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Glass Thermal Properties and Their Role in Product Design

This is the first article in a three-part series that reviews the thermal, optical, and mechanical properties of glass. We will define common glass properties and explain their application and importance in component design. It is critical to have a thorough understanding of glass thermal properties when designing with a glass lens or filter. When exposed…

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3 Common Glass Types: Properties and Applications

Glass is an immensely versatile material; it is used every day in numerous applications, many that most of us are not even aware of. We use it to drink beverages, to store food, and as windows in our homes and automobiles but glass is also used in many unseen applications. For instance, glass components are…

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Color Variability and LED Binning

Combat Color Variability: Basics of LED Binning

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) or solid state lighting is infiltrating many lighting markets. The rapid pace of adoption and technology innovation leaves many engineers and designers struggling to understand the basics of LED technology and how it differs from traditional light sources. Before adopting LEDs, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of their mechanics, differences, and…

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LED Aerospace Lighting

Considerations for Safely Adopting LEDs in Aerospace Lighting

The emergence of LEDs and their promise of energy savings, improved cost-efficiency, increased longevity and lower maintenance is driving rapid adoption. However, in some applications, their adoption may have come too soon. LEDs are inherently different than other light sources; thorough testing is necessary to understand how these differences impact existing lighting systems. Reducing operating…

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MIL-STD-3009 SAE A20 Review

SAE A20 Meeting Update: MIL-STD-3009 Review, UAS Standard Needed

Last month, on March 25 and 26th, I attended the SAE A20 Aircraft Lighting Steering Committee spring meeting. Twice a year, representatives from aerospace companies like Boeing, Honeywell Aerospace, Luminator Aircraft Products, United Technologies Corporation, and Airbus meet with members of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and SAE. The goal of these meetings is to…

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UV LED Performance Improvements Accelerate Market Adoption

The promise of greater efficiency and reliability over a long lifetime has enabled LEDs to penetrate almost all lighting markets. They’re being installed in residential, industrial, healthcare, and office applications. Almost everywhere we go, LEDs are illuminating the environment. While visible LEDs are rapidly being adopted, manufacturers have been slow to embrace LEDs that operate…

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Strategies in Light 2015 Highlights

Strategies in Light 2015: The Lighting Evolution Continues

The lighting industry continues to evolve; the invention of the blue LED ushered in a new era of lighting. Now, advanced sensors, more efficient light sources, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) enable the development of smart lighting systems that can control light to improve productivity, safety, and our health. It’s an exciting time to work in…

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Photonics West 2015: Technical Revolution Transforming Manufacturing

2015 was another record-breaking year for SPIE and Photonics West. More than 21,000 attendees converged on the Moscone Center; splitting their time between 1,266 exhibiting companies and more than 4,700 technical presentations. A special addition this year was the International Year of Light. Light-based technologies are transforming our world, starting at the source: manufacturing. We’re able…

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5 New UV Bandpass Filter Glasses

  In response to growing industry demand, we have expanded our ultraviolet (UV) filter glass product line. We’re excited to share with you five new ultraviolet (UV) bandpass filter glasses; 1072, 1021, 1061, 1062, and 1091. These filter glasses can easily be substituted into your existing product specifications. They all have high transmittance in the UV-A…

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SAE International Role in Aircraft Lighting Market

10 Updated SAE International Publications for the Aircraft Lighting Industry

SAE International plays a critical role in the aerospace industry. However, many are unaware of their contributions and how they’ve helped shape aircraft lighting. In this blog post, Darin Bernardi highlights the organization’s role and ten publications that they released in 2014. The need for international performance and safety standards is increasing as a result…

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