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LED Color Viewer

Posted: August 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

We’ve been working for several months on an LED Color Viewer that is easy to use, affordable and portable for use in the office and for taking it to client offices. Well, we’ve finished it at last.

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The viewer contains 5 Cree CXB COB LEDs in 2700K, 3000K, 3500K, 4000K, and 5000K, each rated at 90CRI, that are selected with a simple selector switch. The viewer also includes a dimmer, so you can see the effect of light level on color. A rocker switch allows the light to be turned on and off without disturbing selector/dim settings. The viewer is easily folded up for storage and transport in an included carry case, which is padded, and includes room for the cord, as well as a pocket for taking along various color cards. It’s a perfect companion for the samples room, as well as viewing print media by graphic designers, and study by lighting designers when making presentations to customers.

The viewing area is 17″W x 13″D. x 12″H. The side panels are easy to clean, and are hard plastic for taping on materials, easily removed. The hinged design is simple to set up and take down, as we show in the video below:

The viewer is made in the USA, and includes the carry case. Each viewer is measured for CCT, CRI Ra/R9 and TM30 Rf/Rg, with exact results shown on the top of the housing for reference.

This will is offered on the Tasca web site for on line purchase through the Lumenique Product Center for $650, case and shipping included: LED Color Viewer

 

The Lumenique main web site has been completely refreshed and revised to create a cleaner appearance that is easy to walk through. The original site was created (read evolved) over a period of 20 years, from its first appearance in 1995. The content was built up over that time to include a wide range of topics, from lighting and art, to BMW tuning mods and go-karts and our SCCA racing endeavors. That was before the days of blogs taking over that sort of activity. The new site is more focused and directed at our core business interests and competencies – and no longer requires a gamer’s commitment to navigating twists and turns to get an idea of who and what we are. The Lumenique Product Center has also been freshened up to match the new graphic design.

New Site

 

Solid-state lighting presents many opportunities to create fidelity in specification of lighting not practical or available before. Further, the blend of aggressive marketing, hype, and deception on the part of solid-state product manufacturers demands more diligent specification than ever before. The days of the conventional mode of specifying luminaires and lamps as two separate components, with experiential trust in both, is over. Today, luminaires and light sources are integral to one another, often offered up by those who have marginal experience, and a strong desire to realize sales. The only defense against predatory and overly aggressive marketing is to understand and develop a strong specification foundation. The next protective barrier is to hold that specification. The following are suggestions for building a solid-state lighting foundation for any luminaire specification, with rationalization for each consideration in practical terms. (more…)

After reviewing a range of different metering choices in actual use, I compiled a summary of findings, as well as my own personal subjective ratings of features and overall utility as a lighting professional. This chart is the collection of all findings in a simple comparison table for those who find this useful (like me): (more…)

This is the Lighting Passport Flagship set. Includes case and accessories in a neat package.

This is the Lighting Passport Flagship set. Includes case and accessories in a neat package.

I first saw this device at Light+Build Frankfurt last fall. I was impressed enough to find one added to my collection of tools. The Asensetek Lighting Passport is a unique product in several ways. First, it is essentially a meter head (where the cost is), coupled to an iOS or Android device that does all the computational and display work. The lighting head has a nifty slide action receptor cover, so there is nothing to come off or get lost in a bag or pocket. The measurement range is as broad as any of the other spectrometers tested here, plus some. Not only does it produce the expected spectral power distribution, CRI, CCT, CIE 1931 and 1976 coordinates and illumunance in lux and Fc, it also delivers CQS values. (more…)

Okay, so while this is not of the same caliber, or as new and cool as the spectrometers, and could be considered an obsolete product, since it is no longer made – but, there are enough of these meters around in used condition, and they have been in use for so long, that finding one with the right attachments is not a serious challenge. So why bother? To start, the basic meter frame sold new for over $1,5000, with attachments to produce various readings. I found one example on ebay, sold from a test lab that was closing, that included several useful sensor heads. (more…)

The recent article: LED Bulb Efficiency Surges, But Light Quality Lags states very well the findings of the DOE and others reviewing LED retrofit lamp performance. While well stated, there are severl missing dynamic issues in the conversation that need to be included if LED is to overcome the failure of the CFL to capture the consumer market it so desperately seeks to dominate.

While efficient, there has been no great interest in the consumer market to lamps with poorer quality at higher prices.

While efficient, there has been no great interest in the consumer market to lamps with poorer quality at higher prices.

The CFL lamp has failed in the consumer market for these reasons:

  1. Light quality is poor in comparison to the far cheaper incandescent lamp. This includes color quality, distribution (photometric) pattern is poor (flood type products)
  2. Appearance and fit of the product into existing fixtures – i.e. ugly to look at, stick out of fixtures, create dark spots in shades and fixture diffusers, etc.
  3. They did not last as long as advertised. When switched frequently, the life of a CFL screw base product can be shorter than a long life incandescent. In outdoor cold climate environments, some fail within a few months. In down-lights and enclosed fixtures most fail even more quickly.
  4. They cost too much compared to incandescent of higher quality
  5. They save some energy, but have so many other liabilities the consumer does not take this seriously.
  6. Flickering starts, flicker under dimming, and 120Hz strobe effects from cheap ballast designs
  7. Slow to warm to full brightness – often taking longer to get up to full light than many products are on for in many rooms (pantry, closet, hallway, etc.)
  8. Mercury disposal concerns for some

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