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LDI 2009 is Over, and I Had A Blast!

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I’m home from LDI 2009 in Orlando, Florida – my lovely wife Leia and my sister-in-law were with me on Saturday afternoon on the conference floor and at the LDI 2009 Tweet-Up that night.  Friday and Saturday I walked around mostly with Justin of iSquint.net and generally had a blast.

This was the year that I met more people in the span of two days than ever before in my life!  All of you wonderful people that I finally got to meet at LDI this year – you’re all awesome!

I have some excellent information from the conference that I’ll be sharing across the next several days.  Lots of stuff debuted at this year’s LDI conference, and lots of images were captured by my camera!  I think I took over a thousand pictures and video clips, so get ready to learn what went up and down at the show!

I have so many things to show you all…  now that you’re all hopefully back from Orlando and rocking the office again, right?  There were so many things that were awesome about the show this year – two of which are on this page.  One is my wife getting to walk the show floor and see what it’s all about, and another is our beloved @lekogirl’s awesome color filter swatch dress at the JimOnLight.com and iSquint.net LDI 2009 Tweet-Up on Saturday night!  Daphne, you are awesome!

Stay tuned!

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At LDI 2009

Jim’s at LDI 2009 in Orlando today and tomorrow, taking in the show floor. If you’re there, make sure to say hello!

If you want to be sure to connect with Jim, he can be reached at (877) ALIVE-ME, by e-mail (use the Contact form), or on Twitter at @jimonlight. He’s keeping an eye on all forms of contact.

Don’t forget Saturday night’s tweetup in the Peabody Hotel starting around 8pm.

ATTENTION! JimOnLight.com and iSquint.net TWEETUP TIME CHANGE

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I hope that everyone is having as interesting of a day as I am – taking a 1975 Mercury Comet to an oil change place is a TRIP!

Okay:
Due to some circumstances that arose, iSquint.net and I have to change the day of the TweetUp to Saturday night, November 21, 2009 at 8pm.  Same fun, same bat channel, all that – something just came up for Friday night that I have been asked to do.  We are really hoping that everyone will still arrive and have a great time!  We have things to hand out, we have a big announcement to give, and other stuff that will rock!

Sorry for the day change, I hope this doesn’t blow out anyone’s candle!  Remember, if you’re tweeting about the JimOnLight.com and iSquint.net TweetUp, use hashtag #ldi09tweetup!

Have a great day!

JimOnLight and iSquint Tweet-Up – TWITVITE ALIVE!

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Remember all of that “hey, JimOnLight.com and iSquint.net are having a Tweet-Up at the LDI21009 Orlando Conference this year!” stuff?

It’s officially now official.  If you’re on Twitter and coming to the LDI 2009 Tweet-Up, go check out the official TwitVite!  Let us know that you’re coming or not, and see who else is coming to meet up.  We’re going to have a blast!

When you’re telling people on Twitter about the JimOnLight and iSquint LDI2009 Tweet-Up, make sure to tag your Tweet with hash tag #ldi09tweetup so everyone knows what the score is!  We are looking forward to seeing you there!

More LDI Tweetup News: JimOnLight and iSquint #ldi2009 #ldi09tweetup

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Remember when JimOnLight.com and iSquint.net asked you to save the date for an LDI TWEETUP?

AWWW YEAH – MORE INFORMATION!

When: Friday, November 20th
Time:
8pm
Where:
The Peabody Hotel Lobby Bar
Who:
Anyone and Everyone
Why
:       Do we really need to ask this?

JimOnLight.com and iSquint.net have teamed up to bring you a massive tweetup at LDI this year.  Not only will it give everyone a chance to meet and put a face to the twitter name, but also a chance to network and get to know your fellow professionals and other lovers of the lumens.

JimOnLight.com and iSquint also have some other things in store for everyone that attends the tweetup – while the tweetup begins at 8pm, the real fun and announcements start at 9pm. If you are going to LDI this year, be sure to stop by the tweetup, you’ll be happy you did!

Look for an invite to show up on @jimonlight and @isquint before the week is out.

LDI 2009 – The JimOnLight.com and iSquint TWEET-UP!

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Jim is gonna be at LDI this year!  Are you?

I have some questions for the JimOnLight.com community:

  1. Are you going to LDI 2009 in Orlando, Florida?
  2. Do you at least occasionally enjoy drinking a beer or cocktail?
  3. Are you a Twitter-er?

On Friday, November 20, 2009 at 8pm, JimOnLight.com and iSquint are hosting a Tweet-Up at the LDI 2009 show.  We’re still ironing out some of the details, but it’s gonna be awesome.  We’re hoping to see as many of you there as possible!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Friday night, November 20, 2009, 8pm!

Jim and iSquint will be tweeting about this from now until the Tweet-Up – check Twitter for hashtags (that’s a word with a # in front of it) #ldi2009 and #ldi09tweetup.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Q+A with Luminus Devices Technical Director, Don McDaniel

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A while ago I had placed some questions to Luminus Devices, the makers of the Phlatlight LED and other innovative lighting solutions using the light-emitting diode.  My questions hit the hands of Don McDaniel, the Director of Technical Lighting Solutions at Luminus Devices – I have put the Q+A below.  A big thanks to Bill Keeler for getting all the right hands involved.  Thanks Bill!  We’re looking forward to reviewing Luminus products at LDI this year in Orlando!

The Q+A:

JimOnLightLuminus has been getting a lot of press about the PhlatLight; recent news announcing the PhlatLight Color-Mixing CBM-380 chip has reached me in several formats. How does the PhlatLight multi-color LED wafer compare to the Luxeon products in close categories?

Don McDaniel: The PhlatLight CBM-380-RGBW and the SBM-160-RGBW announced during PLASA ’09 put out far more light than any other 4-chip color mixing package on the market. The product premise is that in order to make illumination products that can replace discharge products, you’ve got to deliver a lot of LED chip area. To collect and color mix that effectively, you’ve got to pack that die area together as tightly as possible. Every optic designer wishes to have a point source to design around. Filaments come pretty close; LEDs don’t. Luminus has developed products that deliver a really useful amount of light from a single package and do so from the smallest possible total emitting area. This has enabled color mixed performance in form factors never before seen in the industry.

The other approach to delivering a lot of color-tunable lumens is large multichip arrays. These are certainly able to deliver substantial light, and are suitable for many applications, but optical designs to efficiently collect and shape the output are very challenging due to the large total emitting area of such packages.

JimOnLight: One aspect of the PhlatLight chips that appears to be provocative and popular with companies employing PhlatLight products is the modularity of the design. Can you elaborate a little on the PhlatLight technology and how Luminus arrived there?

Don McDaniel: Luminus Devices has operated from the very beginning with a “Platform Approach” to product design. The idea being that by developing a range of chip and package platforms, we could then cost effectively mix and match them to create differentiated products that enable our customers in unique ways. Furthermore, we could do so with modest investment barriers so that we could profitably address interesting niches. Our PhlatLight LED portfolio speaks the language of our platform approach. We continue to explore new application opportunities and use customer feedback to generate and evaluate new product variants.

If the question refers to the fact that we have many bolt-on, replaceable products, the answer is different:

Luminus was founded in 2002 with the goal of replacing discharge lamps in rear projection DLP televisions. To do so, Luminus developed 100W LEDs! The thermal requirements fundamentally influenced our approach to epitaxial, process, and of course package design. The chip-on-board package of our highest output products reflects that learning and development, from the 0.7 C/W package thermal resistance to the custom high current connectors and finally, to the screw down package design. This package continues to be of value for customers wanting to design in the ability to upgrade or replace LED modules in the future.

JimOnLight: Given the collimated nature of the PhlatLight’s radiation patterns, does Luminus find activity in specific product design and manufacturing categories over others?  Are certain fixture types more a natural fit for the light qualities provided by the PhlatLight?

Don McDaniel: The PhlatLight collimation offers improved optical collection efficiency, particularly in projection type optical systems. With the increasing importance of white LEDs even in color tunable entertainment applications, this is perhaps becoming somewhat less important. While Luminus has developed IP for fabrication of collimated white LEDs, current phosphor processes cause light scattering that largely negates PhlatLight collimation. However, the photonic lattice technology remains an important part of big-chip white LED design, as the enhanced extraction efficiency allows us to maintain efficacy which otherwise diminishes as chip area is scaled up.

JimOnLight: The Luminus website mentions Entertainment lighting as an avenue of exploration for the PhlatLight.  Would you elaborate on which avenues the PhlatLight is experiencing popularity?  Is PhlatLight being used in any high output wash or spot fixtures or other entertainment technology?

Don McDaniel: Philips Vari*Lite has been quite candid in disclosing that their revolutionary VLX moving head wash uses seven of our CBM-380-RGBW modules to deliver 15,000 lumens of white light and dramatic saturated and pastel hues. That product has received an enthusiastic reception from the market and we’re honored to be a part of it.

There are a number of entertainment products in various stages of evaluation, demonstration, prototype and production release. These include color washes, color spots, white spots and other smaller fixtures. You can expect to see several prototypes and production releases at LDI next month.

JimOnLight: Does Luminus have any ongoing product agreements or development relationships with Entertainment lighting manufacturers and designers?  The entertainment lighting industry has been generating tons of news lately on LED development – where does Luminus play into that development?

Don McDaniel: While we have no exclusivity agreements or product development relationships with any customers or partners, we work closely with many of our customers on product development and design. We have the technical resources to provide our customers with a very deep level of applications support which we feel is extremely important given the revolutionary nature of many of our products.

JimOnLight: Tell me about Luminus’ high-bay illumination division – has the PhlatLight product used in high-bay lighting had any case studies or other successful venture stories that you could share?

Don McDaniel: We showcased a high bay prototype with Affineon Lighting of Florida in our booth at Light Fair this year that used three PhlatLight LED CSM-360-W modules. The display generated a great deal of interest for Affineon which is now developing a range of products around that part.

JimOnLight: A growing movement of lighting designers, engineers, and manufacturers are exploring lumen output over time as a priority over accepting lumen maintenance and degradation.  How do PhlatLight sources depreciate over time?  As lamp life grows, are PhlatLight chips capable of maintaining a high output rate over competitor sources?

Don McDaniel: PhlatLight LEDs were designed from scratch to be able to operate efficiently and reliably under more than standard operating conditions. Fundamentally, the lumen depreciation physics of PhlatLight LEDs chips is the same as that of any other LED products operating under the same conditions, since our chip design optimizes heat and current distribution and light output. Any differences from one vendor to another are mostly related to package integrity and thermal management. Luminus is an industry leader in those areas; again as a direct result of our experience serving the consumer electronics market with 100W LEDs for RP-TVs. So, yes, PhlatLight LEDs are capable of delivering operating lifetimes perfectly competitive with, and often in excess of, the leading quality vendors in the industry.


A huge thanks to Don McDaniel and Bill Keeler from Luminus Devices for their time and effort!  Make sure to check out the offerings from Luminus at their website, Luminus Devices.  You can see detailed information on every product in this interview on their website.

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LDI 2009 is Underway!

Have you SEEN the list of vendors who are going to be exhibiting at LDI 2009 in Orlando?

So far, dates for LDI 2009 in Orlando will be:

Backstage Orlando: November 16-18
LDInstitute: November 16-21
Conference Sessions: November 19-22
Exhibit Hall: November 20-22

I am hoping to be available for LDI 2009, let’s see how the gig schedule goes.  For some reason, I never get to go to the Orlando show.  Weird, huh?

Check out a list of vendors at Live Design Mag.  I realize that it’s nearly a year away, but these things are important!

Are You Kidding? MORE LDI PICS!

Oh yeah, I have a lot more imagery of LDI 2008.  However, I’m posting this one below, but I cannot figure out for the life of me which company had the display!  If you were at LDI 2008 and know who this company is, please post in the comments so I can give them the recognition they deserved!  That screen and media server were awesome!

LDI – Clay Paky’s Booth

Clay Paky‘s booth this year was fun – more for the fact that they had a bunch of really punchy fixtures that were very, very freaking bright.  So bright, in fact, that I heard someone say “dude, is that the Clay Paky booth?  Do they have VL3000’s up there?”

The Alpha Beam 1500 is AWESOME, Clay Paky.  Just so you know.

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