Illuminating our Swanson’s Dinners

Luminaires (or “lamps” to the rest of us) are looking a lot like pixels lately, as they offer larger and tunable patches of the CIE color space. This leads to the question, will display pixels ever be suitable to use for general illumination? Already the discussion of excess blue light from these sleep slayers is […]

Why light is so important for seniors’ health

  BY SAMMY CAIOLA scaiola@sacbee.com Marie Coolidge’s apartment at the Eskaton Monroe Lodge was bathed in soft light on a recent afternoon, her newly installed light bulbs glowing beneath white fabric lamp shades around the living room where she spends most of her time. The high-tech bulb system, installed last fall at the Land Park […]

New S2G+ Offers a Realistic Sky with Stars

Daylighting with LEDs is changing every aspect of architectural design, allowing spaces far from exterior walls and ceilings to bask in the healthful and productivity-enhancing glow of natural lighting. But what happens when the sun sets? A real window to the sky would of course transition to a night view of the local stars, so […]

New LED driver topology from Flotonix

A new LED driver topology can now be added to the stable of converters suited to driving LED strings. This innovation announced October 11, 2016 is called Virtual Ground Drive© and promises to exceed  existing topologies by as much as 15% in energy savings. The first product to use Virtual Ground Drive is the Portable Skylight, which will […]

Virtual Skylight vs. Tubular Daylighting Devices

The Virtual Skylight (VS) is not a luminaire in the conventional sense and is best compared to Tubular  Daylighting Devices(TDD) such as the Solatube and the Sun Tunnel. I have rounded up a comparison sheet so that one can better understand the differences, using the Solatube 290DS and the Flotonix VSP Virtual Porthole 290DS    […]

GE C-Light offers circadian control

In a move towards healthier lighting, GE is now offering the C-Sleep bulbs with BLE connectivity and an app called “C by GE”. link There is a follow the sun option with three color CCTs and three switch times defined as AM, DAY and PM. Apparently AM starts off with a very high CCT, which […]

tiling daylight

The 1 foot square virtual skylight is meant to be tiled in arrays of 2×2, 3×3, 4×1 and so on. Each tile is controlled via wifi and BTLE to coordinate a simulated sky with brilliant blue color and tunable white light. Set the location and time and forget it; from then on the VS will […]