Friday, 28 October 2016

Optronics Releases Next-Gen Opti-Brite LED Headlamps

Optronics International, a manufacturer and supplier of heavy-duty LED vehicle lighting, announced that it will display its most advanced Opti-Brite LED Headlamps for the first time in booth 3328 at the 2016 AAPEX Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Optronics’ new LED headlamps feature advanced retroflective LED technology engineered to emit a wider, brighter beam for increased visibility and safety, and an eye-catching LED conspicuity array that enhances the lamp’s style and appearance.

The new Opti-Brite LED Headlamps have a signature look and feel that sets them apart from other LED headlamps. Beginning with unique centralized lens elements that house attention-getting LED conspicuity arrays and rear-facing LEDs, the lamps simply look different than anything else on the road. The rear-oriented LEDs interact with precision-engineered metallic parabolic reflectors to create a beam pattern that is ultra bright, with broad, smooth, photometric characteristics that approximate the color temperature of natural sunlight, improving visibility and reducing eye fatigue.

Optronics’ new LED headlamps come in three formats that cover a wide range of vehicle makes and models. The HLL93HLB series fits a seven-inch round format and has both high and low beam functions built in. The HLL79HB high-beam lamps and HLL78LB low-beam lamps fit four- by six-inch rectangular formats and are compatible with four-lamp systems with separate, dedicated high-beam and low-beam lamps.

Vixole's Matrix shoe puts an active LED display on your feet

Now that Nike's Back to the Future-inspired high tops exist, and the famous self-lacing tech has arrived on a consumer product, even footwear is beginning to get smarter. With a little crowdfunding help, Vixole will be making its own contribution to the growing lineup of forward-thinking kicks, with its Matrix shoe. The startup's Indiegogo campaign launched today and aims to put customizable LED displays for static or motion graphics on everyone's feet. It's not just for eye candy, however: The design includes an array of sensors that can adjust the visuals according to movement, GPS coordinates or even react to your playlist.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

This Light Bulb Changing Drone

Dynamo LED’s custom display at Gatwick

Hour Passion, a concept store belonging the watchmaker Swatch Group, is one of the first shop fronts in the UK to built entirely from an LED video display. The custom built LED display from Dynamo LED measures 6720mm by 3936mm and features right angle returns on the entrance to the shop.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Philips Lighting joins $7 million round for smart building sensor maker PointGrab

Israel’s PointGrab has raised $7 million in funding for its sensors for smart buildings. The investors include lighting company Philips Lighting; Mitsubishi UFJ Capital Co. (MUCAP), a venture capital arm of Japan’s largest financial group; and existing investors ABB Technology Ventures (ATV) and others. Israel-based PointGrab makes CogniPoint, a smart-sensing solution that detects people in buildings and shuts off lighting if there’s no one around who needs it. The goal is to enable effective building management and save money through energy efficiency.

As use of LED street lights grows, so do concerns over ‘blue light’

Spurred by a desire to lower energy costs, cities and towns in the area — and throughout the country — are overhauling their street lights. One after another, high-pressure sodium lights, a longtime industry standard, are being replaced with brighter, more efficient LEDs. But specialists warn that the “blue light” from some LEDs can disrupt the body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that influences sleep, if exposed to it at night

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

GE says it will close eastern Illinois lamp plant in 2017

General Electric Lighting says its plant in Mattoon in eastern Illinois will close in August 2017.
The company said this summer that it planned to close the plant next year unless its employees could come up with an acceptable alternative for the facility. According to WAND-TV in Decatur, the company said in a statement Wednesday that the drop in demand for traditional lighting means the plant is now operating at 40 percent of its capacity.