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NATIONAL REPORT—Light has been around as long as the human race. First came fire—primitive, serving a dual purpose of heating and illumination. Fire, as a technology, was around for thousands of years. Relatively recently, roughly a hundred or so years ago, incandescent light was invented. This light source remains in use today and is a relatively simple process—passing an electrical current through a resistor, which creates both light, and heat. In the last 60 or so years, newer technologies have appeared—fluorescent, low and high-pressure sodium, metal halide, compact florescent. While these are significantly more efficient light sources than fire or incandescent (as measured by their ability to convert energy primarily into light), they pale in comparison to the last 18 months of development of solid-state light sources, such as LED. Solid-state lighting at its core is a basic machine—a power-transformer converts high voltage alternative current to low voltage direct current and a solid-state semiconductor, typically an LED, becomes excited and creates light.
LOS ANGELES—Acclaim Lighting, a leader in advanced lighting technology, introduces Flex Tube SE, a side emitting, outdoor-rated, flexible LED tube for virtually any exterior lighting application. Flex Tube SE features a UV-coated, saltwater-resistant, flexible silicone jacket that can bend to a diameter as little as 4.8 inches and can be cut to a length every 4 inches for customized lighting applications. It is IP68-rated and submersible to 3 feet.
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.—JESCO Lighting Group, 17-year multinational manufacturer and marketer of contemporary high-design, exclusively energy-saving lighting fixtures—a pioneer in popularizing very low-watt, ultra longlife LED light sources—has completed a major move and expansion of the company. The announcement was made by Richard Kurtz, President, CEO and a principal of JESCO Lighting Group.
CARY, N.C.—Civilight North America announces the appointment of Ulysses Rosario as North East Regional Sales Manager. Rosario will service distributors, specifiers and lighting professionals from Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland, up through Maine, and in eastern Canada from Toronto to Nova Scotia.
DURHAM, N.C.—Cree, Inc. introduces new KR8 and LR6 LED downlights, designed to deliver better lighting performance and better value for new and existing commercial spaces. The new KR8 downlight expands the KR Series by adding Cree’s first eight-inch downlight, and features Cree WaveMax Technology and Cree TrueWhite Technology. This combination brings even more light through optical efficiency, precise beam control and long product life to higher ceiling applications.
DURHAM, N.C.—As the number of consumers buying LED bulbs continues to increase, the quality of their experience becomes even more important. The most important characteristics of LED bulbs are light quality, longevity and energy efficiency. Despite this, some manufacturers seeking to cash in on the technology’s popularity are driving LED bulbs to CFL-like performance, lifetimes and light quality.
GREENWICH, CONN.—Intelity, a provider of hospitality guest services solutions, and Crestron Electronics, a provider of control and automation systems for multiple verticals, recently announced the first installation of the companies’ integrated room automation solution at the J House Greenwich, which will be followed with several other North American properties by end of year.
EVERETT, WASH.—Electric Mirror, a leading U.S. manufacturer of lighted mirrors and mirror TVs and a leader in mirror technology, announced that the company now offers a new product: Beautiful World T5 LED direct replacement tubes. Available now, the new T5 LED tubes provide customers with several advantages: a smarter product choice that is a direct replacement of existing fluorescent lamps with no extra wiring or driver cost, an energy cost savings of over 50 percent, and a high-output product that is up to 50 percent brighter than generic LED tubes.
CARY, N.C.—Civilight North America announces the appointment of Connecticut-based Vanguard Lighting as the company’s newest sales representative for New England states. Vanguard Lighting’s territory will include Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics is now offering general purpose A-type EarthBulb LEDs as an energy-efficient solution for replacing incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs for home, hospitality, restaurant, long-term care and retail locations. These Energy Star rated bulbs feature multi-chipset high-power LED, an advanced cooling system that provides extended performance life, high color rendering of greater than 80 CRI, and smooth dimming capabilities from 100 percent to less than five percent.
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