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Please turn out the lights

April 24, 2013 9:18 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

When I was a child, my brother and I would play a little game, flipping on light switches and counting the minutes until my dad turned them off. He told us that someday we’d pay the electric bill and he’d have the last laugh, watching us pad around turning out lights just like he had.

U.S. seeks voluntary limits on car touchscreens

April 24, 2013 8:56 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. traffic safety regulators are asking automakers to put stronger limits on how long drivers can use in-car touchscreens in an effort to curb distracted driving.The voluntary guidelines unveiled Tuesday would restrict the amount of time it takes to perform a single function on the car's audio/visual systems to two seconds.

LED lighting system provides engaging, customized experience

April 23, 2013 12:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Acuity Brands, Inc. will unveil a new LED lighting system concept during LIGHTFAIR International 2013, April 23-25, in Philadelphia. Using wall-recessed LED luminaires, the system is a unique combination of indirect ambient illumination and luminous presentations to provide an engaging, visual experience that can be customized for the occupant and the space.


Cause of LED efficiency droop finally revealed

April 23, 2013 10:30 am | by UC Santa Barbara | News | Comments

Researchers at University of California, Santa Barbara, in collaboration with colleagues at the École Polytechnique in France, have conclusively identified Auger recombination as the mechanism that causes light emitting diodes to be less efficient at high drive currents.

LED arrays promise design flexibility, ease of use, and energy efficiency

April 19, 2013 4:21 pm | by LED array, Vero, solid state lighting | Product Releases | Comments

Bridgelux announced the commercial availability of the Vero LED array, a solid state light source that is positioned as making quality lighting easy. All form factors of the LED arrays are now commercially available and shipping to customers and distribution partners worldwide. The

LED signage & display kit enables rapid design creation and quick prototyping

April 19, 2013 3:24 pm | Jkl Components Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

JKL Components Corporation has announced the availability of an LED Signage & Display Kit  — Part Number SK14. It includes a full selection of LED technologies appropriate for use in the signage, display, gaming and architectural industries. These kits are excellent for product development of backlit signs....

Waterproof LED drivers include optional 0-10V dimming

April 18, 2013 4:53 pm | Phihong | Product Releases | Comments

Phihong USA has introduced a new series of waterproof LED drivers for use in a broad range of residential and commercial applications. Designated the PDA040 series, the LED power supplies are available in constant-current outputs of 700, 1050 and 1400mA at a nominal input voltage rating of 120-277VAC.

Flexible, extended version of sensor features rugged ⅛” diameter stainless steel cable

April 18, 2013 12:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

BlueLevel Technologies, Inc, has announced a flexible extended length version of the Model AP/APX RF admittance point level sensor using a rugged ⅛” diameter stainless steel cable.  To aid in the shedding of material from the cable a Teflon coating has been added, which has an extremely low coefficient of friction.


LED drivers offer output power from 18W to 200W

April 17, 2013 3:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The GenLume series of LED drivers from ERG Lighting offers a wide range of efficient and reliable drivers with output power from 18W to 200W, including exclusive easy-to-install wiring compartments that eliminate the need for a J-box. Applications include signage, outdoor lighting, strip lighting, and industrial illumination....

April 2013: Power and Wireless Power Supplies

April 17, 2013 2:52 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

The April issue of ECN deals with power and wireless power supplies. In the Editor’s View, Executive Editor Chris Warner discusses Marissa Mayer’s infamous memo to Yahoo employees, Managing Editor Kasey Panetta details bendable display technology, and Technical Contributor M. Simon delves into the pros and cons of LEDs as they relate to design.

Tailored bar module ideal for research and development

April 17, 2013 9:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

DILAS offers a 120 Watt, high-brightness and high-efficiency device from a tailored bar (T-Bar) based, 976nm, 100-micron, 0.22NA fiber-coupled module. Through the optimization of semiconductor chip structures and optical parameters, DILAS’  T-Bar architecture delivers high beam quality....

Compact IRED ideal for gesture detection

April 15, 2013 2:37 pm | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The new infrared (IRED) Oslon black SFH 4716S from Osram Opto Semiconductors is one of the most powerful IREDs on the market, with an optical output of 1030 milliwatts (mW) and a beam angle of 150 degrees. It offers perfect illumination at a range of a few yards/meters and is ideal for gesture detection systems....

LED roof-mount light includes manual controls

April 15, 2013 2:16 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics Magnalight released the RFM-LED-7 roof mounted, pan and tilt LED light.  Equipped with a handle and shaft suited for most standard vehicles, this roof mounted LED light can be positioned quickly and easily by operators from inside their vehicle.


Goodbye fluorescent bulb? Philips says yes.

April 11, 2013 2:09 pm | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

If you've worked in an office, you're probably familiar with the soft glow of fluorescent tubes drifting from the ceiling. If Europe's Philips brand is right, those lamps could soon be history. Royal Philips NV, the Dutch consumer appliances giant, said Thursday that it has developed an LED light that will soon be far more efficient than the best fluorescents on the market.

Tool provides CCM and buck LED driver designs in under a minute

April 10, 2013 10:31 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor’s Power Supply WebDesigner design and simulation tool provides complete designs in under a minute and includes complete continuous conduction mode (CCM), non-isolated active PFC buck and buck LED driver designs. From user-specified design inputs, the

LED backlight delivers 8,640 lumens

April 9, 2013 4:48 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics Magnalight announced the addition of a magnetically mounted LED back light for commercial and industrial applications.  The WAL-M-3X48LED-120 features three positional LED light heads, delivering 8,640 lumens, anchored by a stout aluminum frame and 600 pounds of magnetic grip.

Round LEDs provide efficient match for circular optical systems and narrow beam projectors

April 9, 2013 4:39 pm | Mouser Electronics, Luminus Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics announced it is stocking the world’s first round LED, the CBT-140 Big Chip Round LEDs from Luminus Devices. This new round emitting aperture provides the most efficient match for circular optical systems and narrow beam projectors.

LCD, LED, Plasma, OLED TVs as fast as possible

April 9, 2013 8:56 am | Videos | Comments

LCD, LED, Plasma, OLED - These terms get uses by sales people at your local TV store, but do you REALLY understand what they mean? Learn the basics in under 3 minutes! Linus Sebastian of Techquickie gives a good primer on these common display technologies.

LED string light system designed to provide higher efficiency and output

April 8, 2013 2:00 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics’ has announced today the release of a hazardous location LED string light system designed to provide higher efficiency, higher output, and better reliability and safety than traditional incandescent string lights. The EPL-SL-8X4FT-LED Explosion Proof LED String Light set incorporates the latest in LED lighting technology....

Explosion-proof metal halide light produces 32,000 lumens

April 5, 2013 10:39 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics Magnalight has announced today the release of an explosion proof metal halide work light with magnetic mounting base designed to provide high power illumination combined with versatile mounting capabilities. The EPL-BS-70-220V-100-3XMB Explosion Proof Metal Halide Light produces 32,000 lumens of light output....

LEDs ideal for stage, booth lighting at trade fairs, and architectural lighting

April 4, 2013 2:18 pm | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The new Osram Ostar Stage LEDs from Osram Opto Semiconductors offer high luminance of 48 million candelas per square meter (Mcd/m²) and tunable color tones from cold white to warm white. Combined with their extremely low-profile design and glass cover with anti-reflective coating...

Television's next big thing: Smell-O-Vision (again)

April 3, 2013 3:44 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Now that 3D television has failed to take off the way designers were hoping, companies have moved on to a newer, better, greater, bound-for-failure idea: Smell-O-Vision. Haruka Matsukura and a team from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology have designed an olfactory display system that can work in conjunction with a 2D display.

LED linear modules boast 145lm/W luminous efficacy

April 3, 2013 10:23 am | Samsung | Product Releases | Comments

Samsung Electronics announced the introduction of a new lineup of Zhaga-compliant LED H-Series linear modules that feature extremely high efficacy, as well as excellent light quality, and color consistency for use in a wide range of LED lighting applications including ambient lighting and linear fixtures.

Multitouch capacitive product able to sense up to 10 fingers simultaneously

April 2, 2013 2:26 pm | Amulet Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Amulet Technologies is pleased to announce today its plans to launch the Multitouch Capacitive 4.3" GEMmodule developed in conjunction with partners Cypress Semiconductor Corporation and Clicktouch NV. The new product will be able to sense up to 10 fingers simultaneously on the multitouch screen....

Precision-grade optical breakhoards ideal for critical laboratory, ultrafast applications

April 1, 2013 11:27 am | Newport Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Newport Corporation introduces precision-grade (PG) optical breadboards with patented modal damping to improve dynamic performance.  Ideal for the most critical laboratory and ultrafast applications, the new PG breadboards include sealed mounting holes which make it simple and easy to contain and clean up spills or retrieve small objects.

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