Lighting Solutions Center: Fundamentals of Lighting

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A CEU Opportunity for your Architect and Engineer Specifiers
Fundamentals of Lighting
September 9-11, 2014

Designed for professionals new to the lighting industry or seasoned professionals looking for a refresher, this three-day workshop focuses on the fundamental principles of lighting and introduces todays latest advancements in lighting technology. Through hands-on training and real-world applications, we take an interactive approach to educating our participants in general lighting terminology, lamps and ballasts, solid-state lighting technology, light, vision, and color, optical control, and basic application principles.

To register visit http://www.lightingsolutionscenter.com/lsc_courses/

Questions? Contact Suzanne Sylvester at:
Suzanne Sylvester
Concierge, The Lighting Solutions Center
P: 864-678-1045
ssylvester@hubbell-ltg.com.

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Hubbell Lighting Named Technology Brand of the Year!

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Architectural SSL Magazine named Hubbell Lighting the 2014 Technology Brand of the Year. This is featured by LightNOW on their blog LightNOWblog.com on Lightsearch.com in the “Lighting Industry Roundup,” where this monthy newsletter is read by over 16,500 lighting professionals. President of Hubbell Lighting, Scott Muse, states,”Being named Technology Brand of the Year is a real testament of Hubbell Lighting’s ingenuity and know-how in developing truly innovative lighting solutions.” Hubbell is honored by this title and has received four 2014 Product Innovation Awards (PIA) from the publication.

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Lighting Solutions Center: General Product Workshop

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A CEU Opportunity for your Architect and Engineer Specifiers
General Product Workshop
September 3-4, 2014

This fast paced product solutions workshop is for the experienced lighting professional and those new to the industry. During this two-day, hands-on and application-based workshop participants will gain additional insight into Hubbell Lightings portfolio of commercial and industrial product solutions for interior and exterior applications.

To register visit http://www.lightingsolutionscenter.com/lsc_courses/

Questions? Contact Suzanne Sylvester at:
Suzanne Sylvester
Concierge, The Lighting Solutions Center
P: 864-678-1045
ssylvester@hubbell-ltg.com.

 

 

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Alera Lighting Launches Glare-Free LED

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Alera Lighting’s new Curv LED delivers an exceptional advanced lighting solution for work environments by reducing electronic screen glare. This innovative product’s solid, smooth, curved profile provides 100% uplight while its perforated housing provides 94% uplight and 6% downlight. To learn more, please visit www.aleralighting.com.

 

 

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U.S Department of Energy LED Fact Sheet

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Solid-State lighting is continuing to grow at a rapid pace. The U.S Department of Energy put together a fact sheet on recent research regarding how light not only advances and enables our vision but increases other vital parts of our biological systems.

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LEDs Save Baby Sea Turtles

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In an attempt to obey the rules of “turtle lighting” according to Karen Shudes, sea turtle specialist, many hotels in Florida, home to 90 percent of the U.S sea turtle population, are switching to LED lighting. Thousands of sea turtle hatchlings would die every year as they would walk towards civilization due to the light from hotels, condominiums, etc instead of the moon on the ocean. With new LED lights being installed the Sea Turtle Conservancy executive director, David Godfrey reports that the with the lower levels of visible lights and specific wavelengths there has been a dramatic reduction in sea turtle hatchling disorientation. Read more here.

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LEDs Aid In A New Take-Off

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Canadian researcher, Mike Dixon, at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, is conducting research that focuses on using LEDs to motivate plant growth on the moon or other planets within our solar system. Despite all the challenges, Dixon states “I would say in the next 15 to 20 years it’s certainly within the bounds of technical possibility that humans can begin growing plants, doing plant science experiments, on the surface of the moon in preparation for life support requirements on Mars.” Through the use of the advancement of LED lighting, Dixon and his team hope to find the “magic recipe” of light and grow crops that provide an overall nutritional diet for those involved in space exploration.

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A Little Light Humor

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The Dark Sucker Theory

June 20, 2005 | Peter Baen, Senior Member, IEEE | IEEE/IAS Technical Conference

For years it has been believed that electric bulbs emit light. But recent information has proved that actually, they suck dark! We should actually be referring to these bulbs as Dark Suckers. Herein are the arguments that will prove the theory and existence of dark suckers, and that dark has mass and is heavier than light.

First, the basis for the Dark Sucker theory is that electric bulbs do indeed suck dark. As an example, consider the dark sucker in the room where you now sit. There is much less dark right next to the dark sucker than elsewhere in the room. As with all things, dark suckers don’t last forever. Once they are full of dark, they can no longer suck more dark. This is proven by the black spot on a full dark sucker.

Size does matter. The larger the dark sucker, the greater its capacity to suck dark. Dark suckers in the parking lot or a sports stadium have a much greater capacity to suck dark than those in this room. Those dark suckers have a much greater capacity to suck dark than the ones generally found indoors, particularly in the home.

Primitive Dark Suckers. A candle is a primitive dark sucker. Note that a new candle has a white wick. After the first use the wick turns black, representing the dark, which has been sucked into it. If you put a pencil next to the wick of an operating candle it will turn black. This is because it got in the way of the dark as it flowed into the candle, and even for a short time the candle became a dark sucker.

Dark Storage Units (DSU). One of the disadvantages of the primitive dark sucker is their limited range. There are also portable dark suckers. In these, the bulbs can’t handle all of the dark themselves and must be aided by Dark Storage Units. When the dark Storage Unit is full, it must either be emptied or replaced before the portable dark sucker can operate again.

Dark has mass. When dark goes into a dark sucker, friction from the mass generates heat. Thus it is not wise to touch an operating dark sucker. Candles present a special problem, as the mass must travel into a solid wick instead of through clear glass. This generates a great amount of heat and is therefore not wise to touch an operating candle.

Dark is heavier than light. If you were to swim just below the surface of the lake you would see a lot of light. If you were to slowly swim deeper and deeper, you would notice it getting darker and darker. When you get really deep you would be in total darkness. This is because the heavier dark sinks to the bottom of the lake and the lighter light floats at the top. This is also why it is called light.

Dark is faster than light.  To prove this, consider standing in a room with limited dark in front of a known dark closet. Slowly opening the closet door, you would see the light slowly enter the closet. But since dark travels at such a high rate of speed, you would not be able to see dark leaving the closet. Similarly, if you close your eyes, you’re capturing the dark that might otherwise be sucked away. But if you open your eyes very slowly, it’s the slower light you see pouring in to replace the dark as it’s sucked away.

So, the next time you see what you think are light sources, consider that they are more accurately dark suckers.

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Photographer Uses LED Lighting To Transform Landscapes

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Barry Underwood, photographer, used LED lights to transform landscapes into a “memorable, visual experience.” He considers his images surreal and familiar that allow the final use of the LED lights and alterations to “appear as intrusions, transforming landscapes into abstract images.”

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LED Lights That Can Leave You Mesmerized

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Looking for a unique way to dramatically transform a kids room? Leave them in awe with these contemporary LED ceiling design lights that add a sense of adventure to any room. The lights are designed on a decorative stretch ceiling film that comes in multiple colors and different effects.

 

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