Semi-coherent emissions for December 3, 2014: LEDitor-in-Chief Lee Goldberg's non-random sampling of the most noteworthy, interesting, or just plain strange happenings within the SSL universe.
It's official! LED lighting declared a no-brainer for most businesses
A study recently conducted by the National Federation of Independent Businesses confirms what we've known for quite a while -- LEDs can provide dramatic savings in energy costs, one of the three largest operating expenses for than a third of all small businesses. And if you're still having trouble refuting the LED conspiracy theories cited by anti-science climate skeptics and other survivalist/flat-Earther types, you can show them the savings available from many commonly-used LED applications which are documented nicely in a recent article, "LED lighting is one of the quickest ways small business owners can reduce their energy bills", published in Small Business Trends. Among the findings: "While the upfront costs can be expensive, the savings are more than worth it. A recent study showed that LED lights cost an estimated $6.00 a year to power, compared to almost $34.00 for the standard 75-watt incandescent bulb."
Photonic phashion alert
Corning's recent collaboration with OSRAM Opto Semiconductors is the latest fruit of the company's century-long quest to do impossible and impossibly beautiful things with glass. In this case, they've paired their Fibrance Light-Diffusing Fiber with Osram's blue and green laser diodes to create a beautiful decorative lighting system which can be designed or embedded into tight or small places where other bulky lighting elements cannot fit. Besides opening up new possibilities for automotive, aircraft and architectural lighting, the fiber can be embedded within molded plastics and integrated into fabrics for some spectacular visual effects. Corning's posted a short (1:42) but inspiring YouTube video which gives you an idea of what you can do with the stuff. The lasers used in the demo are probably too costly for some applications but I'm sure Osram and other vendors will be happy to offer lower-cost solutions. Once lower cost light sources become available, I'd expect Fibrance to help move LED technology into mainstream fashion. Perhaps then, the folks who make their own Tron Light suits won't feel quite so out-of-place.
Meanwhile, back at All LED Lighting...
Keith Dawson and his merry band of bloggers have our Sister LED site abuzz with rumor, innuendo and news of all things photonic. In case you're too busy to drop by the site, here's a few of the items which caught my eye:
- Keith's Tuesday Roundup compliments this blog with another carefully curated sampling of the week's most important developments, including a well-informed rant about the pitfalls of trying too hard to make lED bulbs look like incandescent products and news of a startup which claims to be "printing light" by tiny printing a slurry of LEDs (the inorganic kind) and ink onto a conductive layer and then encapsulating it.
- Dennis McCarthy, SSL Systems Auditor & Analyst (and All LEDs' resident OLED maven) presents a summary of 2014's most important developments in the OLED market.
- Only Bill Reisenauer could make fuses interesting. Check out his latest post "Carnival of Components: The Fuse" for some important insights on these humble components.
- And what's up with EDN readers? There have been lots of you reading my Hot Tech 2015 forecast story on Human-Centric Lighting but most of the interesting comments have been happening on All LED Lighting which carried a "teaser" excerpt of the story. Let's quit lurking and pump the dialogue folks!
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