Jan 182012
 

Future The Future of Lighting Is Closer Than You ThinkImagine your lighting wall switch becoming obsolete.

Imagine controlling every single feature of your lighting from your Smartphone: dimming an individual light or a set of lights, turning them on/off, setting up a timer, and even tracking energy usage in real-time.

In Japan, that’s becoming a reality. Tokyo-based lighting tech startup Net LED Technology Corp has developed the first cloud-based LED lighting system.

It will go on sale in Japan February 20. The lights are 40W LED tubes with a 40,000 hour lifespan, and they come with built-in Wi-Fi. It’s possible to control the lights from a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

For more information, see the feature in TechCrunch or view Net LED Technology Corp’s English site.

 Posted by on January 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm
Jan 162012
 

Julia Silverman and Jessica Matthews first began thinking about the power of a soccer ball for a college project. Challenged to come up with a solution to a problem facing the world, they focused on the lack of access to electricity in developing countries. Their imaginary solution was a soccer ball that harnessed kinetic energy from play and transformed it to electrical energy to power an LED lamp.

Little did Silverman and Matthews know that 3,000 of those electricity-generating soccer balls would eventually be delivered to Mexico, Haiti, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and South Africa. This is a pretty incredible story:

 Posted by on January 16, 2012 at 10:42 am
Nov 072011
 

The holidays are right around the corner, and we are excited to be offering a line of energy efficient holiday lights this year.

Before you stock up with the same old incandescent holiday string lights, consider that LED holiday lights…

  • … Use 90% less energy.  Put a little money back in your wallet when the power bill comes around.
  • … Last 10 times longer.  Avoid the annual trip to the store to replace yet another light string.
  • … Are cool to the touch.  Cross “Christmas tree fire hazard” off your list of worries for the holiday.
traditional entry Your Guide to Efficient Holiday Lighting
Photo from Houzz Ideabooks. 

Have you ever used LED holiday lights?  Do you plan to this year?

 Posted by on November 7, 2011 at 2:16 am
Oct 172011
 
leaf turn If It Werent For LED Lighting

The U.S. will be turning over a new leaf in overall electricity consumption thanks to LED lighting.

I attended a webinar about LED lighting last week and learned some interesting facts about what the future holds for this incredibly efficient light source.

Already, LED lighting has far surpassed incandescent, halogen, linear fluorescent, and high pressure sodium lighting as far as efficacy (a measure of efficiency for a light source, expressed as light output, or lumens, per watt of electricity used).

The expectation is that LEDs will continue to dramatically increase in efficiency and to simultaneously dramatically decrease in cost. Lighting designer Joseph A. Rey-Barreau led the webinar, and he noted that most other lighting technologies are on the edge of their potential as far as efficacy. However, there seems to be no limit to LEDs on this front.

Another interesting gem from the webinar came from a few charts analyzing electricity consumption in the United States. Rey-Barreau noted that if the U.S. had maintained the status quo with previous light sources, electricity consumption would double in the next ten years.

However, thanks to LED lighting, we are expected to actually drastically reduce electricity consumption in the next ten years. LED lighting will likely reduce lighting energy use in the United States by one-fourth by 2030!

 Posted by on October 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm
Sep 202011
 

Sometimes, it’s best to let photos speak for themselves.

Take a look at this kitchen. See the newly installed under cabinet lights nestled discreetly underneath those cabinets? If you can barely spot them, it’s because our LED under cabinet lights are incredibly low profile.

The following photos show the kitchen with the under cabinet lights turned off. For all intensive purposes, consider these the “before” photos:

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 Posted by on September 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm
Sep 152011
 

newborn light thearpy Rosen Family Works to Save Newborns Lives with LEDsA research project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is using LED blankets to treat jaundice in newborns.

The story’s an incredible one. The entire idea for the project originated from a small family in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Harel Rosen worked in the neonatal intensive care unit at Riddle Hospital. When his mother visited his workplace, she asked about an infant in the NICU laying naked under a bank of blue lights. Rosen explained that the baby was being treated for jaundice with light therapy, and they needed to treat as much of the skin surface as possible.

Daniella Rosen was troubled. “But his mom could not pick him up or hold him,” she said.

The incident sparked a series of conversations at the family dinner table. How could babies with jaundice be treated with light therapy in a less intrusive way? And what about areas of the world without access to power? Was there a solution possible that wouldn’t require electricity? Africa, for example, has one of the highest mortality rates for neonatal jaundice. Could a solution make it easier to treat jaundice across the world? Continue reading »

 Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm
Sep 062011
 

LED light How Much Money Can LEDs Save, Anyway?You probably know that LEDs are efficient, long-lasting, bright, and even affordable. But do you have a grasp on exactly how much money you can save by switching to LED lighting?

Let’s compare a 9-watt LED to a 60-watt incandescent light bulb:

Assuming the cost of electricity is $0.10/kWh, the incandescent light bulb will cost you $300 in electricity over 50,000 hours. The LED will cost you $45. That amounts to $255 in savings for every 50,000 hours of use.

 

 Posted by on September 6, 2011 at 10:46 am
Aug 312011
 

Raleigh NC 300x175 Happy 5th Birthday to the Original LED CityBack in 2006, the city of Raleigh, NC partnered with local LED manufacturer Cree to become the first “LED City.” Since that time, the LED City program has grown substantially, with cities across the U.S. and abroad joining in to reduce their carbon footprint, save money, and promote LED technology in general. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy itself absorbed the LED City Program recently.

This fall marks Raleigh’s fifth year as an LED City! Since that time, 57 LED projects have been completed in Raleigh, with installations ranging from streetlights to pedestrian walkways to the mayor’s office.

According to assistant city manager Dan Howe, each project passes a careful cost-benefit analysis before going through. “We have undertaken no LED project that did not pencil out for the taxpayers,” says Howe. “Early on, we decided our efforts here have to be focused on LED as a strategy that pays off, not just something cool that will save the earth.”

Aug 222011
 

Savings Are A Retrofit Away 5 Reasons Why You Should Retrofit Your Recessed Lighting with LEDsTake a quick mental inventory of the recessed lighting that’s currently in your home or business.

Is it efficient? Is it helping you save money on your power bill, or on your bottom line? Is the light quality impressive? Are the light bulbs incredibly long-lasting?

If you answered “no” to any of those questions, this article is for you. There’s a good reason why “retrofit” is the hottest buzz word in energy efficient right now, and why individuals and businesses across the world are revamping their recessed lighting systems to save millions of dollars by switching to LEDs.

1. You can kiss the hassle (and cost) of replacing light bulbs goodbye.

Average lifetimes range between 35,000 and 50,000 hours for LED recessed lighting retrofits. That means these lights are going to last anywhere from twelve to seventeen years, even if they are left on for eight hours every day. Imagine: If you install an LED recessed light in your newborn’s nursery, you won’t be replacing the light until that baby is leaving for college. Continue reading »

Aug 182011
 

How to Order LED Retrofit Modules Cheat Sheet for Choosing LED Recessed Light Retrofit Modules If you’ve decided to retrofit your recessed lighting with LEDs but are unsure which product is right for you, this step-by-step guide should help you determine which LED retrofit modules to order.

1. What size do you need? If you are replacing existing recessed lights, you need to purchase an LED retrofit module that matches those dimensions. If you’re unsure, just measure the diameter of your existing recessed downlights (not including the trim). Your LED retrofit module will be either four, five, or six inches in diameter.

2. Where is the installation location? If you are installing in a bathroom or any other area where moisture might accumulate, make sure to select an LED retrofit module that is “wet location approved.” Continue reading »

 Posted by on August 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm

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