Rated Life and Lumen Maintenance Life: Know the Difference

When dealing with LED lighting sources, the definition failure can be very broad. There are scenarios where it is obvious, for example if a fixture is damaged beyond repair by an electric fault. However, light sources also suffer a deterioration of their luminous output over time, and a fixture that can no longer provide enough […]

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18/07/2016   /   , , ,

Third-Generation LED Modules by Samsung Will Offer Record Efficacy

Third-Generation LED Modules by Samsung Will Offer Record Efficacy

Near the end of August 2016, Samsung announced that it would soon launch the third generation of its H-Series LED linear modules. It is important to note that these modules are not sold directly to the public – they are components purchased by lighting manufacturers, who use them as inputs in the assembly of integral […]

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11/07/2016   /   , , ,

How Power over Ethernet will Combine Lighting and Networking

How Power over Ethernet will Combine Lighting and Networking

The concept of Power over Ethernet (PoE) is exactly what its name implies: using network cable, and not traditional AC circuits, to deliver electric power for lighting fixtures. PoE has become possible with the rise of LED lighting, which has a low enough power consumption to use DC voltages delivered by Ethernet cable. Both the […]

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04/07/2016   /   ,

LED Lighting Will Conquer the Industry Within the Next Decade

LED Lighting Will Conquer the Industry Within the Next Decade

In the year 2000, LEDs were limited to the role of indicating lights in electronic devices and other pieces of equipment, and their use for lighting applications was just a concept being tested in laboratories. By 2010, LED lighting products had already reached the market, but they were too expensive and their savings were unable […]

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Maintenance Savings with LED Lighting

LED products are often advertised based on their direct energy savings, but that is only one of many benefits they offer. Other than being energy efficient, LED lighting is characterized by being robust and having a long service life, which translates into significant maintenance savings over the service life of an installation. LED Lighting Lasts […]

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20/06/2016   /   , ,

Materials Science is Making Li-Fi Communications 40 Times Faster

Materials Science is Making Li-Fi Communications 40 Times Faster

The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating a lot of buzz across many industries, and there are strong reasons why: it is a technology that will revolutionize lifestyles, transportation, communication and business. To put it in simple terms, Li-Fi is like Wi-Fi, but it uses light pulses instead of radio waves and can transfer data […]

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13/06/2016   /   , , ,

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Upgrading to LED Lighting

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Upgrading to LED Lighting

LED lighting offers significant energy savings while also reducing maintenance expenses, and when used in air-conditioned spaces it also reduces the cooling load. In addition, there are applications where LED lighting offers safety and automation advantages over traditional types of lighting. However, proceeding with an LED retrofit while disregarding the technical aspects of lighting design […]

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Saving on Air Conditioning and Refrigeration with Efficient Lighting

LED products are typically advertised based on their direct energy savings, but they also offer significant maintenance savings due to their long service life. Also, in applications where lamps operate inside air-conditioned or refrigerated spaces, there are considerable savings to achieve by reducing the heat emission of the lighting system, and by extension the load […]

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30/05/2016   /   , , ,

Types of Drivers used by LED Tubes

Types of Drivers used by LED Tubes

LEDs have been successful for the simple reason that they are very efficient when converting electricity into light, surpassing both incandescent lighting and gas-discharge lighting. However, LEDs operate at very precise voltage and current conditions, and can fail suddenly if exposed to conditions outside their normal operating range. This is why the driver, an electronic […]

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19/04/2016   /   , ,

A Guide to Financial Analysis for LED Retrofits

A Guide to Financial Analysis for LED Retrofits

Why Retrofit to LED Lighting? When the lighting in a facility is upgraded to LED, the main benefit achieved is a direct reduction of the watts consumed by each lighting fixture, while keeping the same luminous output. These benefits are evident just from looking at luminaire specifications; for example, if you replace a 460-watt metal […]

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04/04/2016   /   , , , ,

Online Freelancing: A Promising Market for the Lighting Professional

Online Freelancing: A Promising Market for the Lighting Professional

The Internet has given rise to a wide variety of business models that were unimaginable a few decades ago, and a clear example of this is online freelancing. The main advantage of the online freelancing business model is that the potential addressable market for a lighting professional becomes global. With access to a worldwide market, […]

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09/03/2016   /   , , ,

How IT is shaping the Lighting Industry

How IT is shaping the Lighting Industry

It is very likely that the Internet of Things (IoT) will be one of the ‘next big things’ in the world in the short term, probably comparable to personal computers a few decades ago, and smartphones in the last decade. The IoT is likely to be a disruptive innovation, not only for the lighting industry, […]

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