Tuesday, February 23, 2010

International Dark Sky Approval

Dialight Corporation successfully qualified its StreetSENSE Series LED street light and its HB Series LED high bay fixture under the International Dark-Sky Association's Fixture Seal of Approval (FSA) program.

Formed in 1988, the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is regarded as the authoritative voice on light pollution. Working in conjunction with lighting designers, manufacturers, technical committees and the general public, the IDA strives to protect, preserve and restore our natural night environment through the promotion of quality outdoor lighting.

The Fixture Seal of Approval (FSA) program provides objective third-party certification for luminaires that minimize glare, reduce light trespass, and don't pollute the night sky. As the latest partner of the Dark-Sky Association, Dialight
has been added to the list of IDA approved manufacturers and looks forward to working with the organization to design and manufacture energy efficient and environmentally friendly LED lighting solutions.

For more information on the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) and the Fixture Seal of Approval (FSA) program, please visit www.darksky.org.

For more information on Dialight Corporation and the StreetSENSE and HB Series LED lighting solutions, please visit us at www.dialight.com or contact us at (732) 919-3119 or info@dialight.com

Friday, February 19, 2010

From lights to look at ... to lights to see with!

There's no doubt that LED technology is rapidly changing the lighting industry and how we interact with light. It is a truly disruptive technology, probably synonymous with going from computer programming in the punch card era to using a microchip, or going from a rotary phone to a touch screen iPhone.

In the future, we won't purchase a light fixture with a separate screw-in Edison light bulb. All of a sudden, we will be buying a complete lighting system with the LEDs already inside.

LED traffic and street lights, a perfect application for both color and white light sources, have led the way with more than 1 in 3 traffic signals in North America now converted to LED.

The potential for LEDs continues to grow in further practical uses throughout urban areas, manufacturing facilities, warehouses or any place where long-duty cycles, harsh conditions and energy efficiency are mandated.

While the cost-effectiveness of LEDs varies by an application's environment and geographic location, the price is coming down significantly on many high-performance LED products.

For example, down-lighting is one application in which LEDs are very much in practice as it benefits from the directional nature of the light.

Similarly, other LED characteristics, such as their small size, lack of infrared heat and long lifespan, make them a sensible choice.

From their beginnings as indicator 'lights to look at', they have now also become 'lights to see with', so LED technology is finding its place in security floodlighting, parking area and pathway lighting, in many instances equipped with smart features like motion or occupancy sensors for added energy-efficiency and safety.

A key attraction of LED technology continues to be its potential to save massive amounts of energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh each year.

This represents the following potential savings:

- The equivalent annual electrical output of about 44 large electric coal-fired power plants (1000 megawatts each)
More than $30 billion in savings at today's electricity prices.

- A 33% decrease in total electricity consumption for lighting, compared to a scenario with no LEDs. The amount of electricity saved would be greater than the total amount of energy used to light all U.S. homes today.

- LEDs are currently as efficient as compact fluorescents, but even at their best, CFLs reach only about 75 lumens per watt.

In comparison to this, LEDs already emit more than 100 lumens per watt and, with annual significant improvement in the amount of light emitted from a single LED, there are instances of 200 l/w being reported. And not only are we seeing improvement in the efficiency with which the products can produce light, we're also seeing improvement in the quality of light emitted.

For now, LED technology continues to mature in the 'early-adopter' commercial and industrial markets while in the meantime customer education is a big issue. Most customers think a watt is the measure of the amount of light that is given off by the light bulb, when it's the lumens per watt that count. That is their key to understanding efficiency.

Virtually every dollar being spent by the U.S. Department of Energy is currently going towards LED technology and most fixture manufacturers are on the LED bandwagon. Now it's just a matter of educating the marketplace.

Dialight Introduces Highly Energy Efficient StreetSENSE™ RS Series LED Roadway Sign Light

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StreetSENSE RS Series effectively directs light where it’s needed, reduces energy consumption and dramatically cuts maintenance costs by eliminating the constant replacement of expensive outdated mercury vapor and metal halide fixtures.

Farmingdale, NJ – (February 18th, 2010) – Dialight (LSE: DIA.L), an innovative global leader in LED lighting technology, today introduced the StreetSENSE RS Series LED Roadway Sign Light, a highly energy efficient “green” solution that provides unmatched quality of light, effectively directs illumination, reduces energy consumption and cost, and dramatically cuts maintenance requirements. The highly efficient, long lasting StreetSENSE RS Series solves the problem that sign owners face of constantly replacing their expensive mercury vapor and metal halide fixtures.

The Dialight StreetSENSE RS Series combines precision optics and the latest in advanced, patent-pending LED technology to meet the most demanding specification criteria for road sign lighting. Designed to easily replace outdated mercury vapor and metal halide fixtures, the StreetSENSE RS Series’ ultra-low power consumption delivers 60-70% energy cost savings over the typical 250+W fixtures commonly used for road sign lighting.

Operating on considerably less energy to deliver superior, efficiently directed light makes the StreetSENSE RS Series the optimum cost effective alternative to old fashioned conventional lighting. Its mercury-free, energy-efficient operation is also far more environmentally friendly, reducing CO2 emissions, one of the primary greenhouse gases contributing to global warming.

“Dialight StreetSENSE RS Series introduces a new direction in roadway sign lighting that is highly reliable, effective and low cost to operate as well as extremely energy efficient,” commented Roy Burton, president and CEO of Dialight. “With recent government legislation, including the Federal Energy Policy Act and the Energy Independence and Security Act, mandating that mercury vapor lamps and all 150-500 watt metal halide fixtures must be replaced with more energy efficient alternatives, we’re confident that the StreetSENSE RS Series is well positioned to emerge as a strong market leader.”

The Dialight StreetSENSE RS Series’ rugged construction, lamp assembly and housing make these LED fixtures weather and corrosion resistant and impervious to roadway vibration and shock. Their projected service life of ten years, with more than 70% lumen maintenance after 60,000 hours of operation, essentially eliminates the need for lamp replacement. As a result, the StreetSENSE RS Series LED solution is virtually maintenance free. This slashes both equipment and labor costs over conventional lighting systems, and lessens maintenance workers’ exposure to risk on busy highways.

Dialight offers complete fixture assemblies for new, retrofit or complete replacement applications including a unique LED retrofit cover assembly kit option that will adapt to most installed conventional fixture boxes. The retrofit makes the conversion simple, fast, easy and low cost.

The Dialight StreetSENSE RS Series 70 Watt and 100 Watt LED fixtures are available in Cool White and Neutral White. The LED fixtures are ETL certified to UL 1598, CSA and compliant to IES standards. The StreetSENSE RS Series is available through Dialight’s global network of authorized distributors. Please visit www.dialight.com for more information including IES files and product catalog information.

StreetSENSE RS Series LED Roadway Sign Light Resources

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Dialight Unveils New Website To Showcase Next Generation LED Technology

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Dialight Unveils New Website To Showcase Next Generation LED Technology16-Feb-2010Farmingdale, NJ – (February 16th, 2010) – Dialight (LSE: DIA.L), an innovative global leader in LED lighting technology, announced the launch of its newly redesigned and enhanced website. The new Dialight website, www.dialight.com, showcases the company’s complete line of advanced, environmentally friendly, LED lighting fixtures, and offers visitors access to an online library of information, tools and resources to help them make better, more informed choices in lighting technologies.

“Our new website symbolizes two complementary ideas, reflecting our strengthening leadership position and growing success in the high brightness LED white lighting markets,” commented Michael Schratz, Director of Marketing. “Since entering the white lighting market in 2007, we have introduced next generation LED products with enhanced features that bring the value of Dialight’s LED lighting technology to new industrial, commercial, hazardous location and infrastructure customers worldwide. We continue to increase our investment in product development as part of our strategy to aggressively grow our share of the general illumination market in 2010 and beyond.”

The consolidated Dialight corporate website now covers the company’s U.S. and European operations, providing a single source of information about the company and its products. Designed to allow customers to quickly and easily find information on the Dialight LED lighting fixtures specifically suited for their individual applications, the website also introduces several new features to enhance user experience, including:

• The “Return on Investment, Total Cost of Ownership” calculator, a simple to use tool that lets customers evaluate how quickly Dialight LED lighting fixtures will pay for themselves in cost savings. The calculator also quantifies the positive environmental impact of reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions by converting from traditional lighting fixtures to LED.

• A Resources section, packed with a constantly growing library of information about LED technology to help visitors evaluate new lighting product options. This section features specific application case studies, photometric data files, presentations, FAQs, technical documents, brochures and other relevant materials.

• An opt-in email alert service for all of Dialight’s news, events and Investor Relation information instantly, as it is published. (Sign up for Alert Services here)

The unveiling of the new website coincides with the public launch of the Dialight Blog and Dialight Twitter Account. The blog and Twitter postings will showcase Dialight’s LED technology and lighting industry experts, providing industry insider views and up to the minute news about Dialight products and technology advances.

About Dialight

Dialight (LSE: DIA.L) defines the current state of LED lighting technology with continuous innovations in light output, efficacy and reliability for their complete line of high-specification lighting fixtures specifically designed for industrial, commercial, hazardous location, transportation & infrastructure applications. These results are directly related to the company’s ongoing commitment to advancing solid-state lighting products that vastly reduce maintenance, improve safety, ease disposal, and are more environmentally friendly – thereby helping to reduce CO2 emissions, the dominant GHG contributor to global warming. The company is headquartered in the UK with operations in the USA, UK, Germany and Mexico. More information about the company, its LED products and solid-state lighting technologies can be found at www.dialight.com

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Scotland’s First LED Street Light Trial Revealed in Edinburgh

Newmarket, UK (4 February 2010) – Dialight working in co-operation with The City of Edinburgh Council announced today that a World Heritage site, Princes Street, widely rated as one of the world’s most beautiful city streets, is the location for Scotland’s first LED street light trial. To date there have been just a handful of LED trials in the United Kingdom making the Princes Street trial the most high profile deployment of smart and cost effective LED lighting technology.

After 18 months of consultation with all relevant bodies with an interest in this sensitive section of urban townscape, a team of LED specialists from Dialight, world leader in applied LED technology, retro-fitted four units of the latest generation of LED light head into the existing street furniture.

The City of Edinburgh Council worked closely with Dialight to identify a high profile site to showcase the new LED street lighting technology. Working with Edinburgh World Heritage Trust and Lothian and Borders Police the Council identified Princes Mall as an ideal location for this. The new lighting will improve local visibility without any impact on the backdrops of the Edinburgh Old Town and the Balmoral Hotel. This will enhance use of the area, and both parties are pleased to have had the co-operation of the property owners in this venture.

The benefits of LEDs over conventional lighting solutions are many. They include the solid-state LED unit’s long life of seven years and its resistance to vandalism, thereby cutting maintenance and replacement costs. In this instance LEDs also bring a reduction in power consumption of 50% together with better uniformity of output and an increased lighting level by a factor of four. They also offer absolute control of light spill and the ability to programme-in smart controls such as proximity sensors to allow the light to come on instantly when a person or vehicle approaches. Additionally, an LED lighting solution reduces carbon emissions thus improving air quality and with its clear, white light makes the streets much safer for users.

Councillor Gordon Mackenzie, Transport Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council said,“In today’s economic environment it is paramount for city managers to seek out smart, cost effective technologies that make our cities more sustainable. Lighting is the dramatic catalyst for a sensitive civic townscape, so we are keen to evaluate the maintenance savings, CO2 reduction benefits and performance improvements that LED lighting promises to offer.”

Roy Burton, CEO of Dialight plc said, “Working with a team that is so acutely aware of the need to combat climate change and reduce city carbon footprints has been a most rewarding task. The Edinburgh Princes Street Trial is important in showing how Dialight’s LED lighting solutions can be put in place in the most sensitive of urban townscapes. Once we have a full evaluation of this trial we can move forward with a range of civic lighting solutions that address the particular needs of Britain’s cities.”