According to marketers of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, et al, social media is the engine of change, the foundation for bringing information and real transformation to the people. With Social Media, we will see the world connected and refreshed through the voices of the previously unheard. Social Media is the new light, the symbol of freedom and ultimate new world order founded on the concrete foundation of the first amendment, the true voice of “the People”. It has enabled revolution and advanced the human cause. It all sounds so… amazing and spectacular, if not completely incredible.

Behind the scenes, social media is actually just a software/app product that generates Read the rest of this entry »

Recently, there has been news hysteria about the availability of 3D printed gun plans, and the implications of such a product being made available to the general public. There are several facts that must be squared away before this “news” story can be effectively Read the rest of this entry »

Follow along, and see if this sounds familiar…

In the process of designing a new light, you begin by collecting manufacturer data sheets. You rifle through the LED data to find lumen output for LEDs and select one with a rated lumen output of 390@700mA, 3000K CCT / 90CRI (test current), and 188 lumens per LED at 350mA (calculated value), @ 3.4 Vf, for 158 lumens per watt. Nice!

You calculate what you need to make the target 1000 output lumens, and design a product around the data and calculations, use 7 LEDs operated at 350mA, to include 30% over the target to compensate for optical losses and temperature per the manufacturer data sheets. Using first article parts to build a prototype, you send it off to the photometric lab, expecting to see results very close to what you calculated. You can live with a minimum of 900 lumens, but hope to see better than 1000, as the data provided by the component providers indicates this should be the case. Read the rest of this entry »

Opening Remarks

Modern human existence, as we all know, is primarily carried out indoors. Exposure to natural light is also highly seasonal, even when we avail ourselves of the opportunity to include it in our regular activities. At most, for many in the northern continents, natural light varies from being too feeble to be of value, great enough to be of value, but with outdoor temperatures too cold or hot to tolerate with regularity necessary for good health, or so highly variable throughout the year, that reliance on it as a natural part of our existence is impossible. Further, as we all age, subtle changes take place over time that are not always noticeable at their early stages, but become more of an issue as the years pass. As a result the light we are exposed to indoors, is the bulk of our photonic existence. Read the rest of this entry »

Before we get into this topic, let’s remember that history is filled to overflowing with cries of lighting technology destroying human health. When the incandescent lamp emerged, the gas light industry flooded the market with baloney about its harmful effects (including claims that electric lights caused women to get the vapors), in support of the healthful glow of gas lighting (gag). Fluorescent and HID technologies have been under attack from their very first introduction. It’s quite funny to see now the defense of HPS by LED detractors, as it has been the target for criticism for decades. My advise for the apoplectic LED detractors… take a very deep breath and get over it. Every light source carries with it a compromise, including daylight, with undesirable effects we must do our best to mitigate. I suggest to anyone interested in the processes of new lighting technology: An interesting read on the 60 years it took to get lighting off the gas. That said… Read the rest of this entry »

Seoul Semiconductor has pre-released a series of LEDs it has claimed to produce near sun-like color and SPD at an impressive 97CRI. The marketing message is that this represents a breakthrough in delivering a more natural light to the eye, thus supporting improved health and well-being. Here is their claim, specifically: Read the rest of this entry »

When you spend a lot of time at the controls of word processors, spreadsheets, design software and 3D CAD, you may find that the pedestrian swill keyboards and mouse devices from the office supply and consumer electronics stores inadequate. I know I do. I used to go through a keyboard every year, and suffered from mouse fidelity issues (lack thereof). What I have found a superior approach is to using gaming interfaces. Gamers beat and pound away at their equipment, and subject them to real uses and abuses that office equipment is just not the equal of. Gamers also demand far more precision and consistent response. All good things for design uses. Read the rest of this entry »