Archive for July 2016

We’re All Light

For your listening enjoyment: “We’re All Light” by XTC.

LiFi to be Implemented in Paris Metro

Paris-based Oledcomm has won a contract from Transport Paris (RATP) to install LiFi-capable LED lighting in the Paris Metro, serving more than 2 million daily commuters. Installation has already occurred at La Defense Station following a test application. LiFi is visible light communication that uses rapidly modulated LED light emission to transmit complex communications. LUX […]

Minecraft Lighting Tutorial

My kids are crazy about Minecraft. If yours are too, this tutorial, courtesy of a budding lighting designer, teaches them various lighting techniques that can be implemented in the game.

Google Tilt Brush Allows 3D Painting with Color and Light

Google has introduced a new way to create and engage with immersive artworks. The solution uses a digital brush and connected HTC Vive headset. The user can then paint strokes in air to create just about anything.

Product Monday: Cynch by Amerlux

Amerlux’s LED Cynch is a small, simply styled accent luminaire that operates as a pendant, surface mount, and semi-recessed or recessed on its own or in a recessed multiple. It can also be used as an accent installed within a linear trough or pendant. Engineered with an integral 12V LED driver for 120/277V systems, the […]

Using Light to Create Dancing Figures

For the 2016 Spiral Independent Creators Festival, Akinori Goto created a wire wheel that creates dancing figures when illuminated. The project won Runner-up Grand Prix and the Audience Award.

Lighting Energy Consumption Falls 46% from 2003 to 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration has released summary tables providing energy consumption estimates from the 2012 CBECS. The data show that despite a 14% increase in total buildings and a 22% increase in total floorspace since 2003, energy use in the estimated 5.6 million U.S. commercial buildings was up just 7% during […]

NEMA Publishes NEMA LSD 74-2016 Considerations of Field LED Driver Replacement

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published NEMA LSD 74-2016 Considerations of Field LED Driver Replacement. This whitepaper discusses issues related to the field replacement of drivers in LED luminaires and how several aspects must be considered to ensure that the replacement driver will function the same as the original driver. Developed by the […]

“Going Beyond the Lumen?” by Jim Brodrick

Republication of Postings from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solid-State Lighting Program by Jim Brodrick, SSL Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy Light sources are typically evaluated in terms of how much light they produce (in lumens) relative to how much power they draw (in watts). From lighting designers to building owners to consumers, […]

Product Monday: Cree Expands LED Troffer Portfolio

Cree’s ZR FD LED Series, a commercial spec-grade troffer that delivers superior energy efficiency of 130 lumens per watt, expands the company’s ZR series of LED troffers. This provides customers a choice: ZR Series offering 90+ CRI and 90 lumens/W or the new ZR FD Series offering 80+ CRI and 130 lumens/W. The full family […]