Monday, October 31, 2011

Deadmau5 ignites stage with LEDs

Today’s performers have never before been able to create such interactive, highly saturated and technologically advanced visual productions to match their music. Incandescent and halogen lights just aren’t capable of the same precision, programming and control, nor do they possess as much variety as LED fixtures do.

Deadmau5, aka Joel Zimmerman, a well-praised electro-house producer, has incorporated RGB LED lights into his performances for several years. And if you’re going to a show in the hopes of liking the music (not just the lights), Deadmau5 is a pretty safe bet.

Adam Graham, Detroit News’ pop music writer, recently attended a Deadmau5 show at the Fillmore Auditorium. He writes, “His two-hour concert utilized a light show that could illuminate half of Michigan, with a massive backdrop of LED lights synced up with the lights on the façade of his DJ booth, which is shaped like a Rubik’s Cube on its end with the top cut off. Deadmau5 himself is at the center of the production underneath an oversize mouse helmet, outfitted with its own lighting capabilities and a giant, mischievous smile. And even though Deadmau5 is known for his large-scale productions, this tour handily tops his previous outings. No wonder that smile on his mouse head is so big.”

Les LED prisent en compte pour des économies sur le long terme

Un projet de l'Arkansas River Power Authority de hausse des taux d'électricité a Trinidad à la poursuite d’équipements économes en énergie dont les LED, ce qui permettra d'économiser de l'argent sur le long terme, selon le directeur municipal Ed Gil de Rubio. Les LED vont augmenter le budget d'éclairage d'origine de 200 000 $ par 80 000 $. Mais ce chiffre est inferieur de 40.000 $ sur les coûts projetés en utilisant des lampes traditionnelles, et permettrai de passer les paiements de sept à trois ans. Cela réduira le paiement de la ville pour 2012 de $ 156,000 à $ 75 400.

Smithtown, NY first in Long Island to switch to LED street lights

As cities grapple with rising energy costs and shrinking budgets many are looking for ways to reduce expenses. Since the cost of energy consumed by traditional HID streetlights can be a significant part of any city’s energy budget, sometimes accounting for as much as 40 percent of municipal electric bills, according to the Department of Energy, they represent an opportunity for municipalities to dramatically reduce their energy expenses.

The town of Smithtown, located on the North Shore of Long Island, is making a significant commitment to reducing expenses and energy consumption. Recently, the Town applied for and received a $1 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECGB) to convert nearly 10 percent of the Town’s 11,600 streetlights from traditional high-pressure sodium (HPS) to more energy efficient LED luminaires.

The new streetlights replace HPS fixtures on the Town’s main arterial streets. The streetlights were slated to be retrofit with induction fixtures.
“Smithtown is thrilled to be the first town on Long Island to commit to LED streetlights, which helps our strategy for better energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction,” said Smithtown Supervisor Pat Vecchio. “The new lights yield a six year payback and are also dark sky friendly.”

Crowley estimates that this LED retrofit of 1,100 lights will save the Town $75,000 in maintenance costs and $150,000 in energy expenses annually, a 52 percent energy savings.

“Smithtown’s sustainability efforts also include the conversion of the entire refuse collection system to compressed natural gas, which significantly reduces the emission of nitrogen oxides, diesel particulate matter and greenhouse gases,” Vecchio added. “The town also plans to install a photovoltaic system to the recycling center, which will produce an estimated 89,000 kWh of clean renewable power annually.”

Crowley anticipates eventually replacing all of the Town’s streetlights with energy efficient luminaires. Smithtown has budgeted $200,000 to $350,000 annually toward the purchase of new LED luminaires and foresees the federal government contributing the balance through EECGB grants.

LED Lights are Gaining popularity in India

Because of the affordable price and environment friendly feature, multi-color LED lights are popular with Indian customers.

Sources have shown that the demand for fancy LED lights has increased manifold in the past few years. In contrast, the demands for candles had reduced but these are still in the market. But the earthen lamps had almost vanished.

According to Dheeraj, shopowner at Ram Narain Bazaar, "The demand for LED lights had increased amazingly. Last year, we almost ran out of stock. This year, the demand is expected to reach to new heights."

According to the survey, people choose LEDs mainly based on these following reasons. The affordable price comes firstly. The designer LED bulbs are available at Rs 30 per piece, a set of four crystal balls for Rs 150 and Ganesh showpiece with LED lights ranges from Rs 150 to Rs 300.

Secondly, there are various forms to be chosen from. Among these, pipe light (Rs 30 per metre) and chip light (Rs 660 per five metres) are common and high in demand. Also huge star light (Rs 150), heart light (Rs 150), peacock wing (Rs 175), 'Swastik' (Rs 160) and 'Om' (Rs 150) (all LED lights) are the other items in demand.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fabrizio Ferri: Les LED et la photographie

Le photographe et propriétaire de studio, Fabrizio Ferri s'est d'abord intéressé à expérimenter avec des lumières LED comme un moyen de répondre aux besoins des photographes travaillant sur des projets de mouvement. Les «Déplacement de photographies», comme les appelle M. Ferri, qui sont essentiellement des alambics qui viennent à la vie et n'ont pas de récit, sont devenus de plus en plus populaires en ligne et avec les utilisateurs de tablettes, en particulier avec les clients de la mode. Cependant les clients ont rarement le temps ou le budget de retoucher les projets de mouvement image par image. «Quand vous faites de la vidéo en particulier, vous devez avoir le contrôle de la lumière afin de ne rien avoir à retoucher après», dit Ferri. «C'est une grande chose."

New light sheded on Night Watch

Since October 26, one of the world’s most renowned paintings is bathed in a new light. The renovated Amsterdam Rijksmuseum, presents Rembrandt van Rijn’s Night Watch in innovative LED light, bringing out the best of the painting’s color palette while offering increased sustainability and energy efficiency.
Through the project, the two Masters of Light are reinforcing their intensive collaboration aimed at joint innovation in the area of LED lighting, setting the new standard for museum lighting.
LED technology has been developed to the point that the Rijksmuseum felt it needed to adopt this innovation. The new lamps ensure optimal color rendering, lending an even greater expressive quality to the objects. In terms of light quality, the LED solution easily outstrips the halogen spot, praised for its warm color and broad spectrum.

Singapore Industrial Park first to deploy LED street light

Shun Li Industrial Park is the first to implement High Power Modular Street Light to illuminate the streets in the industrial estate in Singapore. With the customers’ heavy reliance on ample around-the-clock outdoor lighting, the park made the decision to replace its aging high pressure sodium street lamps with a new HPMSL solution for better light and power efficiency, as well as in a reduction of time and money spent in maintenance.

The new lighting system provided greatly improved road visibility and offered over 50 percent in energy savings. “The difference between before and after the replacement of our old HPS street lighting is remarkable. We are very pleased with the performance of the HPMSL LED solution and the final end results,” said Mr. Nelson Ng, Chairman of the Shun Li Industrial Park Management Committee.

“HPMSL LED street light is a state-of-art street light lantern designed with the concept of flexibility, sustainability and maintainability. The modular LED light engine approach offers excellent flexibility fulfilling different street light classification requirements by varying the number of HPML light engine modules. This is suitable for all outdoor lighting applications. It also has excellent thermal management ensuring reasonable LED junction temperature for optimal operation. The LED light engine and driver within the HPMSL can be replaced easily without dismantling the whole fixture simplifying maintenance,” explained Steven Kwek.

Autumn Lighting Fair Sets New Exhibitor Record

More than 2,100 exhibitors from 31 countries and regions a new fair exhibitor record are taking part in the HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition), which opened today and continues through 30 October at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Exhibitors from the Cayman Islands, Finland and Sweden are participating for the first time.

The fair also welcomes more than 70 buying missions from 60 countries and regions, representing over 5,530 buyers.

This year’s fair highlights include the Hall of Aurora, featuring close to 400 brands from 31 countries and regions..

The LED & Green Lighting zone caters to the strong demand for LED, energy-saving and other environmentally friendly products, has attracted more than 780 exhibitors.
Light Talk

Buyers and exhibitors have numerous opportunities to discuss industry issues and trends in seminars and conferences. These events cover such topical issues as the latest LED lighting application trends, as well as LED lighting regulations and standards, and market and design trends.

Next year, the HKTDC will present the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition) as a stand-alone show, 6-9 April, to allow more exhibitors and buyers to attend.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Algunos pasos y llaves para elegir a su bombilla LED

La base, debe ser idéntica para ser compatible
La forma debe ponerse perfectamente el aparato
La potencia de luz, se puede moderar ya que depende del uso
• ¿Qué base?
• ¿Qué forma?
Bombillas LED y focos de luz tienen las mismas dimensiones y las mismas formas, bombilla, redondo, globo, medio globo, el “clásico” bombilla y focos de luz. Es por eso que se adapten a la mayoría de las instalaciones que existen ahora.
• ¿Qué potencia?
Ayer, elegir la potencia de una bombilla no estaba realmente un problema. Eso se explica porque la potencia consumida y la luz de salida estaban ligadas. Una bombilla que consumía 40 vatios por hora producía 40 vatios de luz. Ahora, una bombilla LED que está mostrando la misma salida de luz que una bombilla convencional de 40 vatios consuma no más de 4.5 hasta 6.5 vatios de electricidad cada hora.
Hoy, el flujo luminoso es expresado en Lumens (lm) eso es la mejor y la única unidad de medida para la luz de salida de una bombilla o un foco de luz.
Para ayudar a los consumidores, la Unión Europea ha establecido un estándar y decidido las tablas donde las conformidades entre potencia de las bombillas clásicas y el flujo luminoso de las lámparas LED, lámparas fluorescentes compactas o halógenas están clasificadas. Estas informaciones se encuentran en los productos HomeLights.


Vers un support gouvernemental de l’industrie LED à Taiwan ?

Récemment, préoccupés par la position de leader de Taiwan qui pourraient être remplacés par la Corée du Sud et la Chine continentale, conduit les spécialistes de think tanks Taïwanais, les institutions académiques, des organisations commerciales et les entreprises privées a exhorté le gouvernement à passer rapidement des lois visant à offrir des subventions aux consommateurs pour leurs achats de lampes LED.

La Corée du Sud a détrôné Taiwan en 2009 comme n ° 2 mondial des fournisseurs de LED. Selon le directeur général de l’Electronics and Optoelectronics Research Laboratories and Industrial Technology Research Institute (soutenus par le gouvernement), Chan YJ, le marché de l'éclairage LED va décoller dans le monde en 2015 et la Corée du Sud restera le concurrent premier de Taiwan.

En Chine continentale, elle prévoit de remplir 70% de son marché intérieur avec des plaquettes d’épitaxie grâce aux fournisseurs locaux, soulevant la possibilité que Taiwan soit en retard sur le continent en deux ans si le gouvernement reste ignorant sur cette tendance.
Y.F. Yeh, a souligné que «Ceci est un avertissement sérieux pour Taiwan, étant donné l'expérience passée que les conglomérats DRAM et LCD en Corée du Sud ont dépassés leurs homologues taïwanais en raison de gouvernement de Taiwan ignorant leurs régimes inférieurs."
De l'avis de Yeh, le gouvernement devrait s'inspirer des gouvernements de la Chine continantale, japonais et sud-coréennes à remplacer par des LED les lampadaires et lampes traditionnelles dans les organisations gouvernementales, d'encourager les entreprises et les commerces d'utiliser des lampes à LED avec des incitations fiscales et de subventionner les achats des consommateurs de lampes à LED.

Selon Yeh, malgré le fait que Taiwan n'a pas d’ampoules au mercure et d'industries de lampe à économie d'énergie, il a le plus fort du monde de l'industrie LED en termes de technologies avancées et de la couverture de brevet complet. Pendant ce temps, sa capacité de fabrication est aussi forte que celle des grands producteurs. Si le gouvernement de Taïwan ne parvient pas à prendre des mesures pour favoriser l'industrie LED de Taiwan, l'industrie de Taiwan perdra une bonne chance de devenir la première au monde en fabrication d’éclairage LED.

Diamond Jo Casino hits the green jackpot with LED Lighting

Durham, NC — Iowa-based Diamond Jo Casino, a gambling establishment located on the popular Port of Dubuque, recently installed energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lighting. The casino upgraded its existing lighting to LED spotlights throughout the 188,000 square foot entertainment facility, including the gaming floor, hallways, reception and meeting rooms.

“By upgrading our casino with energy-efficient LED lighting we are continuing our commitment to saving money, sustainable practices and improving the quality of life in the community in which we work and live," said Todd Moyer, General Manager of Diamond Jo.

Diamond Jo Casino replaced 750 of its existing incandescent down lights with LED lamps. Since the casino lights remain on at all times, installing LED lamps, which are designed to last 35,000-50,000 hours (depending on application), can result in significant energy and maintenance savings. By eliminating the need for regular bulb replacements and associated labor costs, Diamond Jo anticipates reducing maintenance costs by nearly $23,000 a year while providing high-quality lighting throughout its facility. According to Chad Darter, Director of Facilities at Diamond Jo Casino, the long lifetime and high color quality of the LED lighting is a great match for the 24/7 operation of the casino.

“We looked at almost 30 LED lamp options and knew right away when we saw the LRP-38 that it offered the exact color we wanted and had the right amount of lumens for our gaming floor and customers. In addition, switching over to LED lighting has freed up two man hours per day, seven days a week because the maintenance crew is no longer replacing lamps. That’s an estimated 60 hours per month in labor savings,” Darter said.

According to lighting contractor Crescent Electric Supply Company, switching to LRP-38 lamps, which consume only 11 watts of power compared to 100 watts from the original PAR-38 incandescent lamps, can save Diamond Jo Casino more than $46,000 in electrical costs annually. These savings, combined with anticipated maintenance savings result in a payback calculation of nearly one year for the installation with an ongoing annual savings of almost $70,000.

“The long-term lighting needs of 24/7 establishments like Diamond Jo Casino are continuing to drive the adoption of LEDs,” said Craig Lofton. “High-quality light combined with significant energy and maintenance savings can provide a quick return on investment that helps business owners realize it is payback time for the LED lighting revolution.”

The casino was built in 2007 specifically to achieve “carbon neutral” certification under the Clean Air Conservancy's NetZero program. In addition to the energy-efficient LED lighting, the casino’s other green features include: a white roof designed to reflect heat and conserve energy, bar floor of reclaimed wood and a central plant heating and cooling system. In its partnership with the Clean Air Conservancy, Diamond Jo initiated the “Go Green Challenge” for Dubuque residents and businesses, as well as the Diamond Conservation Fund, including an annual commitment from the casino to help fund conservation efforts within its community.

Click n’Light by HomeLights: The best solution to light up your garden

Do you have your own garden? Imaging that you can light up your own garden, by yourself without anyone’s help and show how amazing you are? Do you want a safe outdoor lighting solution for your family and pets?

Please come and meet us at the Hong Kong Lighting fair on Oct 27th-30th.
HomeLights will launch a product range for your garden lighting: Click n’Light. The best solution for your garden as it is totally safe for you and your family, with no risk of electric shock, as the cables and wires are water-proof.

Click n’Light can easily adapt to your needs, as main outdoor lighting or as modular decorative lighting. The whole system was designed for the cables and connectors to be easily plugged in and added, while giving a choice in power supply according to the amount required.
Come and see our innovative products at the Hong Kong Lighting Fair.




About HomeLights

Created in 2008, HomeLights Group is a global leader in LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lighting sources such as bulbs and spotlights. Headquartered in France, HomeLights has established subsidiaries in several countries in Europe. Its Nantes (France) and Shanghai (China) Research, Development & Production centers create ever more innovative and efficient lighting products in compliance with the new European and worldwide standards. HomeLights products are available in various large food and DIY stores in Europe, Asia and Americas.
For more information about HomeLights, please visit our web site www.homelights.biz

Hoy ha empezado la Feria Internacional de la Iluminación de otoño en Hong Kong.

Este jueves 27 de octubre, es el primer día de la famosa feria de la iluminación que toma sitio en la ciudad de Hong-Kong. Organizado por el HKTDC (Hong Kong Trade Development Council) y celebrado en la HKCEC, este evento es la mayor feria de iluminación en Asia y la segunda más grande del mundo. Las exhibiciones incluyen iluminación LED, iluminación verde, la iluminación del hogar,…
Tal como fue anunciado, HomeLights está presente en este evento y está orgulloso de invitarle a visitar su caseta n ̊3C-B02. HL te propone de descubrir soluciones de retail y marketing, nuevas líneas de productos, nuevas soluciones B2B, y mucho más. Este evento se terminara después de este fin de semana el día 30 de Octubre. No dude a visitarnos, y así juntos compartiremos la revolución LED.
Para más informaciones sobre el evento, puede visitar su sitio web: http://www.hktdc.com/fair/hklightingfairae-en/

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

LED room at Chicago MSI explores color perception


An interactive “Colors From Light” room at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry has utilized 18,000 RGB LEDs to illustrate how people perceive colors and color changes.

A new interactive exhibit that is part of the Science Storms exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois, seeks to explain to children and adults how people see and perceive all colors, and color changes, owing to differences in the wavelength of light. The exhibit further shows how light reflects, yet also creates shadows, while demonstrating how light behave when seen through dichroic filters or mirrors.

Using slider controls on a center console, visitors can adjust red, green and blue (RGB) LEDs to view how colors change and mix in nearly limitless combinations. The 15-foot-high x 9.9-foot-wide, 9.9-foot-deep room features translucent, vertically striped walls that contain 18,000 RGB LEDs. A Los Angeles, California-based firm provided the design that incorporated RGB LED vertical striped lighting systems.

LED lighting was chosen for this application because of the long operating life, consistent illumination levels and low heat generation required in the small exhibit. The LED strip lights are compact, lightweight and curvable, while featuring a 70,000-hour estimated lifetime. “They were ideal for providing inconspicuous low-scale, low-energy display lighting for the Light Room interior in a commercial/institutional application,” noted Howard K. Smith, senior project manager for “Science Storms”. Over the next year, the exhibit will endure near-constant use and manipulation by visitors.

Stable low-voltage constant-current technology for LED drivers ensured the museum of consistent illumination levels, as designed. The curvable mounting channels offered clear dust covers and other lensing options. The light strips were mounted end-to-end in continuous rows with 18 LEDs per 11.75-inch section. The product was field cuttable, is constructed from durable, high-temperature, extruded circuit-board mounting channels, is ETL dry-location listed for electrical safety to UL and CSA standards, and is RoHS compliant.

Exhibit viewers outside the room can see the changing colors of the translucent walls as well as the changing appearance of large-scale color disks that are labeled yellow, red, green, etc., featured inside the room. The goal is for visitors to understand how light creates, affects and defines what we see and refer to as color.

un record en economies d'energies

Si certaines personnes sont encore sceptiques sur l'efficacité de l'aide des ampoules économes en énergie et les machines, ils doivent prendre note d'une enquête par le Northwest Power and Conservation Council. En fait cette enquête fait état d'une épargne en 2010 de 135 millions de dollars aux contribuables sur l'électricité dans le Nord-Ouest du Pacifique. Selon une analyse récente par le conseil, l'efficacité de l'électricité dans la région s'est améliorée l'année dernière par 254 mégawatts, l'équivalent d'utiliser la puissance de 153 900 foyers. Il représente la plus importante économie d'une année à l'autre depuis que les programmes d'efficacité énergétique ont commencé il y à plus de 30 ans.

HomeLights becomes a member of Zhaga.

HomeLights, a leading LED lighting company has entered into a new cooperation with Zhaga, an industry association aimed at the development of standard specifications for the interfaces of LED light engines.

This new and long partnership will make possible to bring forward the standardization of the engines, which can help to improve and stable the technologies. Meanwhile, as the diversity of technologies has been the key problem when promoting LED lightings, the standization also will prevent the incompatible products created by market fragmentation.

Given this opportunity, we are volunteer to standardize the LED lighting market, let it be the domain lighting technology in the near future. We are confident in continuing to provide stable designed and efficient lighting solution to help you enter the LED market successfully.

If you want to know more about the HomeLights membership with Zhaga Consortium, please visit this website: http://www.zhagastandard.org/about-us/our-members/index.html

About Zhaga

The Zhaga Consortium is a cooperation of independent companies. The cooperation is governed by a Consortium Agreement that defines rules for confidentiality, intellectual property and decision making, The consortium is managed by the General Assembly in which each regular member has a seat. Zhaga is an open consortium. Open to any company that shares our vision.
For more information about Zhaga, please visit the web site www.zhagastandard.org

About HomeLights

Created in 2008, HomeLights Group is a global leader in LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lighting sources such as bulbs and spotlights. Headquartered in France, HomeLights has established subsidiaries in several countries in Europe. Its Nantes (France) and Shanghai (China) Research, Development & Production centers create ever more innovative and efficient lighting products in compliance with the new European and worldwide standards. HomeLights products are available in various large food and DIY stores in Europe, Asia and Americas.
For more information about HomeLights, please visit our web site www.homelights.biz

Clip n’Slide by HomeLights New Lighting Solution

An innovative, flexible, easy to set up and secure lighting solution

By launching Clip n’Slide, HomeLights offers its customers a flexible LED lighting solutions combining functional and decorative lighting.
Clip n’ Slide is extremely simple to install and meets the customer demands by proposing “Plug & Play” solutions. No need to be a handyman or to have special tools, it can be fixed within 5 minutes, without modifying the electrical installation or altering the support. And you may use it as main lighting or modular decorative using the wide options range provided by us.
The aluminum slides are extremely thin, it will fit perfectly in multiple department store formats and aisles (Kitchen, Lighting, Interior Decoration, Storage & Dressing, Electrical & Home Automation).
We are proud to claim that Chip n’slide is a unique product on the market, and is protected by number of worldwide patents. The modular and evolutionary character of the Clip n’Slide guarantees a strong added value to the distributors and increased accessories sales.
Great life span
  • with over 15 000 , it has a lifespan 10 times longer than a halogen spot
Low heat generation
  • maximum 45°C, against over 100°C for a halogen spot
No harmful substances
  • Contains no gas, mercury or other harmful substances
Very low energy consumption
  • Uses 80% less energy compared to halogens
Instant lighting
  • The light diffused by Clip n’ Slide is available as soon as the light is turned on
Robust
  • LED technology is perfectly insensitive to repeated cycles of lighting on and off

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

¿Que son los medios de Homelights para satisfacer a sus expectativas?

Para contestar de manera la más satisfactoria a sus expectativas, el grupo HomeLights está dividiendo en diferentes entidades de trabajo que se sitúan cada una en diferentes lugares del mundo, para estar más preciso, HomeLights está compuesto de:
• HomeLights FR (HLFR) que es como una entidad de apoyo de marketing y de distribución para todos los distribuidores de HomeLights en el mundo. HLFR puede proveer muestras, material de marketing, formación, etc. Y eso para varios clientes y usuarios finales.

• HomeLights Research Asia (HLR) es la sección de control I + D y de producción del grupo. HLR (Shanghái) elabora nuevos productos y es un escaparate bonito para apreciar el trabajo pasado para desarrollar una gama de productos famosos al nivel mundial.

• HLR en Hong Kong. Esta officina es la columna vertebral del proceso de pedido, donde todas las transacciones financieras se realizan con el fin de comprar al precio más barato posible y reducir la presión fiscal sobre los pedidos de HL.
Nuestra Misión: "Hacer de la LED la principal tecnología de iluminación.”
Para distribuidores: “Les ayudamos a entrar en el mercado LED con éxito con su marca o nuestra marca.”
Para nuestros consumidores: “Empoderar nuestros consumidores a tomar las decisiones correctas para ellos y para la Tierra.”
Si necesita más informaciones sobre nuestra compañía puede visitar nuestro sitio web: homelights.biz

En quoi les LED changent nos vies

Si vous ne les avez pas encore remarqués, les chances sont que vous allez. Les LED sont de plus en plus populaires et sont progressivement utilisées dans une variété d'utilisations. Cet état avancé de la technologie d'éclairage est utilisé dans l’éclairage automobile traditionnel ainsi que de l'éclairage sur mesure et innovant monté de façon intrigante. Malgré le fait que beaucoup de gens croient encore que les LED sont beaucoup plus cher que l'éclairage traditionnel, ces ampoules remarquables, petites, et légères sont à peu près au même prix que les ampoules les plus classiques, mais viennent avec quelques fonctionnalités très différentes.

State-of-the-art LED Lighting for "Haven", Miami

An amazing LED Lighting Design project completed in the "Haven" restaurant, in Miami, Florida.
Haven is an intimate, exclusive restaurant in the trendy South Beach district of Miami, Florida, featuring a fabulous LED lighting scheme created by lighting designer David Chesal and Mike Boles, the venue's independent owner, hospitality designer and tech-savvy entrepreneur, who wanted 'Something different'.
This most recent creation by Boles in collaboration with Chesal features a state-of-the-art light and sound installation that retains warmth and accessibility that Boles believes will appeal to both locals and out-of-towners.
The design involves the installation of lighting absolutely everywhere in the venue - down-lighting the bar, dining area, strafing the walls, illuminating the tables, running through the ceiling and imbibing the toilets with a comfortable radiance.
In addition to the aesthetics, Haven also benefits from the low power consumption and minimal ongoing maintenance costs of utilizing LEDs.

New “Era” LED technology retrofit with 1600lm

HomeLights is launching the world first retrofit LED lamp capable of replacing a 100-watt incandescent lamp.
The Era A60 is an attractive LED substitute for the traditional 100-watt incandescent lamp. With a light output of 1600 lumens and a power consumption of only 25W, it reaches easily over the brightness of a 75-watt incandescent bulb, and save more than 75% of the energy. This is the world’s first retrofit A60 1600lm bulb, with a high luminous intensity, a perfect light distribution, and excellent CRI.
Come and see the introduction of the world’s first retrofit 1600lm bulb at the HomeLights booth during the Hong Kong Lighting Fair 2011.

About HomeLights
Created in 2008, HomeLights Group is a global leader in LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lighting sources such as bulbs and spotlights. Headquartered in France, HomeLights has established subsidiaries in several countries in Europe. Its Nantes (France) and Shanghai (China) Research, Development & Production centers create ever more innovative and efficient lighting products in compliance with the new European and worldwide standards. HomeLights products are available in various large food and DIY stores in Europe, Asia and Americas.
For more information about HomeLights, please visit our web site www.homelights.biz

HomeLights develop a new worldwide partnership with Molex to deliver new LED solutions.

HomeLights, a leading in LED lighting company has entered into a new cooperation with Molex.
This new and long term worldwide partnership will make it possible to bring forward new technologies, and offer to our costumers always more state-of-the-art lighting technology products.

Given this opportunity, we are confident in continuing to lead the market and create innovative products. The new products can adapt to every need of the customer with LED technology.

About Molex
Molex is a leading one-source supplier of interconnect products. Their portfolio is among the world’s most extensive, with over 100 000 reliable products (electronic, electrical and fiber optic). They offer well established sales, product development, manufacturing and logistic resources all over the world.
For more information about Molex, please visit their web site www.molex.com

About HomeLights
Created in 2008, HomeLights Group is a global leader in LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lighting sources such as bulbs and spotlights. Headquartered in France, HomeLights has established subsidiaries in several countries in Europe. Its Nantes (France) and Shanghai (China) Research, Development & Production centers create ever more innovative and efficient lighting products in compliance with the new European and worldwide standards. HomeLights products are available in various large food and DIY stores in Europe, Asia and Americas.
For more information about HomeLights, please visit our web site www.homelights.biz

HomeLights will share its new patent at the 2011 Hong Kong Lighting Fair

HomeLights is going to unveil its new heat dissipation patent with an innovative idea, during the 2011 Hong Kong Lighting Fair, from Oct. 27th to Oct.30th.

Heat dissipation remains a key point in LED technology solutions. High temperature does not only shorten LED lifetime, but also decreases brightness and efficiency and alters the color.

In the past decade, engineers tried several ways to cool down LEDs. This year, HomeLights has developed a new way to dissipate heat with better thermal management. This new patent allows heat to be quickly transferred away from the base, which differs from incandescent bulb that eliminates heat through radiation (it is more of a mechanical issue).

Meet us at our booth, for a new LED technology experience.

About HomeLights

Created in 2008, HomeLights Group is a global leader in LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lighting sources such as bulbs and spotlights. Headquartered in France, HomeLights has established subsidiaries in several countries in Europe. Its Nantes (France) and Shanghai (China) Research, Development & Production centers create ever more innovative and efficient lighting products in compliance with the new European and worldwide standards. HomeLights products are available in various large food and DIY stores in Europe, Asia and Americas.
For more information about HomeLights, please visit our web site www.homelights.biz

HomeLights started shipping the first orders of ECO-line to customers


HomeLights offers a complete new range: the ECO-line. The products will cover most of the domestic lighting applications by fully replacing the old incandescent light bulbs, as well as other energy saving lamps. Our products are adapted to most uses with improved efficiency and reliability. The 13 new products of this range represent a budget friendly solution, by providing the end user with the highest brightness for price.

After 5 months of development and a complete trial order testing with HomeLights France, we are delighted to announce that we delivered the full range orders for the ECO-line in such a short period. Our customers eagerly anticipated this new range. At the same time, we will brin
g our distributors a new experience of convenient, economical and effective marketing tools to help them with sales.

As estimated, LED lighting will represent about 60%
of the total lighting market, and our teams will help our distributors and retailers to successfully enter the LED market.

About HomeLights

Created in 2008, HomeLights Group is a global leader in LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lighting sources such as bulbs and spotlights. Headquartered in France, HomeLights has established subsidiaries in several countries in Europe. Its Nantes (France) and Shanghai (China) Research, Development & Production centers create ever more innovative and efficient lighting products in compliance with the new European and worldwide standards. HomeLights products are available in various large food and DIY stores in Europe, Asia and Americas.
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Algunas informaciones sobre las luces LED

¿Para qué se pueden utilizar los LEDs?
Con la tecnología actual es posible sustituir prácticamente cualquier fuente de luz convencional por otra con tecnología LED. Únicamente se encuentran ciertas limitaciones para sustituir fuentes de luz de descarga de grandes potencias, como las utilizadas por ejemplo en la iluminación de grandes instalaciones deportivas. Las aplicaciones en donde las fuentes de luz funcionan durante muchas horas al día son especialmente interesantes, ya que permiten lograr plazos de amortización extremadamente cortos.

¿Y para conseguir efectos de color?
Sin duda los LEDs son la fuente de luz más adecuada si queremos utilizar colores, ya que permite un rendimiento muy superior, elimina la necesidad de filtros y ofrecen unas posibilidades de regulación casi infinitas.

¿Emiten los LEDs luz ultravioleta?
No, no existe emisión ultravioleta en el haz de luz del LED. Esta particularidad, unida a su mínima emisión de calor radiado, permite utilizar materiales plásticos en la construcción de los sistemas ópticos. Este tipo de ópticas permite, con unos costes mínimos, adaptar el haz de luz al necesario para cada aplicación.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Les installations LED de Erwin Redl redéfinissent les dimensions


Erwin Redl travaille avec luminaires LED en tant que médium artistique depuis 1997. Mais il n'a acquis une certaine notoriété, que récemment, car ce n’est qu'en 2007 que Redl a tenu sa première exposition solo aux Etats-Unis, à la Ace Gallery de Beverly Hills. Les travaux Redl ont été comparés à ceux qui sont sorti de la «Light and Space», le mouvement des années 60 et 70, une exploration minimaliste de la lumière, l'espace, de volume et d'échelle. Ses grandes installations géométriquement alignés de LED RBG créent différentes expériences perceptives selon l'endroit où vous vous tenez en leur sein. Dans ses pièces, Redl utilise des voyants LED 12v de créer des avions immersif d'architecture, qui agissent comme des limites que le spectateur est censé enquêter et même casser.

«Seul le mouvement corporel et la découverte ultérieure de tous les aspects de l'espace (visuel, corporel, acoustique, sociale, etc) lentement révèlent la nature de la pièce. Ces aspects sont très subjectifs, mais basées sur le privé, les souvenirs individuels du spectateur, et pourtant ils sont expérimentés dans un cadre communal qui conduit à des interactions souvent très surprenantes entre des inconnus lors d'expositions », explique Redl.

Avant 2007, les travaux de Redl ont acquis une certaine visibilité aux États-Unis quand sa pièce, Matrix VI (ci-dessus), a éclairé la façade du Whitney Museum of American Art à New York pour la Whitney Biennale 2002. À Los Angeles, Matrix II, a été inclus dans le Musée d'Art Contemporain.

Enlighting a water slide: LEDs make a splash on ProSlide Tornado at Great Wolf Lodge

Grand Mound, WA - The ProSlide Tornado at Great Wolf Lodge water park is more than just a thrilling water slide that takes riders on a 45° drop through a winding tunnel at a heart-stopping 20 miles per hour. This 60’-diameter funnel-shaped structure becomes a “billboard advertisement” to thousands of motorists who see it aglow in changing colors every night as they drive along a part of US-5 Pacific Coast Highway in western Washington State.

Chase patterns, rainbow effects and brilliant washes in every color under the moon, in this case, making the Tornado a landmark roadside attraction. The slide has become one of Great Wolf Lodge’s most effective forms of advertising, a beacon that draws customers and curiosity seekers alike.

Lighting up the water slide was an intuitive marketing move for Great Wolf’s management, according to John Machnik, who installed and programmed the LED fixtures used for the Tornado. “Basically you have a five-story billboard sitting there. You have this huge ride that you’ve spent a lot of money on, so rather than having no one see it at night, for a relatively small amount more you can turn it into an amazing attraction.”

Machnik did just that, enhancing the slide with 80 RGB LED flood lights, controlled by a 1024 PC-based DMX software and a multi-channel architectural recorder/playback system. The floodlight used is a high-output color-changing fixture, powered by 216 x 10mm LEDs (red, green and blue). Being rated IP65, it can withstand the inevitable “splashing” that occurs on a water ride. It also features variable-speed strobing and 0-100% electronic dimming, and comes with its own internal power supply.

Machnik used 32 LEDs to light the exterior cap section of the Tornado. An additional 32 units were beamed down into the interior of the slide, while the remaining 16 units illuminate the back of the funnel. They were clamped directly onto the slide’s metal support frame, with the units being spaced at just under 6’ apart.

According to Machnik, the key to producing the Tornado’s high-impact traffic-stopping effects was to use a large number of lights and to install them directly on the slide, rather than lighting the structure from the exterior. “I know of one water slide that’s illuminated with six big bright lights on the ground,” Machnik said. “That can give you good flash, but it doesn’t produce the same kind of cool-looking effect as what we did, which was to actually light the structure itself, rather than just shining lights up at it.”

“Another advantage of using more lights was that you get much greater resolution than you would with just a few big fixtures. This allowed us to create all these really cool patterns, which is something you couldn’t do with six big lights.” explained Machnik, who also did the programming for the Tornado as well as for two previous water slides. Describing the effects he created, he said, “Chases always work well on water slides. More definition, higher contrast light shows work very well. You want to give a sense of movement.”

The narrow 40° beam angle used was ideal for this application, he added. “We’re essentially using floodlights as wall washers, where we don’t want to waste a lot of LED light. So the narrow beam angle worked to our advantage.”

Other reasons the floodlights were chosen were their affordable price and durability. The LEDs used are of a “very robust fixture,” said Machnik, that stands up well to the challenges of a very humid and chlorinated environment. The LED-powered unit’s low maintenance requirements and energy efficiency are other big advantages in a water park setting.

The playback/recorder, which is used by Great Wolf employees to operate the Tornado’s lights, has also proven perfect for the park’s needs. Typically, Machnik pointed out, the maintenance people at a water park are “‘pool and pump guys’ who aren’t necessarily familiar with lighting, so the systems must be designed to be as easy to operate as possible.” Basically, he said, staffers just turn the AR-32 on and the programs will run automatically. But the AR-32 also gives them the added option of being able to light the Tornado thematically. “During holidays, for example, they can go in and easily change to Christmas or Valentines Day colors – or even school colors for a big football game.”

Sunday, October 23, 2011

México un país propicio a las energías renovables

En México se dan algunas circunstancias que permiten que la energía solar sea considerada como una de las más interesantes para el presente y para el futuro. En primer lugar antes de instalar una planta solar es importante tener en cuenta el índice de radiación de una zona y en México estos índices son muy elevados a lo largo de todo el año, lo que permite obtener un mayor rendimiento de la energía solar.
Es además una fuente de energía renovable y por lo tanto no se agota, además de tener en cuenta que se trata de una fuente de energía que no contamina y que se puede recuperar su inversión después de unos 6-8 años, por lo que es cuanto menos una fuente de energía a tener en cuenta en México para que en el futuro este país no sea dependiente de la energía no renovable, que es de lo que se trata y lo que se pretende llevando a cabo estos proyectos de energía renovable.
México está tomando la energía renovable en general como un tipo de energía realmente vital para el futuro y en concreto la energía solar, ya que es un tipo de energía renovable que puede ofrecer grandes alternativas en México.
Dentro de México hay dos estados que están siendo los grandes líderes dentro de las energías renovables, como es el caso del estado de Chiapas y el estado de Oaxaca, dos estados en los que se genera casi la totalidad de la energía renovable que se necesita. Los ciudadanos de estos dos estados consumen electricidad procedente de las energías renovables que se obtiene en estos dos estados, una excelente noticia y es un buen ejemplo para el resto de estados de México en el futuro.
En estos dos estados se obtiene la electricidad procedente de la energía renovable como la eólica o la geotérmica, incluso se obtiene de la energía solar. Entre todas estas energías los dos estados obtienen el 99% de la energía que se consume y por lo tanto están cerca del 100%, que es lo que buscan otros muchos estados de México desde hace tiempo y que todavía tardarán en conseguir. Avanzar dentro del campo de las renovables es uno de los objetivos importantes para no depender de la energía no renovable y para que se pueda obtener abundante energía procedente de la naturaleza.
Seguro que otros estados siguen el ejemplo tanto de Oaxaca como Chiapas dentro del campo de las energías renovables, que es un apartado importante para que los ciudadanos puedan consumir electricidad procedente de las renovables y se pueda cuidar del medio ambiente y por supuesto dejar de depender de las contaminantes energías no renovables.

GAP opt for LED lighting in Roma

It’s in Rome that Gap is opening a new store. This new flagship store occupies a 1930s building with a flying staircase and triple-height spaces. The challenge for lighting consultant Light and Design Associates was to show the merchandise to its very best advantage and make the Gap brand speak eloquently in this dramatic interior. Jill Entwistle reports
Lee Prince of Light and Design Associates (LDA) says that it’s necessary to respect the psychology of the brand when you start a project.
• “The first thing you have to do is get under the skin and work out how they’re selling their product and who they’re marketing it to,” he says.
• “Using light, you can enhance the experience and direct people. Lighting designers who don’t pay heed to what they’re delivering and just think about the lights are missing a trick.”
The Gap flagship store in Rome, the retailer’s first in Italy, is a voluminous space, dominated by a flying staircase. This became a key psychological feature of the overall scheme.
• “When you walk into a space with a flying staircase you’re encouraged to look up, it’s a natural response,” says Prince.
• “So we wanted to frame the staircase to make it look as if the ceiling and the staircase were leading to the same vanishing point. The aim was to provide visual stimulation and a clear vertical link to the upper floors.”
This was achieved with LEDs which allow artificial skylight that mirrors the dimensions of the stairs.
• “The skylight articulates the space more, and gives it a lift. We also wanted to break up the ceiling a bit, instead of it being just track and spot.”

ROAM Helps Glendale Achieve Integrated, Efficient Street Lighting

The ROAM wireless outdoor street light monitoring and control system continues to provide excellent benefits to the City of Glendale, Arizona. The ROAM system combines photo-control technology with remote monitoring and control capabilities to help manage and maintain outdoor lighting networks. The City reports that the ROAM implementation has been used as part of its city-wide street light monitoring system since 2008, resulting in increased energy-efficiency and repair efficiencies and a dramatic reduction in street light outages.

"The ROAM system has made a huge difference in efficiency of operations. Its remote monitoring functionality allows us to identify a light outage before residents call it in. Since we know the exact location, our repair technician knows the correct light to work on. With ROAM’s diagnostic information, the technician also has the needed information to know which component likely needs replacement," said Mike Sills-Trausch, Street Lighting Program Manager for the City of Glendale. "Another critical benefit we received from ROAM is being able to establish accountability for new repairs and repairs that have been delayed for some reason. The reporting is so accurate, even small changes in repair service are noticeable by City staff," continued Sills-Trausch.

"We are pleased to provide the City of Glendale with an industry-leading outdoor control solution that lowers maintenance and energy costs while helping the City provide continued, sustainable, high-performance results for its citizens," said Terry Utterback, Vice President, Outdoor Controls.

The ROAM solution allows more efficiency and reliability, prolonging the life of an entire street light system. ROAM reports, via a web-based portal, the exact location of malfunctioning streetlights, including those that remain illuminated during the day, a problem called day-burning. With ROAM, day-burning lights can be quickly identified, isolated and repaired, eliminating energy waste. Fixtures not working during the expected nighttime hours can also be promptly repaired, enhancing illumination of public areas and reducing reliance on city residents to report these malfunctions. By capturing electrical data at each fixture, ROAM provides detailed energy consumption and tracking, while monitoring critical electric distribution system characteristics. The ROAM system's asset management capabilities permit information about each streetlight, including pole type and color, fixture type, wattage and lamp type, to be bar coded into handheld communication devices, allowing service crews to know in advance what repair materials to take to a site, improving efficiency and reducing restoration time.

The ROAM solution is being used successfully by several cities throughout the country, including College Station, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Austin, TX and Anderson, IN.

Focus on Indoor lighting applications

In the world of LEDs, we see a lot outdoor lighting applications. But the conditions that LEDs experience indoors are not really as predictable as one might expect. For instance, LED fixtures inside an indoor sports arena face different design criteria than LED illuminating a poultry farm

Hospitals
National Health Service (NHS) Trusts in the UK worked to combat hospital-acquired infection rates by utilizing sealed LED lighting units. Patented LED technology has been designed as a fully-sealed unit to stop dust, bacteria and deadly superbugs from gathering around warm light fittings. The long LED lifespan, estimated at 60,000 hr, eradicates the needs for routine lamp replacement, which stops harmful bacteria from being distributed into the air.
Tom Harrison said, “Not only is the NHS saving money on operational costs for routine light maintenance, but our LEDs burn 20% of the energy of traditional fluorescents. The Carbon Reduction Commitment on large organizations such as the NHS means for every tonne of carbon saved, hospitals receive GBP12 ($19.50). This money can be directly ploughed back into front-line patient services.”
Harrison said that MHA uses a reflector system where the LED light is shone sideways and reflected out of the fixture in a uniformly-distributed manner. In this way, he said, the photometric performance of traditional lamps can be achieved while providing the energy and maintenance savings of LED technology.
MHA Lighting also developed a custom dimming solution for NDHT to allow lights to be dimmed down to 5%. It was fundamental for the Trust to create a more pleasant and healing environment where patients and staff are in control of ward lighting levels during sleeping hours, for example.
The Trust reduced its energy usage from 127,910 kWh/yr to 33,044 kWh/yr. With the integration of dimmers, overall carbon-emission reductions have exceeded 75%.

Waste-collection facilities
Waste Connections has installed high-bay luminaires in a San Luis Obispo, California waste-collection facility, reducing energy costs by two thirds. Based on LEDs, the luminaires replaced more than eighty 400W metal-halide (MH) lamps in the company’s Cold Canyon Material Recovery Facility. The company is realizing savings of 260-285 kWh per day via the 148W SSL luminaires – equating to a saving of more than $13,000 per year.

Waste Connections noted the energy savings, maintenance savings, and light quality as benefits of the retrofit. “Our previous lighting technology didn’t deliver the high-quality light our facility needed,” said John Ryan, Facilities Manager at Cold Canyon. “Now, not only do we seem to have more light, but we also have a brighter, whiter light that is very pleasing.”
The 50,000-hour rated life of the SSL products equates to virtually no maintenance costs. Counting maintenance and energy savings, Waste Connections expects to achieve payback in less than three years.
“High-bay lighting has always been a challenge for industrial and commercial property owners, due to its high energy consumption and the high lumen-output requirements,” said Jay Shuler, VP of marketing.

Sports facilities
Swedish companies have developed an LED luminaire for indoor arenas, which has been installed at the tennis facility at Swan Pond in Uppsala, Sweden. LED lighting is used on the tennis court as well as in parts of the offices, corridors and locker rooms. Electricity consumption is estimated at 40-50% of original levels. Sports arenas traditionally use fluorescent lighting, and when lit for 10 hours per day these have a lifespan of 1-2 years, depending on the brand. The LED stadium lights have a lifespan of more than 10 years. “The luminaire design is based on proven LED technology combined with new optical design in a unique chassis as sports facilities need, with the right lighting for dynamic activities,” said Michael Niklasson.

Poultry farms
Poultry farming places specific demands on lighting systems; for example, the lamps should be waterproof, dimmable from maximum to zero, and capable of operating with high levels of dust and in a temperature range from 25-35°C. Russian companies have supplied LED lighting systems and controllers that satisfy these strict requirements to tens of poultry houses in Russia.

High schools
St. Catherine’s High School (SCHS), in Racine, Wisconsin, recently replaced 500-watt T4 quartz luminaires with 15 LED downlights (Racine, WI) in the school’s auditorium. According to Mike Kost, director of maintenance for the school, it was inconvenient to access the crawl space to replace burned-out lamps; and the school waited until a number of lamps would burn out before they went through the replacement effort, sacrificing aesthetics and illumination performance. With the LED luminaires, the school expects 15 years of near maintenance-free operation.

In addition, the high school anticipates an 84% energy saving while optimizing the illumination performance and uniformity of the lighting. Richard Hagopian, drama department head, is delighted with the uniform, bright, clean white light. “When the previous lights got too hot they automatically shut off, which would become a problem during an assembly,” said Hagopian. “The new LED luminaires produce far less heat [and] provide a significant improvement in reliability and sustainable illumination performance.”

Industrial use
Kolokol installed hanging LED light fixtures to SGMK, a Siberia, Russia-based mining, iron and steel company. The LED luminaires, provide an output of 7000 lm at 80W power consumption. The luminaire features a minimalistic design and aluminium-alloy casing for suitability in an industrial environment. The IP65 rating guarantees protection of the lamp from damage, and resistance to dust. The installation height is 6 to 20 meters, and built-in drivers allow a high level of electrical protection. The luminaire uses a PG13 plug type for cable diameters of 8-12 mm. The color temperature is 5500K

Design a l'anglaise pour une experience lumineuse

Imaginez un acrylique transparent accroché a un abat-jour. Regardez à l'intérieur du cône. Maintenant que voyez-vous? Ce que vous ne voyez pas est la clé. Et ce que vous ne voyez pas est une ampoule. Ce que vous ne voyez est une lumière douce qui s'écoule. Le designer britannique Paul Cocksedge a créé la lampe conique dans le cadre d'une exposition spéciale Sestosenso dans le showroom de Flos lors de la Foire de cette année, du meuble de Milan. Vous pouvez penser que le design de Milan n'affecte jamais Indianapolis, mais celui-ci peut ...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

LED’s lights are now almost everywhere

LED lights are becoming more and more popular and are gradually being used in a variety of uses. This state of the art lighting technology is being utilized in both traditional auto lights as well as some intriguing and innovative custom mounted lighting. Despite the fact that many people still believe that LEDs are far more expensive than traditional lighting, these remarkable, small, and light weight bulbs are nearly the same price as most conventional bulbs, yet they come with some strikingly different features.

The fact is, LED lighting is a technology that is moving in remarkable directions. Already it is possible to get LED products that not just include automobile bulbs, but also accent lighting light strips, and there are LED lights that can now be bought as replacements for standard screw-in incandescent or the recent compact florescent bulbs.

When using standard lighting there are some limitations regarding placement and usability with some materials, whereas LEDs enable you to have greater flexibility with design, color, and construction.

What some may also not realize as well is these lights are also capable of having some other amazing qualities besides illumination. If used properly some LEDs have the ability to be used for something as exotic as photo detection. Utilizing this aspect a product could be crafted such as a LED display that could feature a controlling display.

Although it has become a very popular bulb, and is beginning to be seen more in homes and contemporary flashlights, recently the most stylish way to use LED lights has been in creatively lighting automobiles. The flexibility and ease of use has contributed to a number of amazing and attractive uses from mood lighting inside your car, the futuristic glow from under a sports car, or giving your motorcycle a cool blue edge. As the cost continues to drop on these astonishing and versatile lights the world will no doubt begin to see more intriguing uses that will endlessly amaze us.