Archive for May, 2010

At Arm’s Length: Modernist LED Desk Lamps

28 May

In 1986, Pixar released its first film, a 2.5-minute computer-animated short featuring two expressive desk lamps. This was the the ’80s, so we assume that Luxo and Luxo Jr. were probably energy-sucking non-LED lights (of course, this hasn’t been confirmed by Pixar!). Cute as the little guys were, we’re thankful to have a whole stable of better options today, including the sleek, modern ones shown below the jump.
Shown above the jump, from left to right:

1. The Leaf Personal Light, designed by Ives Béhar for Herman Miller, uses 20 LEDs, resulting in 40 percent less energy than a compact fluorescent bulb and up to 100,000 hours of use. And its assertive shape personifies Béhar’s believe that “design’s purpose is not only to show us the future, but to bring us the future.”
2. Artemide’s Talak table light, with a chrome /steel stem, rotates 360 degrees on the horizontal plane and features a dimmer switch.
3. Rendered in an unusual gray-yellow, the Crane Desk Lamp from CB2 promises to enliven workspaces from drab to fab. Best of all, the LED light lasts a decade.
4. Leave it to Design Within Reach to offer oodles of LED options. Its aluminum-alloy Kelvin LED Table Lamp stood out for its slender, square head that swivels.
5. From the mecca of S-wrenches and Swedish meatballs comes the Janslö work lamp, IKEA’s curvaceous light that consumes 70 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
6. Not for those who fear creepy crawlies, the PizzaKobra Lamp by Ron Arad for the MoMA Collection can be pulled in every which direction from flat to tall. The coil features six LED bulbs within its steel/aluminum construction.
7. The Link Table Lamp, designed by Peter Stathis for Pablo, boasts 15 high-output LED lights and a high-low switch. Choose from an array of juicy colors.

Post by Sarah Firshein May 27, 2010 04:30PM


Cree Signs Agreement for Expansion in Huizhou, China

28 May

Cree, Inc.  announced yesterday (Nov. 9) an agreement to purchase a 592,000-square-foot facility in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, China. The facility will be Cree’s first chip-production facility outside of North America and is targeted to also house future components manufacturing expansion.

“This investment enables us to expand our presence in China and demonstrates our commitment to serving the growing demands of both our local and global LED customers,” said Chuck Swoboda, Cree chairman and CEO. “We are building on a solid foundation in Huizhou with a strong local management team and a history of manufacturing excellence. We look forward to continued success in China as we drive the LED lighting revolution.”

More than half of Cree’s employees work in China, mostly at the current Huizhou factory. Cree recognizes the support of Party Secretary YeBin Huang and Mayor RuQiu Li during the site selection process.

Cree also announced that Huizhou is joining the Cree LED City® program, an international initiative aimed at promoting the deployment of energy-efficient LED lighting. Huizhou has completed several LED streetlight trials and is in the process of deploying LED streetlights in the ZhongKai Hightech Industrial Zone.


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2010 4th Road Lamp Patio Lamp & Outdoor Lighting Fair (RLF2010)

28 May

2010 4th Road Lamp Patio Lamp & Outdoor Lighting Fair(RLF2010) is one of the leading trade fair for all lighting industry in China. The exhibition will be held from Sep. 15 to Sep.17 2010 at Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Centre which is being organized by City Illumination Committee of China Municipal Engineering Association and Guangzhou Grandeur Exhibition Service Co., Limited.

The speed of LED lighting take place of traditional lighting sharply ,government commit in promoting enery-saving policies,and the cost of LED lighting began to fall ,also the ban on incandescent bulbs in China , these factors help to stimulate business potential. Welcome to RLF2010.

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Sony shows off its new OLED screen

28 May

Sony now shows off its new flexible OLED display that is 4.1-inches and just 80 μm thick. The screen is able to display the image even when fully rolled up and can be rolled around a pen or pencil in the office.

Sony said the screen can provide 432×240 pixel resolution, but there are no plans to release it to market.



For Replacement Lamps, LEDs are Different

26 May

Many energy efficiency programs have been promoting compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to reduce energy use. Rebates and discounts by major retail outlets have dramatically increased shipments of CFLs in the US — from 5% of the total lamps bought in 2004 to 23% in 2007. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that Energy Star CFL sales for 2007 were nearly double those in 2006.

However, gains in efficient lighting have been fragile in the US. Sales of CFLs have dropped in the current recession to 21% of total US consumer light-bulb sales in 2008 from 23% in 2007, according to the US Department of Energy. The steep decline in CFL shipments, even in regions that had invested in CFL promotions such as Vermont and Massachusetts, is a cause of concern to all who aspire to promote energy efficient lighting.

There are many possible reasons for this decline in the market share of CFLs. New users have not been added to the market as disposable incomes have declined and customers are sensitive to higher prices Early adopters bought the long-lasting CFLs and the rest of the market has not followed suit Color quality issues of CFL persist and cannot be overcome with incentives Fear of mercury in CFLs has not been adequately addressed.

In order to promote energy savings, CFLs are heavily discounted or are being given away, and incandescent bulbs are scheduled to be banned in the U.S beginning in 2012 (they are already banned in Europe). In spite of heavy investment in promoting CFLs, incandescent technology has proved difficult to unseat, especially in the residential segment.

There is no publicly available data on the number of CFLs that are recycled, but in a report on CFL recycling programs around the world published in July 2009 by the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA), CFL recycling rates vary from 87% in Taiwan (which includes all fluorescent) to 3% in 2004 in Canada. Only 2% of CFLs were recycled by German households in 2008. There is increasing evidence that efficient recycling of CFLs is going to require heavy investments in new infrastructure and public education.

Although CFLs were introduced in 1980s, they became a part of energy policy only in this century. If it had been left to the markets, CFLs would likely have made only a small dent in the market by now.

Today CFLs are the technology most closely associated with energy- efficient lighting, but LED lighting has started gaining mind share, at least in energy efficiency circles. The economic downturn has dampened the rate of the transition to efficient lighting technology. However, issues relating to global warming, energy security and environmental degradation are now a part of the public psyche. Although not many people have invested in efficient lighting, the awareness about efficient lighting options has increased. The LED lighting industry has continued to grow in spite of the economic downturn.

Since 2008, the price of HB LEDs has declined 10% to 25%. More LED manufacturing capacity has been created. The quality of white LEDs in terms of lumen output and CRI has improved. Warm white LED luminaires are comparable in terms of quality of light with incandescent lamps, but without their inefficiencies. However, the volumes have not yet reached critical levels at which the costs can be as competitive with CFLs.

There have been attempts around the world to design “demand pull” and “supply push” strategies for CFLs. The rate of penetration is directly proportional to the investments made in promoting CFLs. The outright ban on incandescents with distribution of free CFLs in Cuba has paid off. Similar strategies can be directed to LED applications that are ready to be pushed into the marketplace with no fear of releasing mercury. Moreover, LEDs can be used with controls that can offer further energy savings that are not possible using available CFL technology.

China has made developing LED technology one of its national priorities. It has embarked on the 21-city program, which will showcase LED applications, and it is expanding LED manufacturing clusters to seven regions. The grand experiment with LED streetlight installations is going through iterations, improving these products in the process.

Just three years ago LEDs were too dim for street lighting; in 2009 Los Angeles is installing 7,000 streetlights, with tens of thousands more planned for following years. There is an expectation that the problems relating to toxic material content, quality of light, and reliability of performance, like those encountered by CFL products, can be avoided by LED technology. There are agencies and organizations working to prevent those problems in spite of market pressures to flood the market with substandard products. This time it can be different.

 Written by Vrinda Bhandarkar, a Sr. Market Research Analyst of Strategies Unlimited.


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