Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Rainbow Lighting fixture - beyond just lighting

I've always loved the multiple solid hues put together in a lighting fixture.

It adds a sense of permanent vibrancy to any living spaces. A standalone lighting fixture without the need to have lighting passing through it.

Let us know if you are keen to explore such fixture and we might just make one specially for your space. It will be a one and only lighting fixture !

Thursday, December 8, 2016

LED Lighting Colour consistency; how to achieve it? (SDCM & MacAdam Ellipses)

Maintaining colour consistency in LED lightings and light source has always been a challenge.
It seems strange that we cannot maintain consistent lighting color tone for a machine made hardware.

After producing the LED chipsets, they are stored or group together in different bin. Each bin can be sorted by different methods, one being how close they are of the same colour tone.

With the variable nature of the colour produced by white light LEDs, one commonly used metric for expressing the extent of the colour difference within a batch (or bin) or LEDs is the number of SDCM (MacAdam) ellipses steps in the CIE colour space that the LEDs fall into.

In this situation as a manufacturer and LED Lighting OEM specialist, we can minimise inconsistent LED lighting colour tone by relying on SDCM (Standard deviation colour matching) or MacAdam Ellipse when selecting the LED chipset to be used in our lighting products.

If the chromaticity coordinates of a set of LEDs all fall within 1 SDCM (or a “1-step MacAdam ellipse”), most people would fail to see any difference in colour. If the colour variation is such that the variation in chromaticity extends to a zone that is twice as big (2 SDCM or a 2-step MacAdam ellipse), you will start to see some colour difference. A 2-step MacAdam ellipse is better than a 3-step zone, and so on.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Chic pendant lights - modern homes

Fancy something simple, elegant and chic?

Check out the following few items we came across during our lighting consultancy work!

While similar to common and popular e-commerce websites, there are some fine finishing touches form these European made contemporary designs!

The different frames will create different lighting effects on your wall.

Let us know if you are keen.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Beautiful lightings for homes and retail

We are delighted to share some interesting and beautifully crafted designer lightings to everyone!

Made of fabric, feather

ALICE by Petra Krausová
Made of glass

Made of stainless steel, fabric, feather

Friday, November 11, 2016

Latest LED Lighting Singapore Megastore launch by Illuminating Asia

To all our fans and supporters! Our online retail store is finally ready for launch after! Thank you all for your great support.

We look forward to continue serving the Singapore community with great lights at great price and quality!

Items are carefully curated to make it efficient for any one to quickly get the right lights to create the right mood and ambience.

Great bargains (as low as $2.00) for decorative lighting in store, whilst stock last!


Sunday, September 4, 2016

Different lighting effect with different optical lens and reflectors

Through our extensive research and trials on different optical lens, we'd like to share the different lighting effects shown above.

By adopting the right lens type, we can alter a typical mass market LED lighting to fit all environment and scenario. This will allow museums and mid-high end retailers to purchase the same lighting in bulk and adjust the lighting accordingly to fit your display.

Inevitably, this may reduce maintenance cost since workers can easily be trained to work with 1 type of LED lighting. The facility owners can also keep a simpler ranger of replacement components, thus saving on holding costs.

No matter how good is the interior decor, things will be different without the right lighting.

Do contact us if you wish to learn more about how different lighting effects can be affordably achieved through appreciating the available hardware in the lighting industry.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Re-exploring direct AC LED lighting and does LED lighting use DC or AC?

We'd described the pros and cons of direct AC ('Alternating Current') 2 years ago. Today we re-examined the following;
1. How does the AC LED lighting actually work?
2. Re-examined the pros and cons of direct AC Led lighting / luminaire.

The summary........

- In summary, LED lighting is still using the DC (Direct Current) principle to operate.
- We make use of electrical components (some people call it IC driver) to alter the input AC power.
- First, one must understand that AC wave form is a sine curve with both positive and negative crests / trough. (Look at the pictures below)
- The IC Driver will flip all the negative curve upwards. So one get a series of positive crests only. (It will then look like a ridge mountain in Nepal or the French Alps)
- Next the driver will slice only the top part of all the crest from left to right. It is like taking a ruler to link all top part of the mountain together with a tangential line.
- We surely cannot have a perfect straight flat line (Direct Current) depending how close you examine the curve.
- But, this would achieve an effect that is as close to a straight flat unbroken line which might just be good enough for the LED lighting to work well.

The story......................

Creating DC power from AC
• Alternating Current or AC is a voltage that varies over time as it is delivered by the power company. To be used in LED Lighting/luminaire you need to convert the AC into DC using a bridge rectifier (turning AC in to pulsed DC) and then filtering (smoothing the pulsed DC into a continuous DC).

Fig.1 Rectification

Filtering - Passive components are used to smooth the rectified signal to a constant DC voltage. Without control, the output voltage will fluctuate with input voltage
Fig.2 Filtering

Picture courtesy from Seoul Semiconductor on their ACRich3 LED module

Further to the above, our personal opinion on a strong advantage for AC LED lighting comes on the back of the recent breakthrough in thermal control for the IC driver. With this heat issue under control, AC lighting should start proliferating the LED lighting industry soon.

Article contributed by Leong Weisheng.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Singapore Gardens Festival 2016 - Landscape gardens lightings competition - Completed!

It is amazing how we see our own imaginations translate into physical forms using LED lightings and micro controllers.

Fortunate are we to have worked alongside Hugo Bugg ( from UK and Western Flora (our beloved local landscape supplier).

Being appointed as the lead lighting consultant for this competition pushes our strengths further in the field of many notwithstanding design and conceptualising of the overall ambience to manufacturing the lighting props and finally the supply and installation part.

With the theme of fantasy gardens and the concept of "Mystical Depths" we created an ambience where a landscape of hills and valley is lit by midnight moon. That deep mysterious blue hue creates the overall ambience. The landscape is dotted with mostly carefully positioned fire flies that glow, while a couple of them chases around in their night of fun.

Using micro controllers and lightings in such a architectural competition is probably a world's first. More insights to our work in progress and hand crafted lightings will be shown on our website | I'm sure that will excite many specialists and hobbyists alike.

Beyond the lightings;
Hidden within the garden is a subtle bubbling pond that evokes a sense of inner rumblings within a person's mind. The edges of the garden displayed a subterranean watercave that extends in to the abyss with a soft white glow. Surprising random moments - hidden oyster opens to let out air/bubbles and along which a warm yellow glow appears for 1-2 seconds to add life to the watercave.

Congrates to the whole team in getting silver for such a fierce competition.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Arduino, Photocell and LED Lights for commercial and common sense uses

Very often we have photocell used as a sensor to determine how much one LED lighting fixture should dim or light up.

Do you know that photocell can work well even in a broad day light condition easily and cheaply?

Through our experiments with Arduino and photocell sensors, we have found many more quirky, interesting and common sense applications with LED lighting.

1. A smart vehicle with photocell attached to head lights or back lights. 
- Your cars' back / head light can light up automatically when a tailgate car comes too close or you are following too closely to some cars infront.
- The shadow / reduce incident light to the photocell will automatically light up your cars' head lights!
- The best part is the light intensity gets higher as you move closer beyond safety limit.

1b. Well... It can also probably be used by the traffic police, LTA or drivers for sending out signals for whatever purposes they need!

2. Training equipments that uses a photocell as a simple sensor to detect correct posture.
- E.g. During CPR training, the trainee position will block the photocell well. This will trigger a green light to light up.

There are more uses beyond child's play in this and we look forward to hearing from anyone with a project in mind! We're glad to share how to get things done !

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Arduino with music LEDs lighting - LED lighting Singapore, Illuminating Asia

Illuminating Asia, leader in LED lighting technology application, LED lighting Singapore, presents a simple set up of LED lighting reacting to music with the use of Arduino chipset. - Done by Leong Weisheng from Illuminating Asia!

Lightings with smart control and music to make things exciting !

Building on our expertise in LED lighting technology application, we now add the element of sound to lights. Through the know-how with micro controllers like Arduino, things can be made simple!

This simple video shows only the basic. Does this reminds us of the battery operated lanterns that comes with music which we use to carry around when we are younger?

Contact us if you have any lighting projects to explore !

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Arduino controls and LED lighting; together as one!

In our pursuit of technological advancement in LED lighting controls and lighting effects; we present our latest set up Arduino control and LED lighting.

Arduino controls replaces the bulky hardware and systems earlier associated with Lighting controls.
Also, we are able to connect wifi/blue tooth modules for wireless connectivity.

With it, an end user is able to quickly program LED lighting effects to suit different projects.

From running a marketing campaign with lights to lighting monitoring systems for inventory management systems; Arduino is a convenient tool to work with lightings.

The accessibility to dim and control timing for the LED lightings will surely be a start to great lighting displays!

Illuminating Asia is delighted to share a snapshot of our Arduino capabilities with LED lightings. Call or email us if you have any lighting projects to kickstart!

Monday, May 16, 2016

LED Track lights - How to get the right Track lights?

Some LED Track lights that we sell has rotatable lens. This allow one to easily change the beam angle and flare size to suit different display with the same LED track lighting.

Combine with our 0 - 100% dimming capability embedded within the LED Track light; you would have gotten the most perfect lighting in different senarios with the same tracklight.

This makes it efficient and hassle free in selecting what LED track lights to buy.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Flexible Tracks for LED Track lighting in Singapore

We have always been confined to track lighting being in linear or straight form. How about flexible track lighting systems and LED track lights!

Have you ever thought of a complete circular track on your ceiling instead? With our internationally capable strength in lighting technology and available hardware, we are probably the only one in Singapore that can quickly deliver such a set up!

What are the benefits?
- Reduce the effective displacement/distance between your light and object.
- A leap of modernity in track lighting display.
- Able to light up the entire house / space evenly.

The costs or factors of considerations;
- We will be equally honest in that such a set up that makes u the rare few people in Singapore to have such a lighting master piece will not come too cheap!

The entire catalog and flexible track lighting kit can be obtained from our website under track lights.


Friday, April 8, 2016

Interactive lighting set ups! The light is alive!

Being a leader in LED lighting technology, we have been growing with the LED lighting industry since mass adoption 6 - 7 years ago. Till date, we are still humbled by the potential of the entire lighting industry. Light is everywhere in everyone's lives. What we do help give us the opportunity to learn about everything and anything. Such lighting know-how benefits our position to provide great lighting that fits in to different people and environment. Away from general lighting today we share the following;

INTERACTIVE Lighting set ups!

- Light that senses people
- Light that reacts to people
- Light that communicate with people (through hardware for obvious reasons at present)
- Light that heighten the imagination and creativity of people
- Light that inspires creativity!
- Light that break down original perception and metal boundaries!

In our opinion, the above steps are how people grow over generations and develop to be more sophisticated. If you run through the above, you may see how each step is a build up of the previous.

At least in Singapore or in my line of work, i'm delivering the last 2 steps to clients and people. From well know companies trying to make a lasting impression on their brands to a simple hawker lighting up his sign boards with colourful lights to attract customers. Now, let us give a teaser to what is interactive lighting.

Many years back we did this for volkswagon GTI launch in Singapore. Using sensors, sounds, lightings and controllers, we allow any walk in guest to feel like they are speeding down the high way. We were probably the first few that is able to create such public set ups of interactive lighting in Singapore. Now we are exploring how technology can create a even more power expression!


Monday, April 4, 2016

Apple cuts OSRAM for Philips - Supply LED lighting components (02/04/16 The Straits Times)

From the article dated 02/04/16 Saturday on The Straits Times.

It is interesting to figure out the reasons behind the changing Osram to Philips by Apple in its LED lighting component supply.

Normally we would associate it with some reasons such as;
1. Price
2. Quality
3. Technological advancement and stability
4. Size of component
5. Relationship

Our key interest lies in whether Philips Lumileds division has a much superior LED chipset at a lower cost compared to Osram.

These days we have LED efficacy achieving 160 - 180 lumens/watt. This means in general; we can use less electricity to achieve a brighter effect. The concern in my opinion will usually be in the heat dissipation, especially when it comes to end consumer electronic devices.

I've often accidentedly turn on the flash light function when the phone is in my pocket. Within 1 - 2 minute, i can usually feel a heat source on my thigh. We'll probably need a sensitive LED to know when they should light up and when not to. This brings me to the point of smart lighting. With Apple and Cisco tying up to trial on light fidelity, it may be possible to rope in the expertise of Philips and it's Lumileds know-how.


Disclaimer: The above write up is purely my own observation and review of situation based on information sourced on mass media. Illuminating Asia and I should not be responsible on how my opinion is interpreted by any should it be used. One should verify the facts prior to citation and we are not liable for any actions arising from the use of this information / write up in anyway on any person.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Floating in the midst of space with LED lights?

Do check out the Artscience museum at Marine Bay Sands if you want to feel like you are in a Starwars movie.

Besides the many great digital artworks by Teamlab, the most notable and intriguing was the 180,000 pieces of LED lightings strung together to create an amazing galaxy. This is probably the easiest and cheapest way we can be to feel like in space!!

With the RGBW LED modules, i'm very sure a hugh amount of time is spent in stringing and laying things on site together. Then we have the programmers working out to program each LEDs to complement one another. It is really an amazing experience for the sense standing in infront of all the lights that glows, glitters, explodes and dim down with the soundtrack playing at the back.

From bright white, to cold blue to a plethora of colours, the entire lighting set up was synergistic. (I've then taken close up of the LEDs used)

Whatever i say is probably an understatement of that exhibition. For LED lights lovers and space dudes, seriously you should check it out. Kudos to the museum and Teamlab for bringing on this Art piece in Singapore!!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Light therapy to reduce jet lag?

For the frequent flyers, jet lag is often a bane to be dealt with. Especially so when you need all the vigour and attention to be in tune with things the moment you land.

We came across an article on The Business Times dated 04 March 2016 where the A350s airplanes being delivered to SIA has employed suitable lighting designs to reduce jet lag for passengers.

Airbus A350 interior lighting 

Airbus A350 interior lighting 

That prompted us to explore more in depth how lighting designs can really reduce jet lag.

Factors causing jet lag;
1. Body clock can't adjust to different time zone
2. Body and mind being awake at the wrong timing during flight

Morning sun rise in Tibet

Gathering information from numerous reports, the most effective and free solution is to immerse yourself in natural light. Lighting itself will sub consciously adjust our mental frame work. Directly, it affects our physiology and behaviour is little ways to bring our body and mind to same momentum.

If you touch down in between 3 - 5am and feeling awake, you might want to give yourself a good work out in the outdoors. Yes you may still feel tired towards the mid day,  but you sure recover 1 day earlier than most who tries to sleep it out immediately.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Using Light to wirelessly send data !! Light fidelity !! Apple experimenting with LI-FI

Many researches are being done to use lighting as a source to transmit data wirelessly.

The most basic and common understanding of the above will be our traffic lights. Depending on the lighted colours and whether it is flashing or not, it provides information to users. Of course that is because we have learnt and pre-define the lighting presentation.

Fast forward to 2016, we are actively exploring how LED lightings are able to transmit signals to a receiver where it had been programmed to understand the language of lights. With it, tremendous amount of costs in infrastructure can be saved.

LED Lightings being a point source focus pulse lighting with standardise frequency in its operations (specific models) allow communicate to be made simpler. It is also possible to achieve high speed transfer of data packages.

I've come across a recent report that Apple is experimenting with this technology in its products. In time to come, this will surely be the next break through in the lighting industry.

Latest iOS code showing LiFi capabilities for future iPhones

Experimental set-up of a Li-Fi receiver

Imagine with just normal daylight  (CCT: 6000K) light bulbs and we can enhance the wireless network in your homes, offices and living spaces. Not only will internet linked security systems be enhanced, gamers and end users will also not be frustrated with inconsistent network signal strength.



Monday, February 8, 2016

Key players in direct AC LED applications! (No Drivers for LED lighting)

LED lighting is already well known as a small and efficient light source. Can we make the LED lighting more user friendly, more efficient and less complicated for users?

YES! we use LED lightings without an external driver!

It is widely known that almost all LED lights are DC operated and require a driver/transformer to make it light up. The lifespan of the LED luminaire is often dictated by the lifespan of its' driver. Installer also have to consider storage spaces and cater sufficient wires/cables/conduits for the LED drivers for future easy maintenance. 

1. Why can't we just install the LED light source as it is and disregard this electronic driver thing totally?

2. Can lighting be just a one step and one item process? Being low voltage device; the LED lighting source itself is generally quite safe.

With the  current available technology, some top tier manufactures have begun to integrate an AC module or a little black chip on the LED lightings' PCB itself. This eliminate the need for an external driver. Well, if the lighting fails after years of usage, we just change it as it is. Isn't this much simpler?

As we continue to sell LED lights with drivers in Singapore and across the world, we are also exploring and working with partners on direct AC operated LED lightings. Stay tune for more with us as we bring on more research and development in this area!

Some key developers and my references in this field;