Archive for August 2014

LEDs May Help Astronauts Grow Food on Other Planets

Here’s an interesting application for LEDs: growing food on other planets. Researchers at the University of Guelph’s Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility (CERF) are studying LEDs as a light source that can facilitate plant growth in environments where nutrients and electricity are scarce, such as space and even during colonization efforts of other planets. The […]

Study Concludes Workers in Windowless Offices Lose 46 Minutes of Sleep Each Night

Research by an interdisciplinary team at the University of Illinois found that office workers in windowed spaces scored better on common self-report health and sleep surveys, averaging 46 minutes of sleep per night (measured by sleep monitor) compared to workers without windows. More evidence that appropriately designed lighting may be preventive medicine? Maybe so, though […]

IES Releases Two New LED Testing Procedures Documents

The Illuminating Engineering Society has published two new testing procedures standards for LEDs: * IES Approved Method for Measuring Luminous Flux and Color Maintenance of LED Lamps, Light Engines, and Luminaires (LM-84-14) * Approved Method for Electrical & Photometric Measurements of High Power LEDs (LM-85-14) LM-84-14 is written to develop standard operating procedures for laboratories […]

LEDucation 9 Issues Call for Speakers

The Designers Lighting Forum of New York announced its “Call for Speakers” for LEDucation 9, the largest table top exhibition and educational event dedicated solely to the ever evolving LED market and technology. LEDucation 9 will return to New York City on March 5-6th, 2015 at the Sheraton NY Times Square hotel. The “Call for Speakers” focuses on a […]

Product Monday: Soraa Snap Now Available for PAR30, PAR38 and AR111

SORAA recently announced that its innovative SNAP System and new accessories are available for the company’s PAR30, PAR38 and AR111 LED lamps. Previously, it was available only for MR16 lamps. Due to its bright, point source GaN on GaN LED and prismatic optic, Soraa’s LED lamps can accept a magnet in the center of the […]


OSRAM SYLVANIA recently announced a plan to relocate its Danvers-based headquarters from 100 Endicott Street in Danvers, MA to 200 Ballardvale Street in Wilmington, MA during the summer of 2015. The new location will serve as the regional headquarters of OSRAM Americas and will continue to have a strong presence in northern Massachusetts and the New […]

Product Monday: Interlace Suspension by LBL Lighting

LBL Lighting’s Interlace Suspension is a large, aluminum outer ring machine to receive hundreds of stainless steel cable strands for an intricate, woven appearance. LEDs direct illumination toward the cables for visual interest as well as general lighting. The luminaire can be hung at almost any angle. Includes one 30W 2400-lumen 2700K 80 CRI LED […]

LIGHTFAIR Announces 2015 Event Call for Speakers

LIGHTFAIR International recently announced the Call for Speakers for its 2015 event taking place in New York City May 3-7, 2015. Experts from various industries such as architecture, design, engineering, exterior and roadway, facility management, government, healthcare, hospitality, alternative energy including solar power, transportation and more are encouraged to submit a proposal. Courses range in […]

IES Publishes New Standard on Economic Analysis of Lighting

The IES has announced publication of IES RP-31-14, Recommended Practice for the of Lighting. RP-31-14 provides a framework for the lighting practitioner involved in making important economic decisions relative to lighting such as: selecting from a group of competing lighting designs, establishing when a system under consideration will &#8220pay off,” making energy conservation decisions, and […]

Lighting Research Center Issues New DELTA Report: LED Lighting in a Campus Building

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently evaluated a newly constructed building at Siena College—Rosetti Hall, a 25,000 square foot, 3-story, contemporary brick building that includes classrooms, meeting rooms, and offices. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded funding to change the lighting specification from the originally specified […]