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New White Paper Demonstrates How Abrasion Resistant Lenses Lower Maintenance Costs

By Sharayah Follett | January 24, 2018

In this two-part study, Taber abrasion and high-velocity particulate impact testing are used to evaluate the suitability of borosilicate glass, polycarbonate, and aviation grade acrylic in exterior jet aircraft lighting applications.

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New Study Shows that Custom UV Glass Optics Increase UV LED Irradiance by 25% Compared to Quartz Rods

By Sharayah Follett | July 14, 2016

Maximizing a UV LED’s peak irradiance is imperative in many UV curing applications. More power can improve production speeds and increase throughput. UV LEDs are often arranged into linear arrays, where they are placed side-by-side in a row, and are usually protected by a flat window or an optic.

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LED Aerospace Lighting

Considerations for Safely Adopting LEDs in Aerospace Lighting

By Darin Bernardi | June 10, 2015

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...

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Strategies in Light 2015: The Lighting Evolution Continues

By Adam Willsey | March 16, 2015

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 the lighting industry and the Smart Lighting track was a welcome addition to Strategies in Light 2015.

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Photonics West 2015: Technical Revolution Transforming Manufacturing

By Adam Willsey | February 25, 2015

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, beginning at the source: manufacturing. We’re able to operate smarter, more efficiently, and produce higher quality products. Those looking to harness these technologies head to Photonics West.

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SAE Aircraft Lighting

10 Updated SAE International Publications for the Aircraft Lighting Industry

By Darin Bernardi | January 22, 2015

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.

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Could UV Light Technologies Help Prevent Hospital Acquired Infections?

By Adam Willsey | October 28, 2014

The Ebola virus continues to spread through West Africa, with new outbreaks surging in Monrovia, Liberia. Healthcare workers are struggling to contain the spread of the virus and unfortunately they risk contracting the virus in their efforts to care for those infected. Increasingly, there are reports of healthcare workers returning home – infected with Ebola. In…

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