A survey conducted by Cree at this years Light+Building trade fair in Frankfurt showed that 61%, of the trade fair exhibitors who were asked, thought that LED lighting would replace fluorescent lighting in office and commercial spaces within 5 years.
Lamina Ceramics is launching a new ultra bright warm white LED at the 2006 Light+Building show in Frankfurt. This is designed to be powerful enough to replace halogen and tungsten filament lamps.
The new Atlas line is the same size as the company’s exisiting BL-4000 line, but twice as bright.
The Atlas Warm White LED produces more than 100 lumens, and creates a light output similar to a 10-watt halogen bulb but uses little more than half the power, and lasts 3-4 times as long.
In a study published in the latest issue of Nature magazine, scientists from the University of Michigan describe how they have created wafer-thin sheets that, when connected to an electricity supply, can be made to create enough light to fill a room. Because these sheets do not create any heat the scientists claim that they are 100% efficient and can create up to five times the amount of light as a conventional light bulb. With an anticipated life time of 5 to 10 years they may well be the lighting of the future!
It is good to see that lamp manufacturers have started making customer friendly lamps for the low energy light fittings required by Building Regulations Part L. Philips has recently launched special versions of its Softone range.
Leafing through the mountain of catalogs and trade journals that litter my doormat every day is a little like rumaging through an old curiosity shop looking for something special. Every now and then something really catches my eye and makes me go wow! See what you think of this pendant. I love it!
The Department for Education and Skills has a Classrooms of the Future project that is investigating new ideas on how school buildings should be built in the future. An example of their work so far can be seen in the London suburb of Richmond were a couple of schools have had some very novel classrooms added. The central belief behind the new buildings is that “the quality of the environment in which you learn, and in particular the light, space, colour and sound, make a real difference to how quickly you learn, and how much you enjoy learning”. To this end the designers have created an exciting and unusual way of lighting the space. Take a look at www.future-systems.com and see what you think.