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DOE Wants 75% Increase in LED Lumens per Watt

Linda Hardesty

The US Energy Department is offering $10 million to support research, development and manufacturing of solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies, both LED and OLED. Today, available LED technology is about 150 lumens per watt; DOE’s target is 250 lumens per watt – a 75 percent increase. The funding opportunity is open to applications in the following   …Continue Reading


DOE Recognizes Oregon Cities, Public Schools in Better Buildings Challenge

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy recognized the cities of Beaverton and Hillsboro, Ore., as well as the Portland Public School District for reducing their energy use. As Better Buildings Challenge partners, they have committed to reduce the energy use in ten million square feet of building space by 20 percent over the next decade. The   …Continue Reading


Inventors of Blue LED Win Nobel Prize

Linda Hardesty

Shuji Nakamura (pictured), Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano have won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for their invention of the blue LED. The Nobel committee said the innovation “has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.” IHS Technology says the invention of blue LEDs was a game changer that led to the creation of   …Continue Reading


NRG Stadium Retrofits with LEDs

Linda Hardesty

NRG Stadium in Houston is illuminating its field with an array of LED lights that will use 60 percent less energy than the lighting they replaced. NRG Energy and stadium officials hired Musco Lighting to engineer the custom lighting system, which draws 337 kW at full power, 60 percent less than the stadium’s previous light   …Continue Reading


GaN-on-Silicon LED Recognized by Lighting Society

Linda Hardesty

LatticePower’s new GaN-on-Silicon PAR38 LED lamp has been recognized by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Progress Committee as providing an important advancement in lighting. Lattice Power says growing GaN material on a silicon substrate has been a vexing problem for the industry as a result of the material lattice mismatch and thermal expansion mismatch between   …Continue Reading


Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport to House State’s Largest Solar Project

Karen Henry

Construction has begun on what will be Minnesota’s largest solar generation site. Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP) will soon house a 3 MW solar installation on the top deck of two Terminal 1 parking structures. The $25.4 million project also includes converting more than 7,700 metal halide light fixtures in all four parking ramps to   …Continue Reading


Eco-Shift Power Buys Lighting Retrofit Company

Linda Hardesty

Canada-based Eco-Shift Power signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Sun & Sun Industries (Sun), a lighting retrofit specialist headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif. Eco-Shift says the acquisition will combine its LED high bay fixture and wireless light management system with Sun’s $10 million annual revenue stream and OEM distribution channel. Sun has completed over   …Continue Reading


Ford Spends $25M on LEDs at Factories

Linda Hardesty

Ford Motor Company is beginning to install $25 million of LED lighting at its manufacturing facilities across the globe. The 25,000 new LED fixtures will replace traditional high-intensity discharge and fluorescent lights, and are expected to reduce Ford’s energy use at manufacturing facilities by 56 million kWh annually, equating to an up to 70 percent   …Continue Reading


Air Force Academy Pushes Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

From August 2013 to August 2014 the US Air Force Academy reduced its electrical use by 3.3 million kWh. The Academy invested in high efficiency lighting, installing about 1,250 LEDs throughout the base. The LEDs consume 40 percent less electricity at the same or higher lighting levels than high-pressure sodium fixtures. The Academy is in   …Continue Reading


LED Security Light Replaces HIDs

Linda Hardesty

GE says its Evolve LED security light provides an energy-efficient alternative to traditional high-intensity discharge (HID) security lights. The LED has a rated lifetime of 100,000 hours and is designed for such applications as outdoor work yards, commercial and roadside establishments, and roadway lighting in rural areas. The light provides similar durability as traditional security   …Continue Reading


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