Sapphire Industry Watch – February 6

  • S.F. replacing old streetlights with cheaper, better LED bulbs – SF Gate: As part of an $11 million upgrade program, San Francisco is beginning to replace 18,500 old high-pressure sodium street lights with new LED lights. The LEDs will not only improve lighting and reduce maintenance costs, but also move “the innovation capital of the world” into a “smart” electrical grid.
  • Canada dims the light on the incandescent light bulb – The Globe and Mail: As of January 1, 2015, 60- and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs can no longer be manufactured or imported into Canada. The decision was made by the federal government in an effort to cut energy consumption and encourage Canadians to switch to LEDs. The ban is an extension of the ban on 75- and 100-watt bulbs that came into effect in 2014.
  • Rubicon Technology Appoints Hap Hewes as Senior Vice President, Optical – Yahoo! Finance: Rubicon Technology announced the appointment of Hap Hewes as Senior Vice President, Optical. He will lead marketing and business development activity for sapphire products in the aerospace, optical, consumer electronics and industrial markets. After departing from Rubicon in 2009, Hewes has returned to the company to bring this wide range of exciting new products to market and to lead the company’s traditional optical components business.
  • LED system will set the mood inside new Vikings stadium – Star Tribune: The new Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis will be the first football stadium in the United States to install LED lighting during initial construction. The new lights are projected to consume 75 percent less energy than traditional lighting and Vikings officials say they have kept an environmentally friendly focus during the project’s planning and construction phases.

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