How to Install a USB Charging Receptacle

The Leviton USB Charger Devices feature a smart chip that recognizes and optimizes the charging power of your electronic devices for fast and efficient charging.
Strategically placed vertical USB Ports in all models provide generous room to insert and maneuver charging cords and add to the contemporary and aesthetically appealing design. Watch this video to learn how to install the T5631, T5632 and T5832 USB Charger Receptacles.

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How to Install LED Ultra-Thin Recessed Lights

Ultra-Thin series of recessed lights are bright, energy efficient, attractively styled, and designed
to fit into the tightest of spaces, making them perfect for virtually any residential or commercial application.
At under 1” tall, these recessed lights can fit into tight spaces that a traditional recessed can light won’t, such
as ceilings with ductwork/piping/obstructions, hot-roof ceilings with limited vertical clearance, and tight

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Officials warn businesses near beach about lights during sea turtle nesting season

Officials warn businesses near beach about lights during sea turtle nesting season
By Angela Rozier
Updated 9:39 PM EDT May 20, 2015

It’s turtle nesting season and officials in Martin County are concerned.

They are so concerned they sent a letter to representatives at the Publix Supermarket at 900 North Ocean Blvd. on Hutchinson Island in Stuart letting them know the parking lot lights can be seen from the beach.

County officials released a survey pointing out just how far those lights can reach.

Robert Ernest, the chief operating officer with the Ecological Associates Inc. said that’s a problem primarily for the hatchlings because when they leave from the nest they are orienting to the brightest horizon.

“And typically on a dark beach that’s the light reflecting off the ocean so they know how to get to the ocean, and when you have lights that are landward of the nest that can confuse them and draw them in the wrong direction,” Ernest said.

The letter states Publix should lower, reposition or shield the lights so they can’t be visible on the beach.

WPBF 25 News reached out to Publix officials, who issued a statement that reads:

“We haven’t received any official notice of violation. We did install light blinders at this store location and are in the process of permitting for new lighting fixtures as the ones currently in use are rusted. We are also working with the Florida Oceanographic Institute for the best lighting approach.”

County officials say they will also be sending letters to a local condominium and resident also found out to be in violation.

Publix has 90 days to adjust the lights.

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Cree develops light-guide based LED fixtures for offices and garages

Cree develops light-guide based LED fixtures for offices and garages (UPDATED)
Published on: April 30, 2015
By Maury Wright
Editor in Chief, LEDs Magazine

WaveMax edge-lit optics deliver lighting in two directions and enable sleek LED-based luminaire designs for high-end office space and optimized parking-garage applications.

Cree has announced WaveMax technology — an optical light guide platform that enables LED-edge-lit solid-state lighting (SSL) products with stylish sleek looks. Moreover, the company has announced the LN Series suspended linear fixture for use in Class A office space, although Cree says the design will ultimately prove affordable anywhere suspended fluorescent fixtures are used. A new parking garage fixture will follow with a four-sided light guide that evenly distributes light below the fixture and around the perimeter of the beam pattern.
Discussing Cree’s LED-based lighting products, vice president of product strategy Gary Trott said, “We’ve always made light better.” But Trott described the WaveMax technology as using Diamond Facet Microlenses embedded in the light guide to control the beam, and said that technology solves the three key roadblocks to optimum lighting — control, uniformity, and efficiency. “We wanted to make lighting better than anyone thought possible,” said Trott about the new technology.
Cree, of course, is not the first company to deliver luminaires based on LED edge lighting and planar light guide technology. GE Lighting has a number of luminaires in its Lumination portfolio based on its Intrinsx light guide, and has announced high-profile projects using the technology. Likewise, Eaton’s Cooper Lighting has been proliferating luminaires based on its WaveStream light-guide platform.

Both Cooper and GE Lighting licensed the technology behind their light guide from Rambus. Cree, conversely, said that it developed the WaveMax technology in house. An unnamed optics manufacturer is actually making the light guides or lenses for Cree.

LN Series
As you can see in the nearby photo, the LN Series pendant is stunning. The product is designed to deliver 60% of its output upwards for indirect lighting reflected from the ceiling, and 40% of its light directly to the work surface. The light guides are mostly transparent when off, and Trott said, “It looks awesome on or off.”

Still, the real selling point according to Cree is performance. Trott said that indirect/direct fluorescent fixtures have never delivered efficiency combined with great looks and lighting. Realistically, florescent tubes were intended for use in reflectors. Still about indirect/direct light, Trott said, “When it comes to office or schools, there is no better way to light it.”
The LN Series is designed to deliver the best light distribution and to be affordable. Cree has not released prices. But Trott said it will be priced competitively to top fluorescent indirect/direct fixtures and lower than competitive LED-based products.
Cree will sell the LN Series only in 4-ft versions delivering 3400 lm. The products can be cascaded end to end with power passed through the joining mechanism. The company will offer a choice of 3500K or 4000K CCT and CRI of 90. Efficacy is up to 110 lm/W. The product will support 0-10V dimming as a standard feature or can be specified with Cree wireless SmartCast controls. Cree plans to ship the LN Series in July commercially.

IG Series

Further down the production pipe will come the IG Series parking-garage fixture that Cree says it will ship in August. The IG has a truly unique look for a product designed for a garage, with a square design formed by the light guides that extend directly downward. Again, the optics deliver light in two directions. The outer surfaces deliver the uniform, glare-free perimeter pattern and the inner surfaces deliver the uniform light under the fixture.

The IG Series follows what Cree calls an extremely successful LED-based fixture in the VG Series announced in 2013 for parking garages. Trott said the company wasn’t sure it could innovate further in the use of LEDs for garage lighting. But Trott also said in the case of the IG that “form really follows function on this in a lot of ways.”

Cree, however, is again not the first to use a light guide in a parking fixture. Cooper announced a WaveStream-based parking-garage fixture called the McGraw-Edison TopTier in late 2013. Cooper claimed uniform light and low glare among the benefits of the approach.
Still, the Cree design is quite compelling and looks more like a fixture you might see indoors on a ceiling. The only concession to the application is the sensor you can see inside the optics that form the perimeter, and the fact that the industrial design does little to hide the driver resting in the middle of the design.
Cree plans to offer the light-guide-based product in 4000- and 7500-lm versions that operate at 35W and 65W, respectively. Efficacy goes up to 115 lm/W with a drop to 80 CRI. The light will be offered at a choice of 4000K or 5700K CCT.

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Yankees Squint and Flail Under the Dim Lights of Their Spring Training Stadium

Yankees Squint and Flail Under the Dim Lights of Their Spring Training Stadium
By Billy Witz

The Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez is 0 for 10 in four night games at George M. Steinbrenner Field, where the lighting is weak. Credit Kim Klement/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

TAMPA, Fla. — As the sun set behind George M. Steinbrenner Field on Thursday night, the lights atop the eight towers strained to illuminate the baseball game below.

The stands, except for a sliver of light that touched the edge of the dugouts, were bathed in darkness. Batters standing in the on-deck circle managed to create shadows. The field itself seemed lit by flashlights with dying batteries.

Though the familiar frieze of Yankee Stadium rings this 20-year-old stadium, which is also used for the team’s Class A club, the lights represent just how far it is from the big city.


“Could it be better?” said Yankees third baseman Chase Headley, who is in his first spring training with the team. “Sure.”

But Headley, like others, was quick to say he was not complaining.

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Most major leaguers understand that when they come to Florida and Arizona to prepare for the regular season, they will play some games under less than luminous conditions. Playing for the Yankees usually means playing more of them.

The Yankees, who have one night game remaining in Florida — at home Tuesday against Detroit — will have played seven night games during spring training, which, along with Atlanta, is the most among baseball’s 30 teams. The Mets will have played two during their time in Florida, while St. Louis and Tampa Bay have no night games.

The Yankees have traditionally played more night games than most teams, if not all. This is done, according to a team spokesman, so the Yankees can cater to different clienteles — out-of-towners who are happy to soak up the sun as they watch baseball and local fans who might appreciate the convenience of not having to miss school or work to attend weekday games. Night games are also often preferable for corporate clients.

In addition, television networks have shown an increasing interest in night games. ESPN broadcast Thursday’s game along with the Yankees’ YES network, which is broadcasting 15 spring training games, including four of the five home night games.

“There’s money to be made, and if the Red Sox or the Yankees have the opportunity to make some extra money by playing at night, they’re entitled to do that,” pitcher Andrew Miller said.

Not all fields are lit the same. When the Braves hosted the Yankees on Wednesday, the game started at 6:05 p.m., long before sunset. When the sky finally darkened, midway through the game, the field was illuminated like a big league ballpark. But for teams with older parks, like the Yankees, or the Blue Jays in Dunedin or the Pirates in Bradenton, the lighting is not so good. The Pirates play only one home night game this spring, the Blue Jays none.

Playing at night under these conditions can create unusual circumstances. Pitcher Adam Warren said he once had difficulty making out a catcher’s signs. A fielder might get a poor read on a ball, as center fielder Slade Heathcott appeared to do on a line drive hit right at him Thursday night.

But mostly batters are affected. Consider Alex Rodriguez. He is 0 for 10 with three strikeouts in four night games, all at Steinbrenner Field. In his other games, all played during the day, he was 7 for 16 with two home runs and a double through Friday.

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When Rodriguez struck out in the final at-bat of his first night game this month, on three pitches, he said with a laugh that he had not seen any of the pitches.

“Certainly in spring training, I always see the ball better in day games,” Rodriguez said Friday afternoon after hitting a home run off Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon. “I can’t say it’s the same thing during the season because you have big league lighting, but that’s not an excuse for anything that I’ve done that’s been a shortcoming.”

Few Yankees had any real gripes. They have played in such conditions in the minor leagues, and some, like Warren, said they preferred the excitement of night games despite the poor lighting. Headley said night games helped prepare for the regular-season schedule, which is overwhelmingly filled with night games.

“The games don’t count, so there’s not a whole lot of complaining,” said Miller, the reliever.

Manager Joe Girardi said the substandard lighting was probably why the Yankees’ home games had tended to be low scoring. Only once in four games has a team scored more than four runs.

“If you see them take a bad swing, sometimes it’s more difficult — they’re not going to see the ball like they do when we get home and get on the road in major league stadiums,” Girardi said. “If a guy has a bad day, I don’t make too much out of it.”

This is especially good news for Rodriguez, who looked like a different hitter Friday from what he did Thursday night, when he struck out in his last at-bat, flailing at a curveball from Andy Oliver. On Friday, he was ahead in the count, pulled two fastballs that he grounded out on and then hit a mid-90-mile per hour fastball from Rondon just over the right-field wall.

“Even today, after my second at-bat, I was telling myself: Man, I’m seeing the ball really well. I’ve got to relax.’ ” Rodriguez said. “I had to trust my eyes.”

The difference was like night and day.

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Philips Hue Go Offers Smart Lighting Without The Cord

Philips Hue Go Offers Smart Lighting Without The Cord
Posted April 6th, 2015
by Darrell Etherington

Philips has a new addition to their Hue smart lighting system: The Hue Go, a portable light that packs three hours of use on a full charge before it needs to be plugged in again. The Hue Go has a single button that offers local control over light tone and dynamic effects, as well as a low power standby mode and auto dimming to maximize usage on the go. The Hue Go resembles some of Philips existing efforts to create companion accent lights separate from its connected bulbs, like the LivingColors Iris and Bloom, but with the unique feature of a built-in battery. It’s a semi-spherical gadget encased in translucent hard plastic, capable of outputting light of any color just like the primary Hue bulbs, as well as a range of white tones. The portability aspect offers freedom from fixed installation points, however.

In practice, the Hue Go is a useful utility light for any scenario where you need a moderate amount of omnidirectional lighting. It’s very handy for exploring deep closet corners, for instance, or for providing a bit of patio lighting that marries a nice ambiance with decent visibility. It also has the ability to act as a gradual wake-up light when plugged in on a bedside table, mimicking a gradual sunrise with alarm functions programmed through the Hue app. The Hue Go can output at up to 300 lumens when plugged in, but cuts it to 40 percent brightness when used unplugged to maximums battery, which gives you a pleasing but dim kind of ambient lighting. Overall, it’s plenty bright for most cases where you’d be using a portable lighting solution anyway, especially given that this isn’t a work light designed for the workshop, for instance. It’s also compatible with third-party Hue apps, and can be included in any scenes you program using your Hue app and existing Hue system. It’ll retail for $99.95 when it goes on sale at Apple Stores, Best Buy and Amazon in the U.S. by the end of May or the beginning of June, which is a good deal considering the cost of standalone sunrise simulation wake-up lights. A $100 ‘bowl of light’ may not be at the top of everyone’s needs list, but it could definitely prove a useful addition to existing Hue setups.

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Sun Qinghuan Poised to Be Billionaire on IPO of China’s MLS

Sun Qinghuan Poised to Be Billionaire on IPO of China’s MLS
by Sterling Wong
February 9, 2015
(Bloomberg) — Sun Qinghuan, chairman of MLS Co., China’s biggest LED manufacturer, is poised to become a billionaire with an initial public offering.MLS is planning to sell 44.5 million shares for 21.5 yuan ($3.44) on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, according to a filing on Feb. 9. Sun will own about 357 million shares after the IPO, giving him a net worth of about $1.2 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.Sun, 42, joins a rising number of Chinese entrepreneurs who have become billionaires as investors drive up the values of newly traded companies. The light-bulb maker last year was ranked the world’s 10th-biggest for packaged LED, or light-emitting diode, according to market research firm IHS Technology.“It’s grown to become a big company,” said Alice Tao, a LED and lighting industry analyst at IHS in Shanghai. “In China, there are very few other LED companies that has that kind of size and scale to compete with global LED manufacturers like Samsung, Osram or Philips.”
The IPO was 65 times oversubscribed, according the company’s filing. The Shenzhen Composite Index, tracking the smaller of China’s two stock exchanges, rose 1.6 percent at the close, the first gain in a week.
An MLS representative who answered the company’s main phone line declined to comment ahead of the IPO.
MLS products are used in computer appliances, traffic lights and shopping malls, according to its website. Its product line-up and research and development innovation are among its strengths, Changjiang Securities said in a report earlier this month. The firm expects MLS shares to trade between 26 yuan to 33 yuan after their debut.

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Surface-emissive OLED panels mature slowly, remain spectacular (MAGAZINE)

Surface-emissive OLED panels mature slowly, remain spectacular (MAGAZINE)
Published on: Feb 13, 2014
By Maury Wright
Editor, LEDs Magazine and Illumination in Focus

Over the past year, manufacturers of OLED panels have improved color performance and lifetime, but as MAURY WRIGHT reports, high cost remains an issue that limits the technology to niche applications.

The surface-emission characteristic of OLED (organic LED) technology that produces inherently diffuse and glare-free light continues to entice the lighting industry with spectacular aesthetics. The allure will grow as manufacturers continue to improve the color rendering and longevity of the panels. It appears, however, that cost will remain a barrier to mainstream use so the question will become how much of a premium customers will pay for dramatic OLED lighting. The answer, unknown for now, will determine how deeply OLEDs penetrate the lighting industry. Still, OLEDs are delivering today in niche applications for which neither LEDs nor legacy sources would suffice.

We last covered OLED technology in depth in mid-2012 in an Illumination in Focus article. At that time, much of the discussion centered on how OLED efficacy was trailing the efficacy of inorganic-LED-based solid-state lighting (SSL) and on the high manufacturing cost of OLEDs. OLED panel makers have made progress on both fronts. But the bad news is that the mainstream LED industry is moving even faster. Even if the OLED industry could outperform the US Department of Energy (DOE) roadmap we discussed in the prior article, the gap relative to LED cost and efficacy could broaden by 2020.

Judges for the Lighting for Tomorrow 2013 competition selected the Modern Forms Vela chandelier from WAC Lighting as a winner in the OLED category.

Does that mean we should forget OLED technology as a light source? Proponents of the technology certainly don’t think so, nor do some lighting designers and specifiers. Acuity Brands is one of the companies that is ardently trying to commercialize OLED technology. Mike Lu, director of Acuity’s OLED Design Center, said that the company held a focus group with top lighting designers in New York City early in 2013, and the top desire was better color rendering performance and warmer CCTs. While designers and specifiers would surely like to have better efficacy and lower price, those weren’t the main barriers to usage — at least in niche applications.

Improving color
The focus group led Acuity to huddle with its panel manufacturing partner LG Chem. The panels that Acuity had been using in its OLED fixtures featured a CRI in the 80–82 range with a positive but low R9 value for saturated red performance. Those panels were available in 3500K or 4000K CCTs. LG Chem has since developed a new panel that delivers 3000K light at a CRI of 89, and R9 value of 30. That performance doesn’t match the very best LED-based products but would be considered premium-level performance. LG Chem achieved the improvement by adding another layer in the OLED stack so that red, green, and blue pixels are vertically aligned in the stack. The Blackjack Aradess decorative OLED table lamp uses eight OLED panels to deliver diffuse glare-free light. The Blackjack Aradess decorative OLED table lamp uses eight OLED panels to deliver diffuse glare-free light. When you refocus a comparison of OLED and LED technology on a product implementation with excellent color quality, the technologies aren’t so far apart in terms of efficacy. Lu said that Acuity had verified the color performance of the new panels in the lab and measured the efficacy at 56 lm/W. That is about the same efficacy that the prior panels had delivered in mid-2012, although LG Chem had since delivered about a 25% efficacy gain in the 80-CRI products.

Relative efficacy
Lu compared the 89-CRI OLED panels to remote phosphor LED modules from Xicato or SSL products based on Soraa’s gallium-nitride-on-gallium-nitride (GaN-on-GaN) LEDs, both of which have a broad spectral power distribution and excellent color performance. Lu said the LED products with top color performance have efficacy specs in the 40–60-lm/W range, pretty much in the same ballpark as what OLEDs deliver. Lu said, “OLEDs have an intrinsically broad power spectrum.”

Lu also said that LG Chem had made incremental improvements in lifetime. The latest panels have an L70 life of 18,000 hours so long as developers keep drive currents relatively low. Indeed, Acuity is keeping currents down and panel output in the 2500–3000-cd/m2 range to both eliminate any glare issue and maximize life, as we discussed in the prior OLED article referenced earlier. Of course price will remain an issue, and you can easily see the disparity relative to LEDs in some OLED products that are being offered commercially. Back in the spring of 2013 we covered the launch of new manufacturer Blackjack Lighting by well-known lighting designer Stephen Blackman. The company’s Aradess table lamp uses Philips Lighting OLED panels and was announced with a price of $5900. But the design is elegant and for the luxury market. And you couldn’t easily achieve it with LED sources.

Modern Forms’ Vela chandelier from WAC Lighting is a product that could not be easily realized with a light source other than OLEDs.

OLED product acceptance
We are also seeing signs of broader acceptance of OLED technology in the lighting community. For example, the Lighting for Tomorrow competition, which is managed by the American Lighting Association (ALA), the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), and Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL), included an OLED category in 2013. The category drew three entrants and the Vela chandelier from WAC Lighting’s Modern Forms brand was selected a winner.

The Providence VIP Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia features a lighting system that consists of 1680 OLED panels manufactured by Philips Lighting that provide a dramatic and dynamic experience to club-goers.

It’s worth noting that the judges for Lighting for Tomorrow, a panel that includes prominent lighting designers and experts, are not required to choose a winner in any category. The judges must feel that the product meets a broad set of predefined criteria including application efficiency, color rendering, and appearance. Moreover, the judging criteria include a “value and marketability” category. The suggested retail price for the Vela chandelier is $9900. Having participated in the judging process in the 2012 awards, we saw an LED-based chandelier priced in the $5000 range receive a Special Recognition award from the judging panel. So a near $10,000 OLED chandelier was certainly considered by the 2013 judges to offer value, at least at the high end of the residential market. Furthermore, Vela is one of those products that could not be easily realized with a light source other than OLEDs.

Acuity’s Modelo OLED products from the Winona brand enable free-form design with the panels mounted on a track that supplies control and power, and that could also enable a mix of LED products such as pendants installed on the same track. Acuity’s Modelo OLED products from the Winona brand enable free-form design with the panels mounted on a track that supplies control and power, and that could also enable a mix of LED products such as pendants installed on the same track. For a further example of what the market will bear, consider the case study we covered in late 2013. The Providence VIP Club, located in a high-end retail and office complex in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has installed 1680 Philips Lighting OLED panels. Neither Philips nor the local contractor SLT Asia discussed the cost in concrete terms, but club owner Ashwin Prakash saw it as a solid investment, saying, “It is an investment that few would make, but we believe in adopting new technologies in our clubs to enhance the VIP experience. Our guests are enamored by the lights.”

Acuity’s highest-profile OLED project to date was in the Innovation Center at the US Embassy in Helsinki, Finland that was announced in the spring of 2013. But the DOE was instrumental in guiding the selection of all of the lighting that went into that project including LED-based lighting, and the project was a proof of concept to some extent.

Mainstream acceptance
The question for many in the lighting industry will be at what price level mainstream consumers will adopt OLED lighting. Dietmar Thomas, a communications specialist at Philips, has gone on the record saying that OLEDs would find application in home lighting in 2015.
Acuity’s Lu prefers to discuss the price issue in consumer electronics terms, using flat-panel TVs as an analogy. Lu asked, “What kind of premium can OLED luminaires command?” He said that in the TV market, consumer electronics vendors believe that a significant number of buyers will pay 30–50% more for an OLED TV relative to an LED-backlit LCD TV. Of course OLED TVs haven’t hit that price level yet, so no one knows for sure. Still, Lu believes that OLED lighting will command a similar premium. And while OLEDs aren’t within that percentage range relative to LEDs at the light-source level, a system-level comparison will be different. In both technologies the light source is increasingly a diminishing component of the system cost. And when you compare like products in terms of color performance as mentioned previously, the gap narrows further.

Acuity, meanwhile, is working to convert its Kindred, Revel, Trilia, and Canvis OLED product lines to support the new LG Chem panels. By the time this article hits the street, you may well have seen an announcement from Acuity highlighting the superior color performance.
Jeannine Fisher, director of OLED business development at Acuity, said that the company is already shipping products based on the new panels to a lead customer. She also said a soon-to-be-revealed project on the East Coast will be the largest and most dramatic yet supported by Acuity. Fisher said that the company is also preparing to commercially roll out the Modelo and other OLED products announced at Lightfair 2013 with the new LG Chem panels. Fisher also summed up the price question from the company’s perspective, saying, “Relative to other OLED products, our products are very competitively priced.” The key factor is price relative to competitive technologies. But Fisher said OLEDs are competitive with LEDs today in “products that make a similar design statement.” Philips LivingSculpture modular OLED technology allows lighting designers to deliver customized lighting systems with 3D forms using a simple online configuration tool. Philips LivingSculpture modular OLED technology allows lighting designers to deliver customized lighting systems with 3D forms using a simple online configuration tool.

Value proposition
From the value proposition perspective, Philips sees things similarly. Kristin Knappstein, Philips global director of OLED business creation, said that products based on the company’s Lumiblade panels are delivering aesthetics and unique features that can’t be achieved any other way. “We are preferably targeting applications where OLEDs really contribute value and enable new designs or light effects,” said Knappstein. “We consider applications such as vertical or integrated lighting as attractive, as they are based on bringing this distributed light more to human scale, bringing it closer to people by integrating it into furniture and surfaces that surround them.” Still, Knappstein believes that panel makers must continue to drive efficacy and brightness. She added, “When it comes to OLED lighting, it is really about the right balance: It needs first a proper lumen output to really call it a light source, and then it is about delivering excellent light quality by means of rich, warm light without glare and which brings out the true colors.”

Today, Philips is delivering the GL350 panel in its performance line with a flux output of 200 lm from a 124.5-mm square panel. Knappstein said that the company will have a higher-performance product at the upcoming Light+Building tradeshow; we saw that product in the lab and it is very bright. Philips has a broad portfolio of products that are the result of its Lumiblade Creative Lab located in Aachen, Germany. Lighting manufacturers and designers can attend OLED lighting workshops at the lab and even use it as a design studio, working collaboratively with Philips’ OLED experts.

Philips LivingSculpture modular OLED technology allows lighting designers to deliver customized lighting systems with 3D forms using a simple online configuration tool.
The Providence VIP Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia features a lighting system that consists of 1680 OLED panels manufactured by Philips Lighting that provide a dramatic and dynamic experience to club-goers. You can view much of the Lumileds work at the interactive Lumiblade Experience website. The work includes products such as Mimosa that consists of five panels and mechanics that can move the four outer flowers, mimicking a flower opening and closing based on the proximity of a hand or other object to the fixture. That product may be extreme in terms of design, but there are more mainstream products such as the Moorea desk lamp with classic bankers’ lamp dimensions. Even that product has a unique ability to adjust the height and angle of the OLED panels using the power cord and a spring-loaded tensioner.

The floor-standing Acuity Lumen Being OLED lamp targets commercial spaces.
Philips also offers the modular LivingSculpture system that was designed initially by Christopher Bauder of WHITEvoid. Lighting designers can use an online configuration tool to develop ceiling- or wall-mounted systems with 3D contours by varying the length of the mounting rods that connect the panels to the modular base within which the driver is mounted.

Getting back to price
Still, broader acceptance of OLED technology will get back to price and therefore advancements in manufacturing technology. Back in 2012, Philips’ Thomas had predicted that by now the time required to manufacture a panel would have dropped to two minutes. In 2012, Thomas said it could take as long as 30 minutes to grow what can be as many as 20 to 30 layers that comprise the OLED stack on a glass substrate.
Philips will not quantify exactly where the manufacturing time stands today. The company has commissioned a new production line, although it’s off-limits to visiting journalists right now. We toured the older line. It looks something like an elongated racetrack with sequential chambers through which the glass panels pass on carriers, with each chamber designed to grow a specific OLED layer. Designed by Jason Bruges Studio, the Mimosa luminaire features moving parts with Philips OLED panels that mimic the opening and closing of flower petals.
One issue, however, is that some panel designs need multiple applications of the same layer at different places in the stack. In the older line, the panel must circuit the production line if the chamber that delivers the next required layer is behind the traffic flow in the sequential line. That means panels pass through chambers many times with no processing taking place.

Thomas said that the new line uses a dual track system to move panels on carriers through the sequence. A panel can move to a sidetrack and travel backwards for repetitive processing steps. That change would presumably make a significant improvement in production time. Despite all the challenges, what has become apparent in the last 18 months is that OLEDs can be used today to deliver both functional and striking lighting designs. The price remains high, but the premium is not as high as it first appears if you compare the cost of high-CRI LED-based systems or if the comparison is relative to unique form factors. Despite fledgling success in the market, it’s clear that OLED proponents believe deeply in the future of the technology.

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Soraa delivers 10-degree beam in LED-based PAR20 lamps

Soraa delivers 10-degree beam in LED-based PAR20 lamps
Published on: April 1, 2015
By Maury Wright
Editor in Chief, LEDs Magazine and Illumination in Focus

Soraa has announced that it has integrated its VP3 Vivid Color technology into a smaller LED PAR20 lamp form factor with an integrated 120V driver in the lamp. The solid-state lighting (SSL) product options include models with a beam as narrow as 10° and CCT choice of 2700K, 3000K, 4000K, and 5000K. The 10.8W LED PAR20 lamps can replace 75W and 90W halogen lamps and deliver superior color rendering along with superior illumination of white items treated with optical brightening agents.

LED PAR20 lamps can replace 75W and 90W halogen incumbents while delivering flexibility in beam pattern, CCT, and optical accessories.

The advantage of Soraa’s approach to LEDs has been broadly discussed especially relative to the illumination of both color and white items. The VP3 Vivid Color descriptor implies the violet LED and three-phosphor mix that enables the company’s products to deliver 95-CRI light with R9 performance of 95 as well – traits shared by the new LED PAR20 lamps.

Still, it may be the options in beam angle and center beam candle power (CBCP) that may allow the Soraa lamps to standout in the directional-lighting field. In recent reports, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has noted that LED lamps trail incumbent technology in narrow beam angles. But the new LED PAR20 lamps at 10° deliver CBCP of 8000–9000 cd based on CCT, for lamps in the 95-CRI Vivid line. That number goes to 11,000 cd for 80-CRI lamps in the Brilliant line.

The company offers the lamps over the range of 10°, 25°, 36°, and 60° beams. Moreover, it offers the optical accessories in the Snap product family for needs such as diffusers and filters. The Snap system uses magnets to attach the optical accessories quickly and securely.
“Powered by the world’s most efficient LED, the PAR20 provides unmatched color quality with our VP3 technology and superior optics with our Point Source Optics technology, while still delivering 85% energy-efficiency over standard halogen lamps,” said George Stringer, senior vice president of America sales and marketing at Soraa. “Neither too big nor small, the PAR20 is perfect in every way.”

Soraa says all of the LED PAR20 lamps are rated for use in enclosed fixtures indoors or outdoors. The products are rated for use in damp locations. Soraa specifies the products within a 3-step MacAdam ellipse in terms of color consistency. The company also promised a lower-power 50W-equivalent PAR20 lamp in the near future.
The only small negative with the lamp family is in the area of efficacy. Depending on CCT and CRI, efficacy ranges from 46–54 lm/W. But in general, LED-based products with warm CCTs and good CRI capabilities inevitably feature lower efficacy.

Indeed, the PAR20 shares the legacy with the Soraa PAR30 product that won the replacement lamps category in the inaugural LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards. One of the judges noted that only efficacy separated the Soraa lamp from a perfect score, but also said the lamp design targeted the light quality required by demanding applications such as high-end retail over energy efficiency. But Soraa points out that the products still deliver the aforementioned 85% energy savings relative to incumbent technologies.

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