The Curve LED desk lamp by Finelite won the platinum prize in the task lighting category from the Architectural SSL Magazine’s Product Innovation Awards (PIA ’11).
Curve has earned the EPA Energy Star label for solid state luminaires, with luminaire efficacy at about 50 lumens per watt. Its features include replaceable LED modules for extended life of the luminaire, QuickTouch dimming, sustainable base made from materials reclaimed from its own manufacturing process. Curve is made of 97% recycled content, and it is 97% recyclable at the end of usable life. Curve components are constructed from zinc, steel, electronics, aluminum and plastic, and contain no mercury, lead or other heavy metals.
But according to Finelite, it was the “refreshing” form of the fixture judges with its design that earned Curve its prize. The Architectural SSL Product Innovation Awards (PIA) competition is held with the idea that “award winners will ultimately represent a peer-recognized selection of quality products that the architectural and lighting design community can feel comfortable specifying.” The award will be presented during the May 2011 LightFair International trade show in Philadelphia.
Also on deck at LightFair next month is North Carolina-based LED manufacturer, Cree. The company has released new architectural troffers. The CR24, CR22 and CR14 Cree LED troffers are 2ft x 4ft, 2ft x 2ft and 1ft x 4 ft, respectively, and offer a commercial LED solution for businesses looking to upgrade fluorescent lighting.
According to the company statement, the system is affordable and delivers energy saving that equal investment in less than a year in most situations. A few features of the CR line include: Cree TrueWhite technology; a combination of 90 CRI and up to 110 lumens per watt; a thermal management system boosting LED lifetime and color consistency; and a lifespan of 50,000 hours.
Cree has also released two water-resistant high-brightness LEDs optimized for high resolution indoor and outdoor video screens — the Screen MasterR CLX6A-FKB and the Screen Master CLVBA-FKA. The Screen MasterR CLX6A-FKB is optimized for outdoor use with IPX6 and IPX8 ratings, the PLCC6-type LED eliminates the need for a protective cover, reducing systems cost and offering higher brightness. The Screen Master CLVBA-FKA is a black-body RGB surface-mount LED, optimized to provide the highest contrast ratio for indoor video screens.
In new developments overseas, Taiwan-based FZLED has updated its line of 22-Watt PAR38 LED Spotlights with a dimming feature; the bulbs have a lifetime of more than 35,000 hours.
Fitting standard E26/E27 sockets, these high performance LED spotlights provide as much as 1400 luminous flux and give consumers the choice between a clear or frosted lens. The bulbs are available with or without FZLED’s dimming feature which can function at 12%, 25%, 50%, or 100% of light intensity. The dimming capacity is activated with multiple clicks of the on/off power switch. The bulbs have a clear or frosted lens, and can be placed directly into standard E26/E27 sockets. The line has a “warm white” 3000K CCT or a “cool white” 6000K CCT that provide luminous fluxes (lm) of 1200 and 1400, respectively. PAR38 LED Spotlights are CE-, FCC- and ETL-approved, but currently available in Taiwan and Singapore.
In Korea, Jusung Engineering has entered OLED market for both display and lighting with an OLED panel that measures 730x920mm (about 29×36 inches). According to Jusung , it is the largest panel in production, and steps into the market with 4-Gen OLED equipment, and offers a ‘total solution’ – from vacuum deposition to encapsulation. They are also looking to establish a joint-venture outside of Korea to enter the worldwide OLED lighting market.
In contracts, Carmanah Technologies is providing EverGEN 1710 solar powered lights for a federal government agency parking lot facility in a deal worth almost $190,000. This installation was the first parking lot to be illuminated using solar powered lights by this particular government agency.
The project used Advanced Occupancy Sensing (AOS) which maximizes the light output from each system when the parking lot is in use. This is a Carmanah patent-pending technology that synchronizes activation of a network of lights when one light in the network senses motion via wireless mesh networking, GPS, and occupancy sensors. The technology can significantly increase the light output of an EverGEN 1700 solar LED lighting system and reduce the overall number of systems required to light a project.