Archive for October 2009

MAKE Magazine Explores The LED

Take a tour through the world of the light-emitting diode and learn who invented it, how to use it, and how to make your own with this fascinating short video courtesy of MAKE Magazine:

U.S. Architecture Firm Annual Billings Top $40 Billion

In the three-year period leading up to the current recession, gross billings at U.S. architecture firms increased nearly $16 billion from 2005 and totaled $44.3 billion in 2008. This equates to 54% growth over the three-year period with annual growth of about 16%. These findings are from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Business of […]

We’re Moving!

ZING Communications, Inc. is moving this week, so please excuse the light postings as we settle into our new home!

Your Moment of Zen: Kinetic Sculpture at BMW Museum

Take a relaxing ride with Berlin Agency Art+Com‘s kinetic sculpture at the BMW Museum. From Art+Com’s website: The Kinetic Sculpture is a metaphorical translation of the process of form-finding in art and design. 714 metal spheres, hanging from thin steel wires attached to individually-controlled stepper motors and covering the area of six square meters, animate […]

Bulbrite’s LED Retrofit Candle

Bulbrite‘s LED Retrofit Candle features a unique, shimmering, flamelike movement effect due to patented electronics. Its intended market includes a variety of applications including churches, theaters, pubs, hotels, historic homes and buildings, offering a realistic lamp replacement option for 120V lighting fixtures with standard candelabra (E12) sockets. I have not seen one in action yet, […]

North American Electroindustry Business Confidence Index Improves for Second Straight Month

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions increased for a third straight month—and topped the 50-point threshold indicative of expansion for a second straight month—in September. The index rose 5.3 points to 58.6, its highest reading since April 2006 and more than 50 points above its cyclical low of 8 in […]

August 2009 Construction Spending at $941.9 Annual Rate

Construction spending during August 2009 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $941.9 billion, 0.8% above the revised July estimate of $934.6 billion and 11.6%, or $124.2 billion, below the August 2008 estimate of $1,066.1 billion. During the first eight months of 2009, construction spending reached $629.5 billion, 11.9% below the $714.3 billion […]

New Lumiette Flat Panel Lights Make Their Way Into The Wild

Lumiette Inc. has announced that it is is donating 300 of its flat panel light fixtures to the Wildlife Conservation Network Solar Project. Shipped out to Africa and Mongolia over the new few months, the lights will help provide low-energy-use, high-intensity illumination for conservationists and scientists working to sustain and protect cheetahs, elephants, lions, snow […]

Lighting for Tomorrow 2009 Winners Announced

The seventh annual Lighting for Tomorrow competition recognized the best-designed energy-efficient lighting products in the residential market. This year resulted in several unique winners given the many changes made to the 2009 entry categories, as Lighting for Tomorrow challenged manufacturers to push the envelope by hosting the first ever fluorescent dimming competition and expanding the […]

Philips Lumileds Opens Office in Shanghai

Philips Lumileds has opened a new office in Shanghai that is being staffed with an applications team and market specialists to support the growing number of companies in China developing solid-state lighting solutions. The applications team and specialists will support customers by providing optical, thermal and electrical LED design expertise, supporting rapid development and market […]