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Is There Room for OLED?

 

According to a report by IDTechEx, OLED lighting will account for just 1.3 percent of the market size of LED lighting in 2023.

 

The difference between the two lighting technologies is that OLED lighting is a surface emission device. While OLED lighting offers unique design features, it may only find a niche market for certain applications due to it being less efficient and more costly than LED.

 

Right now, OLED lags behind LED in terms of efficiency with 20-50 lumens per watt (lm/W) compared to 90-100 lm/W in LEDs. OLED lights also offer fewer hours than LED.

 

Of course, OLED is still in its developing stages. “The growth of the OLED display industry will aid the OLED lighting sector with cheaper, higher performance devices over time.”

 

Source: CEPro

 

By Gaylen Davenport

LED Lighting Innovation Continues

This year’s Lightfair showcased some of the top trends and innovation unfolding this year.

As it has for the last five years, LED continues to impress with its innovation. In fact, many vendors have produced LEDs that come in warmer temperatures (2700K and 3000K). Lighting control for digital LEDs was also showcased.

“This year, a noticeable number of lamps and fixtures didn’t look like they had LEDs inside. Part of this is a result of LED performance increases, which now allow manufacturers to add glare-reducing diffusers to cover the point source chips.”

What does this mean for businesses? LED lighting is quickly becoming the same color and shape of existing fixtures so you won’t be able to tell the difference. One of the only distinctions between efficient and outdated lighting is a smaller utility bill.

Source: Green Tech Media

 

By Gaylen Davenport

March Feature Product: SORAA LED

Soraa LED bulb

SORAA LED bulbs are made from gallium nitride (GaN) crystals, which produce more light per area to make colors more vibrant.

SORAA features ordinary LED lighting that is extraordinarily brilliant and efficient. Their full spectrum of gallium nitride (GaN) LED lamps have superior color rendering and beam characteristics compared to lamps using LEDs created from non-native substrates.

SORAA LED lights have a great performance with a single light source, crisp shadow, and are dimmable. The lights have a CRI 95 index, are lightweight, and available in three degree beams. The lamps have a long life of 25,000 hours and include a three year warranty.

Compared to standard 50W halogen lamps, SORAA LED lamps save about 75 percent more energy, with a typical payback of one year or less.

What sets SORAA apart from other LEDs is that they are made from gallium nitride crystals, which are grown onto a dissimilar substrate. These crystals produce more light per area, emitting a broad continuous spectrum, and rendering more color wavelengths to make colors look more vibrant.

Contact one of our certified energy representatives to learn more about SORAA LED lights.

 

By Gaylen Davenport

Feature Product: LumenOptix

Lumenoptix lighting retrofit This month’s feature product is LumenOptix. This vendor specializes in the design and fabrication of intelligent lighting solutions for commercial, industrial, and retail buildings.

Their energy efficient lighting products feature leading edge technologies that produce high performance, and are safe and dependable. LumenOptix fluorescent lamps can noticeably reduce your utility bill, and with controls, have a short return.

Each LumenOptix product that we carry is manufactured in the United States according to the highest industry standards and procedures.

To find out how these products can benefit your company, schedule a complementary facility review with one of our qualified auditors.

Renewable Energy in Graphs

renewable energy chart

US commercial building energy intensity has been dropping for years, which could mean more businesses are switching to energy efficient solutions.

Renewable energy can become complicated, especially to those who are unfamiliar with the field. The Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) recently released a report about the strong growth of renewable energy.

The report was presented at a press conference and offered several useful charts and graphs, which are easier representations of the information they found.

Check out a few of the graphs at Clean Technica.

Plane Flying on Solar

The Solar Impulse flies using solar technology. Every aspect of the plane has been designed to save energy.

The lightweight Solar Impulse once flew overnight without using fuel. This summer, engineers are hoping to fly it across the U.S.

The solar-powered plane features a lightweight design, a wingspan of more than 200 feet wide, and weighs less than a typical car. “Every aspect of the plane, from the carbon fiber components to the flight instrumentation, has been designed to save energy.”

Designers of the Solar Impulse say it’s far from being ready to replace commercial jets, but is a model for how technology and science has evolved. “Major challenges await humanity… their objectives will be less to conquer unknown territories than to preserve the planet from today’s threats, in order to sustain and improve our quality of life.”

Read more about the Solar Impulse.

Lighting Control Systems Key Tool for Efficient Commercial Lighting

Each month, Worldwide Energy Vice President and COO Gaylen Davenport will publish his thoughts on the latest energy-efficient news, products, and trends.

At Worldwide Energy, we are always looking for the latest technology to help clients reduce their energy use. Lighting controls are the next step in energy efficiency, especially with systems such as Encelium.

Encelium Energy Management System is an integrated lighting control and energy management system that dynamically responds to the changing characteristics of a building by providing the right amount of light, when and where it is required. It also allows monitoring, controlling, and scheduling from a computer, either onsite or remotely, to allow users to reduce energy usage.

Based in New Jersey, Encelium is a network-based program that interconnects electronic dimming ballasts, photo and occupancy sensors, and lighting fixtures to one central system. Devices communicate through low-voltage, two-wire hardware which eliminates the need for external power supplies and power packs for devices such as occupancy sensors.

The system features energy management software that is used to commission, configure, and manage the Encelium technology. The Polaris 3D software displays a variety of graphics to analyze and update a facility’s lighting requirements and track its usage. Facility managers can also instantly rearrange lighting layouts from one convenient interface.

Lighting control systems are catching on. In fact, a recent Pike Research study projected that the global market for intelligent lighting controls will expand from $1.5 billion in 2012 to more than $4.3 billion in 2020.

This innovative product, along with other lighting control technology, takes energy efficiency to a new level.

Top Lighting Developments of the Year

As 2012 comes to a close, let’s take a look back at some lighting developments of the year.

The year began with the phase-out of the incandescent light bulb, and the subsequent ban of common T12 bulbs. And as the era of inefficient lighting ended it passed the torch to newer, more efficient replacements including T8s and plasma.

It was also a big year for light emitting diodes, or LEDs. The innovative technology celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, and is gaining popularity among consumers and business owners alike. In fact, many retail stores are looking to make the big switch to just LED, including Ikea.

See other lighting highlights and developments of the year.

Wind Energy Consumption Rises

According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), electricity capacity increased 40 percent in the third quarter this year compared with 2011.

“Wind energy jumped significantly because many new wind farms came online,” said AJ Simon, an LLNL energy systems analysts. “This is the result of sustained investment in wind power.”

But the growth could be deterred because Congress has yet to decide whether it will extend a 2.2-cent per kilowatt-hour tax credit for wind power production. The credit is scheduled to end Dec. 31, 2012.

While wind energy consumption rises, overall energy consumption dropped 7 percent to 97.3 quadrillion BTU, according to the LLNL. The lab credited that to a shift to more energy-efficient transportation and residential technologies.

Source: The Hill blog

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