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opportunities presented by the increasing rapid adoption of high brightness LEDs,
in all their forms and applications, represents nothing short of a "digital
revolution" for a previously "analog" world. LEDs are having a
substantial disruptive effect on a number of established technologies, and where
there is disruption, there is an intense need for information.
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is booming and the 2011/2012 Summit Series is coming back to keep the message
Launched in 2008, the SSL
Summit will bring the quality story to New York City in October 2011, and
then back to LA in March 2012. At every one of the Summit events, the feedback
remains consistent: Just what we need, do it again soon. The Summit brings together
lighting decision makers with industry thought leaders, pioneers, and innovators
from the across the solid state lighting eco-system.
Continuing the tradition, 2011/2012 will continue
to be all about quality, quality, quality.Showcase
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eMagin Claims Brightest Full Color OLED Microdisplay LIGHTimes News Staff
May 16, 2013...Bellvue, Washington-based eMagin claims to have developed the world’s
brightest family of lower power sipping and full color organic light emitting
diode (OLED) microdisplays. eMagin contends that the luminance of its Color
OLED-XLSTM, at 1000 nits, is four times brighter than the current industry
The company says that the new display requires just half the power compared
to the company’s current color displays of the same brightness,. It is
fully compatible with eMagin’s entire VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA and WUXGA
The company's display technology enables optical solutions for head-mounted
display applications requiring full color including: augmented vision/reality
products used in simulation & training devices, and medical, maintenance
and process-control ‘see-through’ data glasses and safety
eMagin will be demonstrating the Color OLED-XLS for the first time at next
week’s Society for Information Display being held at the Vancouver
Convention Center. Engineering samples are available immediately with fully
qualified production units expected by the fourth quarter 2013.
“Our clients have been asking us to push the known limits in order
to create more versatile color microdisplays that are both visible in bright
environments and power efficient. We have met and surpassed both requirements
with the development of the Color OLED-XLS,” said Andrew G. Sculley,
president and CEO of eMagin Corporation. “This technology will enable
indoor and outdoor augmented reality headsets for commercial, military and
industrial use. We are well on the way to OLED microdisplays that can be even
brighter for aircraft heads-up displays and consumer data
Daktronics Video Display System Installed at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids LIGHTimes News Staff
May 15, 2013...Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota USA, has designed, manufactured and
installed an integrated LED video display system for the City of Cedar Rapids,
Iowa. The display was installed at the home field of the Cedar Rapids Kernels,
Veterans Memorial Stadium. The stadium is a 5,300 capacity facility that opened
in 2002, replacing the original Veterans Memorial Stadium built in 1949.
“The Kernels have been very pleased through the entire process
with Daktronics,” said Andrew Pantini, communications manager for
the Kernels. “Installation, training and the technical support that
was needed allowed the Kernels to be up and running in a short period of time.
We have achieved the 'WOW' factor we were looking for under a very tight
installation and training schedule. The display is amazing even in bright,
The new display, which measures approximately 30 feet high by 48 feet wide,
features a 15 millimeter pixel layout. It incorporates excellent image clarity
and contrast, multiple levels of protection from the elements and a robust
The display can show one large image to highlight live video and instant
replays, and can also be divided into separate windows to show a variety of
vivid graphics, colorful animations, up-to-the-minute statistics, scoring
information and sponsor advertisements, all with what the company describes as
outstanding brightness and wide-angle visibility.
Daktronics DakStats® software is included with the installation for managing
game, season and career statistics. It delivers and tracks statistics and
provides in-depth statistical reports for all levels of play, from high school
to professional. Daktronics’ contends that its national statistical
leader board is a valuable product that no other company offers.
“The City of Cedar Rapids and the Cedar Rapids Kernels have been a
long-time partner of Daktronics and we are excited about the opportunity to
continue our partnership with this new display installation,” said
Matt Warnke, Daktronics sales representative. “The new 15HD display
provides an even greater fan experience for fans of the Kernels and Veterans
Daktronics boasts that its LED video and messaging display technology offers
a long lifetime with minimal maintenance and low power consumption, providing
value and excitement for years to come.
Osram Opto Semiconductors Joins Project to Improve Functionality of Adaptive Forward Lighting Headlamps LIGHTimes News Staff
May 14, 2013...Osram Opto Semiconductors is coordinating a project to develop the framework for adaptive forward lighting headlamps. The joint project, which is part of the “Photonics Research Germany” program, is in the “Integrated Microphotonics” Field of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FMER).The goal of the project is to develop develop the technical framework for a new class of energy-efficient LED headlamps with supplementary traffic safety functions.
Adaptive forward lighting, which is glare-free camera-controlled headlamps
that react instantly, will help drivers even more in the future thanks to
additional intelligent functions. This functionality requires the integration
of microelectronics and optoelectronics. Osram is contributing its expertise as
the project coordinator and market leader in LED lighting for the automotive
This framework can provide the basis for adaptive forward lighting systems
(AFS) that will offer drivers and passengers increased safety. The design of
adaptive lighting will come for example from glare-free high-beam, and low-beam
that adapts to the speed of the vehicle. At high speed the range of the light
is automatically increased. In city traffic, a wider distribution of the light
can help illuminate more of the sidewalk and margins. These functions will be
fully electronic so there is no need for mechanical actuators.
Osram’s Specialty Lighting division will be developing new electronic
control gear for controlling the LED headlamp system. The Fraunhofer Institute
for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM) is contributing its expertise in
interconnection technology and materials, and Infineon Technologies is offering
its experience in automotive electronics and LED drivers. The automotive
industry supplier and lighting specialist HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co. will
develop the entire optical system for the LED module and the headlamps, and
will build prototypes. Daimler, an engineering company in the automotive
sector, will carry out the vehicle tests.
Project coordinator Stefan Grötsch is responsible for LED applications in
automotive lighting at Osram Opto Semiconductors. Grötsch said, “We
have brought together major-league players in their respective sectors,
assembling a wealth of expertise for this pioneering project around one
table.” The project is being sponsored by the German Federal
Ministry of Education and Research (FMER) under reference number 13N12510 and
is scheduled to run from February 1, 2013 to January 31, 2016.
Larson Electronics Releases 120 Watt 365NM Ultraviolet LED Light for UV Curing Applications LIGHTimes News Staff
May 9, 2013...Larson Electronics has released the LEDLB-24E-UV-365NM ultraviolet LED light
for curing applications. According to the company, the compact UV light is
designed to provide a cost effective alternative to 400 watt UV bulbs used for
curing coatings and primer.
The LEDLB-24E-UV-365NM ultraviolet LED light bar from Larson
Electronics’ Magnalight.com reportedly combines high intensity with an
IP68 rating that makes the UV LED light bar waterproof to three meters. It
produces an ultraviolet light beam with a peak of 365 nanometer wavelength.
This ultraviolet emitter features twenty-four five watt UV LED emitters
producing 12.5 mW/cm2 each when measured at 12”. The UV LED emitters are
paired with high purity optics to produce a wide spreading flood beam or a
tightly focused spot beam.
The company says that the LEDLB-24E-UV-365NM can effectively cure objects as
its 400 watt metal halide counterpart, without producing heat and while using
third of the amp draw. These light bars operate on low voltage direct current
and can utilize voltages ranging from 9 to 48VDC without the need for a
transformer, making them ideal for use with vehicles and automotive batteries
that commonly provide 12 or 24 volt DC power. This can enable cordless paint
Alternatively, Larson Electronics provides AC to DC transformers, enabling
operators to power this light from any 120-277V AC power source. The housings
are constructed of extruded aluminum, and an unbreakable polycarbonate lens
gives these light bars unparalleled durability and the strength to withstand
rugged use that would destroy typical gas burning lamps. These ultraviolet
lights have a 50,000 hour operational life.
"The LEDLB-24E-UV-365NM ultraviolet LED curing light is a direct
replacement for traditional 400 watt UV curing lamps,” said Robert
Bresnahan of Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com. “This UV light
can be used with vehicle body repair, tank coatings, aerospace, powder coating,
and any applications that utilize ultraviolet curable products. The beauty of
this compact ultraviolet emitted is it produces no heat, resulting in longer
exposure times without risking overheating from the lamps. Combined with a
50,000 hour life span and no warm-up times, this ultraviolet LED light is a
must have for all curing applications.”
Northern Illinois University Upgrades Huskie Stadium with Daktronics Integrated Video and Sound System LIGHTimes News Staff
May 7, 2013...Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota USA, reports that Northern Illinois
University will be getting a new integrated video and audio system designed,
manufactured and installed by Daktronics.
“We are really excited about the scoreboards and audio system at
Huskie Stadium," said NIU Head Coach Rod Carey. "We already have one
of the best home crowds in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and a 21-game
winning streak on Brigham Field, so I'm happy we're able to make these
improvements to make game day even better for our fans.”
The new display, which measures 15.5 feet high and 39.5 feet wide,
effectively doubles the width of the previous display. It features a 15HD pixel
layout that Daktronics says will combine better image clarity and contrast with
multiple display programming options. Examples of the display programming
options include: showing one large image to highlight live video and replays,
sectioning the display into multiple windows to show a variety of animations
and graphics, showcasing up-to-the-minute statistics, or showing scoring
information, sponsor messages, and other announcements.
“Daktronics has been really supportive to NIU over the past ten
seasons as well as assisting us with the new video displays and sound
system,” said Patrick Gorman, director/producer at Northern Illinois
University media services. “The new video display system will
significantly upgrade the fan experience at NIU Football games providing more
vibrant, detailed video and graphics on the displays.”
Additionally, a new ribbon display featuring 20 millimeter line spacing will
stretch 100 feet along the east and west sides of the grandstands between the
35-yard-lines. These displays will showcase sponsors throughout events and
display other game-day information, statistics, and graphics.
“The most visible change will be the LED ribbon boards on the east
and west fascia. They will have an immediate impact providing more avenues to
advertise, improving statistics and game information, as well as a great way to
engage with our fans with prompts adding to the aura of college
football,” added Gorman.
Daktronics will also install a custom audio system, which will be integrated
with the video and scoring system. The audio system will provide full-range
sound reproduction and will offer upgraded quality to the east and west
Along with the installation, Daktronics Creative Services will provide
creative content tailored to the university including: animations, crowd
prompts, and sponsor messages. These will be delivered prior to the start of
the season to help the Huskies pump up their fans with the newly installed
“We have been really pleased with the services and attention that
Daktronics has provided NIU in the past and really look forward to continuing
this relationship in the future,” Gorman said.
“We’re proud to be able to continue our strong relationship
with NIU, and we look forward to seeing these upgrades in action on game
day,” said Joey Hulsebus, Daktronics sales representative.
Daktronics says its LED video and messaging display technology offers a long
lifetime with minimal maintenance and low power consumption.
Blue Outdoor Selects Daktronics LED Display Technology for Boston's South Station LIGHTimes News Staff
May 2, 2013...Since the start of 2013, Boston's South Station, the city's largest train
station and intercity bus terminal, has shown off its new large-format, hanging
LED advertising screens. Daktronics Inc., designed and manufactured each of the
two LED displays that measure approximately 10-feet high by 18-feet wide and
have 6 millimeter pixel spacing. Blue Outdoor, a New York based outdoor
advertising company, purchased the displays primarily for advertising but plans
to eventually offer interactive marketing on the screens.
"Much of the content is solely for advertising, but other content such
as news alerts and weather alerts are also featured," said Evan Seigerman,
CEO of Blue Outdoor. "The initial goal is to sell to as many advertisers
… so 95 percent of the time it will be dedicated towards ads."
The screens are designed for premier organizations and locations that can
accept only the highest image quality at the closest viewing distances. The
Daktronics technology employs the 3-in-1 SMD (surface-mount device) LED to what
Daktronics says is exceptional brightness, unsurpassed viewing angles and
incredible picture detail.
South Station, which is located in the heart of Boston's major business
district, serves as the major downtown commuter rail station. It is a hub for
Boston's primary public transportation system, the MBTA and a main stop for
Amtrak's Northeast Corridor Service. The nearly 4 million monthly visitors will
also enjoy high-quality audio harmonized with the hanging LED video displays
from focused directional speakers.
XL Video Supplies LED Screens for Fun Concert LIGHTimes News Staff
April 30, 2013...The show for Grammy Award winning New York based indie pop band, Fun was
augmented with XL Video supplied LED screens, cameras, Hippotizer media
servers. Paul Normandale created the video and lighting design. Normandale
was asked by management to come up with an inventive concept specifically for
the sold-out Hammersmith Apollo show on the band’s latest UK tour. Once
again, he teamed up with XL Video to help make this happen. He worked closely
with XL’s Project Manager, Gareth Jeanne.
Normandale wanted everyone to be able to see a bigger picture rather than
those at the front being bombarded just by a load of fragmented pixels. This
informed his choice of LED surface. He collaborated with Cincinnati based
design studio Lightbourne who produced the video playback content. The whole
video look and idea reportedly brought a nice sense of quirky humor and visual
intelligence to the stage.
A rectangular screen made up of semi-transparent Pixled F-12 was specified
upstage because the LED starcloth at the back would be visible through it
during certain songs. Normandale was also one of the first designers to use the
F-12 when it was launched last year – on Coldplay’s world tour. The
fronts of the three band risers were clad with Pixled FX-11 because dimensions
were the nearest match to the depth of the riser fronts. Two Barco HD20K
projectors were used as an effects lightsource in dramatic full over-stage
All the LED displays were fed by two Green Hippo Hippotizer media servers,
programmed and run for the day by Ben Miles using a grandMA2 light console
which was specified by Normandale.
XL also supplied four Bradley Cam-Ball 2 robo-cams used for the often
heavily effected IMAG. These robo-cams were positioned upstage and downstage
left and right so they could catch a wide selection of shots including some
impressive reverses of the audience.
Additionally, a couple of mini-cams were placed around the stage. The
cameras were operated and cut by XL’s Dave Rogers using an AVS-HS400
mixer / switcher, and one TX feed from that was sent to the Hippotizer to be
sized, masked affected as necessary … and then output to screen by
Jeanne, Rogers and Miles, were joined on the day of the show by XL LED
Technicians Matt Doughty and Matt Gourd. Surprisingly they managed to set up
and program in time for doors opening on the same day, despite not having seen
the show previously! The fantastic looking show looked so polished that most
thought it had been out for some weeks on tour!
Fraser Elisha was the lighting director, Lite Alternative supplied the
lighting equipment and SSE the audio kit.
Heliospectra Chosen to Supply LED Lighting For Plant Cultivation Studies by Institute of Space Systems LIGHTimes News Staff
April 29, 2013...Institute of Space Systems has chosen Heliospectra to supply lighting systems, to study cultivation of plants in remote locations (such as Anartica) or in space. Heliospectra specializes in smart LED lighting systems for plant science and horticulture applications. The Institute of Space Systems is the Bremen site of the German Centre for Aerospace, DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt).
The lighting will be used as part of the research initiative, EDEN (Evolution & Design of Environmentally-closed Nutrition sources), which focuses on bioregenerative life support systems, especially greenhouse modules and technologies for future human habitats in remote locations in space (the Moon, Mars) and on Earth (Antarctica).
One of our projects is to test a greenhouse module at the Neumayer Station III in Antarctica, where the winter team stays in total isolation for nine months in a row in a hostile environment. The goal of the research is to find ways to meet the group’s needs when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables but it will also enable us to study the psychological influence of plants on human isolation. Ultimately this analog test site will enable to generate good research data for future human space exploration and in extension human settlement in the solar system, says DLR research engineer Lucie Poulet.
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