Sapphire Industry Watch – October 31

  •  An Imperial Honor – The UC Santa Barbara Current: After recently receiving the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics for his invention of the blue LED, UC Santa Barbara professor Shuji Nakamura has now also been selected to receive the 2014 Order of Culture Award.  One of Japan’s highest honors, the Order of Culture Award is a significant acknowledgement of Nakamura’s invention, which made white LEDs a reality and opened the door to affordable, energy-efficient lighting.
  • Glowy Zoey: the LED stickman costume that’s lighting up the internet– The Telegraph: This time last year, 22-month old Zoey became an Internet sensation after her father, Royce Hutain, posted an irresistibly cute video of her in an LED stickman Halloween costume. This year, Hutain has launched an online business to sell the LED costumes, which have been manufactured into several different sizes and stick figure outlines. You can even purchase the same Minnie Mouse suit Zoey wore for a recent trip to Disney World.
  • Turtle-friendly lighting project set for Pensacola Beach– Santa Rosa’s Press Gazette: After launching a project one year ago to brighten U.S. Highway 98 with efficient LED lighting, Gulf Power now aims to complete a turtle-friendly lighting project that will reduce light impacts on wildlife while also improving the lighting around Pensacola Beach, Florida. The project aims to reduce ambient light that can impact the sea turtles’ ability to make their way to the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Everything you wanted to know about LEDs but were afraid to ask– Fortune: Since the energy crises of the 1970s, researchers have introduced many lighting options more efficient than the incandescent light bulb, however, none compare to the LED. LEDs have come to dominate the market at a pace which has surprised people inside and outside of the lighting profession. After Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura invented the blue LED, which led to the creation of white LEDs, the lights became ubiquitous and now appear everywhere from traffic signals to computer screens to table lamps.
  • Ornamental plant seedlings grown with LED lights at Purdue – Purdue University: Researchers from Purdue University have successfully grown ornamental plant seedlings indoors using red and blue LEDs as the sole light sources. The findings from their research have led them to test whether production time can be reduced by using more colors. The goal is to help the plants flower faster for sale to consumers.
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