Tech-Talks Bregenz | Aug 10, 2016

Tech-Talks BREGENZ - Francis Wong, AVP Lighting Business Unit, Lextar

Tech-Talks BREGENZ - Francis Wong, AVP Lighting Business Unit, Lextar Francis Wong, Associate Vice President Lighting Business Unit at Lextar, visited the LED professional team for a Tech Talk in Bregenz after Light & Building 2016. Siegfried Luger, Arno Grabher-Meyer and Dr. Guenther Sejkora could discuss Lextar's history, current position, future orientation and strategies. Further exciting topics were the ongoing technology developments, the requirements on modern lighting systems, the latest lighting trends from Light & Building and the relevance of OLED and IoT technology for the company. Read more »

LpR Article | Aug 08, 2016

Form Factor Luminaires and Light Effects

Form Factor Luminaires and Light Effects If luminaires designed for traditional light sources are simply retrofitted with LED light sources like it occurs in the so-called “1st wave of LEDification”, they will always fall short of expectations in many points. Herbert Weiß and Thomas Noll from Osram GmbH, Martin Möck from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Martin Creusen from Philips Lighting, and Friedhelm Holtz from Insta Elektro GmbH explain why these shortcomings were addressed and which solutions were developed in the EnLight project. Read more »

LpR Article | Technologies | Aug 05, 2016

Reliability Oriented Design of LED-Based Light Sources

Reliability Oriented Design of LED-Based Light Sources The transition from traditional light sources to SSL systems requires a different design philosophy to achieve the advantages offered by LED light sources. The key approach is based on the parallel design of thermal, electrical, optical and spectral properties of the light source. Matteo Meneghini, Gaudenzio Meneghesso, Enrico Zanoni and Matteo Dal Lago from the Department of Information Engineering at the University of Padova, and Nicola Trivellin from LightCube SRL explain this approach including the importance of the electrical management of LEDs, comparing modulation techniques to constant current, differentiating between versatility and efficiency. Read more »

LpR Article | Aug 01, 2016

DMI Specification Defines Electrical Interface between LED Drivers and Modules

DMI Specification Defines Electrical Interface between LED Drivers and Modules Enabling LED modules and LED drivers to be fully interchangeable at the component level requires a specification for the electrical interface between the driver and module (DMI). Arnulf Rupp of Osram GmbH, a member of both the Zhaga Consortium and MD-SIG, explains the role of both organizations in developing and implementing a consistent, easy to use, cross-vendor DMI specification. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 29, 2016

Contactless LED Technology

Contactless LED Technology While Contactless power distribution using electromagnetic induction technology is not new, it is rarely used in an LED illumination system. Alain Guimont, an IES member and Product Specialist at HEICO lighting™, one of the few companies that designs products based on this type of an approach, explains how it works and discusses the advantages of this technology. Read more »

LpR Article | Technologies | Jul 28, 2016

InGaN Nanowires Make Light Mixing Efficient and Smart

InGaN Nanowires Make Light Mixing Efficient and Smart The correlated color temperature (CCT) of high color rendering index (CRI) LED lighting systems can, in principle, be tuned over a wide range. As an alternative approach to conventional phosphor based LEDs, a full-color LED array consisting of red, green and blue (RGB) InGaN based nanowire LEDs monolithically integrated on a micro-scale level has been proposed and fabricated. J. Lee from the Nano Electronics Lab at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Renjie Wang, Hieu P. T. Nguyen, Ashfiqua T. Connie, Ishiang Shih, and Zetian Mi from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University in Montreal explain how this technology works and how the three multi-color subpixels on the same chip can be separately biased and can exhibit full-color emission which can be tuned controllably in a wide CCT range. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 25, 2016

More Efficient Plant Growth with Quantum Dots by Nanoco Lighting

More Efficient Plant Growth with Quantum Dots by Nanoco Lighting Using LEDs for plant growth lights is nothing new, nor is the use of QDs in LED lighting. While it is already proven that LED systems have big advantages over conventional plant lighting technologies, it is not common knowledge that Cd-free QDs are ideal candidates for optimizing the light spectrum for plant growth systems. Dale Needham, Business Development Director-Lighting at Nanoco Lighting, explains the opportunities and advantages based on Nanoco’s proprietary and patentprotected CFQD® cadmium-free quantum dot LED grow lighting systems. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 25, 2016

Zhaga Evolves: Focus on Component Standardization Drives New Book Development

Zhaga Evolves: Focus on Component Standardization Drives New Book Development With new specifications covering COB LED arrays, LED drivers, and other LED modules and light engines, Zhaga is making rapid progress in standardizing these types of components in response to the needs of the market. Musa Unmehopa, Secretary General of the Zhaga Consortium, and Tim Whitaker, Director of Marketing Communications of the Zhaga Consortium, describe how Zhaga is evolving and changing its focus in a number of areas. Read more »

LpR Article | Research | Jul 21, 2016

A Graphene-Based, Spectrally Tunable, Flexible Field-Effect Light-Emitting Device by the Tsinghua University and the Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology

A Graphene-Based, Spectrally Tunable, Flexible Field-Effect Light-Emitting Device by the Tsinghua University and the Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology The continuous tuning of the emission spectrum of a single light-emitting diode (LED) by an external electrical bias is of great technological significance as a crucial property in high-quality displays and may be used in high quality lighting applications, yet this capability has not been demonstrated in existing LEDs. Graphene, a tunable optical platform, is a promising medium to achieve this goal. Xiaomu Wang, He Tian, Mohammad Ali Mohammad, Cheng Li, Can Wu, Yi Yang, and Tian-Ling Ren from the Institute of Microelectronics at the Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology (TNList) demonstrate a bright spectrally tunable electroluminescence from blue (~450 nm) to red (~750 nm) at the graphene oxide/reduced-graphene oxide interface. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 20, 2016

Concept of a Time-Proven LED Luminaire Design and Manufacturing Process by Lumitec Lighting

Concept of a Time-Proven LED Luminaire Design and Manufacturing Process by Lumitec Lighting While doing successful business has always been a tough job, it has become even tougher with the introduction of solid-state technology into the lighting industry. Besides high quality criteria, time to market has become a crucial success factor. Innovative processes and tools and, last but not least, a talented and inspired team are necessary. Angela Betancourt presents an approved process used by Lumitec Lighting. Read more »

LpR Article | Technologies | Jul 18, 2016

Mastering Thermal Issues in LED PCB Design & Laminate Selection by Ventec Europe

Mastering Thermal Issues in LED PCB Design & Laminate Selection by Ventec Europe LED applications are not the only applications that are driving the need for thermal issues to be considered and mastered in PCB design, but they are certainly amongst the most challenging. Designing LED PCBs requires many considerations and key are those that arise from multiple heat sources in close proximity. Martin Cotton, Director OEM Technology of Ventec Europe describes the process and criteria used when designing PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) for use in LED applications using thermally conductive IMS (Insulated Metal Substrates). He goes into technical detail with charts and diagrams that explain everything the designer would need to consider when selecting a laminate and commencing a design. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 14, 2016

Light-Emitting Surface (LES) Concept Enables Comparison of Photometric Properties by Osram GmbH

Light-Emitting Surface (LES) Concept Enables Comparison of Photometric Properties by Osram GmbH The concept of the light-emitting surface (LES) has been developed by the Zhaga Consortium to enable comparisons of the photometric properties of different LED light engines. Stefan Lorenz, a Systems Architect with Osram GmbH, describes the theory behind the LES and how it applies to the different Zhaga Books. Read more »

LpR Article | Research | Jul 11, 2016

Al2O3 Coated Europium- Activated Aluminum Silicon Nitride for COB LED Technology by the Graz University of Technology and Tridonic Jennersdorf

Al2O3 Coated Europium- Activated Aluminum Silicon Nitride for COB LED Technology by the Graz University of Technology and Tridonic Jennersdorf Eu2+ activated nitride phosphors have drawn much interest for solid state lighting because of their interesting photoluminescence. While they show excellent optical properties, they are hygroscopic and have the potential of being degraded by atmospheric moisture and high temperatures. A coating layer on the surface is an effective method to improve stability against moisture and oxidation. For use in chip on board technology, Nika Mahne, master student at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, A. Reichmann, B. Bitschnau, R. Fischer, from the Graz University of Technology, and F. Schrank from Tridonic Jennersdorf propose an approach where a CaAlSiN3:Eu2+ [1, 2, 3] phosphor was coated with Al2O3, obtained via a Brønsted precipitation reaction based on a solution-coating process from a mixture of aluminum halide with a base after annealing at a temperature of 400°C. Read more »

LpR Article | Technologies | Jul 07, 2016

New Class of Siloxane Polymers for Advanced LED Packaging

New Class of Siloxane Polymers for Advanced LED Packaging Packaging presents a major challenge to further improve LED device efficiency and reliability. A novel class of high stability siloxanes forms a technology platform to address such opportunities in die attach, encapsulation, and light outcoupling applications. Dr. Juha Rantala, CEO & Founder, Dr. Joerg Rockenberger, Director Application & Business Development, Dr. Jyri Paulasaari, Vice President Technology, Dr. Jarkko Heikkinen, Director Inks & Pastes. Markus Laukkanen, Application Manager, and Dr. Janne Kylmä, Vice President Engineering & Production at Inkron Oy explain the material properties and give examples of how these new materials in combination with novel nanomaterials enable products fully compatible with current process tools and flows while having superior properties. Read more »

LpR Article | Technologies | Jul 06, 2016

LED Light Spectrum Enhancement with Transparent Pigmented Glazes

LED Light Spectrum Enhancement with Transparent Pigmented Glazes While LED bulbs have the distinct economic advantages of using less energy, producing less heat and lasting years longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, when objects are viewed under LED light, they frequently appear to be of different colors than when viewed in sunlight or with incandescent lights. Jan-Marie A Spanard from Light Spectrum Glazes proposes and explains an approach to optimize the spectral distribution of LED light to overcome this weakness. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 05, 2016

Focus Tunable Lenses for LED Lighting by Optotune AG

Focus Tunable Lenses for LED Lighting by Optotune AG Focus tunable lenses open up new possibilities in the design of LED based luminaires. With these shape changing lenses, the beam angle of a spotlight can be flexibly adjusted while keeping the efficiency on a constant, high level. Compact solutions combining a floodlight and a spotlight in one product can therefore be realized. This innovative technology reduces complexity and offers more flexibility in lighting design, especially for changing environments like museums, and shops. Joerg Wertli from Optotune AG demonstrates a very interesting technology for these applications. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 05, 2016

Development Process for a Metal-Halide Replacement LED Module by Neonlite International Ltd.

Development Process for a Metal-Halide Replacement LED Module by Neonlite International Ltd. Seen for the first time at this year’s Light + Building, the TECOH® MHx, has provided specifiers and designers with a viable LED metal halide alternative. Talking about the issues surrounding such a development, Fred Bass, Managing Director of Neonlite International Ltd., the brand owner of MEGAMAN, shows how the module series has been developed and highlights its potential for metal halide replacement moving forward. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 05, 2016

Aspects of Light Quality in Solid State Lighting by OSRAM Opto Semiconductors

Aspects of Light Quality in Solid State Lighting by OSRAM Opto Semiconductors For ages the quality of light has been one of the biggest topics for luminaire manufacturers. But since the introduction of LEDs in general lighting the definition of light quality has got a new dimension. Pros and cons of LED lighting quality are often very controversial. Alexander Wilm, Application Engineering Manager of OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, presents facts about LED lighting quality that provide a sound basis for discussions. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 05, 2016

LED Market and Development Trends from the Point of View of a Full-Range Trader in Lighting by Everlight

LED Market and Development Trends from the Point of View of a Full-Range Trader in Lighting by Everlight In an interview with LED professional, Ms. Beate Jungwirth, Director of Marketing & Communications and PR at Everlight and Dr. Christopher Keusch, Senior Sales Manager at Everlight, talk about the market and development trends in the area of LEDs. The experts also discuss Everlight’s focus at the LED professional Symposium +Expo 2012 which takes place in Bregenz, Austria from September 25th to 27th. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 05, 2016

An LED Solution for Historic Monumental Electric Chandeliers by Ramselaar Light Solutions

An LED Solution for Historic Monumental Electric Chandeliers by Ramselaar Light Solutions The Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD) is housed in a magnificent monumental late 19th century building at the Amsterdam Herengracht (the Netherlands). Recently, the unique brass chandeliers were provided with LED lamps, which were specially developed for this project by Ramselaar Light Solutions. Ron Ramselaar and M. Brouwers, advisor on behalf of the Government Buildings Agency (RGD), tell us about this extraordinary project. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 05, 2016

Human-Centric Lighting: Sensor Technology for Full- Spectrum Lighting Solutions by ams

Human-Centric Lighting: Sensor Technology for Full- Spectrum Lighting Solutions by ams While not necessarily common knowledge, research is rapidly validating the common-sense understanding that human beings are “tuned” to the natural lighting cycles of the sun, and can be equally “de-tuned”, to the detriment of both health and productivity, by artificial light sources that operate contrary to these natural flows. Sajol Ghoshal, Director of Sensor Driven Lighting at the Opto Sensor and Lighting BU at ams, discusses the available approaches for full-spectrum solutions, and potential humancentric benefits, of fully integrated intelligent ambient/color light sensor and driver technology. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 05, 2016

Additive Manufacture of Optics Goes Digital by LUXeXceL B.V.

Additive Manufacture of Optics Goes Digital by LUXeXceL B.V. With a new technology for additive manufacturing, optics fabrication has gone digital, making more product innovation and variety affordable by eliminating the expense of molds and tooling, enabling just-in-time manufacturing and bringing a new freedom for optics and lighting designers. Marco de Visser, Business Development Manager at LUXeXceL B.V. gives an update on this technology and its new opportunities. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 05, 2016

LED Market and Development Trends from the Point of View of a Full-Range Trader in Lighting by Everlight

LED Market and Development Trends from the Point of View of a Full-Range Trader in Lighting by Everlight In an interview with LED professional, Ms. Beate Jungwirth, Director of Marketing & Communications and PR at Everlight and Dr. Christopher Keusch, Senior Sales Manager at Everlight, talk about the market and development trends in the area of LEDs. The experts also discuss Everlight’s focus at the LED professional Symposium +Expo 2012 which takes place in Bregenz, Austria from September 25th to 27th. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 05, 2016

DC-Grids - Challenges and Chances for LED Lighting by the Fraunhofer Institute and LED professional

DC-Grids - Challenges and Chances for LED Lighting by the Fraunhofer Institute and LED professional At the beginning of November many important aspects of DC Grids were discussed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology in Erlangen at the European Center for Power Electronics (ECPE) conference. Besides fundamental issues, very specific ones like how the introduction of DC Grids affects lighting technologies and especially LED lighting were part of the program. Below, Arno Grabher-Meyer from LED professional gives a summary of the speeches and expert discussions and gives us an idea of what the key ideas could mean to the LED lighting community. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 05, 2016

Energy Efficiency and Thermal Simulations of a Retrofit LED Light Bulb by the University of Turku

Energy Efficiency and Thermal Simulations of a Retrofit LED Light Bulb by the University of Turku Mika Maaspuro and Aulis Tuominen from the University of Turku investigated the energy efficiency of a LED driver mounted inside a retrofit light. The heat generation of the LEDs and the driver of the light bulb have been simulated and measured. A thermal model for the light bulb has been created and simulated using a Finite-Element-Method (FEM) software. Parameters of the model have been adjusted to match the temperature measurements which have been done with IR-camera and thermocouples. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 05, 2016

Energy Efficiency and Thermal Simulations of a Retrofit LED Light Bulb by the University of Turku

Energy Efficiency and Thermal Simulations of a Retrofit LED Light Bulb by the University of Turku Mika Maaspuro and Aulis Tuominen from the University of Turku investigated the energy efficiency of a LED driver mounted inside a retrofit light. The heat generation of the LEDs and the driver of the light bulb have been simulated and measured. A thermal model for the light bulb has been created and simulated using a Finite-Element-Method (FEM) software. Parameters of the model have been adjusted to match the temperature measurements which have been done with IR-camera and thermocouples. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 05, 2016

Sensors and Feedback Control of Multi-Color LED Systems by MAZeT GmbH

Sensors and Feedback Control of Multi-Color LED Systems by MAZeT GmbH To obtain stable and consistent lighting conditions within the black body range with LED systems, especially RGBx systems is a challenging task. Feedback controlled systems are expensive, but the best solution. Here, the question of which type of sensor accomodates the given application best, arises. Thomas Nimz, Fredrik Hailer and Kevin Jensen from MAZeT GmbH discuss different options based on their scientific studies on LED systems with four or more different LEDs considering secondary conditions like color rendering index. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 05, 2016

Mesopic Photometry - An Accurate System of Road Lighting Evaluation by Surya Roshni Ltd.

Mesopic Photometry - An Accurate System of Road Lighting Evaluation by Surya Roshni Ltd. For a long time, photopic vision was the basis for all light measurement tasks, but today this approach is challenged. According to several research results, it seems that mesopic vision should be used as a basis to evaluate street lighting applications or other low level lighting applications. Prija Jain from the Executive Design and Development (Photometry & Optics) department of Surya Roshni Ltd. in India gives us an overview on the recent status of the discussion, explains it and shows the resulting consequences. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 05, 2016

Practical Results of a Gas Station Refurbishment with LED Luminaires by the Electromagnetica SA Semiconductor Lighting Centre

Practical Results of a Gas Station Refurbishment with LED Luminaires by the Electromagnetica SA Semiconductor Lighting Centre Perfect lighting at a gas station is very important for competitiveness. But a conventional lighting system is also a costly and energy demanding installation with high maintenance costs. Stelian Matei from the Electromagnetica SA Semiconductor Lighting Centre shows how a well-planned upgrade of conventional lighting to LED lighting lowers energy consumption and maintenance and, therefore, costs. Read more »

LpR Article | Jul 05, 2016

Practical Results of a Gas Station Refurbishment with LED Luminaires by the Electromagnetica SA Semiconductor Lighting Centre

Practical Results of a Gas Station Refurbishment with LED Luminaires by the Electromagnetica SA Semiconductor Lighting Centre Perfect lighting at a gas station is very important for competitiveness. But a conventional lighting system is also a costly and energy demanding installation with high maintenance costs. Stelian Matei from the Electromagnetica SA Semiconductor Lighting Centre shows how a well-planned upgrade of conventional lighting to LED lighting lowers energy consumption and maintenance and, therefore, costs. Read more »

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WHITE PAPER - Why an EMI Filter in Your Lighting Application is a Must

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Precise Measurement of UV Light Sources for Disinfection

Precise Measurement of UV Light Sources for Disinfection UV radiation encompasses a very wide wavelength spectrum between 10 and 400 nm and is subdivided in ISO Standard 21348 into three ranges. The UVC range between 100 and 280nm is currently extremely relevant for air and water disinfection for combating COVID-19. Since the outbreak of the pandemic ... Read more »

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Signify: New EU Ecodesign and Energy Labeling Regulations Are Met

Signify: New EU Ecodesign and Energy Labeling Regulations Are Met Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), confirms that its leading lighting portfolio will meet the new EU Ecodesign and Energy labeling regulations, which will affect all lighting products in the EU Member States from September 2021 onwards. The new regulations are representative of the enormous transition that ... Read more »

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New DLC Report: Interoperability for Networked Lighting Controls

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Tech-Talks BREGENZ - Prof. Ruairí O'Brien, Founder of Ruairí O'Brien Lighting Design

Tech-Talks BREGENZ - Prof. Ruairí O'Brien, Founder of Ruairí O'Brien Lighting Design Ruairí O'Brien, associate professor and head of the Architecture and Visual design department at the German University in Cairo and CEO of Ruairí O'Brien. Architektur. Licht Raumkunst, surprised and delighted the audience with his lecture at LpS 2016 when he talked about allowing darkness. He ... Read more »