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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 job.”

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 camera.

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 Bluetooth.

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 Munich, Germany.

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 consumption.”

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 applications.

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 maintenance costs.

“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, COO, Noribachi.

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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