A US TECHNOLOGY company has introduced the world’s first LED panel with integrated Li-Fi. It can deliver data such as the internet to computers and other devices using the visible light of the LEDs rather than the radio waves of Wi-Fi. Developed by Virginia-based VLNComm, the panel is capable of a download speed of 108Mbps and an upload speed of 53Mbps, and provides 48 square metres of coverage.
In no uncertain terms, the LED has been labeled a "disruptive" technology by many researchers and industry representatives. Indeed, it is and has been the overarching theme of the Strategies in Light conference program and associated events since the first conference in 2000. The lighting industry has been steadily marching beyond the LED component to the capabilities of digitally-controllable solid-state lighting (SSL), which can now be connected to other devices and to networks and the broader Internet - in what we know as the Internet of Things (IoT).
Seven leaders reveal the impact that the digital revolution has—or has not—had on the sector tasked with showing projects in their best light. Technology has redefined the process of lighting design. The change is palpable on two fronts: the actual light sources themselves, and the tools with which designers create and develop their work. Every aspect of a lighting designer’s toolkit has been affected by the shift to digital technologies and digital light.
Intrigue Lighting has finalized an exclusive U.S. distribution agreement with Heper Group to assemble, distribute, and provide sales and technical support for Heper Group’s product line of exterior, commercial grade LED architectural lighting fixtures and poles, effective immediately. Intrigue Lighting will have exclusive distribution rights for the Heper Group of products for the United States market.
A new DOE report examines the energy-saving potential of LED lighting in horticultural applications. All three main categories of indoor horticulture were investigated: supplemented greenhouses, which use electric lighting to extend the hours of daylight, supplement low levels of sunlight on cloudy days, or disrupt periods of darkness to alter plant growth; non-stacked indoor farms, where plants are grown in a single layer on the floor under ceiling-mounted lighting; and vertical farms, where plants are stacked along vertical shelving to maximize grow space, and the lighting is typically mounted within the shelving units.