Chauvet Wireless LED WELL 2.0 Fixtures Employed at Historic Fort Adams
SSL Design News Staff
November 20, 2014...Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island USA, began its life as a military
installation in 1799. It sits on a bluff where the North Atlantic meets Rhode
Island’s Narragansett Bay. Its cavernous stone structure features a
network of casements, imposing bastions, and long archways. JDI Productions
accented the fascinating and historic structure at a private corporate
function. JDI strategically uplit areas of the building with WELL 2.0 fixtures
from CHAUVET Professional.
“This is a great place to light because of its location, its
history and its looks,” said Mark Kuepker, JDI Productions’
project manager for the event. “When you look at the building, you
know it was meant for uplighting. The Chauvet WELLs were ideally suited for the
The battery-powered WELL 2.0 LED uprights have built in W-DMX receivers for
wireless DMX control. According to the company, they can easily wash walls,
displays and other areas with richly colored light. Despite the fact that Fort
Adams has ample power connections, JDI chose to use the battery powered LED
lighting to during the famous Newport Jazz Festival to provide quality light
while eliminating the risk of guests tripping over cords and wiring.
“We’re able to get some incredible colors out of the WELL
fixtures, especially the ambers,” said Kuepker. “The color
we used was medium amber throughout the event, because it fit the historic
architecture of the facility, plus corporate event clients always seem to love
amber since it sets a nice relaxingly elegant tone. Everything seems to look
better in amber light.”
The corporate event at Fort Adams lasted six hours and with warm up time the
WELL fixtures ran for eight hours straight, according to Kuepker.
“The fixtures run for something like 12 hours on a charge, so we had
no issues with power,” he said. “We charged the Chauvet
WELLs in their cases before going out to the event.”
Kuepker placed a variety of 30 different WELL fixtures throughout the venue.
“We lined the entrance way with six WELLs leading into the fort,
which set a very elegant tone for the event,” he said.
“Then we placed seven WELLs on the outside of the casemates and the
other 17 fixtures were set inside the casements. The net result was that our
uplighting communicated to everyone in attendance that this was a very special
event, which made us all feel good about the lighting design.”
Fujitsu Laboratories Develops LED Lighting Technology that Transmits Data
LIGHTimes News Staff
November 18, 2014...Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. based in Kawasaki, Japan, announced that it has
development a technology that can embed ID data in light from LEDs or other
light sources onto objects. The technology allows a smartphone camera with an
app to recover this ID data. Unlike RF related technologies that can go through
object in a wide area, data can be conveyed to an individual object. Also
unlike RF ID technology, it is limited to line-of-site.
The lighting transmits the data. What is unique about the Fujitsu Laboratory
system is that in addition to transmitting the data in on and off oscillations,
the data can be transmitted in very small color modulations with the RGB LEDs.
Another unique thing about the Fujitsu system is that it does its best to
compensate for light being reflected off an object or absorbed to ensure more
accurate data transmission.
The system does not apparently use LiFi, but it employs a proprietary method
of light-based data transmission that creates tiny color changes that are
essentially imperceptible to people, but can be captured with a cell phone
The technology can make RGB-based LED lights act like a location beacon that
transmits location data to anyone with a smart device and a camera. This can be
combined with GPS or other data transmission methods such as WiFi or
Currently, the technology is just one-way transmission to a camera. However,
in theory at a store, a smartphone app could receive the location data from a
fixture, and figure out the location in the store. Then, the app could connect
with a server through WiFi. The server could be linked to a database that
reveals the smartphone user's ID.
It can also link with information about what the person purchased
previously, and what sales are going on for the products that are on the
shelves around the person. This technology appears similar to a technology
previously detailed by Philips, but it uses color modulations. This Fujitsu
technology will be exhibited at Fujitsu Forum 2014, running November 19-20 in
National Gallery Gets LED Lighting and LiGO Control System
SSL Design News Staff
November 18, 2014...The UK's National Gallery got LED lighting with a LiGO control system. The
LiGO control system automatically adjusts the brightness levels based on the
brightness of ambient lighting.
“A combination of efficient LEDs and a digital control system has
achieved 85% energy savings on lighting. The system’s ability to respond
to the changing environment allows the Gallery to make use of available
daylight and adjust lighting levels around visiting hours,” said
Open Technology, which makes the LiGO control system used to dim the LEDs.
The gallery projects annual energy saving of about 765,000kWh, or £53,600.
Reduced is expected to save a further £36,000. LEDs do not produce UV light
which can fade paintings. However, their bumpy spectrum means lighting art with
LEDs is not straightforward, and they must have high color rendering and R9.
According to Open Technology, LiGO is integrated directly with the
Gallery’s building management system to automate and adjust changes in
light levels based upon complex requirements including changing use throughout
the day; rehanging of paintings which require new light settings; changing
intensity of daylight; and security patrols outside of normal operating hours.
After the gallery closes lighting is set to a default minimum that is raised
when occupancy sensors detect a person. The system reportedly allows staff to
easily adjust the lighting from each room when new settings are needed.
Ephesus to Install LED Lighting in 113 Buildings at Tobyhanna Army Depot
SSL Design News Staff
November 13, 2014...Ephesus Lighting, Inc. based in Syracuse, New York USA, has been selected to
install LED lighting at the Tobyhanna Army Depot in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. In
all, Ephesus will provide 2,458 of its Altus, Luxor and Artemis fixtures in 113
buildings plus several outdoor lots.
“The fact that one of the most technologically advanced military
installations has made the decision to switch nearly 75% of their lighting to
LED speaks volumes to the benefits of our solution,” said Amy
Casper, CEO of Ephesus Lighting. “The choice is obvious when facility
operators understand how our solution provides better quality lighting that is
maintenance-free, with just a fraction of the energy
Tobyhanna joins a growing list of military installations that have installed
Ephesus LED lighting, including Fort Drum and the US Naval Academy. Ephesus LED
lighting is listed under Design Light Consortium’s (DLC) quality,
performance and energy efficiency requirements. The DLC certification enables
facilities to receive energy incentives from utility providers.
Design LED to Debut Extremely Thin Backlighting
LIGHTimes News Staff
November 13, 2014...DesignLED Products Ltd is set to launch what the company claims are the
thinnest shelf and backlighting solutions. The company based its new product
range, which targets signage, shelf, and back lighting applications, on its
patented light guide technology.
At just 2mm in depth, the Shelf product family light tile is said to be the
thinnest shelf lighting solution available. The new products also include a 6mm
in depth luminaire. The lighting units, which are said to be easy to install
come in lengths of up to 5 meters. The Shelf luminaires can be connected
sequentially with a maximum of 10 driven from a single recommended ECG. The
power inlet module has an optional capacitive switch with on/off and
three-stage dimming and cable interconnects that allow the luminaires to be
daisy chained around obstacles such as shelf mounting brackets.
The company says that its Backlighting and Signage product family is an
ultra-thin and efficient solution for backlighting applications. The
customizable double-sided system can be cut to specific lengths. According to
Design LED, Backlighting applications benefit from the system's world class
efficacy in flat or curved formats from the high density 300 x 400mm or low
density 300 x 400mm options. The Backlighting modules can be tiled in a
zero-width border arrangement for large area illumination and can be trimmed by
multiples of the LED chains. The tiling and trimming process reportedly
supports backlighting of almost any form factor.
Noribachi Works with Bucknell University on Custom Retrofit of Fieldhouse Lighting
SSL Design News Staff
November 12, 2014...Noribachi, a US-based LED manufacturer worked with Bucknell University to
upgrade its Gerhard Fieldhouse sports facility lighting with a customized LED
light retrofit solution. Noribachi created custom LED light retrofits to
replace metal halide bulbs in the facility’s existing indirect light
fixtures. The company reportedly uses its Bespoke Engineered & Specifically
Tailored (BEST) method to develop customize the lighting for particular
The installation of the 112 retrofit LED lights reduced the 1.15 kW per
fixture system wattage of the original metal halide bulbs. Norbiachi says that
the project also reduced material waste associated with re-lamping and cut
“When we were looking to upgrade the facility’s indirect
lighting, energy efficiency, ease of retrofitting and the cost avoidance by
using existing fixtures were key to our decision making process,”
said Steve Durfee, Campus Energy Manager, Bucknell University.
“As an added benefit, the coaches and athletic staff who use the
Gerhard Fieldhouse have embraced the retrofit project. They feel the light
quality and distribution has improved, and are pleased with the environmental
benefits,” Durfee continued.
“We have worked on many sports facility lighting retrofit projects
and understand the specific requirements to ensure proper illumination and
safety. With our Bespoke Engineered and Specifically Tailored manufacturing
process, we were able to deliver just that,” said Esther M. Santos,
LED Lamp Uses Laser to Monitor Elderly People
SSL Design News Staff
November 12, 2014...A japanese company has devised a smart LED lamp that has added functionality
to help the elderly. In September 2015, Union Tool Co of Japan plans on
releasing an LED lamp equipped with a laser-based system to help monitor the
health of an elderly person, according to an article
of Nikkei Technology Online- TechOn!. The system employs an LED lamp
with Panasonic's milliwave radar. Milliwave (24GHz) laser-based radar and a
wireless LAN chip are embedded in the lighting.
The laser-based system measures the distance between the LED lamp attached
to the ceiling and the head, and other parts of elderly person. This distance
is used to determine, the person's state of breathing, if the particular person
has fallen, or is sleeping, and the depth of sleep. The system analyzes the
reflected light from the radar and transmits the results to a server through
wireless LAN. The results are then displayed on a computer monitor.
The company held a press conference Nov 10, 2014, to explain the new system.
The system can reportedly monitor breathing patterns using infinitesimal
measurements of displacement. CQ-S Net, a company dedicated to remote nursing
systems, developed the Laser system and obtained a patent for it.
Leipzig, Germany Wins First Prize in the city.people.light Awards 2014
SSL Design News Staff
November 11, 2014...The city of Leipzig in Germany has been awarded the first prize for its
urban regeneration of Richard-Wagner-Platz in the 12th annual city.people.light
awards ceremony on 7 November 2014 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Organized by Royal Philips and the Lighting Urban Community International
Association (LUCI), the annual award recognizes urban lighting projects which
best demonstrate creative efforts to plan sustainable lighting infrastructure
into city redevelopment for the benefit and well-being of those who visit,
work, live, or do business in the city. The 2014 competition had entries coming
from 5 continents.
Mr. Rainer Barth, representative of the city of Leipzig, commented,
“We wanted to pay homage to the historical roots of Leipzig,
that’s why we launched a public competition to redesign the lighting
through a democratic decision process. The project is an excellent example how
to involve citizens and other stakeholders in the preparation of an urban
regeneration project. ”
The architecturally rich city of Leipzig was born out of a 10th century
market settlement. Richard-Wagner-Platz is steeped in history from the Middle
Ages through to the fall of Communism. The unique lighting atmosphere carefully
matches the city’s architecture with warm white light to illuminate
buildings, sculptural fountains and a skate park. Many different interests were
incorporated in the final result to create the right atmosphere with modern
contemporary LED lighting, preserve and highlight historic fixtures and make
significant energy savings for the city.
“Philips and LUCI created the city.people.light awards more than a
decade ago to celebrate the most sustainable urban regeneration projects that
creatively use light to improve the lives and experience of citizens and
visitors, alike,” said Vojislav Radovic, Philips outdoor lighting
manager south district C&EE. “The projects submitted this year
were of an outstanding quality and set a new standard for the cities of the
future. The Leipzig project was not only innovative for crowd-sourcing ideas
from citizens, and delivering city beautification and safety, but also for
negotiating the delicate balance of commemorating complex heritage with cutting
edge lighting technology."
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