Category: Products + Technology

Product Monday: LumenPulse Launches Mix-At-Source Color-Changing Technology

Lumenpulse has introduced a new proprietary technology, Opticolor, to its color-changing projector products portfolio. The patent-pending Opticolor technology mixes color at the source, at the LED package level, within the LED optic, allowing for ultra near-field color blending, exceptional quality of light, as well as unrivaled color consistency and uniformity.

Lumenpulse has introduced a new proprietary technology, Opticolor, to its color-changing projector products portfolio. The patent-pending Opticolor technology mixes color at the source, at the LED package level, within the LED optic, allowing for ultra near-field color blending, exceptional quality of light, as well as unrivaled color consistency and uniformity.

The proprietary Opticolor technology gives the color desired within inches of the fixture’s surface. Thanks to tight binning and working within a 5nm variance, Opticolor provides a consistency of color that blends seamlessly with other Lumenpulse products and applications.

“Opticolor brings richness, depth, and warmth to any space where the product is in direct view or grazing a surface,” said Ken Bruns, Senior Product Manager at Lumenpulse. “The latest development in color dimensions give lighting designers, architects, and electrical engineers the full flexibility to use Opticolor projectors in new spaces and the ability to rethink how and where colors can be used.”

Opticolor technology is compatible with DMX/RDM, Lumentalk, and DALIT8, allowing the use of familiar control systems. With exceptional color rendering and blending, the luminaires boasting Opticolor technology are an ideal choice for atriums, theatres, and other applications where grazing surfaces are required. Opticolor is now available for specification with select Lumenbeam and Lumenquad projectors and is set to begin shipping in June 2022.

More information is available here.

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3D Printing Evolves With Many New Technologies

As 3D printing begins to influence the lighting industry (beyond prototyping), a dizzying new array of approaches have been commercialized. A recent article in Laser Focus World lays out the many approaches

As 3D printing begins to influence the lighting industry (beyond prototyping), a dizzying new array of approaches have been commercialized. A recent article in Laser Focus World lays out the many approaches.

Polymers:

  • In the mid-1980’s, the first 3D printers were
  • stereolithography and 3D extruded thermoplastic parts. Stereolithography was based on industrial lasers, as were a variety of later technologies for printing both polymers and metals.
  • Vat photopolymerization (VPP) generally uses an ultraviolet (UV) light source to harden a photopolymer; heat can be used as an energy source as well. The VPP process, also known as stereolithography, uses a laser to cure a liquid resin layer by layer inside a build vat to form the object.
  • Digital light processing (DLP) projector is an alternative light source to cure a photopolymer. These systems replaced laser-based stereolithography for certain applications. With some exceptions, DLP systems are used for building smaller parts than larger frame stereolithography. Small-part VPP is commonly used for a variety of dentistry applications.
  • Powder bed fusion (PBF), or selective laser sintering (SLS) are a technology using laser energy to melt layers of powdered polymer, fusing them together, layer by layer to form parts. The most common material used for SLS is polyamide (PA) 12, also known as nylon.
  • Material extrusion (MEX) and material jetting (MJT) round out the picture of polymer 3D printing. The former, widely referred to as fused deposition modeling (FDM), builds parts by extruding heat-melted thermoplastics through a nozzle. The latter uses industrial inkjet technology to selectively jet photopolymers onto a build plate, cured by exposure to UV light.

Metals and ceramics:

  • The making of functional metal and ceramic parts has developed significantly in recent years, because prices for the underlying technologies have come down. PBF is by far the most common metal additive manufacturing (AM) process. Like its related process for polymers, a laser beam melts the metal powder inside an inert and heated build chamber to form the part.
  • Directed-energy deposition (DED) is a group of processes characterized by melting a metal feedstock into metal parts via a process similar to welding. The feedstock could be provided by a metal wire or metal powder, and the thermal heat source for melting the feedstock can be supplied by a laser or an electron beam.
  • Metal binder jetting offers the promise of lower-cost metal AM. Its growth has so far failed to live up to expectations, despite the entry of a number of new and well-funded companies developing this technology. This could be attributed to process issues related to handling green parts and, more importantly, the difficulty customers have inefficiently sintering the parts.

Read the full article, here.

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Product Monday: New Category Of LED Filament Lamps For HID Replacement

A new category of HID replacement lamps has arrived that are definitely not “corn cobs.” Their high lumen output LED filament lamps in traditional HID lamp form factors. I’ve found wattages as high as 42W (LED) that claim to replace up to 175W Metal Halide or HPS system watts (HID lamp + ballast), providing up to 75% energy savings.

A new category of HID replacement lamps has arrived that are definitely not “corn cobs.” They are high lumen output LED filament lamps in traditional HID lamp form factors. I’ve found wattages as high as 42W (LED) that claim to replace up to 175W Metal Halide or HPS system watts (HID lamp + ballast), providing up to 75% energy savings. All of the models that I’ve found are ballast-bypass, 120-277VAC input voltage, Type B. Some lamps are E26 and some are E39/EX39. Here are three early entrants into this new category:

LEDVANCE – Under its Sylvania brand, its ULTRA LED High Lumen Filament Lamps (image above) come in two 26W, ED28 shape models, one clear and one frosted, with a 300o light distribution/beam angle. They’re 153 lpW, phase-cut dimmable, 5000K (only), 4000 lumens, 5-year warranty (NLB Certified Warranty), 25,000 hours L70. More information here.

SATCO – Called Hi-Pro LED Filament Lamps, Satco’s are frosted only, claiming a full 360o beam angle and wet location listed (image directly below). Wattages up to 42W, producing 6000 lumens (143 lpW). More information here.

TCP – Their High Lumen LED Filament Lamps claim 200 lpW and 50,000 hour L70 (image directly below). TCP offers a 2200K CCT to resemble high pressure sodium lamps. Their 30W models in 4000K and 5000K are listed at 6000 lumens. They’re clear glass only, no frosted, in ED17, ED23, and ED28 shapes/sizes. More information here.

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“Build-Your-Own Acorn” Gives Lots Of Options For Decorative Post Top Retrofits

Evluma offers a Build-Your-Own Acorn, a full-fixture, decorative streetlight replacement solution that includes the customer’s choice of acorn globe, finial, and capital fitter.

Evluma offers a Build-Your-Own Acorn, a full-fixture, decorative streetlight replacement solution that includes the customer’s choice of acorn globe, finial, and capital fitter. Utilizing the OmniMax LED replacement for HID lamps, this creates an affordable approach to decorative post-top head replacements. The solution is designed for utilities, municipalities, facilities, and property managers looking to upgrade existing decorative lighting from HID to LED.

The system begins with a mogul base OmniMax screw-based lamp, in 40, 70, or 100W. It’s offered in six different correlated color temperatures (CCT) to achieve the desired look and Spectral Power Distribution (SPD). OmniMax offers three CCT under 3000K: 2000K, 2200K, and 2700K. There is an OmniMax Premium, which includes Photocontrol Failsafe and operates with the ConnectLED wireless control Bluetooth app, or there is the OmiMax Standard. All OmniMax are 120-277VAC.

As a second step, the customer selects the desired capital fitter or base. It can be ordered with or without a photocontrol depending on the electrical configuration of your lights. The fitter is offered in black or green and fits all of the 8” globes offered in Evluma’s OLS collection.

The third step is selecting an optic with prismatic Type V or Type III light distribution, low-glare, diffuse acrylics, or sparkling polycarbonate. The fourth and final step is selecting from two ornate, architecturally styled fixtures. One comes with decorative arms and both come with cap and finial. Depending on the globe selected, uplight blockers and final options are available. There is also a set of snap-on shields for the OmniMax designed to reduce uplight and soften the house-side throw.

More information is available here.

 

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Product Monday: It’s Not A Window, It’s LightGlass

LIGHTGLASS is a windowlight, an architectural element that brings the experience of a daylit window into any space. Through the integration of the latest LED lighting technology into the form and materials of a window, LIGHTGLASS is nearly indiscernible from a real window.

LIGHTGLASS is a windowlight, an architectural element that brings the experience of a daylit window into any space. Through the integration of the latest LED lighting technology into the form and materials of a window, LIGHTGLASS is nearly indiscernible from a real window.

LIGHTGLASS is a patented, prefabricated UL-listed lighting system with the appearance of a window, with integrated aluminum extrusion, glass, gasketing, and LED light panel delivering 94+ CRI, UGR below 12, no perceptible flicker, greater than 89% uniformity, and an L70 rating of over 100,000 hours. LED drivers included, and a system warranty of a minimum of 5 years.

CCT (Correlated Color Temperature) ranges between 2200K and 6500K as a standard feature. It’s possible to specify a single static CCT or dynamic Tunable White: user-controlled changes in CCT, used to recreate the dynamic lighting conditions of a typical solar day. This can be achieved by pairing LIGHTGLASS with a 3rd-party control system.

LIGHTGLASS is designed to produce broad-spectrum light, similar to sunlight. Warm and cool tunable LEDs work in unison to create a dynamic and immersive circadian lighting experience.

LIGHTGLASS is designed to aid circadian health indoors, providing the recommended levels of vertical illuminance at eye level when applied as a clerestory or window. Units produce short wavelength 450nm-490nm light at higher CCTs, optimized for creating a circadian response. LIGHTGLASS meets the WELL Building Standard EML requirements for Working Environments, Learning Environments, Living Environments, and Break Rooms.

More information is available here.

 

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Product Monday: WAC Smart Track System Provides All The Bells & Whistles

WAC’s STRUT is a smart lighting, power, and control system, with lighting elements designed for high performance. STRUT is intended for retail, restaurant, commercial office, or residential lighting, without custom lead times.

WAC’s STRUT is a smart lighting, power, and control system, with lighting elements designed for high performance. STRUT is intended for retail, restaurant, commercial office, or residential lighting, without custom lead times. The system offers Direct, Indirect, Wall Wash, Downlights, Spotlights, and Pendants, on a 48VDC smart track.

STRUT is a solution for open office designs and other community spaces, the smart system incorporates combination vacancy/photo sensors to maximize daylight harvesting and reduce energy consumption, during the day.

At night, STRUT can give each occupant control over their own task lighting with SILO adjustable pendants, while integrating illumination of pathways and common areas with layered lighting.

STRUT is fully customizable and can adapt to changing design decisions. Components ship within a week. Construction delays and change orders can be avoided with the modular power system enabling lighting elements to be easily modified on site.

STRUT is technology agnostic, with interfaces available for 0-10V, DMX, or TRIAC protocols. It is commissioned through the wireless app, and can then be integrated with a variety of control systems that clients are already using.

The system is setup and online using the WAC app for iOS or Android. It enables limited permissions to various users to control certain elements. Basic functions, like on/off/dim, Grouping and Scheduling can be performed by anyone with a simple, intuitive user interface. Changes to fixture grouping or actions are automatically recognized by control systems that are integrated with the Connected Power Unit.

More information is available here.

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Product Monday: EV Charger In A Light Pole

The fast growing EV charging market and the lighting world are starting to collide. StressCrete Group, manufacturers of spun concrete poles and light fixtures operating across North America, announced today the launch of their new product, the VoltLock.

The fast growing EV charging market and the lighting world are starting to collide. StressCrete Group, manufacturers of spun concrete poles and light fixtures operating across North America, announced today the launch of their new product, the VoltLock. The VoltLock is a concealed Level II Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station built into StressCrete’s popular Alexander pole. It provides a discrete and convenient way for EV owners to charge their cars. As the charging station is encased in the concrete pole, it has even more protection against tampering, helping consumers access a consistent and reliable EV charging source for their cars, while saving cities and communities on maintenance costs each year. The VoltLock is designed with communities in mind and is compatible with various EVSE suppliers to meet consumers’ specific needs. FLO, a leading North American EV charging network operator and supplier of smart charging solutions, has been chosen by StressCrete Group as the inaugural charging equipment supplier for the VoltLock.

The VoltLock Concealed Level II EVSE Pole benefits include:

  • Cavities within the base of the pole conceal the electric vehicle supply equipment, providing a safe, tamper-resistant solution.
  • Offers a clean aesthetic that blends into the streetscape as all wires and equipment are concealed within the pole.
  • Faster and easier installation as the charging station utilizes existing streetlighting infrastructure, saving communities both time and resources.
  • The FLO Level II EVSE is a charging option that is compatible for all EV owners, no matter the make or model.
  • Convenient charging option for neighborhoods with street parking as the only parking option.
  • Designed to combine with FLO SmartTWO charging station, which contains an industry-leading, patented locking mechanism to protect the connector and store it safely off the ground.

After significant development and testing, the VoltLock EVSE is now available throughout North America. More information about VoltLock can be found on the StressCrete Group website or by contacting StressCrete Group directly.

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Product Monday: Decorative Pendants 3-D Printed From Recycled Ocean Plastic Waste

Fishing nets account for 46% of ocean plastic pollution, and Signify is now upcycling them to fashion new pendants, in their Coastal Breeze Collection. Crafted from salvaged fishing nets using 3D-printing, Coastal Breeze brings ocean-inspired beauty to residential or light commercial applications.

Fishing nets account for 46% of ocean plastic pollution, and Signify is now upcycling them to fashion new pendants, in their Coastal Breeze Collection. Crafted from salvaged fishing nets using 3D-printing, Coastal Breeze brings ocean-inspired beauty to residential or light commercial applications.

The color palette of translucent greens mimics diffused light shining through a clean ocean – an aspiration for this product line. The recycled material has natural irregularities which make every pendant unique.

More information is available here.

 

 

 

 

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Product Monday: The Spire Leaf Pendant 9 From Boyd Lighting

The Spire Leaf Pendant 9 from Boyd Lighting is a beautiful focal piece and can be used to create large systems in grand spaces. It was designed by Jake Oliveira.

The Spire Leaf Pendant 9 from Boyd Lighting is a beautiful focal piece and can be used to create large systems in grand spaces. It was designed by Jake Oliveira.

It is a 57W LED fixture that produces 4,300 fixture lumens at 3000K & 90+CRI, operating on 120-277V. Metal finishes are offered in Antiqued Boyd Brass, Blackened Brass, Satin Brass, and Satin Nickel. The shades are offered in White Porcelain (standard), as well as White or Black with Gold Leafed Interior.

More information is available here.

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Acuity Enters The LED Horticultural Lighting Market

Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) announced the launch of Verjure, a professional-grade horticultural LED fixture series, for indoor applications.

Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) announced the launch of Verjure, a professional-grade horticultural LED fixture series, for indoor applications. The Verjure Pro Series LED luminaires are designed to support all stages of plant growth from veg to flower. The Series is available in three different sizes and outputs to support versatility in growing, including indoor warehouse, greenhouse, and vertical racks.

The Verjure Pro Series delivers an ultra-high output of up to 1880 μmol/s at an efficacious 2.8 μmol/j. The output is designed to meet and exceed the output of traditional 1000W HPS grow lights while delivering up to 40% energy savings, contributing to a lower energy bill and operational cost savings, while also enhancing sustainability.

“The Verjure Pro Series was developed using academic-based plant research to determine how best to design an LED horticulture light based on optimal spectral distribution and fixture performance to promote healthy plant growth,” said Jacob Palombo, Director Product Marketing, Acuity Brands Lighting and Controls. “The Verjure Full Range Spectrum™, which contains a higher red photon contribution than what is typically seen in some horticulture LED fixtures on the market, produced up to 27% higher flower yield per dollar of electricity on average compared to high-pressure sodium lighting.”

The Verjure Pro Series LED luminaires are IP66-rated (waterproof listing) and come with a robust 6kV surge protection. Additionally, the Verjure Pro Series LED luminaires can easily be controlled with wireless nLight® AIR controls, which allow users to easily turn fixtures on and off, dim, and adjust output levels. With wireless controls, fixtures can be grouped to respond in unison to commands and/or divided into separate zones of control with independent light output levels and dimming capabilities. A companion CLAIRITY mobile app provides easy start-up, configuration, and modification.

More information here.

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