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LED Lighting Efficiency Jumps Roughly 50% Since 2012

From http://cleantechnica.com/10 November, 2014 11:24

Rising LED Efficiency, Falling LED Prices

Well, looks like the 2007 law phasing out 100-year old incandescent light bulb technology in favor of newer light bulbs that waste less energy while providing more efficient lighting options is working. Light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs have improved their efficiency roughly 50% and expanded consumer options as federal regulations have tightened, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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Invention of blue LEDs wins physics Nobel

From BBC News7 October, 2014 10:13

The 2014 Nobel Prize for physics has been awarded to a trio of scientists in Japan and the US for the invention of blue light emitting diodes (LEDs).

Professors Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura made the first blue LEDs in the early 1990s. By combining blue light with existing red and green LEDs, this enabled a new generation of bright, energy-efficient white lamps as well as LED screens. The winners will share prize money of eight million kronor (£0.7m). They were named at a press conference in Sweden, and join a prestigious list of 196 other Physics laureates recognised since 1901.

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The Sistine Chapel in Rome Gets New Lights

From The Wall Street Journal25 September, 2014 14:46

Starting next month, a new lighting system will boost by at least five times the illumination of Michelangelo's 500-year-old masterpiece. The LED disp

Let there be light. That is, essentially, what the Vatican Museums asked German lighting company Osram to do in the Sistine Chapel. Museum officials wanted to improve lighting so poor and patchy that some visitors struggled to clearly see famous details, such as the panel where God's hand touches Adam's, bringing him to life.

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Philips Plans to Split Into Two Companies

From The Wall Street Journal23 September, 2014 09:23

Dutch Conglomerate Could Spin Off Lighting Business in an IPO as Early as 2016

AMSTERDAM—Dutch electronics group Philips NV said Tuesday it would split itself into two companies, spinning off its iconic lighting business 123 years after making its first incandescent light bulb.

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5 Smart Trends to Watch in Commercial Lighting

From GreenBiz.com11 February, 2014 11:50

LEDs aren't the only story in lighting, of course, but they are laying the groundwork for innovation.

The U.S. government's latest wave of energy efficiency standards took effect this month, basically sounding a death knell for future domestic manufacturing of standard 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent lightbulbs. That demise continues to stir debate among those who believe the mandate takes away consumer choice for old-school bulbs, which make up about half of the residential lighting market.

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MaxLite and Habitat for Humanity Announce Partnership

From Exhibitor Online8 February, 2014 14:22

MaxLite® is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to provide energy-efficient lighting for Habitat ReStore resale outlet customers nationwide.

As part of the partnership, Habitat restores have begun selling discounted ENERGY STAR®-qualified compact fluorescent (CFL) and light emitting diode (LED) lamps and fixtures. MaxLite is also donating $180,000 in ENERGY STAR-qualified products for 300 homes that will be built during Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz in June.

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How LED Streetlights Will Change Cinema

From Gizmodo8 February, 2014 12:29

Los Angeles is making the switch to LED streetlights and it may change the film industry forever.

The decision by the city of Los Angeles last year to replace its high-pressure sodium streetlights—known for their distinctive yellow hue—with new, blue-tinted LEDs might have a profound effect on at least one local industry. All of those LEDs, with their new urban color scheme, will dramatically change how the city appears on camera, thus giving Los Angeles a brand new look in the age of digital filmmaking. As Dave Kendricken writes for No Film School, "Hollywood will never look the same."

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Philips LED 100-watt equivalent bulb first to be ENERGY STAR qualified

From PR Newswire3 April, 2013 15:58

For commercial users, 22-watt bulb offers industry's highest light output, reduced maintenance and energy costs; helps meet sustainability goals

Continuing in the company's tradition of delivering high quality LED products, Philips today announced that the company's LED 100-watt equivalent bulb, the Philips LED 22-watt, is now ENERGY STAR qualified. Designed to replace a 100 watt incandescent bulb while reducing energy consumption by more than 75 percent and lasting 25 times longer, the Philips LED 22-watt offers the industry's highest light output at nearly 1800 lumens.

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Spectacular Bay Bridge Lights Controlled by Macs Running Windows

From Mashable.com19 March, 2013 10:28

"... it's more lights than you will find on the entire Eiffel Tower..."

As anyone who's been in or around San Francisco recently knows, it's hard not to spot the Bay Lights. After dusk, the western span of the Bay Bridge fills with a jaw-dropping display comprised of 25,000 LEDs, mounted on vertical cables 30 feet apart.

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Light bulbs to fight insomnia to be installed on space station

From NBCNEWS.com21 December, 2012 14:21

LEDs will help Astronauts improve sleep schedules.

NASA plans a new weapon in the fight against space insomnia: high-tech light-emitting diodes to replace the fluorescent bulbs in the U.S. section of the International Space Station. About half of everyone who flies to space relies on sleep medication, at some point, to get some rest. For $11.2 million, NASA hopes to use the science of light to reduce astronauts' dependency on drugs.

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