Seoul Semiconductor Files Patent Infringement Complaints Against Curtis International and Craig Electronics
LIGHTimes News Staff
July 29, 2014...On July 22, 2014 in Florida Southern Court, U.S., Seoul Semiconductor (SSC)
filed a LED TV patent infringement lawsuit against Curtis International, a
Canadian consumer electronics company in according to numerous legal
publications. Seoul Semiconductor filed a separate, but related lawsuit against
Craig Electronics Inc.
Both of Seoul Semiconductor's complaints allege that the defendant companies
have infringed U.S. Patent Nos. 6,007,209, 6,473,554, 6,942,731, 7,572,653,
7,964,943, 8,314,440. The lawsuit (1:14-cv-22729-CMA)
alleges that Curtis International. has been manufacturing and selling TV
products infringing the above listed patents in the Florida Southern district.
The lawsuit, (1:14-cv-22728-RNS)
alleges that Craigs Electronics has been selling and distributing infringing
PNC Arena to be First U.S. NHL Venue to Feature LED Lighting System
SSL Design News Staff
July 22, 2014...PNC arena, home of the Carolina Hurricanes, will soon feature LED lighting.
The lighting is a first for a National Hockey League arena in the U.S. Dave
Olsen, executive vice president and general manager of PNC Arena, reported that
the Centennial Authority is working with LED lighting company Musco. Musco
plans to install its Show-Light Green™ LED system in the coming weeks.
“In partnership with the Centennial Authority, we continue to
explore opportunities to improve PNC Arena,” said Olsen.
“In working with Musco Lighting to install their state-of-the-art LED
lighting system, we are able to showcase Carolina Hurricanes hockey and NC
State men’s basketball games in a cleaner light while also reducing our
energy and maintenance costs.”
The lighting system will reportedly reduce glare and improve playability for
the athletes. Also arena spectators and fans watching HD broadcasts will notice
the brighter light and improved visability. The PNC Arena is also expected to
significant reduce energy consumption and operating costs for lighting. Musco
products have been employed in retrofits of several important college indoor
arenas with LED systems in the past year alone. The LED systems have reduced
energy consumption by an average of 70 percent at those venues.
Additionally, Musco’s warranty will ensure reliable performance and
further reduce the annual operating costs at the arena. The new system will
employ efficient lighting controls with instant on/off and dimming capabilities
that will enhance special effects during player introductions.
"We are proud to once again partner with the PNC Arena, and provide an
innovative, sustainable LED solution," said Musco Lighting's vice
president of developmental sales, Jeff Rogers. "Our unique system design
offers superior light control to put light where it's needed to create a
theater effect on the playing surface and reduce glare for players and
The Musco team has utilized LEDs for famous structures such as the White
House in 2008 and the East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in
addition to indoor arenas and outdoor sports fields like those at the largest
sports vacation destination, LakePoint Sporting Community.
On Sunday, September 21, visitors to PNC Arena will enjoy their first game
under the new LED lights when the Carolina Hurricanes host their preseason
Dartmouth Upgrades Lighting at Baker-Berry Library with LED Retrofit kits from Terralux
SSL Design News Staff
July 22, 2014...Dartmouth initiated a campus-wide project to improve efficiency and make
university operations more eco-friendly. A primary focus of the effort was
installing more efficient lighting. The Baker-Berry Library was among the
buildings targeted for a lighting upgrade.
The maintenance staff, which would perform the upgrade, faced the challenge
of having perforated metal in some areas of the ceiling and solid sheet rock in
others. Therefore, the new LED light fixtures would have to identically match
the current openings cut into the ceiling. Ideally, Dartmouth needed a lighting
solution that would allow the college to leave the current fixtures in place
and retrofit them to be more efficient. Dartmouth discovered that 8-inch LED
can light fixtures are not available, only 6-inch can fixtures. The search
turned to LED-based retrofit kits. Ultimately, Dartmouth chose Terraluxs
Linear LED Retrofit Kits for the project.
We selected Terralux for the LED retrofit project in Baker-Berry
Library because its products could be installed so easily from below without
needing access from above in the ceiling, said Sam Zucker
electrical engineering designer at Dartmouth College. Once the old
bulbs and ballasts were removed, we simply screwed the Terralux units in,
twisted together a few wires and the installation was complete, each fixture
only took a few minutes.
The Linear LED retrofit kits chosen were 4-inch dimmable and non-dimmable
16-watt dual units. The dual unit linear LED light engines produce 800 lumens
and consume 16 watts (8 watts per driver) and have a 2700K correlated color
temperature. The linear retrofit kit is a UL Recognized Component and is UL
1598C Classified Retrofit Kit certified.
Zucker and his staff first removed the compact florescent bulbs and the
ballast. Terralux's DLH7 4-inch, 16-watt dual units replaced the two 26 watt
pin-based CFLs that powered each can light in the library. Some of the lights
were also retrofit to enable dimming.
The improved lighting quality and output from the Terralux Linear LED Engine
allowed Dartmouth to eliminate 100 fixtures. Removing fixtures and the improved
efficiency of the the LED light engines resulted in a 2/3 energy savings.
Chauvet LED Fixtures Illuminate Musical Act Pentatonix
SSL Design News Staff
July 17, 2014...The group Pentatonix first captured the public attention when they won first
prize in NBC-TV's hit program The Sing Off in 2011. Since then, the group has
released a YouTube video that got over 10 million views in one week, had a
number-one hit on the Billboard charts, and performed in front of the sellout
crowds worldwide. The five young cappella artists from Texas, have created real
magic on stage, according to LD Darien Koop of Darko Design of Nashville,
Tennessee. Koop served as the lighting designer for stars such as Incubus, Sara
Bareilles, and Cee Lo Green.
At the group's concert in Nashvilles Ryman Auditorium, Koop employed
LED fixtures from Chauvet Professional to help the group make a memorable and
stunning performance. The Nashville-based lighting designer used 24 COLORado
Batten 72 Tour linear LED effects and nine Legend 230SR Beam moving yoke
fixtures and in a lighting rig for Pentatonix's performance.
"I selected the Legend 230SR Beams because of their feature set-to-price
point ratio. In a test between all of the moving fixture equivalents, I found
that I far preferred them over anything else. Without a doubt, I will be using
them again," said Koop.
He arranged the nine Legends in his rig on a ground row across the upstage
portion of risers. At a height of five feet, the arrangement allowed him to
create aerial looks and bring light down to the floor. The beam shaping
effects, vivid colors, and intense output of the Legend 230SR Beam commands
immediate attention, said Koop. He utilized the Legend 230SR Beams selectively
at specific points during the group's performance to add to the lighting's
"I don't use the Legends until the sixth song," he said. "At
this point they end up being the main featured look and fixture for that entire
song. Then on the next song they dropout completely, and I feature mainly the
Battens. I know plenty of other designers who would either agree or disagree
with me on this topic, but in the final analysis, I like to be very selective
on how many moving fixtures I used as well as how often I used them, because
this tends to work better to accent the performance of the artists on
During the Pentatonix concert, Koop used the COLORado Batten 72 Tour
fixtures more frequently. The pixel mapping of these LED fixtures helped accent
"A big part of the design was our custom LED Piano Keys set piece,"
he said. "I designed a modular fixture that we could carry around the world
with us that is filled with LED tape and consists of 120 pixels. I decided that
the best way to complement this piece and to fill the space around the stage
was to move towards an LED bar fixture."
"I wanted to use the bar fixture both as eye candy and also side
light," said Koop. "In the end the Batten 72s proved to be a useful
fixture for both applications. I essentially ran all of them in 3-pixel mode.
By doing this I matched the low-resolution pixels of the set piece; therefore
when I was pixel mapping the entire rig, it all worked seamlessly together for
one cohesive look on stage."
Koop hung the COLORado Batten 72 Tour fixtures vertically with six along a
pipe running down from the upstage truss descending on either side of the set
piece. He then placed more units under the risers to "bring the look down to
the floor." He also used pipe and base to arrange six of the batten fixtures on
each side of the set piece in the same descending pattern as the upstage units
to work as a side light and also to create some interesting beam looks.
Koop's light show for Pentatonix conveyed an uplifting expectation like the
cappella performance they illuminated.
Koop said, "Designing the tour for 2014 was a fascinating process. I was
able to merge my ideas with the band's creativity, as well as work with our
choreographer to build the show from the ground up. When it all came together,
it was truly a group effort."
"Even our Tour Manager Esther Kaplan was able to lend ideas that led to
great moments which I am unaccustomed to from a TM," continued Koop.
"My tech Ryan Court was indispensable. Our account rep at Elite Multimedia,
Jason 'Cannonball' Jenkins, and June Birmingham and Steven Chase of Xtreme
Trucking also helped a great deal. The tour was the result of a dedicated team,
and I am grateful to be a part of it."
Home of Ottawa Senators to Install LED Arena Lighting from Ephesus Lighting Before Next Season
SSL Design News Staff
July 15, 2014...The Canadian Tire Center, home of the National Hockey League’s Ottawa
Senators, has chosen Ephesus Lighting’s LED Arena Lighting. The center
will be the first NHL venue to be lit with Ephesus LED lights.
“Sports and entertainment facility operators appreciate that LED
lighting is the natural evolution of arena and stadium lighting because it
provides an optimal stage for events in person and on high-definition
television,” said Amy Casper, CEO of Ephesus Lighting. “The
success of our lighting solutions and testimonials from fans, players,
broadcasters and facility operators reinforce this fact and prove that LED is
ready for the big leagues.”
The 19,153-seat, Canadian Tire Centre, which is located in the suburb of
Kanata, in Ottawa, Ontario, serves as a multi-purpose arena. The venue also
hosts a variety of other major events including entertainment, music, and
Facility operators chose Ephesus after conducting a side-by-side comparison
with LED lighting solutions from three other lighting companies. The facility
operators found that the Ephesus Lighting solution greatly exceeded all of the
other solutions in every category including amount of light reaching the ice
surface (lux), light uniformity, ease of installation and instant on and off
“In our side-by-side test, it was clear that the Ephesus Lighting
solution made the most sense to us for a variety of reasons,” said
Tom Conroy, vice-president & executive director at Canadian Tire Centre.
“Our facility operators will benefit from the versatility of the
system and the fact that it is practically maintenance free. But most
importantly, our fans at Canadian Tire Centre and watching at home will clearly
see a better game. Additionally, this new lighting system will allow our game
entertainment team to create an enhanced presentation and better fan
The Arena 600 and Arena 300 lights from Ephesus will replace the center's
metal halide system. The center also plans to incorporate Ephesus’
wireless control system for the lights that can create effects for a unique fan
experience. The solution reduces the number of fixtures by more than one-third,
but it will greatly increase light intensity and uniformity and provide a
projected energy savings of more than 70% compared to the metal halide system
Ephesus points out that it produces only the Design Lights Consortiums
certified arena-designed lighting solution. The DLC certification allows
facilities to receive energy incentives from utility providers.
Wayne State University Chooses Energy Focus LED Lighting
SSL Design News Staff
July 15, 2014...Wayne State University picked tubular LED lighting from Energy Focus, Inc.
to replace its existing T12 fluorescent lighting. Wayne State Univeristy is a
renowned metropolitan research institution. The university has about 29,000
students and 100 buildings with a total of over one million square feet of
"We are proud to be the first university in Michigan to replace our
existing fluorescent lighting with tubular LED lamps," said Larry Fodor,
Director of Utilities & Energy Management at Wayne State University.
"Energy conservation and sustainability are very important initiatives to
Wayne State. As educators of future leaders, we believe it's essential to set a
good stewardship example to our students by conserving global resources.
Mr. Fodor notes that the reliable LED lamps that the university purchased
from Energy Focus are expected to reduce the university’s lighting energy
consumption from T12 fluorescent lighting by 60 percent while improving the
James Tu, executive chairman and CEO Energy Focus, Inc said, "The lamps
we are providing to Wayne State offer the industry's highest standard of LED
technology and are the result of more than ten years' experience developing and
producing tubular LED lamps for military and commercial
Mr. Tu added, “This initial Wayne State University installation
represents 35,000 lamps and covers certain key facilities with long daily burn
hours. We look forward to supporting Wayne State throughout this LED lighting
initiative and will continue to provide state-of-the-art technologies and
Bossa Nova bar at Trump Doral Resort gets Facelift with Nu World Customized LED lighting
SSL Design News Staff
July 10, 2014...Nu World Custom Lighting designed and built custom LED panels for the Bossa
Nova Bar at Trump Doral Resort. The panels create a bold new look that is
already beginning to gain attention in Miami. Since the Trump family purchased
the Doral Resort in 2011, the family has undertaken a massive renovation to
completely transform the resort be a more vibrant, modern destination. The
reported $250 million renovation has turned the Dorsal into a flagship 5-star
resort with 700 rooms and world-class golf course. The renovation of the Bossa
Nova bar was high on the list of priorities. Nu World's custom LED lighting, in
addition to the bar's backlit onyx and illuminated stone has completely
transformed the appearance of the aging hotel bar.
Nu World owner Mathew Barlett, who is proud to the Bossa Nova renovation,
said, "The Bossa Nova bar is by far one of the nicest projects we have done
to date, the perfect even illumination of the bar is a testimony to our team's
passion for the fine details." He goes on to explain the secret of their
success: "We work closely with our design and construction partners to make
sure that the client is always taken care of, we are often asked to build
unique lighting systems and we are always up for a challenge."
Nu World began this project in the third week of January. The company had to
design and supply the onyx bar top illumination for the resort. The company
worked closely with the team at the Doral resort to ensure that the project was
quickly, beautifully completed within budget.
Nu World custom built 16 LED light panels to specification, including two
custom corner shaped LED panels to provide even illumination at the 90-degree
bends of the bar countertop. Three of the custom-built LED panels illuminate a
custom built onyx bottle tower. The entire project needed to be completed
quickly because the resort was hosting the WGC Cadillac Championship in the
first week of March.
A spokesperson for Trump Doral Resorts loved the renovation's results.
"Nu World delivered the order in a timely manner and has impressed all
those who had the chance to visit the Bossa Nova bar during and after the WGC
Cadillac Championship." The spokesperson went on to sing praises about the
Bossa Nova's new look: "They made the installation of the faucet, sinks, and
electrical look effortless and created the illusion that they are just growing
out of the stone. It is a great, smooth look that really pulls the entire venue
Philips Selecon PLprofile1 LED Luminaires Provides 'Magical Light' for Installation
SSL Design News Staff
July 10, 2014...Australian lighting designer Flynn Talbot employed three colorful Philips
Selecon PLprofile1 LED luminaires to add to his latest light installation
'Primary' at the PSAS gallery in Perth. 'Primary', a three-sided triangular
wall installation made from cardboard, explores the three primary colors of
light - red, green and blue. Flynn designed its structure to fragment the light
and demonstrate how colored light is mixed.
"For this project I needed intense color and absolutely pure
light," said Talbot. "The installation is purposefully designed to
break up light into many shadows but unless the light source was completely
even, the effect and the magic would have been lost. I needed a smooth and
color-rich shift between primary colors, so I chose the Philips Selecon
PLprofile1 LED luminaires. I was then able to illuminate all three sides of the
structure and create a moving and immersive environment for the
The LED-based PLprofile1 with precision optical design does not require
changing of lamps or color filters. The luminaire's single source RGBW LED chip
provides limitless color mixing capabilities and variable color temperature.
Its homogenized, fully mixed light can reportedly prevent multiple color
Talbot mounted one PLprofile1 luminaire to the gallery's ceiling and mounted
two on the floor on each side. He spaced them equally from the central point of
the installation to generate a uniform shadow. Talbot created a custom program
for the three luminaires that go through a ten-minute light show to demonstrate
the color mixing, shadows, and various moods.
"It was integral for this project that the triangles to appear to
glow," said Talbot. "This meant I needed a luminaire with the ability
to shape the beam to precisely the edge of each triangle as any spill light
would detract from the effect. The PLprofile1 luminaires delivered a perfectly
defined beam, even at their widest beam angle of 44º, which was ideal for
lighting the large structure from a relatively short throw distance."
The PLprofile1 has precise beam control with variable beam options and
pattern projection from a high-output beam. It comes in 18º-34º or 24º-44º beam
Talbot worked hard to ensure that each perspective of 'Primary' was unique
visually. The structure appears 2D from a long view, and transforms to 3D the
closer the audience gets. Talbot also designed a soundscape to complement the
installation for a fully immersive experience.
"It took a lot of time and preparation to design the quantity and depth
of the polygons, to ensure my vision of intense and dramatic color mixing was
fulfilled," explained Talbot. "I performed a series of on-site tests,
physical models and 3D visualizations to ensure there were no surprises when we
got to the space to set up. Everything went smoothly with no problems at all,
leaving me very pleased with the installation and the performance of the
Philips Selecon PLprofile1 luminaires."
Talbot is currently looking for the right space to exhibit 'Primary' again
at different lighting festivals around the world.
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