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Luxim’s Light Emitting Plasma + A Hydrogen Fuel Cell = Win

More news out of our favorite high output lamp technology from Luxim – a hydrogen fuel cell paired with Luxim’s Light-Emitting Plasma technology made its appearance at a celebrity gathering lately, debuting the first mobile fuel cell powered entertainment lighting application.

Check out the press release:

FUEL CELL-POWERED MOBILE LIGHTING SYSTEM FEATURING LUXIM’S LIGHT EMITTING PLASMA TECHNOLOGY DEPLOYED AT ACADEMY AWARDS®

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Mar. 23, 2010—At the Academy Awards® ceremony held earlier this month, a new mobile lighting system incorporating Light Emitting Plasma™ (LEP) from LUXIM and a clean hydrogen fuel cell was deployed at the celebrity gathering, infusing the festivities with a brighter, cleaner sparkle.  The novel mobile unit was recently developed by a team of collaborators as a more efficient alternative to traditional technologies powered by diesel fuel generators.  In addition to LUXIM, the team consisted of Sandia National LaboratoriesThe Boeing Company, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Altergy SystemsMultiquip Inc., and others.

The use of the new system marks a major departure for this kind of high-intensity entertainment lighting application.  Up to now, mobile lighting units were powered by diesel fuel generators that produce carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and soot, making them less than ideal for the environment.  Before this technology arrived, mobile lighting units typically consumed 4.4 kilowatts.  The LEP system consumes only about 2.3 kilowatts for the same light output, a reduced power requirement that saves energy and increases the system duration (operational time between refills).

Said Geoff Browne, LUXIM’s Vice President of Sales, “It’s a thrill to see our technology deployed at such a high-profile venue.  The fuel cell mobile system featuring LEP is an especially good fit for the entertainment industry.  It meets film production sound levels, maintains zero exhaust emissions and can be used for indoor and outdoor film shoots.  But beyond the novelty of deployment at a highly visible Hollywood entertainment event, LEP is gaining steady adoption in multiple other important commercial venues like street and area, and general lighting.   It’s simply the most powerful, efficient and cleanest light source for new-generation high-intensity applications.”

LUXIM is the world leader in Light Emitting Plasma technology, having shipped more than 50,000 products under its LiFi™ brand.  These products are used in applications as varied as projection display, medical instruments and entertainment lighting.  In each application the technology has brought dramatic improvements in efficiency, life and color quality.  LUXIM is now bringing the benefits of Light Emitting Plasma technology to the area lighting market with the goal of playing a meaningful role in reducing the planet’s energy consumption and abating climate change.

LIFI and LEP are trademarks of LUXIM.  Other names used in this press release are trademarks of the parties indicated.

To learn more about LUXIM and LiFi, please visit www.luxim.com.

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How High Output Lamps are Made

I hope you are enjoying these “How It’s Made” posts, because I am really enjoying searching for the information!

I found a video displaying how certain high output lamps are manufactured – what really surprised me is how much human interaction there is in the manufacturing process!  I thought this was something that would be fully automated.  Wrong again!

Start this video at around 1:30 unless you want to know how peanut butter is filled into jars and sealed.

ETC Enters the LED Market with the Selador Line

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Yep, you read that right!

The lighting manufacturer that everyone knows has now hit the market running with the Selador line of LED luminaires.  This is major news for ETC, as they haven’t had a line of LED fixtures yet – and with the quality and perfection in the Source Four line, ETC needed something that was an IN YO FACE move, and not a “hey look, we have LED stuff too!”

Fred Foster, the CEO of ETC, said that they wanted to “make a ‘me too’ RGB or RGBA product that didn’t provide the kind of significant innovation in lighting we strive for.”   Foster continued:  “With its exclusive x7 Color System™, the Selador product line produces a far superior quality of color and light to anything that we had seen before in LEDs.”

Rob Gerlach and Novella Smith are the co-founders of the Selador line of LED fixtures – Rob Gerlach recently posted an in-depth article on ETC’s blog, Light Minds Think Alike about the color mixing, intensity, and usability of the Selador line.  From the article:

There are other components of Selador fixtures that are critical for them to look natural to the eye and seamless next to conventional fixtures in a rig. Selador fixtures have newly redesigned circuitry within them that allows for exceptionally smooth, analog-looking dimming. I have to say that this was surprisingly difficult to achieve with a light source as responsive and non-analog as an LED, but I am extremely pleased with the results. Selador is also known for terrific beam-shaping capabilities. No, we don’t yet have a Selador ellipsoidal (it will come) but the fixtures we do have can be shaped very nicely with specialized secondary lenses. We get a lot of compliments about this.

Among a whole list of things, ETC brings to the table a ready-made world of control. I know that seven-color mixing can be daunting. Within an ETC system, it’s all simplified. ETC makes Selador color mixing quick, intuitive, and predictable. In fact the latest software for the Eos and Congo control systems already allow designers to control the Selador fixtures by calling up gel colors. The fixture libraries in these systems are calibrating and I have to admit the color matches are very good. I’ll discuss this in more detail in a later entry. I’m pretty excited about it.

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One of the facets of this new Selador line of LED luminares that stands out is their x& color mixing system.  x7 uses seven color LEDs in place of the standard array that other fixtures utilize.  From the ETC product page about Selador:

The Selador Series is built on the x7 Color System, which carefully proportions an unprecedented array of seven LED colors onto a single luminaire. It’s a patented technology based on a simple premise of additive color mixing: more color in means better light out.

Compared to conventional LED fixtures, which use just three or four colors, the Selador Series luminaires can produce a far more complete spectrum of both color and white light. And, with integrated color matching and HSI (hue, saturation and intensity) control for Selador products already built into the latest software releases for the Eos® and Congo™ console lines, ETC has made the control of LED fixtures more direct and user friendly than ever.

In the interest of being thorough, ETC’s news article also had this to say about the x7 system:

Selador’s x7 Color System™ seven-hue technology produces a light and color quality that conventional LED systems cannot duplicate. This unique color system produces bright broad spectrum whites and intense colors equally well, rendering pigments and skin tones in more a natural way.

The Selador fixtures have three flavors:  The VIVID, which is the high-output LED fixture in the line; the LUSTR, which plays the role of the “white light specialist” in the Selador line; last is the PALETTA, which is hailed as the “jewel tone specialist” with its deep, rich artist palette colors.  Just from reading about these online, I want to get my hands on one of each to give them a test!

The VIVID product:

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VIVID™ is the color and intensity powerhouse in the Selador™ Series. Think oil paints – a luminaire with the kind of brilliant, bold saturated color that only LEDs can deliver. VIVID’s mix of high-power Luxeon® K2 LEDs is specially balanced for maximum color production with a strong, cutting beam of light. And, with the low-heat output of the Selador Series, you can have your colors blazing, without ever over-heating your talent.

  • x7 Color System™ – seven color LEDs providing the broadest color spectrum in any LED fixture
  • High brightness, intense color light with low power consumption
  • Clear lenses for more direct, powerful beam — longer throws
  • The permanence of a 50,000 hour source
  • LED lighting technology backed by ETC’s acclaimed technical service

The LUSTR product:

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Lustr™ is the white light specialist in the Selador™ Series. Think watercolors – warm or cool pure white light slowly evolving into the softest tints and color shadings. In Lustr, the x7 Color System™ is optimized to produce theatrical-quality whites and tints that render pigments and skintones in their natural appearance. For key and fill light applications the Lustr features a yoke for one- and two-cell fixtures as well as frosted optics for a soft beam of light that blends well with your existing Source Fours®. The Lustr’s subtle tinting capability is also the perfect solution for lighting scenery.

  • x7 Color Mixing system – seven color LEDs providing the broadest color spectrum in any LED fixture
  • Incandescent-quality light with low power consumption
  • The permanence of a 50,000-hour source
  • LED lighting technology backed by ETC’s acclaimed technical service

Last in the Selador line, the PALETTA product:

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Paletta™ is the jewel-tone specialist in the Selador™ Series. Think artist’s pastels – deep, rich colors softly washing and blending. Paletta combines the x7 Color System™ and a finely-tuned array of Luxeon® Rebel LEDs with soft diffused optics to offer an incredible range of richly saturated color and pastels simply not available in conventional LED fixtures. Go ahead and dig deep into your swatch book for your favorite magentas and lavenders – Paletta is there to deliver.

  • x7 Color System – seven color LEDs providing the broadest color spectrum in any LED fixture
  • Deep color, soft-edged wash beam with low power consumption
  • The permanence of a 50,000 hour source
  • LED lighting technology backed by ETC’s acclaimed technical service

Novella Smith commented in the poress release from ETC regarding the line:

“With Selador technology, it’s hard to tell the LED light from the conventional stage lighting.” Gerlach adds: “It’s digital lighting that doesn’t look digital. And this goes beyond just the color-mixing. A big part of that is the control system built into the Selador fixtures – for really butter-smooth dimming and good fade-matching to ETC Source Four® fixtures and other conventional lighting equipment.”

I highly recommend checking out these new products! If you get your hands on one, send me an email through the contact page, I’d love to get a hands-on reaction from a user.