Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Straits Times: Taiwan tech lights up African homes

Schoolchildren in Africa reading their books using a solar powered LED lamp made by Goldenwell, a manufacturer of rechargeable lithium-iron batteries based in the Taiwanese city of Taichung. PHOTO: TAIWAN COUNCIL OF LABOUR AFFAIRS

Key points on LEDs industry extracted from the article:
1. The ability for LED technology to be assembled with other electronic components to help improve lives
2. Taiwan generated  NT$141.7 billion worth of LED products in year 2011 - becoming top producer and no. 3 in revenue.
3. Current world LED market was computed to be US$16.7 billion.
4. World LED market is expected to double to US$35 billion by 2014.

The Straits Times Article by Lee Seok Hwai

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

20,000 LED Lights in Japanese rice paddies!

This is yet another note worthy LED lighting project in the world. Japanese rice paddies are illuminated with 20,000 solar powered LED lights. It must have been a sight if you are there to witness it at night.

Do visit the links below for a more detailed introduction of the place.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231891/Japanese-rice-paddies-twinkle-darkness-20-000-pink-LEDs-spread-terraced-fields.html

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Incadescent Lights, Fluorescent Lights, LED lights...

Lights are definitely playing a pivotal role in our living spaces. More often than not, lights accentuate the curves and lines of our intricately designed homes. For LED lights; they are small, bright, emits little heat and consumes low energy - No wonder they are replacing CFLs as the main light source in homes. Example will be with LED strips - light becomes flexible and follows your design.

Referring to the article dated 23/11/12 on The Business Times, titled 'Seeing The Light', it describes the changing perception in us on lights. Do have a read of it to see what the experts have to say too.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Galleria Dept Store in South Korea, Gangnam with LED lights facade

I chanced upon this awesome building with LED lights facade. It is the Galleria Dept Store in South Korea, Apgujung-dong. This marvellous display of lights consisting of 5000 colour changing LEDs is designed by Mr Rogier vander Heide. The advancement in LED technology has allow us to add to our world moving vivid colours!

It is really amazing how we can employ lights to enhance our environment and emotions.

Sources: http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2007/01/25/2007012561009.html http://www.mydestination.com/seoul/shopping/173543/the-galleria

Friday, October 12, 2012

On The Straits Times: Green Mark certification scheme extends to supermarkets, retailers

We have all witness the gradual appearance of LED lights in chillers and display cases in both super markets and convenience stores across Singapore. As the use of LED lights becomes more common, it will eventually bring the prices much lower. That said, the logic behind this implementation is the reduced electricity consumed. 

Greenmark certification scheme definitely adds on to the credibility for LED lights usage. An industry champion like this is much essential to bring everyone on board. Cheers!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

LED Lighting in Singapore made better with sensor wall switches!

Illuminating Asia is exploring bringing in high grade touch sensor wall switches to add a touch of class to your living space. With the low cost and high quality LED lightings, the similarly priced switches will soon be made available.

The touch buttons are the ones highlighted. It is definitely compatible with our LED lightings.
Feel free to let us know any comments or questions on LED lights you may have.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Books related to Home Lighting & Electrical wiring

We came across 2 books on Lightings that are available in National Library Board ("NLB"). We believe these 2 books will be handy for people whom are renovating their homes and thinking about lightings requirements.

Not only does the books provide insights to lighting positions, colours and safety in electrical wiring. The knowledge is applicable for LED lightings. By borrowing the books from NLB, you would have free information and ideas on how best to implement lightings for your home.

1) Lighting Your Home, By Jane Cornell

2) Electrical Course for Apprentices and Journeymen, By Paul Rosenberg
3) House Wiring, By Paul Rosenberg

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Latest addition! Flexible Side Lit LED Strips, warm white/daylight colour, 120leds/m, lowest price in SG

The purpose of Side Lit LED Strips is to project the LED lights forward instead of upwards.
LED strips usually have adhesive tape at the back. Hence, this product will maximise the lights shining ahead to capture attention.

This is especially useful for lighting up the side of billboards and advertisements. Many cars have it on the headlights too.

It is selling at $18.90 per meter for warm white or daylight colour, 120leds/m.

Feel free to call us to enquire more on it.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Reported in Channel News Asia and Mediacorp radio - Up to S$3m funding to improve energy efficiency of buildings

By Alice Chia | Posted: 26 July 2012 1538 hrs
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1215852/1/.html

Developers and building owners can expect more funding from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.

Under the enhanced Green Mark Incentive Scheme for Existing Buildings, BCA will co-fund up to 50 per cent or S$3 million of the cost of building projects.

This includes the purchase of energy-efficient equipment, such as chillers and LED lightings, the installation of the equipment and consultancy fees.

Previously, the scheme co-funded up to 35 per cent or S$1.5 million of the cost of energy-efficient equipment only. 

To be eligible for the funding, one criteria applicants must meet is the Green Mark standard, a yardstick to rate the environmental sustainability of buildings in the tropics.

Owners who plan to retrofit their buildings to Green Mark Platinum standard can receive the maximum amount of funding. 

Buildings rated with Green Mark GoldPlus can receive up to S$2.25 million co-funding, up from the previous S$0.5 million and those rated with Green Mark Gold can receive up to S$1.5 million, up from the previous S$0.15 million.

The S$100 million scheme was launched in 2009.

Personal Opinion: Kudos to our BCA for encouraging buildings to go green by offering tangible support. Building owners should grab the availability of funding from BCA and lower your building operating cost !

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Take Ownership of LED lightings ! DIY LED lights, Who says you can't ?

A disturbing trend is emerging from the fact that Developers and Residentials are changing to single fixture LED lightings. This is a slippery road to walk.

The semi mounted LED recessed down lights are being sold and use increasingly today (refer to picture below). The rationale for LED lightings is to lower long run cost and maintain similar light output. It is said that LED lightings theoretically can last 5 times longer than existing fluorescent lights. 

One will also know that changing to LED lighting seems complicated. There are issues with removing ballast, starters, knowing about LED drivers, the colour rendering index of the LED lights and so on.

So after the initial homework, what do you do if it fails just after your 2 - 3 years warrantyDo you change the whole fixture or  re-engage an electrician? I have a strong premonition that the industry will crash once most first time users start to have their LED light fixtures failing. You would probably change back to fluorescent since it is cheaper and convenient.

I have a solution to overcome the above problem. LED lightings that maximises user's benefits. 

The adoption of our Kratos LED corn bulb below. 

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1. It comes in PLC (G24D) or E27 base. 
2. It uses existing fixture and fittings for conventional energy saving bulb
3. You can leave the existing wiring (including ballast and starter) alone and plug in our LED bulb directly. 

Instantly you can start saving 50% or more for your lights consumption. Whats more, our bulbs are affordable at $18.00 - $25.00. You can just buy and fix it back at home yourself : )

Most importantly, the ownership for your home lighting and the LEDs becomes truly yours. ANY time you wish to change the bulb, you can do it. It will be just like old times in terms of effort. It is this that will surely save you future trouble and save on cost.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

4th July 2012, The Straits Times: Going Green Helps Hotels Cut Costs ("Article")

The Article mentioned many pertinent points on cutting operation costs.
1. Retrofitting energy efficient equipments;
2. Installing motion sensor as switches to minimise wasteage;
3. Recycling facilities;
4. Perform regular energy audits.

Information of the available schemes (regulations and financial support) by the authorities to assist buildings management in adopting green technology are below. The end objective is definitely to lower operation costs of buildings and raise profitability for management in the long run.

a) www.bca.gov.sg/GreenMark/gmiseb.html
b) www.bca.gov.sg/GreenMark/breef.html

Please refer to the article for more details
Article by Ahmad Osman, Source: Cut out from The Straits Times on 4 July 2012

As it is, 'A Greener cause for a better cost', the successful cases in the Article (Intercontinental Singapore and Furama City Centre) exhibit the potential for hugh costs savings in the future by going green. While initial cost is a major factor to consider, we for sure cannot avoid the rising utilities cost that is going to be paid next month. LED lightings are already popular due to the lower electricity consumption for many buildings in Singapore. The option of LED lights can help save up to 45% in some instances. Do note that products quality differ from one vendor to the other. 

If have any queries or needs on LED lighting, feel free to contact us. We are delighted to share with you what we know.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

LED Lights: Overhead decorative lights, display multicolours at different speeds!,

At Illuminating Asia, we are constantly enhancing our LED lights products to better serve the needs of different users. With the launch of the overhead LED Lights display unit, we seek to captivate patrons (diners in restaurants, party goers in clubs) with an exclusive display of visual LED lights.

A combination of multiple colours moving at different speeds will create an unparallel ambience for your establishment in a race to capture the hearts and memory of customers.

Madrix @ night club Obelisco Polanco, Mexico, RGB night club led lighting

Feel free to contact us for more details in specifications and installation. 
Please note: The information above is mainly for sharing of ideas and we were not involve in the above project.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

3 April 2012, The Straits Times reported: Overhead bridges get 'green' lights to conserve energy

Photo: This pedestrian overhead bridge near Block 233 in Boundary Road is one of 50 islandwide that have LED lights and intelligent lighting detection systems. -- PHOTO: LAND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY

New commuter facilities such as overhead bridges, pedestrian underpasses and taxi stands will soon come with 'green' features to conserve energy. LED lighting will also be installed at existing overhead bridges and other facilities whose fluorescent lights need replacing.
Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_784734.html

My Opinion: The constant development of LED lighting has led to more affordable LEDs with better lighting effect and quality. The use of LED tubes for overhead bridges is an example of how we can lower the electricity consumption. My belief in building a sustainable environment is inclined towards lowering current input to achieve the same output for our appliances. This short term measure will surely be the lifeline while the world test out new methods to produce renewable energy.

Monday, April 2, 2012

ILight at Marina Bay 2012: Last day on 1 April 2012

TRY not miss out the wonderful lighting projects currently held at Marina Bay area (Just around Clifford Pier, Fullerton Hotel, One Raffles Quay and Marina Bay Sands).

The following are projects that attracted me:

1. Light of the Merlion

The projected neon lights certainly adds a marvellous coat of 'paint' for Singapore's Merlion. The colours symbolised to me the vibrancy of the current generation of Singaporeans and the modern society we lived in. My respects to the designers from OCUBO Portugal.

2. Garden of Light

It is truly a masterpiece wall paper pasted on our iconic Lotus looking arts museum located outside of Marina Bay Sands. Kudos to the designers at Hexogon Solutions Singapore.

(Source: http://www.ilightmarinabay.sg/GardenOfLight.html)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Energeia LED circular ceiling lamp release

To all valued customers: the LED circular ceiling lamp is ready for use and we will start by taking pre-orders.

Do check out our P2 ceiling lamp for more details of the LED circular tube ceiling lamp.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Straits Times on 26 Jan 2012: ST Mind Your Body, The Right Light

The article by Lea Wee touched on how a person becomes more aware of the ambient lighting as they grow older. Following that, 5 points were suggested (Adequate Lighting, Night Lighting, Reduce Glare, Even Light distribution, Enhance Colour Contrast) to make the situation better.
Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/MindYourBody/LivingWell/Story/STIStory_759360.html

Personal Opinion: 
The key focus here is having suitable lighting. Ultimately, it is about visuals and vision for everyone.

LED lighting may not problem-free, but it may just be the most cost effective (long-run) solution to make things better for our eyes if used appropriately. LED lighting being smaller, brighter, easy to maintain and install as compared to fluorescent makes it easier to adopt. LED spotlights can be hidden under a cove at the sides of stairways or walkways to create an even light distribution between 2 different illuminated areas. This reduces the impact on our eyes when we move from a dark area to a bright area.

It is common understanding that LED products (LED table lamps, LED tubes) are chosen for their high brightness capability yet requiring little energy consumption. However, the main advantage is really its directional lighting that results in cost savings. Due to that, we can customise where and how the light should be pointed.

In conclusion, LED lighting may become the preferred choice of lighting. Start early by adopting LED lighting to reap the savings that is possible!