New LED Bulb Stays On In Power Outages

We have all experienced it, the dreaded power outage. One minute the family is enjoying their favorite TV show, and the next everyone is sitting in the dark and wondering what to do now that the tech toys are nothing more than paper weights. This is surely a major annoyance, but in some parts of the continent, it is much more than that. In locations with frequent severe weather, power outages are much more common occurrences and can last for much longer periods of time. What lasts half an hour at your house can last for hours, or even days, in remote locations or in instances of major storms. Never mind the bored and whiny kids and defrosting freezer: the lack of light makes every task at hand that much harder and more dangerous to complete; At least until now. A project found on Kickstarter is just the ticket to make power outages that much more bearable, even if they seem to last and last.

Innovative LED bulb has battery inside to allow it to keep working even in a power outage.

Innovative LED bulb has battery inside to allow it to keep working even in a power outage.

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LED Lighting Doing Great Things For Schools

Recently school use of LED lighting has been the subject of conversation for school officials and policymakers who hope to cash in on the cost savings and other benefits of using LED. Even though this topic is popular now, educational institutions have slowly and quietly been moving to LED lighting for several years with a great reception from teachers, students and administrators.

LED lighting in a high school computer lab. Power consumption for the lab dropped from 2500 watts to under 700 watts, giving a 75 per cent energy saving. The school calculated a payback period of just 6 month. The lights chosen have a life of up to 20 years when turned on 10 hours a day.

LED lighting in a high school computer lab. Power consumption for the lab dropped from 2500 watts to under 700 watts, giving a 75 percent energy saving. The school calculated a payback period of just 6 month. The lights chosen have a life of up to 20 years when turned on 10 hours a day.

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Lighting To Overtake Cellphones As Largest LED Driver IC Sector

With the efficiency and total lumen output for light emitting diodes (LED) on the rise, lighting this year will surpass cellphones as the biggest application for LED driver ICs (integrated circuit), with revenue rising by more than 50 percent annually, and then more than doubling by 2018.

The market for LED driver ICs in LED lighting is set to grow to $323 million this year, upLighting to overtake from $214 million in 2012, according to a new report from IMS Research, now part of IHS Inc. This will allow the LED market for lighting to exceed that of cellphones, which will have revenue of $316 million. Continue reading

How Cree Perfected The 20-Year Lightbulb

This North Carolina maker of light emitting diodes aims to kill off the incandescent lightbulb. It’s already doubled its market cap to $7 billion in just one year.

Cree CEO Chuck Swoboda, May 2013. Credit Michael J. Bowles for Forbes

Cree CEO Chuck Swoboda, May 2013.
Credit Michael J. Bowles for Forbes

In the ad for Cree lightbulbs you see snow whipping across a desolate field as a bagpipe creaks out “Amazing Grace.” An announcer holds up a lightbulb and speaks into the camera. “Mr. Edison, today we lay to rest your creation, the incandescent lightbulb. I know you’re not shocked, sir. You knew that it needed an unreasonable amount of energy to do its job and that it had the life span of a lucky bug.”

He fits the bulb into a tiny wooden casket and places it into a hole in the ground. Then we see Cree’s new LED bulb. “The biggest thing since the lightbulb,” we’re told. Continue reading

Our 2 Year Anniversary Countdown | Manufacturing

Today, we look back at two of our manufacturing clients that experienced some great savings and better lighting. How does a total five year savings of $102,104 sound?

Manufacturers have a lot to gain from new lighting. It’s important to consider that 90 percent of the cost of operating a lighting system is the energy it consumes.

Part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 was a commercial building deduction that allows building owners to accelerate the deduction on the cost of energy efficient lighting or building upgrades, subject to a cap, in the year the equipment is placed in service. Continue reading