Sapphire Industry Watch – June 12

  • World acclaim for Thai students’ invention to help coral reefs – Thai Visa News: Two Thai university students recently received a prestigious honor at a convention in Switzerland for their invention of a computer-controlled LED lighting system capable of stimulating and quickening the growth of coral in threatened reefs.  By using different shades and light frequencies to simulate the natural surroundings of sunlight and moonlight, the system’s LED bulbs enable coral to reach growth maturity weeks, and even months, faster than normal.
  • Dyson’s LED lamp promises to burn brightly for 37 years – Gizmag: Jake Dyson, son of Dyson company founder James Dyson, recently announced the company has developed an LED lamp capable of lasting 37 years. By applying technology similar to “heat-pipe technology” used in satellites called Csys, the LEDs are properly cooled, greatly extending the bulb’s lifespan.
  • Anaheim has one colorful roof – The Orange County Register: An LED lighting system has been installed on the dome roof of the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC). Designed to glow colorfully for sporting events, holidays and special occasions, the California city even has a policy in place for deciding the mood lighting of any particular night’s design.
  • Five-buck bulbs: The LED revolution is on – Business Spectator: Lighting companies have ignited a revolution by reducing the cost of LEDs to an affordable $5 or less, down $20 from when they were first introduced a few years ago. Thanks to this significant drop in price, consumers will save billions of dollars annually and reduce millions of tons of fossil fuel pollution.
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