Thorn and Paradox Engineering Contribute to DOLL Lighting Lab
SSL Design News Staff
September 30, 2014...The global lighting company Thorn has selected Swiss technology company
Paradox Engineering SA as a trusted smart lighting partner for the Danish
Outdoor Lighting Lab (DOLL) in Copenhagen. As part of an agreement with Doll,
Thorn will exhibit and install its technology at the Living Lab where it is
displaying its streetlight platform based on its LED luminaires integrated with
Paradox Engineering’s PE.AMI network solution.
The city of Copenhagen launched a large-scale pilot project featuring smart
LED lights, stretching for about 9 km along the roads in an industrial area of
the Copenhagen suburb. The project hopes to saving money and cutting carbon
emissions, The smart LED lights will be in an industrial area of the Copenhagen
suburb Albertslund covering about 1.5 square kilometers.
DOLL’s Living Lab invited manufacturers and suppliers to set up and
test outdoor lighting solutions at DOLL’s Living Lab on a 1:1 scale on
9.2 kilometers of road and pathways in Hersted Industrial Park in the city of
Albertslund. Hundreds of lights have been installed so far in Albertslund.
Citizens will take part in an experiment that examines future cities should use
Several suppliers including Thorn and Paradox Engineering will teach
citizens more about intelligent lighting solutions. DOLL’s Living Lab
will be unveiled in Copenhagen on September 4th, 2014.At DOLL’s Living
Lab, Paradox Engineering and Thorn plan to showcase their respective smart
Thorn’s LED lighting infrastructure will be integrated with Paradox
Engineering’s PE.AMI smart lighting management platform. This
IPv6/6LoWPAN Internet of Things ready PE.AMI solution will allow each luminaire
to become a network object to be monitored, managed and controlled through
alarm, on/off, and dimming management functions that further increase
Thorn’s LED luminaire energy efficiency. Fully secure PE.AMI functions
include status monitoring and temperature control, as well as managing external
input units such as motion or other sensors.
Paradox Engineering’s PE.AMI and Thorn’s LEDs solutions are
designed to address energy saving concerns and improve liveability,
sustainability and the city’s economy. Thorn selected Paradox
Engineering’s urban wireless sensor network technology PE.AMI, which
accommodates Smart Lighting but also adds smart urban services in the same
integrated network such as Smart Parking, Smart Metering, public Wi-Fi as the
one DOLL is equipped with, and many more. PE.AMI network technology was
preferred for its flexibility and security, its full compliance to open
standard protocols, and its ability to seamlessly integrate multiple
applications in one integrated network infrastructure.
“The combination of Thorn lighting technologies with PE.AMI will
show citizens in Copenhagen how an integrated, truly Smart City platform can
seamlessly improve their everyday experience by granting greater quality of
living and sustainability, tasting the Internet of Things paradigm through easy
and robust urban services,” said Gianni Minetti, president and CEO
of Paradox Engineering. “After sharing our Smart City vision with a
number of municipalities and partners, the collaboration with Thorn is a
significant milestone for Paradox Engineering as it further endorses our
“The full interoperability granted by Paradox Engineering’s
solutions is nowadays a key feature for most cities, since they are looking for
smarter ways to manage multiple services across a single integrated platform.
Paradox Engineering is a partner to complement Thorn’s lighting
solutions,” added Michael Ferm, Marketing & Business Director
Nordic at Thorn Lighting. “Together, we are ready to offer a truly
future proof lighting and multi-application infrastructure, which enables a
smart and connected urban experience for citizens and
The Oxane L in one of the Thorn LED street lights that is showcased in the
DOLL exhibition The Oxane L is a major road lantern. The highly efficient,
Oxane L is available in two light distributions and has ratings from 43W
(3700lm) to 173W (13300lm), covering lighting classes up to ME1. Oxane L has a
luminaire efficacy up to 86 lm/W ( and optical efficacy up to 111 lm/W), with a
neutral white 4000K colour temperature and CRI of 70. In addition to employing
the latest LED technology, Oxane L offers standalone dimming, remote and
minicell monitoring capabilities to facilitate comprehensive control and
optimize energy consumption.
PE.AMI from Paradox Engineering is an ultra-low power IPv6/6LoWPAN full mesh
hybrid wireless and PLC network platform designed for the Internet of Things
and specifically conceived to support multiple Smart City applications such as
lighting management, parking management, advanced meter reading, traffic signal
management, solid waste management and many more. These services might be
deployed at once or in the future, so to support Cities’ needs.
PE.AMI is based on open standards and grants full interoperability and
independence of any proprietary protocol and technology. It is also fully
compatible with any field devices (luminaires, meters, sensors, etc.) and
applications. Paradox Engineering says that PE.AMI offers unlimited network
extension, and ensures a future proof choice to Smart Cities, and no kind of
PE.AMI uniquely integrates narrowband and broadband networks and also
supports data hungry applications such as public WiFi and video surveillance.
So, besides enabling smart lighting, it can connect to DOLL’s WiFi
infrastructure that Cisco operates, providing a fully integrated and
ForceField Energy's American Lighting Subsidiary Awarded $1 Million Contract
SSL Design News Staff
September 30, 2014...ForceField Energy Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary American
Lighting signed an LED lighting retrofit contract to supply and install LED
lighting products and solutions for the San Diego Community College District.
American Lighting will retrofit six different campus locations as well as their
Administration Building. The contract has an estimated value of $1.0 million
and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2014.
Under the agreement, American Lighting will supply exterior and interior LED
lighting solutions and products. The lighting solutions and products will be
part of a full range of utility services and energy related capital improvement
projects that the San Diego Community College District is implementing under
their Proposition 39 allocation(s).
The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Prop. 39) allocates projected revenue
to California's General Fund and the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund for five
fiscal years, beginning with fiscal year 2013-14. Prop 39 allocates revenue to
local education agencies to support energy efficiency and alternative energy
projects, along with related improvements and repairs that contribute to
reduced operating costs and improved health and safety conditions in public
"American Lighting's strong reputation for providing the highest quality
LED lighting products and solutions across diverse customer and facility types,
makes them an ideal partner for this project," stated Richard ST Julien
ForceField's executive chairman and president of its LED Division. "As we
leverage the strength of American Lighting and the breadth of our capabilities
across the company, we are confident we can drive additional opportunities in
North America which we believe will deliver strong revenue growth and
profitably over the coming years."
"We are proud to have been selected to support the implementation of
this multi-location energy improvement project for the San Diego Community
College District," stated Neil Miller, American Lighting's CEO. "This
is one of many potential projects which are being driven by Prop 39, a forward
thinking initiative by the State of California to support energy efficiency and
alternative energy projects in schools and local educational agencies
throughout the state. We believe there will be many additional projects we can
participate in as a result of this initiative."
Ford Invests in New LED Lighting at Manufacturing Plants Globally
SSL Design News Staff
September 30, 2014...Ford Motor Company, which is headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, has
started installing LED lighting at its manufacturing facilities around the
world. The new lights, valued at more than $25 million are expected to improve
lighting quality as well as save energy and money.
The 25,000 new LED fixtures from Dialight will replace traditional
fluorescent and high-intensity discharge lights. Ford expects the lights to
reduce its energy use for light at manufacturing facilities by 56 million
kilowatt-hours annually, a 70 percent reduction in lighting energy consumption
compared to traditional lighting. This is enough to power more than 6,000
average-sized homes per year. The company expects to reduce its annual energy
costs by approximately $7 million.
The LED lighting has a 15-year life expectancy. So, the need for maintenance
will diminish. Fluorescent and HID fixtures require re-lamping in as little as
two years. Ford notes that the technology provides a brighter work area, better
uniformity and improved color perception, resulting in a better quality of
light for plant employees.
"We are extremely pleased to install this leading-edge technology in our
manufacturing facilities worldwide,” said John Fleming, executive
vice president, Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs. “This is a
long term investment in our future that highlights our aggressive approach to
lead in environmental improvements and achieve operating
Ford is well on its way to meeting its goal of reducing by 25 its energy use
per vehicle produced at its facilities by 2016. The company has achieved a 20
percent energy efficiency already, according to George Andraos, director of
energy and sustainability at Ford Land. The switch to LED lighting helps to
ensure Ford will meet its target.
“Moving to LED gives us impressive efficiency
improvement,” said Andraos. “Ford worked closely with its
scientists and suppliers to investigate and closely follow the rapid
development of LED lighting. In 2013, we selected Dialight, a leading LED
industrial fixture manufacturer with a global footprint, to develop light
fixtures that meet Ford’s global needs.”
Late last month, work began at its Dearborn Truck Plant to replace worn and
outdated overhead lighting. The LED replacement program will continue through
the year at 17 other Ford manufacturing facilities globally, including Livonia
Transmission Plant in Livonia, Michigan; Dearborn Stamping Plant; Essex Engine
in Windsor, Ontario; Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky; Oakville
Assembly in Oakville, Ontario; and Dagenham Engine Plant in Dagenham,
“Ford has a deep commitment to the environment,” said
Donna Inch, chairman and CEO of Ford Land. “By creating outstanding
products, investing in the facilities where our employees work, and using such
technology as LED lighting, we are helping to promote a sustainable
Victoria Theatre Association wins Rebate for Energy Efficiency Upgrades from Dayton Power & Light Company
SSL Design News Staff
September 26, 2014...Dayton Power & Light Company (DP&L), a subsidiary of The AES
Corporation awarded Victoria Theatre Association an energy efficiency rebate of
$67,650. The rebate was for lighting upgrades in The Arts Garage. The Victoria
Theatre Association replaced 445 lighting fixtures with energy LED fixtures
over the summer. The fixtures are expected to save 519,387 kilowatt hours of
energy and about $41,000 annually. In addition to the fixtures, more than 230
motion sensors were installed to turn off unnecessary lighting based on
occupancy. Victoria Theatre Association says it is already saving on its
In a separate announcement, the Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation
(DP&L Foundation) reported that it has become Victoria Theatre
Association’s official energy sponsor. On Tuesday, September 23, DP&L
President and CEO Derek A. Porter will present Victoria Theatre Association
officials with an energy efficiency rebate of $67,650 for an extensive lighting
upgrade in the Arts Garage.
“DP&L’s mission is to keep the lights on for our
residents, and to ensure that the cultural life of our community shines
brightly for many years,” Porter said. “Like many of our
employees who are involved in theater, music or arts programs in their
communities, I am passionate about organizations like the Victoria Theatre
Association because of the significant value they bring to our
“We welcome DP&L Foundation as our official energy
sponsor,” says President and CEO of Victoria Theatre Association and
The Arts Center Foundation, Ken Neufeld. “The DP&L rebate program
has meant huge savings for us and as a downtown business that consumes a lot of
energy, anything we can do to be more efficient and keep expenses down is
important. All proceeds from the garage operations help offset the cost of
running the Victoria Theatre, the Benjamin and Marion Schuster Performing Arts
Center, and the Metropolitan Arts Center. This revenue helps us offer the best
possible rates on rent and services that we provide to our resident companies
like the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance and the Human Race Theatre Company and
our many other arts partners.”
Installation at Boston City Hall for Music Festival Uses Robe Lighting BMFL Spots
SSL Design News Staff
September 25, 2014...Lighting designer Preston Hoffman of Pulse Lighting employed twelve of
Robe’s new BMFL Spot luminaires in an installation at Boston City Hall.
The installation transformed the city hall into a vibrant backdrop for the
Boston Calling Music Festival. Crash Line Products commissioned Hoffman, who
was renowned as a rock ‘n’ roll lighting designer for the occasion.
The Festival’s two main stages stood in front of the City Hall Plaza in
front of the City Hall building at 90 degrees to one another.
Hoffman began to use Robe about two years ago after encountering their
fixtures in a festival in Germany, and now uses Robe products for many of his
larger projects. Music Festival project was Hoffman’s first chance to
illuminate a landmark in his home city of Boston.
Hoffman reached out to vendors including Ted Goodspeed of Boston-based East
Coast Lighting & Production Services (ECLPS). Goodspeed knew that Robe was
planning to launch a new luminaire aimed at long throw applications and
suggested that Hoffman try the BMFL.
“I could see from several angles that moving lights were the way
to go with this one,” said Hoffman. The large concrete constructed
City Hall, with cantilevered upper stories, was built in 1968 as part of a
major urban redevelopment plan.
“The BMFL Spot with its 1700 Watt light source and
multi-functionality sounded extremely interesting,” Hoffman
The 12 x BMFL Spots were double hung on a truss between two centrally
located towers in the City Hall Plaza, throwing at least 100 metres onto the
face of the building. Hoffman created a selection of different looks ranging
from texturing to crisp multi-colored gobo combinations, and subtle, and
rippling animations to simple single hues. Hoffman noted that the BMFL Spots
were highly effective even when when using multiple effects, or when place in
the darker saturates like red, green and blue.
“Patterns were vital to the project. The gobo selection was nice
and ideal for both projected and aerial effects.” He commented that
using the “Amazing” dual graphics wheel he could edge-blend the
projected images – almost as if they were a wide-screen video artwork -
right across the full surface area. Other features impressed him including the
speed of the 5 – 55 degree zoom.
First, Hoffman mixed a base color palette, and then he started experimenting
with gobo looks and overlays in addition to using the Macros to create stunning
The BMFL Spots also caught the eye of several guest LDs who lit bands
performing at the Festival, and asked constantly about the light sources, with
many thinking the effects were created by large-format projectors. He was also
very excited to be the first lighting designer in the U.S. to use BMFL Spots on
an architectural installation.
University of Phoenix Stadium Installs Ephesus LED Sports Lighting
SSL Design News Staff
September 23, 2014...University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona has installed LED stadium
lights from Ephesus Lighting, Inc. According to Amy Casper, CEO of the Ephesus
of Syracuse, the facility will be the first NFL venue to illuminate the
football field surface exclusively with LED lighting. The 63,400-seat stadium
with its retractable roof and field, is expandable to seat 72,200 fans. The
Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority (AZSTA) owns the stadium and Global
Spectrum operates it.
University of Phoenix Stadium serves as the Arizona Cardinals’ home
field. It also is the site of the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Eve 2014, the
Pro Bowl on January 25, 2015, and the Super Bowl on February 1, 2015. The
Cardinals hosted the San Francisco 49ers in the first game under the new lights
on September 21st.
“We are excited that so many sports and entertainment venues have
seen the light and made the switch to LED lighting over the past two
years,” said Mike Lorenz, president of Ephesus Lighting.
“The feedback from fans, players and broadcasters at venues all
across North America who are using our LED sports lighting reinforces that LED
is the premier lighting solution for sports and entertainment
Ephesus points out that each of its LED light is significantly brighter than
the previously installed metal halide lights. Ephesus notes that its LED
lighting also provides more uniform light creating a better stage for players
and both fans in the stadium and those watching on television.
“The capabilities of LED technology have changed the way we view
sports lighting,” said Joe Casper, Founder and CTO of Ephesus
Lighting. “This was a great opportunity to showcase our innovative
lighting technology in a venue known as a leader in introducing new ideas to
the sports marketplace.”
The University of Phoenix Stadium replaced more than 780 metal halide
fixtures with just 312 Ephesus Stadium fixtures. The new lights will use just
310,000 watts of energy, which is about 75 percent less than the 1.24 million
watts that powered the metal halide system. In addition to energy savings from
the lighting, the system also reduces the load on the air conditioning system
because it creates less heat than the metal halide fixtures.
LED lights can be turned on and off instantly as opposed to the required
20-minute warm-up period for the metal halide lights. Ephesus notes that the
instant on/off feature also allows facility operators to create light shows for
“We are excited about replacing our metal halide fixtures with
state-of-the-art Ephesus LED lighting fixture,” said Peter Sullivan,
general manager and regional vice president for Global Spectrum at University
of Phoenix Stadium. “As the host venue for the 2015 Super Bowl, we
look forward to demonstrating the benefits of LED technology to a global
“We selected Ephesus after careful consideration of all the other
available options. We are confident that their solution will improve lighting
for the athletes, fans and broadcasters, all while reducing energy consumption
and eliminating conventional sports lighting maintenance expense,”
Osram Presents First OLED Application for Car Interiors
LIGHTimes News Staff
September 16, 2014...Osram has launched an OLED-based reading lamp for car interiors, reportedly
the first OLED product ever for car interiors. The OLED Reading Light from
Osram with matt aluminum housing provides a warm and uniform light. "With
the launch of the Osram OLED Reading Light in the fall we are once again
providing evidence of our technological leadership and powers of innovation in
the automotive lighting sector," said Hans-Joachim Schwabe, CEO of the
Osram Specialty Lighting Business Unit.
Osram notes that an OLED’s homogeneous light neither casts shadows nor
dazzles (blinds a person temporarily), making OLED technology ideal for
applications requiring eye focus for a long time. The OLED’s color
temperature of 3300 kelvin is very warm, and it has continuously variable
brightness. According to Osram, the OLED Reading Light has been optimized for
use in a car and can be recharged via a USB cable. An indicator at the USB port
shows the status of the battery charge. A clip allows it to be easily attached
to the sun visor for example.
The OLED reading light comes with a five-year guarantee and will be
available from fall 2014 in a limited edition at www.shopyourlight.com, among
Hilton Minneapolis Saves Energy with Lunera Lighting
SSL Design News Staff
September 9, 2014...Lunera® Lighting, Inc., released a hotel case study which demonstrated the
positive impact of the company's Helen Lamp in the hospitality industry. Lunera
says its Helen Lamp, which produces beautiful, quality light, saves 50-70
percent on energy, while reducing lamp maintenance cycles five-fold.
The Hilton Minneapolis wanted an easy-to-install lighting solution that
would raise guest experience, lower energy usage, and reduce maintenance costs.
While a custom-made guest corridor fixture was previously designed for use with
a Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL). However, the quality of light was not as
beautiful as the Hilton Minneapolis had hoped. Lunera says that its Helen Lamp
was ideal for the lighting application.
"Every day, we challenge ourselves to push the envelope of guest
experience. The clean, bright, quality light from the Helen Lamp met that
challenge and has been a big hit with our guests and employees," Dennis P.
Cavner lead engineer, Hilton Minneapolis.
The Helen Lamp also replaced CFLs in the property's 850 guest room entry
foyers. In total, the Helen Lamp replaced 2,350 CFLs, which immediately
lowering the hotel's lighting energy bills by more than 50 percent. A long
50,000-hour lamp life is five times that of a CFL.
The Helen Lamp replaces 2- and 4-pin CFLs. Each Helen Lamp consumes 13 watts
and provides 900 lumens at 2700K to 4000K and 84 CRI. The lamp employs the
company's BallastLED technology, which allows use with existing fixtures and
Replacing the 2,350 32-watt CFLs with the 13-watt Helen Lamps translated to
over 16,000 annually in energy cost savings for the hotel.
"The hospitality industry was one of the first markets to aggressively
engage the Helen Lamp," said Tom Quinn, Lunera vice president of sales and
marketing. "Too often when businesses make a sustainable choice, they give
up something in return. In the case of the Helen Lamp, the product far exceeds
the performance of the incumbent CFL lighting technology and does so while
improving business performance and environmental impact. This is what draws
hoteliers to the Helen Lamp."
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