On Smart Luminaires

On Smart Luminaires

In the time up to 2010, conventional luminaires with low or high-pressure discharge lamps with a luminous efficacy of about 80 lm/W were developed. The electrical power was dependent on the electrical power of the lamps built in the luminaire. From 2008 and likely until around 2020, luminaires with phosphorconverted white LEDs with one fixed color temperature, a constant luminous intensity distribution and a maximal luminous efficacy of about 140-160 lm/W are developed with an electrical power between 10 W and 300 W for different applications and dependent on the manufacturer. Therefore, a relative increase in luminous efficacy of 80 -100% in the context of the discussions on “energy efficiency” is being achieved.

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Optimization of Freeform Optics Using T-Splines in LED Illumination Design

Optimization of Freeform Optics Using T-Splines in LED Illumination Design

Freeform optics is the game changer in the illumination industry in terms of its ability to redirect the light into the target area. Non-Uniform Rational B-splines, commonly known as NURBS are widely used to represent freeform curves and surfaces. There are certain optical systems where local modification of the surface is necessary during the design or optimization phase. In such cases, NURBS cannot offer such transformations. But a new mathematical representation called T-splines make this feasible. Though its potentiality is well described, this has not been implemented in any optimization routine so far. Annie Shalom Isaac, Jiayi Long and Cornelius Neumann from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology demonstrate the advantage of the local refinement ability of T-splines by implementing it in the optimization routine and the results are evaluated. Results show that T-splines provide more uniform and homogenous light distribution as compared to NURBS at a faster convergence rate. This makes optical design or optimization using T-splines an intuitive approach for future freeform design tasks.

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White Paper: Serviceable Luminaires in a Circular Economy from LightingEurope

White Paper: Serviceable Luminaires in a Circular Economy from LightingEurope

LightingEurope is proactively exploring the business opportunities that a Circular Economy presents for the lighting industry, as well as the framework conditions required for its successful rollout in the lighting sector. This paper focuses on luminaires, services and design for serviceability and their potential for the lighting industry.

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White Paper: Polymeric Systems Bring Clarity to Optical Applications

White Paper: Polymeric Systems Bring Clarity to Optical Applications

Some optical assembly applications require optical clarity across a certain wavelength, while others require an opaque coating. Optical grade epoxies, silicones and UV curable coatings provide the versatility to adhere well to a wide variety of substrates and display the critical performance properties required. Learn more about optical transmission, refractive indices, temperature and humidity testing, and more, plus the roles these measurements play in choosing an effective and reliable optical polymer system.

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White Paper: Serviceable Luminaires in a Circular Economy from LightingEurope

White Paper: Serviceable Luminaires in a Circular Economy from LightingEurope

LightingEurope is proactively exploring the business opportunities that a Circular Economy presents for the lighting industry, as well as the framework conditions required for its successful rollout in the lighting sector. This paper focuses on luminaires, services and design for serviceability and their potential for the lighting industry.

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White Paper: Polymeric Systems Bring Clarity to Optical Applications

White Paper: Polymeric Systems Bring Clarity to Optical Applications

Some optical assembly applications require optical clarity across a certain wavelength, while others require an opaque coating. Optical grade epoxies, silicones and UV curable coatings provide the versatility to adhere well to a wide variety of substrates and display the critical performance properties required. Learn more about optical transmission, refractive indices, temperature and humidity testing, and more, plus the roles these measurements play in choosing an effective and reliable optical polymer system.

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‘Luminaire of the Future’ Aims to Revolutionize the European Lighting Industry by 2020

‘Luminaire of the Future’ Aims to Revolutionize the European Lighting Industry by 2020

As part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 work programme, the Repro-light project (Re-usable and re-configurable parts for sustainable LED based lighting systems) aspires to successfully initiate a transformation in the European LED lighting industry, by creating the ‘Luminaire of the Future’.

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“UV Power” Research Project Is Working on LED-Replacements for Conventional UV Light Sources

“UV Power” Research Project Is Working on LED-Replacements for Conventional UV Light Sources

Since February 2017, a total of five research institutes and companies have been working on “UV Power”, a collaborative project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The partners have made it their goal to provide high-power UV LEDs to cover a wide variety of applications. These LEDs will eventually replace conventional UV light sources, which often contain toxic mercury, in areas such as production, disinfection, the environment, life sciences and medicine. UV LEDs are also likely to open up new areas of application.

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New LRC Study Tests the Impact of Circadian Light on Alertness in Office Workers

New LRC Study Tests the Impact of Circadian Light on Alertness in Office Workers

In 2017 the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute published a groundbreaking study showing that office workers who receive a robust dose of circadian-effective light experience better sleep, and lower levels of depression and stress, than those who spend their days in dim or low light levels. The team of LRC researchers, led by Dr. Mariana Figueiro and sponsored by the U.S. General Services Administration, measured existing light levels for 109 participants at five federal office buildings designed to maximize daylight availability indoors. The research team found that even in open offices with many, large windows, office workers were not receiving enough light to stimulate their circadian system during the day, due to factors such as season, cloud cover, desk orientation, and window shade position.

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Phosphors & QDs LED Downconverters Report for Lighting & Displays from Yole Développement

Phosphors & QDs LED Downconverters Report for Lighting & Displays from Yole Développement

“Volume saturation, price pressure and a shifting intellectual property landscape are forcing the LED phosphor & QDs industry into a rationalization phase,” announces Dr. Eric Virey, Senior Technology & Market Analyst, Yole Développement (Yole).

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Cree Launches Industry’s First Extreme Density LED

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Lumileds Delivers up to 48% Higher “Punch” than Competitors

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LIFUD High Bay LED Driver & Smart Sensor

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High Conductive Foils Enabling Large Area Lighting

High Conductive Foils Enabling Large Area Lighting Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP as one of the leading partners for research and development for surface technologies and organic electronics and Sefar AG, a leading manufacturer of precision fabrics from monofilaments, developed a roll-to-roll ... Read more »

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