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An Enlightening Ride: Part II

From lightED26 February, 2018 09:27

Lighting industry veteran shares thoughts on some of the new and unexpected ways lighting sales may continue to evolve.

“We started out as an online B2B venue with 2-3 people working the phones to answer questions or make deals,” recalled Connors of the initial introduction of Worcester, Mass.-based Bulbs.com, an online replacement lighting supplier which has since grown to service 200,000 commercial and industrial businesses in more than 300,000 locations nationwide...

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An Enlightening Ride: Part I

From lightED21 February, 2018 00:00

We started out as an online B2B venue with 2-3 people working the phones.

When Mike Connors and several other founders/investors first launched Bulbs.com in 1999, fluorescent, HID, and CFL technology were dominant, the internet was still in its infancy, and the lighting sales process was more conventional. Times have definitely changed.

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LED lighting market to top $34 billion

From Electronics Weekly23 March, 2016 11:15

The LED lighting market will be worth $34.64 billion, says Digitimes Research, accounting for 31.3% of total lighting market value.

LED light bulbs will account for 28.2% of all types of light bulbs (penetration) in 2016 and the penetration will be 32.8% for LED projection lamps, and 17.3% for LED light tubes, says Digitimes.

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The Art and Science of Determining Occupancy for Energy Efficiency

From Green Tech Media21 March, 2016 13:41

As sensing technologies continue to get smaller, cheaper and more sophisticated, it will only get easier...

Four years ago Nest introduced its smart thermostat -- one of the biggest home energy-efficiency devices since the on-off switch. And while many think the rounded iPhone-like device with a Wi-Fi connection was the invention, its revolutionary feature was really the integrated motion sensor.

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Philips LEDs to illuminate New Year’s Eve from Times Square to living rooms everywhere

From http://www.businesswire.com/28 December, 2015 12:45

For the first time, Philips Hue users can experience the Times Square Ball festivities live at home through an immersive blast of color by syncing the

For the first time, Philips Hue users can experience the Times Square Ball festivities live at home through an immersive blast of color by syncing their Philips Hue lights to the Ball as it drops. With a new feature in the Hue Fireworks for Philips Hue app, developed by iMakeStuff, Philips Hue lights will follow the changing Philips LED bulbs used in the Ball as 2015 becomes 2016.

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Blue lights could prevent bird strikes

From Sciencemag.org18 November, 2015 14:32

Bird strikes—the collision between birds and aircraft—are among the most common aviation hazards.

Bird strikes—the collision between birds and aircraft—are among the most common aviation hazards. They destroy planes, kill people, and, in the United States alone, cause an estimated $700 million in damage each year.

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Oringinal L-Prize Competition Winning LED Bulb from Philips Reaches Over 40,000 Hours of Actual Testing

From Solid State Lighting Design20 August, 2015 13:25

Oringinal L-Prize Competition Winning LED Bulb from Philips Reaches Over 40,000 Hours of Actual Testing

In 2011, Philips won the first Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize known as the L Prize competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy with its 60-Watt equivalent LED-based bulb. The DOE required that a lamp produce 900 lumens and have 90 CRI or better to be considered equivalent to a 60-Watt incandescent bulb. The DOE tested all of the entrants into the 2011 competition for 18 months before declaring the Philips LED bulb the winner. The DOE awarded $10 million for winning the competition.

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The Lowly Lightbulb Outshines Solar and Wind on U.S. Power Grids

From Bloomberg Business14 August, 2015 11:54

Utility and power grid managers in the U.S. are learning that the best way to cut carbon emissions and improve efficiency is the easiest: Just change

The nation’s largest grid, serving more than 61 million customers from Washington to Chicago, is revising its demand forecasts after recognizing that better lighting has undercut its projections. Swapping all of Thomas Edison’s incandescent lightbulbs with lamps containing light emitting diodes, or LEDs, would save enough electricity to power 20 million American homes, according to the Energy Department.

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LEDs in Horticulture: Philips GrowWise Center and Purdue studies space

From LEDs Magazine8 July, 2015 17:42

Philips Lighting has opened the LED-centric GrowWise Center in Eindhoven to study light recipes for plant growth while Purdue University has conducted

The Philips GrowWise City Farming research center in Eindhoven, the Netherlands has opened for research into increasing agricultural yields using LED horticultural lighting in precise mixes or recipes of color and intensity. Purdue University, meanwhile, has announced the results of a research project growing lettuce in tight vertical layers with LEDs placed near the plant canopy to model what might be the tight space that astronauts experience on deep-space missions such as a trip to Mars.

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Human-centric LED lighting will change the lighting world in coming years

From Biz LED Magazine22 June, 2015 12:27

A LightingEurope’s study states that by 2020, LEDs will take over 90% of the human-centric lighting space.

Today, LED lighting is been designed for various applications, and many of them are quite unique. An important LED lighting application that has been scientifically proved is for the well-being and mood illumination.

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