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LDI – The LaserNet Booth

One of the more interesting visual displays at LDI came from the good folks at LaserNet, who had big ol’ green argon beams shooting all over the convention center!  When I walked onto the floor this year, I saw the LaserNet booth immediately, and made my way over.  It’s always one of my first stops, as I’m an old laser dork from back in the times of Real Genius.

Anyone remember that old flick?

Check out LaserNet’s website – they do all kinds of great looking production in the rainbow of laser colors.  The beam splitter to images and text is always a beautiful thing.

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Luxim’s Eeny Meeny Little Lamp Outshines a Streetlamp HID

So, a company called Luxim has invented a tic-tac sized lamp that contains argon at its center, a component called a “puck,” and a dielectric embedded structure that heats the argon to over 6000° K – making it so unbelievably bright for its size.  A source that uses plasma to generate light.

Could we be on the verge of something amazing here?  It certainly looks that way:

The plasma bulb uses 250 watts, and achieves around 140 lumens per watt, making it very bright and highly efficient. By comparison, conventional lightbulbs and high-end LEDs get around 15 and 70 lumens per watt, respectively.

“A key advantage is that the energy is driven into the bulb without any electrodes, so you don’t need any electrical connections to get the energy into the bulb,” Luxim CEO Tony McGettigan explained to ZDNet.

Check out articles at CNet and Physorg.