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San Diego Smart LED Street Lights Help Police, Garner ACLU Interest

The smart LED street light project ongoing in San Diego has likely now stretched to 4000 poles. The lights are networked using a relatively lower-speed scheme for on/off and dimming controls, but the city also mounts a smart network node

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Brazil City Saves 50% Electricity Cost with LED Streetlights

Belo Horizonte, one of Brazil’s largest cities, is realizing 50% electricity cost savings by upgrading 182,000 streetlights with new LEDs. The new LED lights also improve the safety of the citizens on the streets of Belo Horizonte. The LED upgrade

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Signify Supports LED Lighting System to US-based AppHarvest for Its 25-hectare Greenhouses

Signify announced its partnership with AppHarvest, a controlled-environment growing facilities builder to help the company increase efficiency and boost yields using fewer resources in their 25 hectare greenhouse in Kentucky, USA. With the partnership, the greenhouse will be fitted with

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Testing and Reporting Requirements for DC and PoE Lamps, Luminaires, and Retrofit Kits

Products powered by Direct Current (DC) and Power over Ethernet (PoE) must comply with the provisions of this document to be eligible for listing on the DLC Solid-State Lighting Qualified Products List (SSL QPL). DC/PoE products are defined as SSL

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LIGHTFAIR Announces Call for Speakers

LIGHTFAIR has issued a Call for Speakers for the 2020 event, which will be held May 3-7, 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The submission deadline is September 9, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST. LIGHTFAIR International 2020 offers a

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LEDucation 2020 Announces Call for Speakers

LEDucation 2020, the trade show and conference organized by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York (DLFNY), is accepting submissions for presentation proposals to be given during the 2020 conference taking place March 17–18, 2020, at the New York Hilton

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LEDs Escape +10% Tariffs Until Dec. 15

In an Aug. 13 announcement, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) delayed the 10% tariffs on LEDs imported from China until Dec. 15, 2019. Many lighting execs had expected that LED lamps would be on the list of products slated

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AMS Ignites Battle for Osram With $4.1 Billion Rival Offer

AMS AG re-entered the battle for Osram Licht AG with a 3.7 billion euros ($4.1 billion) offer, days after a major shareholder rejected a lower bid by rivals for the German light and sensor maker. Osram soared as much as 11%

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KKR to Buy Majority of NVC China Lighting Unit for $794 Million

KKR & Co. said it will pay NVC Lighting Holding Ltd. $794 million for a majority stake in its China lighting business. The companies said in a statement they will set up a strategic partnership for the business. Once completed,

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New Property of Light Discovered

A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Spain and the U.S. has announced that they have discovered a new property of light—self-torque. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes how they happened to spot

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Osram Invests in Driverless Car AI Company

As Bain and Carlyle try to complete their takeover, Osram itself continues reshaping itself as a high-tech outfit, taking a venture stake in Silicon Valley startup Recogni. The company’s Fluxunit venture capital arm joined with other firms to place a

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New EU Project ELIoT Aims to Commercialize LiFi

The European Union announced an establishment of a new three-year project, ELIoT (Enhance Lighting for the Internet of Things), which aims to develop mass market Internet of Things (IoT) solutions using LiFi. With LiFi, the ELIoT consortium will explore a

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Horticultural Lighting News: Seoul Boosts Lettuce Yield, Lumigrow Adds Products

Seoul Semiconductor has released the results of a laboratory research project that compared lettuce yields under different solid-state lighting (SSL) spectra and that showed an advantage for its own SunLike LED technology. LumiGrow has announced a new luminaire family called

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CNET: Best Smart Lights of 2019: Bulbs, Light Strips, Switches, Panels and More

From color-changing bulbs to motion-sensing switches, smart lighting is everywhere these days. It’s become a key entry point into the connected home, and as a result, you’ve got more options than ever. Even better: the uptick in competition means that

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Administration’s Newest 10% Tariff Will Affect Bulbs & Ballasts

The Administration announced a new 10% tariff on $300B in goods manufactured in China, which will take effect Sept. 1, 2019. Michael Weems, VP, Government Engagement for the American Lighting Association sent a message yesterday that the tariffs will be

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DesignLights Consortium Seeks Comments on Updates to Horticultural Lighting Technical Requirements

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) today released for comment several draft changes to its performance specification for horticultural lighting products, an industry benchmark designed to boost efficiency and reduce electricity consumption in the expanding and energy-intensive indoor/vertical horticulture and cannabis cultivation

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London’s Illuminated River Project is Now On

A year since London’s Illuminated River project was revealed; first four bridges on the River Thames were lit on at 10pm on July 17th, 2019. The four bridges, London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium, were illuminated with a massive cheer

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LED-embedded Bandage Uses Blue Light to Heal Chronic Wounds

Scientists have demonstrated blue light’s anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory effects and they turned it into a flexible bandage to heal wounds. MEDILIGHT, a European research project which aims to develop smart and wearable medical devices, have presented a prototype of the

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Current Places Bets on Cannabis Lighting in Distribution Deal

With high hopes for the cannabis market, GE’s former lighting company Current has struck a distribution deal with Hort Americas to sell Current’s latest LED grow light. Now the distribution deal with Fort Worth, TX-based Hort Americas marks the light’s

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Become a Brand Leader at LEDucation 2020

Become a sponsor of LEDucation 2020 and receive additional exposure, strengthen your credibility, and create a lasting impression in one of the industry’s most successful educational and exhibition events on LED and SSL technology. March 17-18, 2020, New York Hilton

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