|Emerge Lighting Newsletter|
The nice thing about working in the LED industry these past 22 years (I started at age 12) is I have never been able to say, “I’ve seen it all.” This technology continues to amaze me. The worldwide demand for LED technology grew through the economic downturn of 2009 and is projected to reach $14.8 billion by 2015. The good thing for our partners in the lighting industry is the demand for solid-state lighting products is outpacing the demand for LED backlighting products for displays, TVs, notebooks and mobile devices. This means the first-tier LED companies will continue to invest in developing products that companies like ours can design into our lighting products. Recently, I saw a sample of the latest high-output Cree X lamp. At 4500K LED it delivers 231 lumens per watt! Granted this was at room temperature and is not available in production yet but it is a fantastic glimpse at what will be available to us in the very near future. Of course, we can’t just talk about the “good” without talking about the “bad” or the “ugly.” The “bad” aspect of LED lighting is the wide gap between what lighting designers want and the limitations of LED technology. There are a lot of complex issues that exist including dimming LED products without color shift or flickering, heat management, color variation, intellectual property, driver technology, optics, replacement at end of life…I could go on and on. But for all the naysayers out there, the reality is, these challenges will fade away as technology improves and as the market embraces change. Of course, we still need to address the “ugly” and that is cost. We can accomplish virtually ANY lighting task with LEDs IF cost is not an issue. Of course, cost is ALWAYS an issue, so, as a manufacturer, we are careful to pick and choose our product development projects strategically. One of our best resources for product development is YOU – our specification partners. Please keep us in mind as you run across difficult challenges for LED lighting. I thoroughly enjoy presenting a challenge to our engineers to meet difficult lighting criteria within budget.
President Emerge Lighting and DDP Engineered LED Solutions
|Lighting Any Surface|
|Any Surface Sign Light (ASL)You have spoken. Over the past few months, we have asked the question “what should we design next.” Based on several requests from specifiers we challenged our engineers to develop a linear LED sign light. The challenge for our designers was to create an LED light engine and optics capable of illuminating any surface, regardless how reflective. Of course, this product would have to be driven at line voltage and it would have to be affordable. Accomplishing these tasks was a challenge, but we are proud to announce the Any SurfaceSign Light (ASL).Lighting reflective surfaces is difficult for any light source, but almost impossible for a product with multiple high-powered LEDs. Signage with a highly-reflective surface means most of the light is reflected, not absorbed. The visible reflection will mirror the appearance of the lighting fixture. Our optical scientist worked with our design engineers to develop a light engine with multiple high CRI Nichia LEDs and a prismatic diffuser that will illuminate a sign with a reflective finish without producing visible stripes or striations. The ASL is also available with clear optics to create a dramatic shadows on raised letter signage or to highlight textured surfaces. Understanding market demand is very important in fixture design. Specifiers are very aware of the cost/benefit trade off with LED versus other lighting technologies. The ASL was designed to meet challenging sign lighting requirements effectively – delivering the benefits of LED reliability, within budget.
Jason Davis Director of Marketing Emerge Lighting and DDP Engineered LED Solutions
|WashgrazeLV (Line Voltage)|
|WashGraze LineVoltage combines the high output design of our first generation WashGraze linear LED fixture with the advantage of eliminating the use of remote drivers. With a range of 100VAC to 277VAC, WGLV is an extremely versatile lighting system, with the ability to daisy chain from 45 feet to 266 feet of light from one power source. With a simple interlocking IP66 connection system, WGLV can graze the deep valleys and tall peaks of brick facades, stucco designs and specialty woods. With a medium-angled beam, it can light up large signage and with a wide-beam, can cast an even glow of light on an art mural at your local museum. The good news is that with WGLV, a maximum of one cable is possibly the only wall breach required in a long continuous exterior run of light. Emerge LED WashGraze LV was designed using the latest Cree LED technology. The XP-C small footprint LED packages, combined with collimating optics, creates a litany of specifiable features:
WashGraze LV competes with our major competitors in all categories and, in many, we blow the competition away. Photometrically, we are proud of the quality and volume of light we can achieve with this fixture: Up to 850 lumens per foot with up to 46 DELIVERED lumens per watt.
Dave Smoot National Sales Manager Emerge Lighting and DDP LED Solutions