A Light Read
Aug. 10, 2011

Philips wins Energy Department's lighting prize
The New York Times
Philips, the Netherlands-based consumer electronics giant, is now $10 million richer, having just won the L Prize, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy in a contest to invent the next generation of solid-state lighting. Formally titled the Bright Lighting Tomorrow Prize, the award was introduced to encourage companies to create highly efficient alternatives to standard incandescent lamps.More

China begins new crackdown on rare earth sector
Reuters via Times Live
China will punish rare earth producers that fail to stick to a nationwide production quota after launching an inspection of the sector at the beginning of August. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said enterprises that exceed quotas or continue to employ environmentally destructive production techniques could have their quotas and licenses canceled. The ministry will also punish rare earth processors caught buying ore from mines that violate industry guidelines.More

Bridgelux hits LED efficiency mark in move to silicon
Bridgelux expects to begin making LED chips on silicon wafers in about two years, a technology transition which promises to slash LED lighting costs. The company recently announced it has met performance targets for the new process which it projects could lower the cost of end-user lighting products by roughly 20 to 30 percent. More

US solar PV to double in 2011; grow 47 percent through 2015
The U.S. solar photovoltaic market will double in 2011, this despite current economic weakness, according to research from Solarbuzz. With a current project pipeline of more than 17 gigawatts, the firm foresees the U.S. solar PV market growing to 6.4 GW by 2015, a constant annual growth rate of 47 percent. It also predicts the U.S. will account for 12 percent of the global solar PV market by 2015.More

Getting the LEDs out
Electrical Wholesaling
The whole lighting industry, and the broader electrical and construction, design and energy-efficiency markets, are all waiting and watching for the light emitting diode of their dreams — the one that will finally make incandescent, fluorescent, high-intensity discharge and all the other incumbent lighting technologies obsolete — to emerge onto the market in a blaze of light. That lamp technology still lies hidden in a research lab somewhere, if it exists at all yet.More

Side by side: LED, CFL and incandescent bulbs
Many websites have been doing head-to-head tests of various LED bulbs coming on the market. However, writer Candace Lombardi is often asked where someone can find just a "regular person review" on how LEDs stack up against CFLs and the soon-to-be-phased-out incandescents without getting too buried in stats on lumens, kelvins, wattage and so on that typically comes along with in-depth discussions of these technologies. Here is Lombardi's take on it. More

Delta optimistic about the future of LED lighting
DigiTimes (subscription required)
The LED lighting market has been performing relatively well compared to the LED TV backlight market. According to Delta, the sweet spot for LED lighting prices will be reached around the second half of 2011 to 2012. Delta expects LED light bulbs to change from wedge based to wide-angle based and the importance of the lighting control system will increase.More

Harald Haas: Wireless data from every light bulb
VideoBrief What if every light bulb in the world could also transmit data? At TEDGlobal, Harald Haas demonstrates, for the first time, a device that could do exactly that. By flickering the light from a single LED, a change too quick for the human eye to detect, he can transmit far more data than a cellular tower — and do it in a way that's more efficient, secure and widespread.More

Lumenpulse completes $16 million round
The Boston Globe
Lumenpulse Inc. said that it has completed a $16 million Series A equity and debt round to be used to support the growth of Lumenpulse and to extend market and product development. Lumenpulse is a developer and a manufacturer of high performance, architectural LED-based lighting. "This financing allows us to invest in international market expansion ahead of plan, to further enhance our product development capabilities, and to ensure our manufacturing strategies and capacity are solidly in place to meet the accelerating demand for our products," said Francois-Xavier Souvay, president and CEO of Lumenpulse.More

What not to do when developing performance measures
Industrial Distribution
You can measure how prolific a baseball player is, how profitable a company may be and how effective a salesperson is at his craft. But when it comes to measuring a company's progress in achieving organizational targets, it is easy to make glaring errors. Rarely are the right things measured for the right reasons. Here are 10 common mistakes to avoid in developing performance measures.More

Why economic growth was slow in the first half of 2011
Modern Distribution Management
The bounce back from the recession has certainly not been as strong as most would have liked. Many reasons have been provided for that, including the fact this recession was supplemented by a financial crisis. Businesses have continued to see slow growth in 2011, with growth of less than 2 percent quarter-to-quarter in the first half. Dan Meckstroth, chief economist and director of economic research for MAPI/Manufacturers Alliance, discusses a few reasons for this.More