it comes to lamp recycling28/07/2017

Europeans are baffled trying to tell apart LEDs, incandescents, CFLs, and others. Recycling suffers as a result.

Philips architectural lighting turns modern Hanoi bridge into a colorful light display27/07/2017

The city's traffic might be bad, but the view across the Red River just got more spectacular with the latest installation of Color Kinetics LED lighting.

European Union organization says LEDs have no direct adverse health effect26/07/2017

The European Union Scientific Committee on Health, Environment and Emerging Risks published research stating that there is no health risk for healthy humans to be exposed to LEDs in the normal use of lighting and display products.

Vendors roll out compliant Bluetooth Mesh enablers for solid-state lighting products26/07/2017

Qualcomm, Silvair, and Silicon Labs are among the first companies to announce building-block products that are compliant with the recently announced Bluetooth Mesh standard, allowing developers of LED-based products to accelerate wirelessly-connected SSL products to market.

Zumtobel will illuminate huge London soccer stadium, but not the field, with LED lighting25/07/2017

Q: When is a lighting partner not a partner? A: When it hits the roof at Tottenham Hotspur's mega sports and entertainment complex.

Diamonds are forever, but Sapphire Awards distinguish SSL advances21/07/2017

With the early bird deadline for the LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards just around the corner, I have been reflecting on the maxim, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

Shopping mall chain invests in powerline communications for IoT lighting21/07/2017

Britain's intu joins £3 million Series A round in enModus, starts small pilots.

UV LEDs sanitize escalator and powered walkway handrails19/07/2017

Airports, convention centers, malls, and other public gathering spots rely on people-moving systems, but users often fear germs on the handrails touched by thousands. Ultraviolet LEDs may solve the sterilization issue.

Bluetooth's range just widened, and IoT lighting companies are thrilled (UPDATED)18/07/2017

Some vendors think the brand new “Bluetooth mesh” standard will kick off a commercial smart lighting bonanza.

Blue LED light can get psoriasis sufferers in the pink again14/07/2017

While in-office healthcare practitioners have been leveraging lasers for some time in the aesthetics and dermatology business, we’ve seen more and more consumer-targeted, LED-based personal care devices hit the market, intended to bring solutions safely into the home.

Recycling boss cites ‘alarming’ environmental breaches by LED bulb vendors14/07/2017

One of five bulbs sold online in the UK doesn't comply, he says.

Bluetooth group appoints Philips to board, a precursor to extending the technology's range for IoT and smart lighting12/07/2017

Google joins too, as a long awaited “mesh” topology could soon buoy IoT lighting.

Berkeley Lab tests smart LED lighting in New York living laboratory10/07/2017

The combination of autonomous SSL and shading in a New York high rise office space has yielded 80% energy savings in some cases while also pleasing workers.

BMW considers smart lighting for showrooms10/07/2017

The German carmaker is sampling IoT luminaires from Aurora that might accentuate the right model for the right shopper, suggest new floor layouts, and more.

Summer reading spawns thoughts on the science of human-centric lighting07/07/2017

I started to ponder again the topic of lighting that is said to benefit health, productivity, and general wellbeing. We’ve been watching, covering, and learning from those advancing this field for several years now.

National Academy of Sciences reports on the state of LED and OLED lighting06/07/2017

Report to US Congress was mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and lauds the transition to solid-state lighting for slashing energy used for lighting and credits the US Department of Energy in part for the success.

Acuity welcomes competitors into its broad Atrius IoT and smart lighting program06/07/2017

In an interview with LEDs Magazine, Acuity VP Greg Carter discusses the wide-ranging uses for Internet-connected lighting, and the myriad technologies that will enable lights to track assets, provide navigation, and such. It's a wide playing field.

Wimbledon Centre Court aces transition to LED lighting05/07/2017

Musco, working with ME Engineers, has installed LED lighting in the retractable roof that covers Wimbledon Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

LEDvance expands Apple voice-controlled smart bulb and LED strip into Europe05/07/2017

Look, Ma, no gateway. At least not for the basic functions.

Packaged LED technology climbs new peaks30/06/2017

We’ve noticed a lot of recent activity in the packaged LED space, as evidenced by our news coverage. So the LED market is indeed moving, innovating, and continuing to pace itself into a comfortable spot compared to the down market the Strategies Unlimited analysts accounted for in their 2015 recap.

Feilo Sylvania widens its smart lighting net with a broad systems integration scheme28/06/2017

Its new SylSmart initiative mixes and matches IT partners and products with Feilo luminaires.

Packaged LED news: Osram targets camera flashes, Lumileds ramps COB output28/06/2017

The Osram Oslux S2.1 multi-chip packaged LED mixes color temperature to match ambient lighting and optimize photos and video, while new Lumileds COB LEDs extend flux output to 30,000 lm for street-light and high-bay lighting.

Seoul Semiconductor and Toshiba Materials introduce broad-spectrum packaged LED technology26/06/2017

The SunLike packaged LEDs due this summer approximate the spectral power distribution of the Sun and will target applications such as retail where quality of light is a requirement.

Lighting's long and winding road to the IoT26/06/2017

Aurora has long been one of the industry's leading IoT champions, and could soon finally announce deployments. Its IoT boss discusses the business and technology challenges.

Spanish soccer team turns to LED lighting for better broadcast quality23/06/2017

Philips’ ArenaVision LED lighting will support ultrahigh-definition TV for Sevilla FC when the team opens the 2017–18 season.

Packaged LED news: Samsung, Lumileds, Bridgelux, Everlight21/06/2017

Samsung announces mid-power 3030 packaged LED hits 220-lm/W efficacy level while Lumileds expands its Level 2 strategy, and Everlight and Bridgelux begin IP squabble.

Johnstone journeys to the past to frame the LED lighting future20/06/2017

In journalist Bob Johnstone’s latest book, L.E.D.: A History of the Future of Lighting, he chronicles the origins of the light-emitting diode, its evolution, and the applications it promises to enable.

Companies big and small are planting future seeds with horticultural lighting15/06/2017

A recent Google alert touted the latest horticultural lighting project involving Philips Lighting as being the largest in the world. But you don’t need to be a colossus to reap the rewards of well-designed horticultural SSL.

LED-based horticultural lighting system brings vertical farming to biomass crops14/06/2017

Smart Grow Systems launches SSL family for vertical-farming applications ranging from cannabis to hops to orchids that have typically been grown in single layers.

Antwerp Havenhuis brings nautical sparkle with Tridonic and Multiline LED-based architectural lighting products13/06/2017

Tridonic supplied linear LED-based light engines that Multiline integrated in custom luminaires that fit the unique and irregular architecture of the dramatic new Havenhuis Port Authority building in Antwerp.

Can we push the limits of lighting for health and wellbeing to improve lives?13/06/2017

It’s the drive to understand the influence of light on our bodies and minds and how to apply this knowledge that sparked the conference on Lighting for Health and Wellbeing to be held this July.

Feilo Sylvania rolls out LED lighting financing scheme to help buildings meet stricter energy directives08/06/2017

Customers in Europe, Latin America and Middle East could be eligible even on small projects where money can be difficult to land.

European installers avoiding wireless lighting controls07/06/2017

While the US makes strides, concerns linger in EMEA over interoperability and battery life, an Osram business developer says.

LED business news: Osram buys LED Engin; Nitride sues RayVio; and Future allies with ERP06/06/2017

Osram will acquire San Jose-based LED Engin while Nitride Semiconductor has sued RayVio, and ERP Power signed a global distribution agreement with Future Lighting Solutions.

Fagerhult decides to keep Organic Response IoT tech in house (UPDATED)06/06/2017

The Swedish vendor will no longer provide the prized IoT gear to rivals such as Feilo Sylvania and GE. It will develop it for its own brands only.

Osram IR LED will enable augmented and virtual reality headsets05/06/2017

Emitting in the infrared spectrum at 850 nm, the new Osram Opto Semiconductors SFH 4055 LED targets eye-tracking applications including headsets for augmented and virtual reality systems.

Horticultural lighting gets heated05/06/2017

The potential for LED-based horticultural lighting to make an impact on growing operations is exciting and represents a real commercial opportunity. But Lux applications editor John Bullock observed that the SSL conversation can get prickly at times.

The funding of urban smart lighting could hinge on 5G02/06/2017

The boss of Holland's Luminext believes that the next-generation cellular technology will give a much needed boost to the outdoor IoT business case, and will attract investors.

Add your brilliance to the discussion at Strategies in Light02/06/2017

We’re nearly two weeks from the close of the Strategies in Light call for abstracts, so I wanted to consider the intent behind the conference program and how it reflects what we cover at LEDs Magazine.

Tunable white lighting: It must be digital (MAGAZINE)02/06/2017

Forward-thinking control system providers have the opportunity to drive progress, push the technology envelope, and set the standard for digital controls that help create dynamic, personalized environments in any space, explains Lutron's Craig Casey.

Blue-free white light breaks the paradigm of circadian lighting (MAGAZINE)02/06/2017

Non-visual receptors in humans are especially sensitive to blue spectral energy, explains Aurelien David, and the latest LED technology enables high-quality white light with reduced blue content that can enhance circadian health.

Why IP networks for SSL are the end game02/06/2017

Living in a connected world is a marvel, explains karl Jonsson, but the LED lighting sector will need to evolve to IP-based networks that extend to the end node for smart lighting to reach its potential.

How LEDs are eliminating mistakes when deisgned into human-centric lighting for the operating room02/06/2017

Light, liver, and the pursuit of happiness: Surgeons in Scandinavia swear that Chromaviso's tunable color system helps them see better, improves results, and sends everyone home in a better frame of mind, as Mark Halper discovers.

LED market outlook presented at Strategies in Light brightens with new SSL applications emerging02/06/2017

Maury Wright reports on Strategies in Light presentations including the latest LED and SSL market data, and new applications and opportunities, as well as challenges, for participants in the LED sector.

LED lighting test standards must evolve to ensure accurate LED system life estimates02/06/2017

Research studies focused on LED system reliability at Rensselaer's Lighting Research Center reveal that some LED products available on the commercial market can fail much sooner in some applications than manufacturers' specifications would suggest to buyers.

Work continues on three LED lighting standards02/06/2017

Jianzhong Jiao details activity in IEC, IES groups, and the Lighting Research Center ASSIST alliance in defining LED lamp and luminaire testing standards that can enable fair comparisons by lighting designers, specifiers, and end users.

Outdoor lighting debate will continue with regard to LED street ight CCT, but it is misguided02/06/2017

Maury Wright deliberates over the continued debate surrounding LED street light CCT and outdoor lighting guidance that has been offered by multiple parties.

Buyers benefit from LED horticultural lighting guidance02/06/2017

With LED-based horticultural lighting on the rise, specifiers and end users need education to select the optimal fixtures for projects. Ryan Mitchell and Charlie Szoradi deliver a guide to navigating spec sheets and performance calculations for best results.

As lighting companies move to IoT services, everything in the business model must change01/06/2017

It's time for an overhaul, from sales and marketing to internal systems to end user relations, an Osram specialist says.

Mobilized LED-based horticultural lighting system grows grass on Bundesliga soccer pitch31/05/2017

Rhenac GreenTec designed a large-scale wheeled lighting structure using LEDs and LEDiL optics that is utilized to optimize the grass conditions on training and match soccer pitches for the FC Köln (FC Cologne) football club of the German Bundesliga.

EnOcean and Silvair partner on controls for Bluetooth-connected LED lighting (UPDATED)30/05/2017

EnOcean is launching wireless switches based on kinetic energy harvesting that will work with emerging Bluetooth Mesh networks and is partnering with Silvair for a low-power network implementation.

Finnish 5G IoT lighting trial aims at property management30/05/2017

Helvar is one of several contributors in a real estate pilot that also includes virtual reality, augmented reality, big data, and more.

Horticultural Lighting Conference Europe plays to a full house in Eindhoven25/05/2017

The second Horticultural Lighting Conference took place earlier this week in Eindhoven, the Netherlands presented by the PennWell LED & Lighting Network of which LEDs Magazine is a part.

Forget coffee. Blue LED light will stimulate drivers in unique human-centric lighting application24/05/2017

Human-centric lighting will speed ahead at a grueling 24-hour race in Germany this week, where drivers will don special Osram eyeglasses.

Helvar adds software for human-centric lighting23/05/2017

Its new Light over Time for touch panels can alter color temperatures and brightness to suit different people and activities.

Lumileds adds lighting exec, announces mid-power and COB LEDs23/05/2017

Steve Barlow returns to Lumileds after stints with Cree and Intematix, while Lumileds has launched new mid-power and chip-on-board LEDs and company SSL fellow George Craford receives IEEE Edison Medal.

Cree CEO Swoboda plans to step down, company reaffirms Q4 guidance22/05/2017

Chuck Swoboda has guided LED and SSL manufacturer Cree for 16 years but plans to leave his position following a just-begun search for a replacement; meanwhile, the company reaffirmed its financial projections for Q4 of its fiscal year.

Philips adds ambient spotlight-style LED lamps for hospitality and residential markets18/05/2017

The new series of LED lamps nearly equals halogens in dimming and color rendering, the company says.

Horticultural Lighting Conference Europe will highlight LED light recipes for max yield16/05/2017

At the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, growers from across Europe will gather along with lighting manufacturers and other elements of the SSL supply chain on May 23 for the Horticultural Lighting Conference Europe.

Sapphire Awards winner Alexander Wilm discusses LED evolution for SSL applications16/05/2017

Maury Wright interviews Alexander Wilm of Osram Opto Semiconductors about Wilm being named the LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards Illumineer of the Year for his work on improving the color consistency in LEDs for general lighting applications, and work in other exciting SSL areas.

Osram buys stake in grow box startup that incorporates LED horticultural lighting16/05/2017

Munich-based agrilution's plantCube fits neatly in a kitchen for reach-in herbs and vegetables.

Tunable lighting technology takes LightFair center stage for various human-centric lighting applications15/05/2017

SSL applications ranging from healthcare to educational to office settings can leverage tunable LED technology for impacts including increased worker productivity and enhanced wellbeing.

New group pushes standards for IoT luminaires and smart lighting11/05/2017

The IoT-Ready Alliance warns that smart lighting could become obsolete without a common method for keeping sensors up to date.

Aurora will commercialize data from smart lighting by early next year10/05/2017

The LED lighting specialist reveals more about its forthcoming AXiO line of IoT luminaires and services.

Lighting industry exhibits make leaps into smart era at LightFair (UPDATED)08/05/2017

LightFair exhibitors bring innovations in architectural and commercial lighting to Philadelphia.

Acuity Brands licenses disinfection SSL technology from Vital Vio08/05/2017

The VioSafe White Light Disinfection technology uses violet light mixed with white light to enable continuous disinfection of spaces ranging from hospital rooms to athletic locker rooms.

When will the Paris Metro finally get its Li-Fi?04/05/2017

An ambitious project to deliver the Internet via LED light is proceeding slowly.

LED business news: Rambus light guides, Legrand and Finelite, Seoul financials04/05/2017

New planar light guides from Rambus will enable more LED luminaire makers to deliver planar fixtures, while Legrand is acquiring Finelite and Seoul Semiconductor released upbeat financial results.

DOE research indicates that LED street lights may decrease sky glow relative to HID (UPDATED)04/05/2017

A new US Department of Energy research project has studied the impact of LED street-light conversions from legacy sources such as high-pressure sodium across the US, and computer models show a net reduction in sky glow for both near and far observers.

Advanced Technology SLIDESHOW03/05/2017
Interactive Hands-On Workshops at Strategies in Light and The LED Show 201603/05/2017
LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards finalists bring smart technologies to the table - SLIDESHOW03/05/2017
Zumtobel lighting-as-service deal guarantees light levels and energy savings even without IoT28/04/2017

An Austrian plastics factory spent nothing upfront in five-year contract. No IoT here, but Zumtobel’s new services group has big plans.

LED business and tech news: Cree and San’an, Osram Opto, Vishay26/04/2017

Cree and San’an Optoelectronics will form a joint venture to produce mid-power LEDs for general illumination applications, while Osram begins shipping advanced auto-targeted LEDs and Vishay has new amber, red, and yellow components.

Philips launches wireless smart lighting rather than PoE to reach the masses25/04/2017

With wired Ethernet opportunities limited, the lighting giant is now embedding ZigBee in lights and luminaires, and selling it as a service.

Osram launches Simplux LED-centric smart lighting platform25/04/2017

Designed for small- to mid-size commercial spaces with 100 network nodes maximum, Osram’s Simplux is intended to be an easy-to-install and -commission smart lighting system that can scale to full IoT applications.

Philips leaves personalization out of latest indoor positioning job (UPDATED)24/04/2017

In a nod to privacy, European electronics retail giant Media Markt provides navigation only at its huge four-story shop in Eindhoven. Meanwhile, the VLC versus Bluetooth debate continues.

The SSL industry needs better LED measurements24/04/2017

Achieving advances in SSL technology will require the industry to no longer tolerate a 4% uncertainty in performance measurements, says Jeff Hulett of Vektrex.

Understand luminous and radiant intensity, and uniformity characterization for SSL performance measurement24/04/2017

In this excerpt from a reference book entitled Handbook of LED and SSL Metrology, Gunther Leschhorn and Richard Young explain the fundamentals behind luminous and radiant intensity measurements and how to characterize uniformity and glare.

Understand a new flicker metric and its application to AC-LED light engines (MAGAZINE)24/04/2017

Peter Erwin and Peter Shackle describe a new metric for characterizing the flicker of light sources and illustrate how some popular sources, including AC-LED light engines, perform based on that metric.

Network security can be achieved in commercial smart lighting systems (MAGAZINE)24/04/2017

While some are questioning the feasibility of securing the Internet of Things, Rafal and Simon Rzadkosz write that focusing on the right tactics and protocols can deliver secure smart lighting.

Sapphire Awards scores reflect smart SSL developments (MAGAZINE)24/04/2017

The post-Gala glow continues with the publication of the products and technologies that scored 3.25 Sapphires and above, Carrie Meadows reports.

Understand energy efficiency of LED horticultural lighting systems (MAGAZINE)19/04/2017

The true efficacy of LED fixtures for horticultural lighting depends on many factors, explains Josh Gerovac, and lighting manufacturers and growers need to take a broad view to ensure optimal yields and energy efficiency.

Soaring new symphony hall orchestrates soft architectural lighting with LEDs19/04/2017

Hamburg's glorious Elbphilharmonie has been over a decade in the making. Forward-thinking architects prescribed solid-state lighting from the start, even before the technology was ready for ambience. A thousand handblown glass balls from the Czech Republic made the difference, Mark Halper discovers.

Tridonic CEO discusses US entry and smart lighting transition (MAGAZINE)19/04/2017

Maury Wright discusses the entry by Tridonic into the North American market and the transition to smart lighting and the Internet of Things with CEO Guido van Tartwijk.

Lighting Research Center scientists continue the conversation on SSL regulations19/04/2017

The issue of color fidelity and CRI as a metric has sparked some controversy in the solid-state lighting (SSL) community. Mark Rea and Jean Paul Freyssinier comment on recent debate.

Smart cameras will help Spokane smart lighting illuminate its roads even more intelligently19/04/2017

Controls company Echelon Corp.'s new “cognitive vision” system takes a maiden voyage in the Washington trial.

Strategies in Light and Anaheim yield interesting experiences (MAGAZINE)19/04/2017

I'd like to share some highlights from the week at Strategies in Light and an interesting experience I had on Convention Way leading to the Anaheim Convention Center.

Cree announces new NX packaged LED platform, adds to the RSW street light portfolio19/04/2017

The NX-branded LEDs deliver 264 lm/mm2, setting what Cree says is a new lumen density milestone, while the lighting business at Cree has added models of the light-guide-based RSW area-lighting luminaires.

LED business news: Seoul Semiconductor, Philips Lighting, Tridonic, and more17/04/2017

Seoul Semiconductor has sued distributor Mouser Electronics, Philips Lighting has sued Deco Lighting, and Tridonic targets smartphone sales in Germany.

GE alters smart street lighting strategy, will now serve as subcontractor to AT&T for smart city technology13/04/2017

Following the Jacksonville flop, GE's Current division teams with the communications giant in Atlanta, starting a new tack.

LightingEurope changes leadership, assumes SSL-erate mantle11/04/2017

Ourania Georgoutsakou has taken over the LightingEurope secretary general position from Diederik de Stoppelaar. Meanwhile, the organization has pledged to continue to make available the work of the SSL-erate program as the three-year initiative ends.

Acuity pads its indoor-positioning services push with shopping cart trackers11/04/2017

The latest addition to its IPS stable uses Bluetooth rather than visible light communication.

As reports surface again that GE Lighting is for sale, could Feilo Sylvania buy? (UPDATED)10/04/2017

LEDs Magazine contributing editor Mark Halper connects the dots and concludes that Chinese-owned, London-based Feilo could step in as a new owner, via Hungary. Halper explains the details on our blog.

Fagerhult will start Organic Response production soon with contractor Flex, uncertain about supplying rivals05/04/2017

Fagerhult will provide its own companies with its newly acquired IoT technology but competitors like Feilo and GE have only short term assurances.

DOE publishes industrial LED snapshot, adds reports on PoE and street lights05/04/2017

More than 20% of SSL luminaires for the industrial market exceed 130 lm/W in efficacy according to the US Department of Energy and separately the agency said self-metering products are increasingly viable for LED lighting.

Cree royal blue LED delivers 81% wall plug efficiency (UPDATED)05/04/2017

The XP-G3 LED is optimized for horticultural SSL applications and can also be used in façade and entertainment lighting that utilizes RGB or more LED channels.

Fagerhult buys IoT lighting specialist Organic Response04/04/2017

The Swedish lighting firm already uses Organic's sensors in its luminaires, and is now picking up intellectual property and key assets from the financially wounded Australian pioneer.

IKEA enters the smart lighting fray29/03/2017

Its limited feature line — no colors, for instance — will include a basic entry model that won't do much but that consumers just might find affordable.

Intense shows LED downlight with liquid-crystal lens at LEDucation29/03/2017

Liquid-crystal lens technology enables SSL product to adapt the beam spread dynamically under the control of smartphones or other devices.

The LED street lights on this North Sea island are for the birds27/03/2017

White light can discombobulate migratory species, so Philips is installing blue-green, with funding from oil and gas companies. Is the new color good for people?

OLED technology delivers three decades of display innovation24/03/2017

Since 1987, OLED technology has been brought into the spotlight for its ability to enable high-performance image quality, thanks to its inherent extremely high contrast.

Philips adds Gooee, Silvair as smart lighting partners24/03/2017

The lighting giant expands its OEM list by four companies and leaves open the possibility that it will use the products in its own branded smart lighting line.

LED horticultural lighting is set to change growing operations by increasing yields24/03/2017
Windsor restaurant applies filament LED lamps in architectural lighting design22/03/2017

The new Oxford Blue gastropub in Berkshire, UK has a chef that trained under Gordon Ramsay and architectural lighting design enabled by vintage-look filament lamps.

Plessey LEDs support vegetable and flower horticultural lighting applications (UPDATED)21/03/2017

Four Dutch growers have deployed horticultural SSL products powered by Plessey to grow tomatoes, and a variety of flowering plants in four trials slated to run through summer.

EXCLUSIVE: Jacksonville jilts GE smart lighting for city streets21/03/2017

The city withdraws after a pilot IoT deployment because it “had other priorities.” Meanwhile, GE's San Diego trial advances to a commercial stage.

Could an energy utility rescue IoT company Organic Response?20/03/2017

Earlier investors include Exelon and E.ON. They or another electric company might assure more independence for the IoT technology provider than a lighting company could.

IoT lighting specialist Organic Response enters financial protection (UPDATED)17/03/2017

Innovation is risky business. Could one of the IoT company’s OEM lighting partners rescue it?

Smart street lights don't use their own brains to adjust to the weather but leverage IBM Watson for IoT17/03/2017

The new tunable-white Echelon lamps in Minnesota have no onboard sensors detecting rain or snow. Rather, they take their cue from IBM's Watson IoT group, drawing on IBM's The Weather Company.

Human-centric lighting reduces drug reliance at Danish psychiatric hospital15/03/2017

Doctors, nurses, therapists report a calming effect from the Chromaviso circadian lighting system.

Eaton delivers curved surface-emissive LED luminaires, new pendant scheme15/03/2017

Taking the edge-lit planar SSL concept to a new level, Eaton has developed sleek luminaires with compelling curves and free-form geometries for architectural lighting applications, and a new pendant suspension scheme that hides the driver remotely.

Aurora draws closer to IoT luminaires, previewing AXiO and talking up services14/03/2017

The lighting company reveals that it will sell the forthcoming Gooee-enabled line both as a product and on a subscription basis.

Smart Lighting13/03/2017
Sapphire Awards entrants and winners map LED and SSL revolution (MAGAZINE)09/03/2017

Our third annual Sapphire Awards Gala took place on Mar. 1 at the City National Grove of Anaheim and a good time was had by all.

 

Use building information modeling (BIM) to increase lighting planning and design success (MAGAZINE)09/03/2017

DIALux product manager Daniel Witzel defines BIM, the opportunities it offers for lighting designers, and its impact on lighting design.

 

Ensure your light measurement method doesn't undervalue your LEDs (MAGAZINE)09/03/2017

Jeff Hulett details the LED measurement techniques defined in current industry standards, describes issues that can lead to inaccuracy, and prescribes an approach to ensure that the actual performance of high-power devices is accurately captured.

 

Packaged LED advancements in SPD and efficacy enable new usage scenarios (MAGAZINE)09/03/2017

In this roundup of some of the most exciting packaged LED announcements made in roughly the past year, Maury Wright describes emerging technical features and architectural advancements and explore the myriad of emerging applications for SSL. 

Transform legacy LED lighting control to enable seamless end-to-end smart lighting (MAGAZINE)09/03/2017

An evolution from connected lighting to smart lighting to human-centric lighting is underway, writes Kyeongik Min, and the industry will require open platforms for commercial success.

European lighting regulations could help usher in human-centric lighting (MAGAZINE)09/03/2017

European regulators may have a play in delivering the Holy Grail of lighting for health and wellbeing. A simple directive or two mandating Internet connections may be all that it takes for now. Mark Halper looks at the industry's 2017 EU regulatory priorities.

 

IoT drives an expanded ecosystem in the lighting value chain (MAGAZINE)09/03/2017

With the advance of IoT and connected lighting, Beatrice Witzgall notes key areas of expertise that must be brought to bear in product development and projects, including a look at the changing supply chain.

 

PoE bridges connectivity, control, and cost benefits of smart lighting (MAGAZINE)09/03/2017

Mark Roush of Experience Light hammered home the true meaning of smart lighting powered by intelligence-gathering connected systems during an LEDs Magazine webcast. Maury Wright continues the discussion as to how Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) technology pushes LED-based smart lighting potential even further.

Industry stars beam with Sapphire Awards honors – IMAGE GALLERY08/03/2017
LightingEurope and IALD issue position paper on human-centric lighting (UPDATED)08/03/2017

Seeking both to ensure a unified understanding of the meaning of human-centric lighting or HCL and guide deployment, LightingEurope and the International Association of Lighting Designers have defined expected benefits, typical enabling technologies, and potential applications.

Two more indoor positioning projects sprout in European supermarkets08/03/2017

Data on tap but it's a tale of two technologies. Germany's EDEKA goes for Philips' VLC while France's E.Leclerc taps Bluetooth from Zumtobel. Meanwhile, Philips spills the beans on its emerging fondness for Bluetooth. Wither VLC?

DOE Gateway report documents LED lighting performance in four indoor applications07/03/2017

Installations of SSL luminaires, lamps, and retrofit kits completed over the course of 2012–2015 have been studied by the DOE, revealing details on reliability, lumen maintenance, chromaticity shift, and other operational parameters.

Lynk Labs, Acuity Brands, and Schneider Electric resolve legal action surrounding LED patents07/03/2017

After two years of litigation, Lynk Labs’ patent action focused on a Juno Lighting business deal has been settled with Acuity Brands and Schneider, the current and prior parents of Juno.

Sapphire Awards Image Gallery: Industry stars beam with Sapphire Awards honors06/03/2017

The third annual Sapphire Awards Gala bestowed honors upon beacons of innovation in the solid-state lighting (SSL) industry on Mar. 1, 2017 in Anaheim.

Basil grower slashes energy usage and boosts production with LED horticultural lighting06/03/2017

Servizi Ambientali Bassa Reggiana in the Reggio province of Italy has reduced its basil production cycle by five days after transitioning from HPS lighting in its greenhouses to an SSL fixture that utilizes a mix of blue, red, hyper-red, and far-red LEDs from Osram.

Osram completes LEDvance sale to Chinese consortium for €500 million (UPDATED)03/03/2017

The Munich giant takes another big step out of the rough-and-tumble bulb business. Meanwhile, new co-owner MLS is expected to provide LEDvance with better chip pricing.

Osram wedges into indoor positioning by selling Bluetooth chips02/03/2017

Swiss fashion shops install the company's wireless radio beacons, but not its lights. Is this how the lighting industry can finally crack the location-based services market?

WINNERS: Sapphire Awards Gala spotlights evolving SSL trends - WITH VIDEO02/03/2017

The third annual LEDs Magazine Sapphire Award winners exemplify evolution in lighting applications and technology, along with the emergence of value-added features, writes Carrie Meadows.

Seoul Semiconductor starts mass production of its patented filament LEDs27/02/2017
Philips taps Microsoft as part of indoor-positioning partnering push, adds Bluetooth to the mix27/02/2017

With location-based services still stuck on the launchpad, the company's new “Location Lab” reaches out to data and app developers. Meanwhile, Philips finally acknowledges that Bluetooth, not just VLC, can light the way.

Thomas Research Products introduces new SelectSync LED drivers to be exhibited at Strategies in Light27/02/2017
The resolution of converging lines of interest – The LED Story27/02/2017

The lighting industry had been static or at least in flux in past years. The advent of solid-state lighting (SSL) was, in fact, a panacea for the Illumination world.

EnOcean exhibiting self-powered wireless LED control at Strategies in Light24/02/2017
Fulham CEO to share insights on the LED market at Strategies in Light Investor Forum24/02/2017
LED component manufacturer Opulent Americas acquires LED solutions provider New Energy, LLC24/02/2017
DesignLab selects non-metallic enclosures to meet the need for underground lighting control panels24/02/2017
USA Lighting's OV Series outdoor LED luminaires featured at Manhattan Skyline Overlook23/02/2017
TALQ Consortium elects new Secretary General23/02/2017
Instrument Systems publishes technical handbook on LED and SSL metrology23/02/2017
Samsung expands COB LED family, targets directional applications22/02/2017

Generation-2 D-Series LEDs hit efficacy of 160 lm/W and include a variety of options in color performance and CCT including Samsung’s Vivid technology.

LSI Industries acquires Atlas Lighting Products in LED lighting deal22/02/2017

Complementary products lines will remain independent after the LSI Industries acquisition of Atlas Lighting, but the companies expect to capitalize on cross-selling opportunities.