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

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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Moonlight Corn-Hole

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board-complete-570x432Ready for the perfect summer night game of corn-hole? This moonlight corn-hole board is regulation size and built for fun with high-tech LED lighting strips.

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Columbia’s New and Improved Website and LED Lighting App

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Columbia Lighting is proud to announce their new website! The new responsive website features a more modern design and enhanced usability! Columbia is also celebrating the launch of their improved LED lighting app. The app now includes access to the full Columbia Lighting product catalog!

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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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