Low-Energy LED wins Nobel Prize

October 10, 2014

(Reuters) – An American and two Japanese scientists won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for inventing a new energy-efficient and environment-friendly light source, leading to the creation of modern LED light bulbs.

Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and Japanese-born U.S. citizen Shuji Nakamura won the prize for developing the blue light-emitting diode (LED) — the missing piece that now allows manufacturers to produce white-light lamps.

The arrival of such lamps is changing the way homes and workplaces are lit, offering a longer-lasting and more efficient alternative to the incandescent bulbs pioneered by Joseph Swan and Thomas Edison at the end of the 19th century.

Frances Saunders, president of Britain’s Institute of Physics, said the shift offered the potential for huge energy savings.

“With 20 percent of the world’s electricity used for lighting, it’s been calculated that optimal use of LED lighting could reduce this to 4 percent. Akasaki, Amano and Nakamura’s research has made this possible and this prize recognizes this contribution,” she said.

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LED Signs at Seasons of Tuxedo Winnipeg
LED Signs at Seasons of Tuxedo Winnipeg

“Red and green LEDs have been around for a long time but blue was really missing. Thanks to the blue LED we now can get white light sources which have very high energy efficiency and very long lifetime,” Per Delsing, a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, told a news conference.

.The award is a notable example of a practical discovery winning the prize, in contrast to last year when the physics prize went to scientists who predicted the existence of the Higgs boson particle that explains how elementary matter attained the mass to form stars and planets.

“Incandescent light bulbs lit the 20th century; the 21st century will be lit by LED lamps,” the academy said in a statement awarding the 8 million Swedish crown ($1.1 million) prize.

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Signs 101: Illuminated channel letters on a budget?

April 20, 2017

Channel letters are custom-made metal or plastic letters that are commonly used on the buildings of business, churches, and other organizations for exterior signage. They can be illuminated or non-illuminated and can give your business a clean and sophisticated look.

Unfortunately, illuminated channel letters can be financially out of reach for some signage budgets. In many situations though, similar effects can be achieved in a more affordable way with our LED-illuminated push-through letters. Typically, this type of letter is routed from a thick polycarbonate substrate to give it dimension, and then back-lit with LEDs. It won’t be quite as thick as a traditional channel letter but can be fabricated at smaller overall sizes when required. Push-through letters also offer the benefit of side-lighting at no extra cost, adorning the letter edges with an eye-catching halo light effect at night.

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Does Leasing make CENTS to you?

February 13, 2015

You’ve invested in your business and delivered with an outstanding interior for customers to walk into. Now you need to let them know where you are, with signage that demands their attention.

However, you have run your budget too low and have to compromise – or do you? Leasing provides you with the opportunity to reduce your capital outlay and increase your ROI. Signage is considered an advertising expense, which allows you to claim up to 100% of the monthly payments. Electra Sign has worked with thousands of clients over the past 40 years to realize their potential and stay within a reasonable budget. In most cases re-allocating rather than increasing marketing funds spent on lesser valued formats (Print, TV, Radio, etc.) is the better solution.

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