Research, Commercialization & Govt Organizations – SSL Design

DOE Releases Gateway Report About Tunable White Lighting Used in Public Schools

The Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District (CFB) in Carrollton, Texas, invited the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct a GATEWAY evaluation of a trial installation of tunable-white LED lighting systems in several classrooms. The classrooms included a fifth-grade math and science classroom at Dale B. Davis Elementary School (DES), …

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DOE Publishes Latest Updates to SSL R&D Plan

The DOE published these updates in the form of two documents, 2017 Suggested Research Topics and Supplement to 2017 Suggested Research Topics. The second document offers context and background for the first, including information drawn from economic, market, and technical studies. The suggested priority topics are not guaranteed issues addressed …

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DOE Publishes GATEWAY Demo of Tunable Lighting System at Mental Health Center

In Seattle, Washington, the new Swedish Medical Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) in the Ballard neighborhood serves patients dealing with mental health conditions. ZGF Architects and their design collaborators supervised the design and building of the new BHU, including the design of the lighting. The architects wanted the lighting to help …

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Gateway Report Examines OLED and LED Installation at Office

Rochester, New York accounting firm of DeJoy, Knauf & Blood, LLP invited DOE’s GATEWAY program to evaluate its new lighting system at its offices. One of the firm’s founding partners, David DeJoy, is also co-founder and CEO of OLEDWorks, the only U.S.-based OLED manufacturer. However, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory who conducted …

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E.U. Committee SCHEER Concludes LED Lights and Displays Do Not Cause Health Issues

The Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) looked at recently collected data and case studies to evaluate possible risks to human health from LED emissions. The SCHEER published their findings in a lengthy draft report. Overall, the SCHEER concluded that normal use of LED lamps and displays by the …

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Downlight Performance Lags Behind Other Luminaire Types, Latest DOE CALiPER Snapshot Reveals

The U.S. DOE’s previous CALiPER Snapshot of downlights was published in April 2016. Over the past 15 months, LED technology has continued to advance and mature.  This technological progress is reflected in the data available through the DOE’s LED Lighting Facts database. According to the database, which is not a statistically …

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U.S. Navy Awards Orion $1.9 Million in New LED Retrofit Contracts

Orion Energy Systems (Orion Lighting) of Manitowoc, Wisconsin USA, reported that the U.S. Navy awarded the company $1.9 million in new contracts. Under the terms of the contracts, Orion will retrofit two naval bases with its newest LED lighting systems, compliant with the U.S. “Trade Agreements Act” and the “Buy …

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DOE Releases CALiPER Snapshot Report About Industrial LED Luminaires

The U.S. Department of Energy CALiPER program has published a new Snapshot Report on LED industrial luminaires. The industrial LED luminaires listed in the DOE lighting facts database were found to be higher in efficacy than their incumbent counterparts. In fact, about 23% of the industrial luminaires listed among LED Lighting …

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DOE Publishes Gateway Demonstration Evaluating the Long Term Benefits of Indoor LED Lighting Installations

The U.S. Department of Energy published a Gateway field demonstration of the long-term performance LED lights used in particular applications. The study evaluated four LED lighting installations. In addition to wanting LED lighting for improved energy efficiency, some of the installations were motivated by other potential benefits including improved lighting …

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New NGL Competition to Focus on Connected Lighting Systems; Renamed NGLS

NGLS -Next Generation Luminaire Systems competion

This year, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) competition will focus on solid state lighting systems with controls, not just the luminaires. Hence, the DOE now calls the competition the Next Generation Luminaire Systems (NGLS) competition. The new NGLS will include multiple competitions and will have a tighter focus on …

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