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LpR Article | May 06, 2016

Lighting with LEDs – More than just Illuminating Objects, by Bartenbach Lichtlabor

Lighting with LEDs – More than just Illuminating Objects, by Bartenbach Lichtlabor Light is more than just vision. It includes aspects of well-being, health and emotions. Dr. Wilfried Pohl, Markus Canazei and Christian Knoflach from Bartenbach report on their experiences and discuss the requirements for LED lighting. They also write about physiological effects and make recommendations for improvements. Read more »

LpR Article | Apr 21, 2016

Advanced Bluetooth 4.0+ Based Smart Lighting Technology

Advanced Bluetooth 4.0+ Based Smart Lighting Technology Smart lighting and lighting controls are not restricted by hardware or traditional lighting control protocols anymore. Today, system modifications and firmware updates can all be done over-the-air. Wireless technologies enable lighting controls in places where it was not an option before. Besides Bluetooth, Zigbee and WiFi there are proprietary technologies in use. Saara Guastella M.Sc. in Lighting Engineering and Lighting Controls, is Product Marketing Manager at Casambi. In the following article she introduces Casambi’s technology based on Bluetooth Low Energy, and describes, explains and compares it with other established communication technologies for smart lighting. Read more »

LpR Article

3-Pad LED Flip Chip COB

3-Pad LED Flip Chip COB Wafer level packaging and flip chip design are the most recent trends in LED manufacturing and packaging. These LED types are perfectly suited for producing COB modules. This combination already promises better thermal performance than standard SMD package based products. However, there is still room for improvements. Pao Chen, Director of Research and Development at Flip Chip Opto shows how a 3-pad flip chip LED further reduces thermal resistance, allows higher power and can help to reduce costs. Read more »

Technologies | LpR Article

Solving the Phase-Cut Dimming Challenge

(a) Analog controlled LED dimming. (b) Digital controlled LED dimming. (c) DimMasterTM controlled LED dimming The evolution of dimmable LED lighting is an ongoing subject and phase-cut dimming is often dissatisfactory. While some weaknesses may be acceptable in residential applications, they are definitely not acceptable in professional applications. Stage lighting, studio lighting, TV and movie lighting set the highest standards. Craig Sharp and Bill Trzyna, Research & Design Engineers at CCI Power Supplies LLC discuss which developments helped to overcome limiting obstacles and led to a solution that also satisfies stringent requirements. Read more »

Trends | LpR Article

Making Light Work – Light Sources for Modern Lighting Requirements

Flexible OLEDs are a technology lighting manufacturers and lighting designers are hoping will mature Solid state light sources are the core of modern lighting installations. To get in the right mood for the IYL 2015, Dr. James Gourlay, Chief Technology Officer with Design LED Products, looks at the ways to make LED lighting more efficient, satisfy user demands and to bring SSL design to the next evolutionary level. Read more »

Trends | LpR Article

LEDs are Revolutionizing Light – The Past and Future of Lighting

Experts agree that intelligent lighting modules like this Xicato XIM module that offers additional features and which can be integrated in the IoT will soon be an integral part of our technical lives Light is a basic part of life as such and modern living relies on artificial light. Lighting is a constantly developing, even accelerating technology, with LEDs representing the current zenith. On the occasion of the beginning of the IYL 2015, Stephan Wegstein representing VESTEL, a leading contract manufacturer in Turkey, has been asked to explain the challenges this poses and how suitable strategies and technologies can assist in staying on top of developments. Read more »

Quality | LpR Article

Guidance on Specifying Solid State Lighting Luminaires

The CIE x/y color space with the Planckian locus and CCT values Certification marks of renowned test institutes are useful tools for end users to easily estimate the quality of a product. They are also a good marketing tool for manufacturers to generate user trust and confidence in a product or the brand. The authors, Jaap Nuesink and Michael Schoof from DEKRA Certification B.V. explain what is needed and which parameters have to be covered in order to be certified, ending up in a guideline of how to qualify for the DEKRA Solid State Lighting Certification Mark. Read more »

Technologies | LpR Article

Street Lighting Evolution through LED Technology

SMI technologies with astronomical response has automatic changeover to lower light levels Standard electronics is usually based on a relatively simple straight-forward technology. Outdoor lighting is more challenging in several aspects, especially robustness. This is also true for the electronics. Sandra Solán, R & D Manager from ELT Electronic Division has studied this technology in depth. To celebrate the IYL 2015 she will explain technical advances, benefits, strengths and technical challenges of current and future street lighting systems for an electronics manufacturer. Read more »

Technologies | LpR Article

A New Approach to the Design of Driverless AC LED Light Engines

Example of a sub 5 W driverless LED light engine Driverless AC LED light engines have now become a commonplace item of commerce in the lighting industry. Nearly all of them use high voltage integrated circuit switching chips to intelligently change the number of LEDs in a string during a power line cycle so that the voltage of the LED string matches the instantaneous power line voltage. However, customers are demanding higher efficiency, lower cost, and especially a reduction in the flicker content of the emitted light. Peter W. Shackle, president of the consulting company, Photalume, describes some new circuits for AC LED light engines [1] that provide a non-dimming solution with reduced cost, increased efficiency and better light quality as perceived by the human eye. Read more »

Research | LpR Article

LED Office Lighting for Improved Well-Being and Performance

Study design The influence of artificial light in industry has been a topic of conversation for a while now but opportunities provided by LED lighting have made this subject even more important. Katrin Möller, Junior Researcher at the Competence Center Light, her research partners, Vincent Grote from the Human Research Institut, and Birthe Tralau from Zumtobel Lighting, investigated the effects of LED and fluorescent lamp lighting on human well-being and performance in an office environment, in a comparative laboratory study. Read more »

Leading Article | LpR Article

2015 Year of (LED) Light

While industry has largely concentrated on developing retrofit LED lamps that integrate into existing infrastructure, new applications are emerging that allow engineers, designers and industry to explore the potential of SSL technologies The advent of artificial lighting has revolutionized society. 2015, in particular, will go a long way in establishing solid-state light-based technologies as a vital area of innovation for the 21st century. Dr. Amrita Prasad from LED professional gives an overview of the technical evolution of (LED) lighting and how this may have triggered UNESCO’s decision to make 2015 the Year of Light. Read more »

Research | LpR Article

Direct Current (DC) Supply Grids for LED Lighting

Typical AC lamp driver Since many alternative energy sources as well as electronics and controls technologies are based on DC current, DC grids have been investigated more intensely in the last decade. DC grids with a centralized AC/DC conversion have proven to be advantageous in server farms. While LED lighting is also a DC current related technology, an obvious choice would be to use DC grids for them. Prof. Eberhard Waffenschmidt from the Cologne University of Applied Science in conjunction with Philips Research presents the results of an office building DC lamp system installation with photovoltaic (PV) support. Read more »

Research | LpR Article

A Self-Compensation Approach for Maintaining the Chromaticity Coordinates of Phosphor Converted LEDs Upon Temperature Variations

Line scans for the temperature profiles along the vertical direction of the LED package Solid-state light sources for general illumination applications are currently becoming more and more popular. Maintaining chromaticity coordinates over temperature is a challenge. Wolfgang Nemitz, Franz P. Wenzl, Susanne Schweitzer, Christian Sommer, Paul Hartmann from the Institute for Surface Technologies and Photonics at Joanneum Research, and Paul Fulmek and Johann Nicolics from the Institute of Sensor & Actuator Systems of the Vienna University of Technology investigated this issue and propose a promising new solution. Read more »

Resources | LpR Article | Tech-Talks Bregenz | Measurement | Jan 09, 2015

Tech-Talks BREGENZ - Prof. Jiangen Pan, Everfine, Founder & CTO

Prof. Jiangen Pan With ever-increasing demands on measurement equipment, it is becoming essential to meet user needs by providing combined solutions, which address optical, electrical and thermal issues. Prof. Jiangen Pan CEO, Founder and Chief Scientist at Everfine Institute of Optoelectronics, provided valuable insights on new compact solutions for LED measurements, his views and contributions towards global standards and how he works in his “thinking laboratory”. Read more »

Resources | LpR Article | Tech-Talks Bregenz | Market | SSL

Tech-Talks BREGENZ - Dietmar Zembrot, LightingEurope, President

Dietmar Zembrot Rapidly growing technologies and emerging market trends in solid-state lighting encourage new innovations largely driven by applications and technological developments. Dietmar Zembrot, President of LightingEurope and Managing Director of TRILUX Group, shared his insights on changing value chains and business models, Europe’s competitiveness and the main driving forces for current SSL technologies. Read more »

Smart Lighting + IoT | Resources | Tech-Talks Bregenz | Controls | LpR Article | Sep 12, 2014

Tech-Talks BREGENZ - Walter Werner Werner Mgmt. Services, CEO

Walter Werner The transition from traditional light sources to solid-state light sources has also affected lighting controls. Nowadays we talk about smart lighting, human centric lighting and software dominated lighting concepts. Dr. Walter Werner from Werner Management Services, a highly experienced lighting controls expert, discussed the major trends in lighting controls with LED professional, as part of the Tech-Talks BREGENZ series. Read more »

Technology | LpR Article | Apr 05, 2013

Interview - Optics Production Technology for Customizing LED Luminaires

Printed Optics Siegfried Luger and Arno Grabher-Meyer from LED professional discuss future trends and challenges of the LED lighting business with Richard van de Vrie, CEO of LUXeXceL, a young company that is growing quickly. Van de Vrie owes much of his 25 years of experience in the lighting business to the family owned lighting company that he worked in. Read more »


UniDriver® Universal Input Line Voltage LED Drivers

UniDriver® Universal Input Line Voltage LED Drivers LTF Technology’s UniDriver Series offers the ultimate in flexibility and ease of driver selection for lighting industry OEMs and specifiers. These technologically-advanced LED drivers offer True-Tri-Mode dimming from 100V to 277V (ELV, TRIAC, 0-10V), dimming levels from 100% to 0.1%, compatibility ... Read more »


NICHIA LED Technology Presented at LICHTWOCHE München

NICHIA LED Technology Presented at LICHTWOCHE München LED manufacturer NICHIA, a specialist in highly efficient lighting, Human Centric Lighting and the imitation of natural light, will participate in the Munich Lichtwoche 2021 from 5 to 12 November with a light installation, two presentations and a discussion on the topic of UV-C. The light ... Read more »