• Luger Research / LED professional revealed that their membership application has been accepted by the International SSL Alliance (ISA) making them the first publishing house to join this not-for-profit NGO.  They join members from industry, academic institutions, professional societies and associations allowing them to work even closer with companies such as Cree, Philips, GE, Nichia, Everlight, Frauenhofer, Osram and many more.

    ISA is an international alliance of regional alliances and associations, renowned universities and institutions and leading companies in the SSL field. It is an independent legal entity which aims to enhance public-private partnership and intensify global cooperation to accelerate and foster the sustainable development of SSL.

    Siegfried Luger publisher of LED professional and director of the LED professional Symposium +Expo commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to work with ISA and their members to assist the development of LED technologies, influence growth in the Solid State Lighting industry (SSL) and take part in shaping a sustainable society. We already work with many of the ISA members through our publications and the LED Symposium and Exhibition and we look forward to forming even closer relationships with them. We see our main role in bringing together all technological aspects of LED and OLED including legislation, standardization, research & development, manufacturing and supply & distribution. ”

    Lighting is the essential pre-condition for the existence of nearly all living beings on earth. SSL has unlimited innovation potentials to enhance people’s lives and to create a green & sustainable society. It is becoming a strategic industry and the technology of choice for both conventional and emerging lighting applications, with huge industrial, economic, scientific and social impact.

    Both ISA and LED professional are already part of international co-operations and are looking to extend global initiatives to accelerate and foster the development of the international SSL industry and applications.

    ISA’s scope covers the complete spectrum of SSL technologies and applications. Technologies include materials and equipment, LED-based light sources, modules, lamps, luminaires, electronics for lighting, systems, lighting design and architecture, testing and qualification, recycling, SSL related regulations, etc. Applications include all segments of general lighting, backlighting, transport and mobility, horticulture, healthcare, safety, communications, and other societal needs.

    LED professional has been working in this field for more than 10 years, establishing itself as a major voice with regard to LED and OLED related issues. The LED professional publications and especially the LED professional Symposium and Expo bring together industry, academia and organizations in the area of LED and OLED adding specialist knowledge and networks to ISA and its members. The LED professional Symposium and Expo is regarded as Europe’s foremost LED lighting event, a platform to interact, exchange and foster new relationships.

    The general opinion in the industry is that SSL related challenges can be solved when all the participants work together and form a strong partnership.


  • Although it came out slightly later than the 60’s music featured in our upcoming Age of Aquarius concert Saturday, March 3, the 1972 David Bowie “Changes” has been running through my head.

    I think it has to do with all the changes happening with the Austin Area Commission for the Arts. Thanks to the hard work of Jason Tieskotter from Southern Minnesota Electric, volunteer Jarrod Schoenecker, Austin Utilities, and staff members Melissa Trihus and Scott Anderson, we updated the marquee outside the Historic Paramount Theatre to LED lighting in an effort to save energy and financial resources.

    Additionally, the “star lights” in the auditorium were switched to LED. As our organization has grown, we recently re-arranged office space, creating a new office area for our Operations Manager Scott Anderson.

    We are in the process of installing a new phone system thanks to the support of the Hormel Foundation and help from Simplified Technology Solutions. Our box office hours have also changed to better serve our patrons. It will now be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and an hour and a half before events. These changes are just the tip of the iceberg.

    Over the upcoming months we plan to replace the flooring in our basement area, launch a new e-newsletter, and explore a new ticketing system just to name a few. We will also be premiering our Summer Under the Stars season of events happening this July and August. Although we are not ready to release the details of the artists to be featured in this season, it is sure to make your summer fun. In the meantime, March will be filled to the brim with exciting events.

    To date the council has already undertaken significant work in ways to reduce energy consumption associated with street lighting these include, the dimming of 200 high wattage lighting points and 6,000 column converted. White light, LED’s, disconnection of lighting of deregulated road signs, which are approximately 100 to date. Findings and results of the trials will be brought back to cabinet in spring 2013.

    Councillor John Smith, Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport said: “The County Council is no different from anyone else – we’re also facing the cost of rising energy bills and we’re trying to reduce our emissions. That’s why it’s necessary to reduce our street lighting energy consumption and any money saved can be re-invested in further measures to reduce our carbon footprint.

    “We have already undertaken extensive work, piloting with local communities and testing new technologies. We understand that one size does not fit all and we will be looking at how to best work with the communities.”


  • When Luke Backer was 2 years old he sat on Santa’s lap and asked for a green extension cord for Christmas.

    Now the Kirkwood High School sophomore uses some 800 feet of extension cords to run an over-the-top synchronized light show that stops traffic outside his home on Cranbrook Drive.

    Backer, 16, has been helping his parents light up their home since he was just 3 or 4 years old. By the time he was in fifth grade, he was handling the decorating himself.

    He stuck to the typical multi-colored lights strung along the gutters and around the windows for a few years. Then he figured out how to synchronize his display to music and rigged up a loudspeaker in the yard. Last year he began broadcasting the music over an FM frequency so visitors could tune in from their cars.

    “I just researched it,” Backer said. “I’d seen it done before and it just interested me.”

    This year he doubled his show, spending hours synchronizing some 6,700 lights to flash in time to a four-minute version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” using a 16-channel light controller hooked up to a computer in his garage.

    He installed two 15-amp breakers and outlets in the garage to handle the load because last year’s display caused the lights inside his house to flicker and the dishwasher to falter.

    “My granddad taught me how to install breakers and outlets, so it’s pretty easy for me,” he said. “I know a lot about sound and lights from running plays at Nipher (Middle School.)”

    Backer, a defensive tackle on the junior varsity football team, pumped up the show with Kirkwood spirit, adding the high school fight song as the finale. Visitors can tune in to 88.5 FM to get the full effect.

    Backer has long been mechanically minded, his mother said.

    “I remember reading him that Magic School Bus electricity book over and over until I couldn’t read it any more – I had to hide it,” she said.

    “In first grade he built a generator for the Kirkwood Science Fair and he won a blue ribbon for it,” she said. “He went on to the Greater St. Louis Science Fair and won a blue ribbon there, too. ”

    Now his flashing red-and-white light show is stopping traffic.  In fact one young visitor was so impressed when she “saw Luke’s lights on the radio,” she proclaimed him “an artist of lights,” Julie Backer said.

    Luke Backer said his friends just roll their eyes and say, “You couldn’t just have normal Christmas lights, could you?”

    “But they enjoy it and they bring their parents over,” he said. “I did it for me just because I thought it would be fun, but it’s kind of nice to see other people enjoy it too.”

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  • Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut said on Sunday that the state’s largest electricity carrier would not meet its goal of restoring power to 99 percent of its customers by midnight, and those affected entered a second week without electricity since the freak October snowstorm.

    “The closer we got to C.L.&P.’s self-identified goal of 99 percent restoration in each city and town by midnight tonight, the more skeptical I became of their ability to meet that goal,” the governor said in a statement, referring to Connecticut Light and Power, which was working on Sunday to restore electricity to more than 100,000 customers. “I’m releasing this information because towns and cities need to make preparations based on the reality of the situation — not what C.L.&P. hopes to have happen.”

    More than 800,000 homes across Connecticut lost electricity during the storm. According to projections released by the governor’s office, it could be Wednesday before power is restored in many areas, including Danbury, Middletown and Torrington.

    In surrounding states, the situation had improved. Jersey Central Power and Light, which serves 1.1 million customers across 13 counties in New Jersey, said all but 1,200 customers had power as of 4 p.m. Sunday.

    In Connecticut, meanwhile, the utility said that about 7 percent of its customers remained offline as of Sunday evening. Officials said they were still working to meet the goal of having power back to 99 percent of customers, but acknowledged that they might fall short in 31 towns. More than 2,300 crews have been dispatched to restore the electricity at these homes, said Katie Blint, a spokeswoman for Connecticut Light and Power.

    “We’ve never had that many crews working in Connecticut’s history,” she added.

    Still, some residents remained dubious about the utility’s deadline — if only because they had not come across crews of any sort since the storm hit. “You only fix the problem with boots on the ground,” said Daniel Schwartz, 40, who has stayed with his parents nearby since the power went out in his home in Avon, Conn. “We just haven’t seen them.”

    Mr. Schwartz’s family used to measure damage wrought by power loss against the aftermath of Hurricane Gloria in 1985. Now, he said, the October storm will become the new standard.

    Many of those affected have been forced to improvise. While his home in Bristol, Conn., remained offline over the past week, Ryan Broderick showered at the public school where he teaches history and psychology, and slept on couches and in guest rooms at the homes of his parents and in-laws.

    Even the celebrity class has been afflicted by power loss. The actress Mia Farrow, whose home in Bridgewater went dark for two days until a generator allowed her to flush her toilet and turn on some lights, has relied on the outdoors as a refrigerator.

    “We put our perishables in a dog crate and put it outside,” Ms. Farrow said. “Everything’s stayed pretty fresh for the most part.”

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  • Tony Wang, chair of China-based LED firm Elec-Tech International recently visited Taiwan in search of strategic partners. Elec-Tech added Taiwan-based sapphire substrate maker Procrystal Technology to its supply chain. Wang stated the company’s number of MOCVD sets will increase to 150 in one year to prepare for the growing LED market.

    Elec-Tech is currently the largest supplier of small home appliances with an annual capacity of over 40 million units and annual sales of US$300 million. Elec-Tech has international clients such as Philips and GE. In 2009, Elec-Tech entered the LED industry and currently has plants in Anhui, Jiangsu and Liaoning provinces.

    Elec-Tech currently has 36 MOCVD sets and will begin to add 8-10 units every month from July to compete with the capacity of Taiwan-based LED firms.

    According to Wang, Taiwan’s LED industry began quite early, therefore Elec-Tech hopes for closer cooperation with Taiwan-based firms to expand the market together.

    The LED market size will be very different in 3-5 years, added Wang, with more applications for lighting products, there will be more competition. Elec-Tech aims to become one of the five largest suppliers of LED products in the next three years.

    Wang noted that for LED products to sell commercially, the price has to come down. This means LED firms will have to compete on costs, hence vertical integration of the LED supply chain is a must.

    LED lighting systems are expected to achieve a worldwide penetration rate of 50% by 2015.

    To achieve effective cost reductions, the LED market size has to increase.