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Super Bowl will be lit by LEDs for the first time

The big game today will be the first ever Super Bowl illuminated by LEDs instead of traditional metal halide lamps. University of Phoenix Stadium — home of the Arizona Cardinals and Super Bowl XLIX — was outfitted with the LED fixtures last year. Since LEDs are brighter than the old lamps, only 312 units were needed to replace the 780 metal halide lights that were originally installed in the stadium. The new lights also use 75 percent less energy, and they should last at least 20 years — far longer than the old lights that required maintenance every few seasons.

Brighter and whiter

But the lights are changing more than just corporate bottom lines. If you haven’t watched a Cardinals game this season, you might notice a difference in the…

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Charged: Smart LEDs for the Home: From apps for mood lighting to bulbs that help you sleep, five bright ideas that are as innovative as they are illuminating

Charged: Smart LEDs for the Home


Bright ideas are coming from every design sector, as engineers, artists and scientists join industrial designers in creating the technologies and products that will define the future of light. Today, it’s inherently progressive industries like LEDs…

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Researchers create ‘thinnest possible’ LEDs only three-atoms thick

LEDs are already pretty tiny, but they just got a whole lot smaller. Researchers at the University of Washington have built what they say are the “thinnest-possible LEDs” — tiny lights that measure just three atoms thick. “Such thin and foldable LEDs are critical for future portable and integrated electronic devices,” Xiaodong Xu, co-author of a paper on the research that was published over the weekend in Nature Nanotechnology, says in a statement. At three atoms thick, the researchers’ LEDs are said to be 10 to 20 times thinner than conventional LEDs, opening up a number of potential new uses for them.

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Avant-garde ‘horizontal skyscrapers’ re-imagined with scaffolding and LEDs

Russian artist and designer El Lissitzky was one of the leaders of the avant-garde art movement at the birth of the Soviet Union. He believed that the artist could be an agent of change, helping to popularize suprematism with stark, unequivocal works, and taking up the position of cultural ambassador to Germany. But it’s one of Lissitzky’s unrealized concepts that proves the most enduring: his “horizontal skyscrapers.” Now architect Guillaume Mazars has imagined a way these unbuilt structures could be built with his concept Reveal the absence, the un-built.

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Lucetta Magnetic Bike Lights: Compact and clever LEDs designed by Helsinki-based Emanuele Pizzolorusso for Palomar

Lucetta Magnetic Bike Lights


While many brands have begun to offer attractive bicycle lights in recent years, few offer the ease of use that Lucetta does. Designed by Helsinki-based Emanuele Pizzolorusso for Italian…

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The Bay Lights Turn On: Leo Villareal’s brilliant bridge concept becomes a reality in the world’s largest light installation with 25,000 LEDs

The Bay Lights Turn On

When we last checked in with Leo Villareal one year ago, he had just proposed The Bay Lights, an ambitious project aimed at blanketing San Francisco’s Bay Bridge with 25,000 outward-facing LEDs for a light show of epic proportions. Like many concepts, the idea was almost too fantastical to…

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