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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area opened a new net-zero visitor center -- the first of its kind. The building is equipped with LED lighting and solar panels. The article also includes other LED news.
Date: 10/08/2012
Type: Article
Falling LED prices are yielding an unexpected bonanza for system developers: a “virtual” gain in device efficiency, which can be as much as 50 percent, or even more in some cases.
Date: 09/26/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Shuji Nakamura, the 2006 Millennium Prize winner, along with his colleagues James Speck and Steven DenBaars have created the "first LED on the market to be grown on a GaN substrate." Technology Academy Finland features an article on the researchers' latest LED innovations.
Date: 09/18/2012
Type: News
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
The price of LEDs has dropped significantly over the past two years. Now the question remains: will the price of LEDs continue to drop, increase, or plateau? The article looks at three market drivers to answer this question.
Date: 08/16/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
LEDs are significantly more energy efficient and last longer than incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescents, but LEDs' upfront cost deters many buyers. A leading LED maker, Osram Opto Semiconductors, says it can significantly reduce the cost of LEDs.
Date: 08/01/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Seoul Semiconductor Company launched a new LED product. Institute faculty member Shuji Nakamura is an advisor to Seoul and was there for the unveiling. Also, Seoul Optodevice Company awarded Institute faculty member James Speck a $500,000 endowment for his work in solid-state lighting.
Date: 07/13/2012
Type: News
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
James Speck, a professor of materials at UCSB, member of SSLEC's Executive Committee, and director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Wide Band-Gap Semiconductors, has been named the campus's first Seoul Optodevice Chair in Solid State Lighting.
Date: 07/09/2012
Type: News
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
A U.S. Department of Energy report finds that the energy lights consume during operation makes up the majority of their environmental impact, compared to the energy consumed in making and transporting them. The report came out with many other findings and predictions.
Date: 07/05/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Quantum Dots
With the age of the incandescent light bulb fading rapidly, the holy grail of the lighting industry is to develop a highly efficient form of solid-state lighting that produces high quality white light. Quantum dots may be the answer.
Date: 05/09/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
At the Light Fair conference, General Electric introduced a LED light bulb that "breathes." The companies, GE and Nuventix, developed "synthetic jet cooling technology." This means that the LED has a diaphragm embedded in the bulb that vibrates and helps keep the bulb cool.
Date: 05/08/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays

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