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."
Dartmouth's Leverone Fieldhouse Gets Intelligent Lighting System from Leading Edge Design Group
SSL Design News Staff
September 9, 2014...Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire is close to completing the
installation and implementation of an intelligent LED lighting with an advanced
wireless control solution for its Leverone Fieldhouse. The college expects that
the lighting and controls will dramatically reduce costs in addition to
allowing instant on-and off.
Previously, the fieldhouse employed 1000W metal halide high bay light
fixtures running at 100 percent output when the space was occupied. The keypad
stations at each entrance allowed occupants to turn lights on, but users of the
metal halide light system had to wait for it to reach full power. The system
had a connected lighting load of 151.364 kW and cost Dartmouth $68,566.00 to
operate last year.
Leading Edge Design Group designed a fully automated, intelligent LED
lighting and control system for the field house. Each fixture has an integrated
occupancy sensor, and daylight harvesters communicate wirelessly throughout the
lighting system network. The system is expected to reduce the annual energy
consumption in the Leverone field house by 482,300 kWh and save Dartmouth more
than $50,000 per year.
Dartmouth plans to program the system for specified events and will
configure the lighting profiles to accommodate the daily activities in the
field house. For track and field events, a single button can run a program that
brightens light levels on the track surface to match NCAA guidelines, for
“The new lighting system is completely automated, which allows
lights to come on automatically upon motion to prescribed light levels or to be
set to a specific lighting profile to accommodate specific functions,
activities etc. And the light system has power monitoring capabilities that
verify actual energy usage,”said Jay Boucher, principal at
LEDG.“We are pleased to be able to provide Dartmouth with a
sustainable solution that is customized to the specific needs of their field
house. I applaud their commitment to investing in such cutting edge technology
and appreciate their faith in Leading Edge Design Group to provide them with a
turnkey solution that best meets their needs.”
Future Lighting Solutions and Tairis Complete City Park LED lighting Project in Brazil
SSL Design News Staff
September 4, 2014...Future Lighting Solutions announced the completion of a project with
Tairis., Tairis installed the new solid-state LED lighting fixtures for a new
city park located in Vinhedo in São Paulo, Brazil. One of the project's primary
goals included demonstrating the many advantages of solid-state lighting
technology to the city mayor and other officials. The demonstration was to
particularly show LED lighting energy savings and reduced maintenance costs, as
well as city beautification.
Philips Lumileds and Future Lighting Solutions played a critical role in the
development and proof of concept for the new outdoor fixtures. Tairis handled
the manufacturing and installation. Future Lighting Solutions’ exclusive
Usable Light Tool (ULT) provided the data needed for the project to determine
the most effective and efficient products to be implemented.
The new 12,500-square-meter park in the city of Vinhedo is used as a
recreational area for the local population. Tairis installed 39 poles with 4
LIRA 8 models in each one for a total of 156 x 75W fixtures. The fixtures use
1,247 Luxeon M for their lumen/W and lumen/$ ratios. The lighting also employed
Philips Xitanium drivers and LEDil's Strada optics.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Gets Architectural Veil with Incorporated LEDs
SSL Design News Staff
September 4, 2014...Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors to the public on
Thursday. The opening kicks off a month-long festival of special events,
beginning with a performance by the Tobin’s resident companies (symphony,
ballet, opera). The festival culminates in an intimate concert by Paul
McCartney. The world-class facility has revitalized downtown San Antonio and
the River Walk.
LMN Architects in partnership with Marmon Mok designed the Tobin Center for
the Performing Arts. While retaining the Municipal Auditorium’s treasured
historic façade, the Tobin Center adds a new 183,000-square foot facility to
its framework of public space including a 1,750-seat Main Performance Hall and
a 231-seat flat floor studio theater. The architects added a porous, shimmering
metallic veil with integrated LEDs. The veil serves as an environmentally
responsive architectural element. It begins low at the River Walk, and rises
through irregular sheer planes to form an unmistakable new architectural
presence in the San Antonio skyline.
“We drew inspiration for the architectural form and detailing from
the Spanish Colonial style of the original 1926 Municipal Auditorium, as well
as San Antonio’s rich vernacular of color, pattern, and public
celebrations,” said Mark Reddington, lead designer and partner at
As night falls, the River Walk transforms into a festive, carnival-like
atmosphere. The veil's internal, programmable LEDs give it a second life,
allowing facility programmers to create custom light displays expressive of the
evening’s performance. The LED lit veil provides a vibrant connection
between the city’s main cultural venue and the River Walk.
The expansion also created a large, flexible, multi-use performance space
with acoustics comparable to the world’s finest concert halls and
restored the historic building for future generations.
“We couldn’t be happier with the LMN/Marmon Mok
partnership,” said J. Bruce Bugg Jr., Chairman of the Bexar County
Performing Arts Center Foundation, which was established to own and operate the
new performing arts center. “They gave us a striking, new landmark
for San Antonio’s downtown, took full advantage of the River Walk site
and provided us with an extraordinary and acoustically excellent performance
The H-E-B Performance Hall is equipped with a fully automated movable floor
system that can be changed from raked theater seating to a flat floor, or any
number of other seating configurations, in just 15 minutes. The floor is unique
in the United States and enables Tobin to host multiple, different types of
events on the same day. A giant video screen is incorporated into the veil,
allowing venue programmers to simulcast live performances, host outdoor cinema,
music, and other curated events.
Robe Lighting Used at Club India in Trinidad
SSL Design News Staff
September 4, 2014...Michael Pereira of Trinidad & Tobago firm Streamline Systems specified
Robe and Anolis lighting fixtures for a new installation at Club India Nex
5.0HD in Chaguanas, Trinidad. The lighting from Robe and Anolis was integral to the
major refurbishment and technical upgrade to the 800 capacity club, which has
enjoyed great success over the last five years. The owner wanted a fresh new
look for the club.
Pereira chose 10 x ROBIN LEDBeam 100 moving lights and two Robe Faze 800 FT
Pro hazer for atmospherics. Pereira installed 72 x Anolis ArcSource 4MC LED
fixtures in the ceiling grid. An additional 16 ArcSource 4MC fixtures downlight
a set of dangly glass-bead chandeliers in the club.
The LEDBeam 100s were placed at the front and back of the stage areas. They
are used for lighting both club nights and live performances and for their
wash, strobing and beam effects. The LEDBeam 100s feature authentic color
temperature whites that can effectively provide lighting for performing
artists. The grid of 72 x Anolis ArcSource 4MC downlighters is positioned above
the lighting rig on the stage. Users can program the downlightes to produce
mesmerizing matrix effects. Pereira chose the LEDBeam 100s because of their
small size and low weight of less than 9 pounds each. “They really stand
out and make a statement in the space,” he stated.
The owner previously employed 575W moving lights. Each of the moving lights
had to have its own electrical circuit. The owner could not quite believe it
when Pereira said all 10 LEDBeam 100s could run on one circuit … and
still have headroom!
“It’s dramatically reduced the heat and electricity used, as
well as increased the reliability and comfort for everyone using the stage and
dancefloor,” he said.
A house lighting engineer uses a LightJockey system to controls the lights.
Robe’s US headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida supplied all of the
Robe and Anolis fixtures. Pereira worked closely with Robe’s own club
lighting specialist, David Chesal. Pereira has used Robe and Anolis products in
his work for about two years, and Robe has quickly become his favorite lighting
brand. The club is the Pereira's four installation in which he specified Robe
“Just opening a Robe box, you can immediately see the excellent
build quality and are instantly at ease – without even considering the
three year warranty!” he said. He added that selected club owners
and operators in the Caribbean are willing to pay more to have the premium
“Like with everything in life, quality products reflect the status of
your venue and your commitment to your public and their experience.”
The LEDBeam 100 is one of Pereira’s favourites right now.
”It’s without doubt the smallest, lightest and fastest moving
head I’ve ever used! It’s versatile enough to tour with Armin Van
Buuren yet still within the budget for Caribbean nightclub installations."
He said, "EVERY time they blow the clients away!” , adding that
they are also a joy to install because of the neat size and tiny weight.
GE Lighting Specifies LED Lighting Solution for Davao Medical School Foundation
SSL Design News Staff
September 2, 2014...GE Lighting devised an LED solution for Davao Medical School Foundation in
The Philippines. GE says that the LED solution offers greater energy
efficiency, reduces maintenance downtime, and significantly improves
illumination across its facilities. The Davao Medical School Foundation (DMSF)
was founded in 1976 in response to the lack of doctors serving rural
communities and lack of specialists in the urban centers of Mindanao.
The lighting project which cost almost US$20,000, entailed the fitting about
2,000 luminaires in the school’s current building as well as a new
four-story extension. GE's LED T8 tubes retrofitted existing fluorescent lights
and magnetic ballast system in current school classrooms. The school’s
new extension which houses Audio Visual lecture rooms and Dental Laboratories
features LED Eco downlights. The retrofit work was completed in July last year
while the lights at the new building were fully implemented in March this year.
The new GE lights have brought the school improved illumination and reduced
classroom downtime due to maintenance requirements.
Ditas Alipao, country product manager of GE Lighting, commented,
“Our client is a non-profit organization approved by the Commission
on Higher Education. All expenditures must therefore be considered carefully
and each dollar prudently spent. GE Sales Manager Vincent de Veza held
intensive presentations to the school, with demonstrations of the proposed
products to boost our client’s understanding and confidence in the full
solution. A cost analysis quickly showed the benefits of using GE’s
lights which offered higher lumens, enhanced product durability and more cost
efficient pricing in the longer term. The GE team continues to liaise closely
with the school to provide a high level of support during and
“Davao Medical School Foundation is an institution that molds and
trains students in the medical field of Dentistry and Medical Doctors. It is
best that we give our students a well-lit environment that is conducive for
their studies,” commented Carlos Salazar, chief of engineering
department at Davao Medical School Foundation. “We used to spend
nearly US$ 49,000 on electricity bills per annum. Compared to the old
fluorescent lights, GE Lighting’s new LED solution at the current school
building will give us an estimated energy savings of about US$31,600. This is a
significant benefit for a school like ours. The faculty members and students
are also enjoying improved illumination across the school facilities and vastly
reduced maintenance downtime.”
The installation includes 289 x LED T8 19W tubes and 715 x LED T8 18W at the
current school building. Additionally, 898 x LED Eco Downlight 10W and 73 x LED
Eco Downlight 15W luminaires were installed at the new Audio Visual Building GE
boasts that its LED T8 lights have up to 40,000 hours of rated life and
efficiency of up to 97 Lm/W. According to the company this translates to lower
retrofit and maintenance costs with an estimated 40% energy savings compared to
traditional fluorescent lamps.
GE's LED Eco Downlight delivers up to 85Lm/W with a color rendering index of
Ra80+. The company says that the LED Eco Downlight's integrated aluminium
reflector shade with die casting aluminium radiator structure enables good heat
dissipation. The Eco Downlight has an average lifetime of 25,000 hours.
Digital Lumens Intelligent LED System Greatly Reduces Lighting Energy Use at Ace Hardware Retail Support Center
SSL Design News Staff
August 28, 2014...At its 1,000,000 square foot Retail support center in Rocklin, California,
Ace Hardware corporation has upgraded some of its lighting with a Digital
Lumens system. Since the installation in October 2013, Ace Hardware has saved
an average of 81% on its lighting-related energy use of the upgraded
“As a member-owned cooperative, every dollar we save using the
Digital Lumens system directly benefits our member stores,” said
Reid Barney, Facilities & Loss Prevention Manager for Ace Hardware.
“And since lighting is our single biggest energy warehousing expense,
reducing lighting-related energy usage by an average of 81% since installing
the system translates into extraordinary bottom-line savings."
Barney added, "With higher quality light, we’ve more than doubled
the foot candle readings within our facility, resulting in enhanced
productivity and employee satisfaction – all while saving massive amounts
Ace Hardware replaced the facility’s 1,653 fixtures (1,551 T5
fluorescent and 102 metal halides). The replacement reduced the company's power
usage per square foot by 39.56%. The company also improved the light quality
and illumination levels throughout the facility.
Ace Hardware preceded the installation with an eight-month, in-depth pilot
project by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). The research project
quantified the effect of installing LED lighting and having increasing levels
of control on energy efficiency. PG&E partner TRC Solutions conducted the
study that isolated the variables contributing to energy efficiency. The study
examined daylight harvesting, occupancy, and dimming both individually and
collectively, in a real-world scenario at Ace’s Rocklin facility. TRC
documented the extreme energy savings from the highly integrated and
controllable lighting systems at the industrial facility.
The PG&E study found that compared to basic LEDs, systems with
“aggressive advanced controls,” like the Digital Lumens system,
provided 43% more energy savings. The LEDs and energy saving controls reduced
the electricity consumption for lighting by 93% compared to the previously
installed metal halide fixtures. TRC Solutions chose the Digital Lumens system
for its research study because it was the only available system that could both
isolate and aggregate all the variables that battery of tests.
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