Monthly Archives: January 2016

USAI Lighting Earns Triple Honors in 2015 IES Progress Report

The IES Progress Report is designed to monitor advancements and achievements in the art and science space throughout the world. • Bevel 5.0: http://www.usailighting.com/max-output-50 BeveLED 5.0 Max Output Recessed Adjustable is the first LED fixture with a 10o beam delivering

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LIFX Adds Google Android Voice Control for Smart Lamps

Smart lamp pioneer LIFX has provided the latest proof, as it and Google have added voice control via phones and other mobile devices that run Google’s Android operating system. The commands work through the LIFX app, or through Google without

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Qualcomm Promotes Wireless LED Lamp Technology

Qualcomm announced that its Qualcomm Atheros business unit has partnered with LIFX to develop a smart, Wi-Fi-based, solid-state lighting (SSL) platform that is compatible with the AllSeen Alliance Internet of Things (IoT) platform. The partners will deliver a reference design

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Osram CEO Pushes Digital Services Beyond Lighting

With bids for Osram’s for-sale lamps division just days away, the company is now shifting the future of its LED lighting business onto digital services that deploy sensors, network connectivity, and luminaires for operations such as smart street lighting and

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Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fan Light Kits; Final Rule

The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including ceiling fan light kits (CFLKs). EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

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ComfyLight – The Learning Light That Protects Your Home

The bulb houses a motion detector; it flashes if it detects a break-in; and it turns on and off throughout the day to mimic your normal routines. ComfyLight is the first light bulb that is able to learn how you

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Six SBIR-STTR Proposals Selected for Award for SSL Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science has selected for award six Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)-Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposals targeting advances in SSL technology: http://energy.gov/eere/ssl/six-sbir-sttr-grants-awarded-ssl-technology-fy16-phase-i-release-1 • PhosphorTech Corporation: Hybrid Down-Converting Structures for Solid State Lighting •

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The Lighting Market Change by David Gordon

http://www.electricaltrends.com/2016/01/the-lighting-market-change.html Recently a number of lighting announcements were made that when aggregated,, represent significant change in the lighting industry … and may encourage distributors to re-evaluate their approach to the product category. Here’s what’s happened: • Philips announced a strategic

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LIGHTFAIR® International Offers Its First-Ever IoT & Smart Lighting Forum

A new one-day series of six 60-minute sessions designed to explore the impact of Internet of Things (IoT) and how it relates to smart lighting. Within the 2016 Conference, which includes 82 courses, the IoT & Smart Lighting Forum strives

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Philips Illuminates Clemson University Watt Family Innovation Center with LED PoE Lighting System

A first-of-its-kind, large-scale lighting installation at a major university campus that leverages Power over Ethernet (PoE). LED lighting provides flexible work spaces that encourage collaboration between faculty and students, optimize space management in the facility, and improve energy efficiency. The

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GO Scale Capital and Royal Philips Terminate Lumileds Purchase Agreement

Unspecified CFIUS Concerns End the Deal. GO Scale Capital and Royal Philips announced today that the parties have terminated their March 2015 agreement for GO Scale Capital to acquire 80.1% of Royal Philips’ LED lighting components and automotive lighting business,

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Application of 3D Printing in Electronics Manufacturing Gaining Traction

Use of 3D printing in manufacturing electronics has, for a long time now, being touted as a thing of the future. However, closer attention tells us that 3D printing is already being used at a considerable scale in the electronics

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Sony’s New Smart Light Is the Most Versatile We’ve Seen

Sony has upped the ante in the smart home market with the launch in Japan of a new multifunctional light called – wait for it – the Multifunctional Light. Created in partnership with Toshiba Lighting, it builds on the launch

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Cree Revenue Improves Following Completion of LED Business Restructure

Cree announced revenue of $436 million for its second quarter of fiscal 2016, ended December 27, 2015. This represents a 5% increase compared to revenue of $413 million reported for the second quarter of fiscal 2015, and a 2% increase

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Smart City Projects Have Increased Nearly 40 Percent Since the Third Quarter of 2013

A new report from Navigant Research, Smart City Tracker 4Q15, examines the current state of global smart city development, covering the related aspects of the smart energy, smart water, smart transportation, smart buildings, and smart governments sectors, segmented by region.

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China’s Haier Buys GE’s Appliance Unit For $5.4 Billion

A deal that will greatly expand the Chinese firm’s footprint in the U.S. So far in 2016, Chinese investors have spent $12.3 billion acquiring foreign companies. Haier is best known as a manufacturer of household goods including washing machines, refrigerators

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ZigBee and EnOcean Alliances Collaborate

The ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association of organizations creating open, global standards that define the Internet of Things (IoT) for use in consumer, commercial and industrial applications, recently announced with the EnOcean Alliance, a leading consortium for battery-less, wireless smart

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Acuity, Microsoft to Jointly Show Lighting-Based IoT Services for Retail Trade at NY Confab

In a move underscoring that the IT and lighting world are in full-swing convergence, Acuity announced that it will show its LED-based indoor positioning technology at Microsoft’s Retail Industry Group booth at the National Retail Federation’s annual convention and exhibition

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Epistar Denies Acquisition and Merger Rumors

Epistar Corp. is the largest manufacturer of LEDs in Taiwan ($400 million in revenue). The company was established in 1996, and its headquarters are in the Northern Taiwanese city of Hsinchu. MLS, Philips and even Lumileds were named by speculators

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Espen Technology Releases First 8’ Shatterproof-Glass, Plug-N-Play, HO LED Tubes

Santa Fe Springs, CA | January 19, 2016 Espen Technology, a leader in LED linear lighting, has introduced 8’ T8 high output (HO) shatterproof glass LED tubes. Most notably, this is the first line of 8’ HO shatterproof glass LED

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