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Let there be (better) light!

Let there be (better) light!

Did you know that NASA has been testing the use of LED lights on the International Space Station (ISS)? Well, they have. Starting back with ISS Expedition 18 in October of 2008, NASA started testing the use of a Solid-State Lighting Module within the spacecraft environment of the ISS. These tests and their results could benefit everyone, both in space and on earth. So far, data from a LED light unit placed on the space station shows that LED’s provide the same indirect daylight and overhead fluorescent light illumination when needed for visual activities and observing color differences. NASA has...

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The LED Global Market

The LED Global Market

Where does the United States rank when it comes to the LED lighting global market? Europe ranks first with 23%, China is second with 21%, and the U.S. ranks third with 19% of the market. Interestingly enough, while Europe has higher electricity rates than does China or the United States, their utility suppliers lack large-scale subsidies to defray the high LED lighting start-up cost. China’s lighting cost, on the other hand, is lower than in other parts of the world due mainly to them having the largest manufacturing base of LED lighting producers in the world. In the United States...

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The History of LEDs

The History of LEDs

LEARN MORE… DO MORE… BUILD MORE… REVEAL MORE The words you see above come from a man who has revolutionized the way we literally see things today. His parents were uneducated immigrant people, yet they emphasized to him that school was important. His father, who was a coal miner, gave him a pocket knife at around the age of five or six and told him “if you want something, make it yourself”, which is what he did. That person is Nick Holonyak, Jr., the creator of the first visible LED.  In 1962 while working at General Electric, Mr. Holonyak invented...

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The Versatility of LED’s

The Versatility of LED’s

LED’s have been around for over 50 years. They have been used for many years as indicator lights in an assortment of electronic equipment - from aircrafts to elevators. It wasn’t until the recent development of white LED’s that they were thrust into the public eye. Once this was accomplished, LED’s now had the potential of replacing other white light sources such as incandescents, fluorescents, halogens, etc….…and they most certainly have. The point of the chart below is not only to show that LED use is growing, but it is being used across every major application that is out there....

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What's a Troffer?

What's a Troffer?

Some of the common everyday uses of LED lighting can be found in downlights, outdoor lighting areas, and ceiling troffers.  There are so many more applications the LED lighting could benefit, but these are just a few to keep in mind. DownlightsThese are lights placed or designed so as to throw illumination downward. This includes recessed ceiling lights inside homes and buildings, and outside under overhangs that provide security lighting for entryways or exits.Outdoor Lighting AreasThis includes fixtures that provide lighting for streets and parking lot areas. These two types are well- suited for LED technology primarily because LED directionality...

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