LEDs Keep Red Meat Looking Red Longer?
It turns out that any light turns starts turning meat gray (though this can still be safe to eat) sooner than meat kept in the dark. But initial results showed LEDs kept meat red longer than meat kept under fluorescent lights. Some grocers have begun changing to LEDs in meat display cases.
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Mariners were the First MLB Team to Install LED Lighting
Metal halides have a restrike time of several minutes; once they're shut off, the arc tube needs to cool down before you can turn the lights back on. Then they have a prolonged warm-up period as they gradually approach full light output.
LED lights not only save money by using far less energy, but they also eliminate the problem of restrike and warm-up periods. So many stadiums are beginning to install LED lights, and the Mariners' Safeco Field was the first MLB stadium to have them installed. Read the full article here.
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Solight Design Launches "Flat Pack" LEDs for Emergencies
The concept is meant to extend beyond emergency situations to more than 1 billion people worldwide without access to electric lighting, joining a number of other efforts to get safe lighting to the world.
This year, the company successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign to ramp up production and distribution and turn their idea into a widespread solution.
Artificial Skylight Seeks to Exactly Reproduce Sunlight
Right now, the price is well out of range of your average home, but maybe through commercial adoption, this kind of lighting will become commonplace.
Light Emitting ... Paper???
Scientists at Umea University in Sweden altered a piece of paper and then ran 11 volts of current through it to make it light up. This could be one more way to provide low-cost lighting to those living off the grid, but has other potential applications as well: according to this article, food labels that light up when food spoils.
Gravity Light Funded
We mentioned "safe lighting" in an earlier section of this post -- the point is that people across the globe use kerosene lamps for lighting. The fumes cause health problems and the flames cause burns and fires. Gravity Light's goal is to eliminate these problems and to provide lighting without the need to solar charge something ahead of time.
Lighting Up Bach
A Free Lighting Game for Android Devices
Amazon Combats Problem of Blue Lights and Sleep
This year, Amazon came out with new "Fire" tablets featuring "Blue Shade" to address this problem. It limits your exposure to blue lights when reading at night before trying to sleep. We wouldn't be surprised to see other manufacturers following suit.
LEDs Can't Stay Out of the News
So what did we miss? Do you have a favorite story about lighting from 2015? If so, let us know in the comments below!