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LED is ideal light source for covert surveillance

February 8, 2013 10:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The infrared Oslon black SFH 4725S LED from Osram Opto Semiconductors has a wavelength of 940 nanometers, making it nearly invisible to the human eye, and its black package reflects virtually no ambient light. Together with its high optical output power of almost one watt...

LED series designed for 12 Volt usage

February 8, 2013 9:58 am | Jkl Components Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

JKL Components Corporation introduces a new addition to its two pin LED series. The new planar Z-G4-10WW is a versatile G-4 solution for designers and technicians who wish to replace traditional halogen lamps. Designed for 12 Volt usage, they are operational from 8-25 Volts AC or DC.

SSLs see bright future in automotive platforms

February 6, 2013 2:43 pm | by Chris A. Ciufo, Mouser Electronics | Mouser Electronics | Blogs | Comments

The world is positively aglow with rapidly changing technology trends in solid state lighting (SSL) LEDs. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), costs dropped by a third in 2011 to about $12 per thousand lumens and will be on their way down to $2 per thousand lumens by 2015 (Strategies Unlimited, August 2012).

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Award-winning Cree XLamp XB-D LEDs available at Mouser

February 5, 2013 11:09 am | Mouser Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. today announced it is stocking the award-winning XLamp XB-D Series LEDs from Cree. The smallest lighting class LED available, the XB-D was selected as a winner of ECN Readers Choice Tech Awards 2012.

LED emitter produces output in the 850nm or 940nm range of the light spectrum

February 4, 2013 1:18 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced today the release of a powerful and extremely durable compact LED emitter designed to produce light output in the 850nm to 940nm range. Measuring only 2 inches wide and 2 inches high, the LEDLB-1-IR Infrared LED Light is an ideal light source for improving the range and resolution of night vision cameras and devices reliant on infrared light.

Miniature DC/DC LED drivers designed to power/control high brightness LEDs

January 31, 2013 2:49 pm | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The LD48 series, now available now from MicroPower Direct, is a family of miniature, DC/DC LED drivers. Specifically designed to power/control high brightness LEDs, these units feature a constant current output up to 1A, PWM & analog dimming, and efficiency to 97 percent. 

LED driver addresses cost and lifetime issues in price-sensitive retrofit bulbs

January 30, 2013 10:57 am | Iwatt | Product Releases | Comments

iWatt Inc. launched a digital AC/DC solid state lighting (SSL) LED driver platform designed specifically to address the key issues of cost and lifetime in price-sensitive, non-dimmable, residential SSL bulb applications. The first device in this new platform is the iW3626, a single-stage driver with output power up to 10W for 60W-equivalent, non-dimmable LED bulbs.

150-watt LED lamp produces 14,790 lumens

January 30, 2013 9:41 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics announced the release of a 150 watt LED pedestal light designed to provide portable high power illumination in areas designated as hazardous locations. Featuring a 150 watt LED lamp producing 14,790 lumens and a lightweight pedestal base, the HAL-PM-1X150LED-100 Hazardous Location LED Light is ideal for workers who need high power illumination in a portable package.

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Are you interested in becoming a Brainstorm expert?

January 29, 2013 10:02 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We here at ECN love to hear what you have to say, so for our April issue we’re opening up the Brainstorm discussion to our faithful readers. We want to hear your thoughts about home energy and the future of technology. Typically, the Brainstorm is an editorial section consisting of short commentary by five or six experts in a particular vertical market.

Red and green traffic light features waterproof construction

January 28, 2013 3:32 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The EPL-TL-2X10W-C Class 1, Division 1 and Class 2 Division 1 LED Traffic Light from Larson Electronics is a new industrial grade LED lighting solution designed to provide reliable and safe operation in hazardous locations. Featuring long life LEDs and waterproof construction, this versatile signal light is ideal for industrial fueling stations....

LED light bar produces 1,368 lumens and uses only 18 watts at 1.5 amps

January 25, 2013 3:02 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The LEDP3W-6 Low Profile High Intensity LED Light Bar from Larson Electronics provides high power illumination in a compact yet durable design. This LED light bar measures only 9 inches long by 2 inches high yet produces 1,368 lumens of bright white light in a waterproof package that can stand up to the most demanding operating conditions.

Explosion-proof light cart features swivel LED fixture

January 24, 2013 9:48 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics announced the release of an explosion proof low profile LED light with cart mounting and swivel attachment. The EPLCD-48-100LED Explosion Proof Low Profile LED Light on Dolly Cart is designed to provide versatile placement and maneuverability to allow operators to precisely place illumination where needed.

What technology do you expect to take the consumer space by storm in 2013? (Part II)

January 21, 2013 11:31 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The question of, "What technology do you expect to take the consumer space by storm in 2013?" continues in part II of the February Brainstorm series as experts take on the question of what will be popular in consumer electronics and the consumer technology space in the next 12 months.

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What technology do you expect to take the consumer space by storm in 2013?

January 21, 2013 11:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The question of, "What technology do you expect to take the consumer space by storm in 2013?" begins in part I of the February Brainstorm series as experts take on the question of what will be popular in consumer electronics and the consumer technology space in the next 12 months.

Do you have what it takes to be a Brainstorm expert?

January 21, 2013 10:36 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We here at ECN love to hear what you have to say, so for our March issue we’re opening up the Brainstorm discussion to our faithful readers. We want to hear your thoughts about lighting and the future of technology.Typically, the Brainstorm is an editorial section consisting of short commentary by five or six experts in a particular vertical market. Check out the Brainstorm archive, here.

LED drivers provide super-slim form factor with extra wide range dimming

January 21, 2013 9:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ArchiLume Series of LED drivers from ERG Lighting has the slimmest 100W drivers on the market for illumination applications requiring an elegant look with smooth, flicker-free dimming and constant voltage output up to 100 watts with very low ripple.

U.S. energy usage and Jevons' paradox

January 18, 2013 11:21 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Blogs | Comments

ECN recently published a piece slamming Texas for passing a law that "allows Texans to make and sell the old-fashioned inefficient kind of bulbs". The author further states that the goal of the national law Texas is opposing "was to lower U. S. energy usage." It will do no such thing. It will increase electrical usage. We have known this since Economist William Jevons discovered the principle in 1865.

Adjustable equipment mounting pole includes surface-mount bracket

January 18, 2013 10:40 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the addition of the TPM-12 Telescoping Light Pole to its extensive line of industrial grade lighting equipment. The TPM-12 adjustable light pole is designed for permanent attachment to walls, supports and flat surfaces, and provides a highly convenient method of mounting lighting, speakers, and similar devices....

Is Apple changing its mind on touch panel structures?

January 18, 2013 9:33 am | by Calvin, Senior Analyst at DisplaySearch | Display Search | Blogs | Comments

Recently, the supply chain has been buzzing about potential changes in the touch technologies used for future iPhones and iPads, in particular involving LCD suppliers rather than touch panel makers. First came a report that Innolux had delivered TOD (touch on display) samples for the iPhone....

UGA researchers invent new material for warm-white LEDs

January 18, 2013 9:02 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Light emitting diodes, more commonly called LEDs, are known for their energy efficiency and durability, but the bluish, cold light of current white LEDs has precluded their widespread use for indoor lighting. Now, University of Georgia scientists have fabricated what is thought to be the world's first LED....

Texas’ light bulb law: Not the brightest bulb on the tree

January 17, 2013 12:13 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

Each January brings with it a slew of laws scheduled to take effect on the first of the year, and 2013 is no exception. As of Jan. 1, for example, it is now illegal to make or sell new 100-watt and 75-watt light bulbs that do not meet the efficiency standards of the federal Energy Independence and Security Act (nicknamed ERISA).

Low-profile, explosion-proof light features high output and paint booth certification

January 16, 2013 2:26 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larsonelectronics.com has announced the introduction of a low profile explosion proof light featuring high output and paint booth certification. Designed to provide compatibility with low profile mounting applications, the EPL-48-216 Explosion Proof Light Fixture from Larson Electronics provides high output in a less obtrusive form factor....

NASA finds 2012 sustained long-term climate warming trend

January 16, 2013 8:58 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

NASA scientists say 2012 was the ninth warmest of any year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1998, the nine warmest years in the 132-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest years on record.

Intrinsically safe blasting light provides long run times on a single set of alkaline batteries

January 15, 2013 3:28 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larsonelectronics.com has introduced a compact and powerful LED blasting light designed to provide extreme durability and cordless hands free operation. The Larson Electronics BLG-LED-4 Intrinsically Safe Blasting Light provides long run times on a single set of alkaline batteries while providing enough power to cut through dusty media blasting conditions.

How to treat heat like light

January 11, 2013 12:24 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

An MIT researcher has developed a technique that provides a new way of manipulating heat, allowing it to be controlled much as light waves can be manipulated by lenses and mirrors. The approach relies on engineered materials consisting of nanostructured semiconductor alloy crystals. Heat is a vibration of matter —

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