Driving Towards Solar Roads That Could Power The Country

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While driving on glass sounds almost impossible, eight years ago, Scott and Julie Brusaw decided to drive the idea. With glass that is a half inch thick, tempered, and laminated, they basically turned the idea into reality. Taking into consideration different weather conditions, hazards, and weights of vehicles, the article states, “The Solar Roadways project, now crowdfunding on Indiegogo, hopes to re-pave the country in custom, glass-covered solar panels that are strong enough to drive on while generating enough power to light the road, melt ice and snow, and send extra energy to cities. Eventually, if every paved surface was covered in the product, the panels would produce more power than the nation uses.”  The glass would contain small heaters to melt the ice in the winter and small LED lights to light up lanes as well as warning lights to tell drivers to slow down during hazardous situations. Check the article out here

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Shining Bright With The New EXO Optic

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Spaulding Lighting is proud to announce the Cimarron LED family of products with their new patent pending EXO Optic technology. The EXO Optic was seen in action at LightFair International 2014. EXO Optics are capable of eliminating or selectively shifting short wavelengths to longer wavelengths, making it ideal for environmentally sensitive locations or areas where circadian or observational astronomy disruption are of concern (Patent pending). Two configurations are available for complete application control – Dynamic utilizing a mix of EXO optics and traditional optics with wiHUBB controls or Static with a complete EXO optic array. Reference the brochure for more information!

The features and benefits of this product include:

  • Preventing circadian and ecological disruption
  • Limiting observational astronomy interference
  • Energy-efficient, high color quality HPS & LPS replacement
  • Configurable to adapt spectral power and photometric distribution across operating hours (Dynamic and Static configurations)
  • Numerous applications from city centers to national parks and protected environments

 

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Tunable LEDs Create A New Vibe in Zurich

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A luxury residence in Zurich, Switzerland is using the LEDLUX Linear LX fixtures for lighting to create different moods in their parking garage and spa area. While both use similar lighting the installations for each are very different and provide a soothing and energetic vibe for residents. The designs mix together past and futuristic elements in the garage, but invoke different scenarios programmed with scents and sounds while in the wellness area. Read more about it here.

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Introducing the new “RagLite” LED

 

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Raglite is a new portable LED lighting concept that is flexible and waterproof. The LED strips with a CRI of 95 allow for the perfect lighting in unique situations. Check out the video!

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Michigan State University Shining Brighter

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Michigan State University will be shining brighter this summer after switching to energy-efficient LED lighting at a cost of $910K. Following in the footsteps of Munn Arena who switched to LED last summer, the more versatile “white-light” will “enhance the environment,” according to Bill Whitbeck, project coordinator. Read more about MSUs’ LED project here.

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LED Color-Changing Vest Offers More Safety for Cyclists and Runners

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You Saw Me, Kickstarter Campaign has created the Verve vest in an effort to create more awareness for cyclists and runners. According to the article, the Verve vest “is an innovative safety solution that integrates 60 waterproof LED bulbs into a lightweight and minimalist design, and it claims to be visible from the front and the back from over one mile away.” With multiple light settings and battery power lasting over 30 hours, these multi-colored, waterproof, machine-washable vests also include multi-purpose pockets for ID, keys, phones, etc. Check out more about this innovative LED vest here.

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LED Lights May Aid in Skin Therapy

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With LEDs proven to be more energy efficient, cost-efficient, and growing in popularity, the question was raised if long or short-term direct exposure has an affect on skin. Chemical Engineering undergraduates at Stony Brook University, presented their findings at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers that helped to answer this. Exposing fibroblast cultures to multiple testing with different LED wavelengths led the students to some pretty compelling results.

 

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LED Smart iPhone Battery Case

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Charging your phone is now easier than ever! With this new “smart battery case” seen at the recent TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Alley, the Feeling Case senses when your battery is low and will automatically charge your iPhone. Don’t let that fool you as the only cool thing about this phone case though. An LED light located on the back of the phone will let you know when you have any incoming mail, alerts, or other activities! While it may not look like a typical phone case, it is a new look for smart and social smartphone accessories.

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How LED Lighting May Boost Lighting Control Adoption

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By developing LED lighting that has the potential of lasting for decades, manufacturers have created a new problem for themselves. Sales on replacement bulbs, lamps, and fixtures will go down! This presents a great opportunity to expand the functionality of LEDs with lighting control systems. Find out more in this article from CE Pro.

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Engineering Meets Art Using LEDs & Music

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Engineering meets art when a few students at Harvard’s SEAS (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences), designed a unique project involving music, LEDs and creative problem solving. The ES 50 project was shown this year at the Annual Design & Project Fair that highlights the interaction between art & science.

 

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