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Could LED insect discovery help to beat Zika and malaria?

Could LED insect discovery help to beat Zika and malaria? | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
Visit the Lux Review website - official publication of the Lighting Industry Association
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In addition to the implications for disease prevention, the findings should be of interest to owners and managers of retail properties. In particular the decision of some auto dealerships to go with fluorescent replacements for metal halide fixtures might be a mistake.
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A Lustworthy Lightbulb? A Lustworthy Lightbulb.

A Lustworthy Lightbulb? A Lustworthy Lightbulb. | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
The new design relies on a few clever tricks and some obsessive crafting to produce one of the most elegant lightbulbs we've ever seen.
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LED Lighting for the Horticulture Market

LED Lighting for the Horticulture Market | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
In May, I wrote a blog on my thoughts about the horticulture lighting market after attending LightFair International. Last week I attended Cultivate – a huge horticulture tradeshow in Columbus, Ohio, and I want to update those thoughts. Let me start off by saying that this tradeshow was by far the most beautiful tradeshow I’ve been to. Instead of staring directly into bright lights for 3 days, I got to see beautiful flowers and trees and the aroma and aesthetics were amazing. That aside, of the lighting companies I visited, almost all exclusively had LED products but a lot still showcased their traditional HPS (high pressure sodium) and fluorescent products. These are some of the main topics/issues that were discussed:
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A good general primer on the current state of horticultural lighting
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The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave

The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time.
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The LED lighting revolution

The LED lighting revolution | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
Discover how exponential growth in LED capabilities is creating daily opportunities for businesses and individuals across the globe.
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Particularly interesting is the technology's potential to improve the quality of life for the poorest people on the planet.
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Why dark skies matter

Why dark skies matter | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
Turn off the lights. Light pollution impacts energy use, wildlife and health.
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America's abandoned factories in hot demand

America's abandoned factories in hot demand | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
Demand for abandoned factories and warehouses is heating up. Who's moving in? Innovative young startups and multinationals that are shifting manufacturing to America.
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Lighting-use LED Market Scale Hits US $4.88B, says TrendForce - LEDinside

Lighting-use LED Market Scale Hits US $4.88B, says TrendForce - LEDinside | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
The global high brightness LED market scale reached US $14.4 billion this year and is estimated to increase to US $16.6 billion by 2018, with a compound growth rate of 4%, according to 2014 LED Supply and Demand Data Base by LEDinside, a LED research division of TrendForce. The LED package ma..
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Adoption of LED lighting in the General Lighting  space continues to grow with only the linear fluorescent and small lamps segments to be dominated.

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The Story Behind Shuji Nakamura's Invention of Blue LEDs - LEDinside

The Story Behind Shuji Nakamura's Invention of Blue LEDs - LEDinside | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
This years Nobel Prize in Physics was shared between three Japanese blue LED inventors Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura. The three inventors were recognized for their achievements in the highly energy efficient blue LED, which led to the emergence of white light. Red and green LEDs ..
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Long overdue recognition. Mr. Nakamura is still at the forefront of LED development with his company, SORAA.

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Soraa Proves That Whiteness Rendering Has A Strong Effect On LED Lamp Preference - LEDinside

Soraa Proves That Whiteness Rendering Has A Strong Effect On LED Lamp Preference - LEDinside | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
Understanding that quality of light is essential to the widespread adoption of LED lighting, Soraa discussed this week at SPIE Photonics West 2014 how whiteness rendering has a strong effect on lighting and object preference. Soraa explained that the brilliant, shimmering appearance of bright white objects,..
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The impact of full visual spectrum LED light can not be underestimated, especially in the commercial world when illuminating colors in a brand or skin tones. 

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ACEEE | The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

ACEEE | The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
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No surprises here but still interesting to look at.

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SWITCH infinia™, the Best-in-Class, General Use LED Light Bulb, Now ... - SYS-CON Media (press release)

SWITCH infinia™, the Best-in-Class, General Use LED Light Bulb, Now ... - SYS-CON Media (press release) | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
SWITCH infinia™, the Best-in-Class, General Use LED Light Bulb, Now ...
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This is the A-lamp I recommend to all of my customers for general commercial or residential use. It's unique LQD liquid cooled technology allows it to be used in fully enclosed fixtures and in any orientation. 

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Home electricity use in US falling to 2001 levels - The Seattle Times

Home electricity use in US falling to 2001 levels - The Seattle Times | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
Home electricity use in US falling to 2001 levels
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I wonder if this trend holds true in the PNW. If so, will it deal a blow to Puget Sound ...
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Despite using more electronic devices than ever, product efficiency gains is driving retail electricity usage down.

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Urban Ag News Online Magazine Issue 15

Urban Ag News Online Magazine Issue 15 | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
Click here to download the issue. Urban Ag News Issue 15  | The Lighting Issue |  October 2016 Urban Ag News Issue 15 cover story focuses on the lighting research being conducted at Wageningen Univ…
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A nice look into some of the work being done to attain the goals of season extension, improved produce quality, and energy savings.
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Don't be blue; Cree introduces warm LED street lights

Don't be blue; Cree introduces warm LED street lights | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
The warmer color and better light quality will let you sleep at night.
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I think the science is still out on this theory that 4000K light contains too much blue light and disturbs sleep patterns. Most metal halide street lights are 4000K.
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Why LEDs have a key role in the horticulture revolution

Why LEDs have a key role in the horticulture revolution | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
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The Food Industrial Complex

The Food Industrial Complex | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
American farms receive billions of dollars from Uncle Sam every year. So why is the "food lobby" synonymous with unhealthy food?
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Inside The High-Tech Farm Growing Kale In An Old Paintball Arena

Inside The High-Tech Farm Growing Kale In An Old Paintball Arena | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
This could be part of the future of farming.
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The science has a way to go but it is clear that indoor and vertical farming will play an increasing important role in sustainable, chemical-free agriculture. your insight
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Five things to consider before buying LED bulbs

Five things to consider before buying LED bulbs | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
Know what you're getting into before investing in LED light bulbs.
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Good article. I would add that the brand and who you buy it from are also important. A warranty is only as good as the company standing behind it.
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Vertical farming moves into the store

Vertical farming moves into the store | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
Recently opened vertical farms from the likes of FarmedHere and AeroFarms allow produce to be grown more efficiently, transported shorter distances and arrive fresher in stores.
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This trend can only accelerate as the market demands fresher, healthier and more sustainable food alternatives.
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Acuity Brands Builds World-Class Engineering Facility in Decatur, Georgia - LEDinside

Acuity Brands Builds World-Class Engineering Facility in Decatur, Georgia - LEDinside | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
Acuity Brands, Inc. announced it will build a world-class engineering and technology center at a site it owns in Decatur, Georgia, and will invest in facility upgrades at its complex in Conyers Georgia, as part of a plan to enhance a workplace that will drive innovation and technology advances. This multi-year ..
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Soraa Integrates GaN on GaN LEDs Into Large Lamp Line - LEDinside

Soraa Integrates GaN on GaN LEDs Into Large Lamp Line - LEDinside | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
Soraa, specialist in GaN on GaN LED technology, announced the world's most efficient LED, which it will integrate into the market's first full-visible-spectrum, large form factor lamps. Soraa's third generation (Gen3) GaN on GaN LED achieves world-record setting wall-plug-efficiency, out..
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This is exciting news, especially if they can make it price competitive.

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Goodbye and Good Riddance to Inefficient Incandescent Lightbulbs

Goodbye and Good Riddance to Inefficient Incandescent Lightbulbs | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
When will consumers realize the 60-cent incandescent light bulb was no bargain?
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The beginning of a new chapter.

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DOE releases research on pedestrian-centric outdoor lighting and glare

DOE releases research on pedestrian-centric outdoor lighting and glare | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a report via its Gateway Demonstration Program on pedestrian-friendly outdoor lighting.
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More data to support that people prefer warmer color temperatures. I am not sure how pedestrians under normal (non-test) circumstances would be bothered by glare at angles close to 0 dgrees nadir since they would have to look up from directly under the light source. 

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Why LED Retrofits Are The 'Trojan Horse' Of The Internet of Things - Forbes

Why LED Retrofits Are The 'Trojan Horse' Of The Internet of Things - Forbes | LED Lighting Thoughts | Scoop.it
Why LED Retrofits Are The 'Trojan Horse' Of The Internet of Things
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Each new LED fixture can, in essence, become the node on an intelligent controls network. Yes, these networks are really good ...
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It is going to be very interesting to see who takes advantage of this emerging capability of solid state lighting technology. LED has the potential to go way beyond simple utility and maintenance savings used in a systems approach.   

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