LED Lamps: 1.3 Billllllllion Shipments!

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A new report out by Navigant Research predicts as many as 1.28 billion LED lamps will have shipped by the time 2021 rolls around.

As far as we know, LEDs are not holding the world ransom, but we do find this quite astonishing!

LED lights are beginning to penetrate the marketplace at a greater rate than ever. As of now, LED manufacturers like Noribachi, are predicted to ship approximately 68 million lights this year.

Navigant Research also notes that although LED product shipments will compound at an annual growth rate of 44.3 percent for the next eight years, commercial lighting revenue will go decrease as more businesses begin to adopt longer-lasting lamps.

Until that happens, LED manufacturers have a bright future in the marketplace with many more industries adopting LED lights such as the food industry for cold storage applications and the sports industry for stadium and arena lighting.

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LED: First Impressions are Lasting Ones

The initial reactions from those who switch to LEDs from incandescents or fluorescents are always positive. From the brighter and cleaner light output to energy savings and the over all aesthetic quality they bring—what is there not to like?

It’s later in many a LED’s life, sometimes as soon as a year, they begin to show their true colors and you’ll begin to see not all LEDs are created equal.

  1. Get Tested
    Consumer Electronics and their components must pass rigorous testing and certification before they can be marketed. Many of these certifications are proudly labeled directly on the products they have vetted.If an LED light is not certified or tested by a recognized laboratory—AVOID IT.

    Many brands including Noribachi are reviewed by organizations such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Design Lights Consortium (DLC), Edison Testing Laboratory (ETL) Intertek, and ENERGY STAR as some of its tests and certifications.

  2. Color Rendering Index (CRI)

    A white truck under a standard HID streetlamp.

    A white truck under a standard HID streetlamp.

    This rating on a scale of 100, with sunlight being 100, measures the quality of light in how much of the object’s color is preserved.

    A white truck under a Noribachi LED Cobrahead.

    The same truck under the same streetlamp retrofitted with Noribachi LEDs.

    Low- & high-pressure sodium lights produce especially warm light, but they have much lower CRI ratings. Noribachi LEDs, although customizable in color temperature, typically produce a bright white light that is closer to daylight, meaning they have a higher CRI.

    Our LEDs have CRIs between 85 and 95.

  3. The Price is Right
    LEDs may not be the cheapest alternative at the moment, but in terms of quality, reliability, and longevity, Noribachi’s bespoke retrofitting services are the best option for getting what you want and keeping it that way.The value we place in our lights does not lie in the quality components we use, but rather in the commitment to our customers who trust our products as much as we do. We stick with our customers from the day we call them to the moment we solve an issue five years down the line and beyond.
  4. Shine Bright Like a Lumen 


    The 378.HEX Sports Light can produce over 77,000 lumens, an astonishing feat for LEDs.

    Lumens measure a light’s brightness. The higher the lumen count, the brighter the light is. Comparing lumen output among similar wattage LEDs, notice those with significantly less lumens and AVOID THEM. 

Noribachi’s LEDs have lumen counts ranging from 896 lumens for our smallest modular light engine to our 378-led floodlight, which is rated at 66,426 lumens.

  5. Origin
    The manufacturing origin of a LED bulb is important when it comes to the quality of the product involved. Lights that are mass-produced in China are significantly cheaper, yet the quality of their product is significantly less than those manufactured in the United States.The attention to detail and engineering rigor that goes into our lights is impeccable. Noribachi specializes in custom retrofit lighting and we build every one of our lights to spec by hand in our Los Angeles warehouse. After assembly, our lights are tested for industry standard performance and must meet a strict set of criteria before being shipped to our customers.
  6. Lifetime
    Noribachi Legacy bulbs in testing before they are boxed and shipped to a customer.

    Noribachi Legacy bulbs in testing before they are boxed and shipped to a customer.

    One of the aspects of LED lighting that skeptics have been most ready to criticize are the technology’s claims of 50-100,000 or longer hours of operational life. The good news is that many of those fears have been assuaged thanks both to LED installations’ successfully maturing, and a variety of independent tests conducted by watchdog groups.

    Last fall Consumer Reports performed the second check of their “marathon” LED light test. The bulbs, a range of commonly available screw-in bulbs, had been running nonstop for 12,500 hours. As of now, a few LED bulbs have “burned out,” despite being rated at 50,000 hours which would be the equivalent of 17 years if they ran for 8 hours a day.

    Generally, LEDs can shine brighter, longer because of the way they emit light. LEDs also last longer if they are used in colder applications such as outdoors in a colder climate or a food storage facility.

    Many of Noribachi’s LEDs have lifetimes upwards of 100,000 hours.

  7. Warranty
    In the event that your LEDs fail, you will want a manufacturers warranty to support your purchase—after all LEDs are an investment set to pay you back over time in savings.Noribachi offers a limited 5-year warranty on all of its retrofit LED products as well as an optional 10-year warranty for purchase.

    Some manufacturers will not consider a customer’s lights a failure even if 10% of the individual diodes do not turn on.

    From a simple phone call to major repair, we will continue to help our customers until the issue is solved. Our customers can rely on us to be there as much as they rely on their lights to turn on in an instant.

With these tips in your back pocket, you’ll be able to shop smarter when you’re in the market for LEDs.

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Don’t get fresh with me…get fresh with LED!

LEDs help keep produce and meat looking and tasting fresher, longer.

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Not only will switching to LEDs save you money on reduced energy consumption, but it will also help reduce food waste, especially in supermarkets, which throw out millions of pounds of rotten food annually.

Conventional fluorescent and incandescent lights are well-known culprits of heat and in grocery stores and markets, heat has a negative effect as it causes produce and meat to spoil at an accelerated rate.

These lights also have limitations on where they can be placed, making it difficult to distribute light evenly across wide areas. Noribachi LEDs are custom built to fit any application we can get our hands on.

Our modular light engines were designed to be the most versatile on the market, enabling us to address the needs of every one of our customers. Whether you’re trying to light produce shelves or an entire warehouse, our LEDs will keep fruits and veggies looking and tasting fresh, longer than if they were lit by conventional lighting.

Last year, Agro-Jal Farms reached out to Noribachi to retrofit its cooling warehouse in Santa Maria, CA with 46 of our highbay fixtures and 10 lowbay troffers.

Their HID (high-intensity discharge) and fluorescent lights struggled to reach full brightness, taking well over 20 minutes to do so in the 34-degree cool storage room. Additionally their prolonged use in this environment degraded their lifetime by more than half.

Hmm…nothing like getting the life sucked out of you…which was also happening to their produce. Strawberries just don’t look the same under HID as they do under LED and sunlight. (more here)

Our LEDs perform optimally in any condition and can actually have their lifetimes extended when used in colder climates. By switching to LEDs, Agro-Jal completely avoids the risk of mercury and other toxic chemicals leaking into their produce, keeping consumers safe and produce color intact.

LEDs have a high CRI (color rendering index), which means they are the closest to sunlight but without the harmful UV rays, keeping food looking fresh and ready for purchase.

How’s that for peace of mind? I guess you can have your (strawberry) cake and eat it too!

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Let’s get digital…with LEDs!

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Everything around us is increasingly becoming digital. The way we watch television, how we communicate and listen to music. We live in a digital world, so isn’t it about time we see it in a digital light?

And by digital, we of course mean LED.

Efficient

The digitization of our everyday lives has ushered us into ultra efficiency. We’re completing tasks faster than we’ve thought possible and with less effort, allowing us to focus on more important things such as time with our families.

Much in the same groove, LED lighting is also ultra efficient. By consuming less power and providing a brighter light all while lasting years beyond their predecessors, saving you time and money in replacement and energy costs. Sometimes as much as 80 percent!

Green

Digitization of our communications has allowed us to connect faster and with more people than ever. Texting, email, FaceTime, and VoIP have evolved into the norm for correspondence, reducing paper waste and costs associated with having to deal with it. Although a pleasant surprise, rarely do we ever receive handwritten notes in the mail.

LEDs are the green alternative when it comes to lighting retrofits and replacements. No only because of their extended lifetime and reduced energy consumption, but they also do not utilize harmful chemicals or gasses to generate light. Our LEDs and fixtures are also rated to operate in any condition you can throw at it.

ROI

Early adopters are always the envy of those around them. They’re brave enough to make the jump financially and will usually find that the benefits of their new device usually outweigh the upfront costs associated with it.

Who wouldn’t throw down some bills for the next biggest and brightest screen, right? Most of these screens are made with LEDs, so what about for the most efficient and brightest light?

Eventually prices will drop, allowing more of the public to adopt the latest and greatest. LED technology at the moment is a snowball teetering at the top of a mountain, once it makes that drop, there’s no stopping it.

Elevated Standard of Living

The digital world is one that we’ve made on our own—we’ve personalized it to the extent that, for many, it has made living in the physical world much easier. It has allowed us to streamline daily tasks, increase productivity, and raise our standard of living—something we all desire.

Noribachi LED engines produce bright, clean white light, closer to the color temperature of sunlight, making them easy on our eyes. Studies have shown that because of this, we are much more consistently alert during the day and into the evening than if we were exposed to an environment lit by incandescent or fluorescents.

Communicate with your Lights

Noribachi is taking digital lighting to the next level by developing ways to integrate select systems with wireless networks and the Internet, essentially allowing the user to control single lights or entire sections from anywhere in the world.

Perhaps you wanted to turn on your exterior lights on your way home from work, or you left a light on in the office. With wireless connectivity, you can monitor which lights are on and even control one, or groups of them, remotely as long as you’re connected to the Internet!

There are also plans for GPS integration so you can pinpoint geographically which lights around the world to turn on or off to do something like participate in Earth Hour.

Eliminating physical switches…how’s that for going digital?

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LEDs shine bright on businesses’ bottom line

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LEDs are brightening a future bathed in crisp white light and substantial savings for their users. President Obama set an energy reduction goal in his State of the Union address to cut energy usage at home and work by half over the next 20 years.

But why wait when you can start now?

One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to achieve that goal is to replace antiquated incandescent and fluorescent bulbs with energy efficient custom LED solutions. Noribachi has a broad selection of products and specialize in custom retrofits for existing light systems.

A single 32-watt T8 fluorescent light can cost as much as $24 a year to operate. If replaced with a 10-watt T8 LED Tube from Noribachi, one can expect to pay about $7. If all the lights in your home or business were replaced with LED bulbs, you’ll begin to see significant savings on your bottom line.

Now imagine never having to change those hard to reach tubes for 10+ years.

Enlightening, isn’t it?

Many businesses such as car dealerships, hospitals, and even city parks and landmarks have already made the switch to LED lighting applications with much fanfare from their owners and the public alike. Noribachi has experienced continued success with over 800 satisfied customers that represent a diverse set of industries.

According to McKinsey & Co, LEDs made up over 8 percent of the U.S. lighting market in 2012,  representing street lighting, retail and office retrofits, making it time for consumers to also make the jump to a brighter, energy-efficient future.

The rising adoption rate of LEDs combined with constantly declining upfront costs are making the switch easier than ever. The U.S. Department of Energy predicts the switch could save the country $250 billion in energy costs over the next 20 years.

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Folsom Ford Goes Green With LEDs

Check out Noribachi’s LED lighting in this video by KCRATV on the retrofit at Folsom Lake Ford!

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The Brighter Side of 1984

Image of the privacy visor courtesy of LiveScience.com

Image of the privacy visor courtesy of LiveScience.com

 

As our ever expanding population lives in increasingly dense environments we accept more readily a pervasive sense of observation, a constant feeling of watcher and watched.

And LEDs are certainly not immune to being sucked into our image and video saturated world. In fact, they’re actually pretty helpful for everyone, regardless of how you feel about public privacy.

Researchers in Japan have developed glasses that implement near infrared LEDs around the wearers face. The tiny diodes flash in random patterns and obscure facial-recognition software from recording the wearer. What’s more the scientific team developed the goggles so that the wearer doesn’t even see the LEDs, even though they’re ringing one’s eyes.

One the flip side, Noribachi is currently developing a next generation security camera that is mounted inside an LED luminaire. With wireless control technology users can adjust not only the lighting, but also monitor their facilities from any internet enabled device. The high CRI and light output of the LEDs means that anything captured by the camera is immediately crystal clear.

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Squashketball-minton

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What do badminton, basketball and nightclubs have in common?

Well now, thanks to the company ASB they’re all essentially some LEDs. The company has developed a glass floor designed for indoor sports events. LEDs embedded under the surface can be programmed to illuminate the marking lines of any indoor court sport. The surface also employs sensor technologies that can detect a ball or player that has gone out of bounds.

The glass surface itself is surprisingly similar to traditional wood floors. The glass was treated with special chemicals to add grip and elasticity, ensuring that there is no difference in mechanics of the game.

And the company doesn’t see this product staying isolated in sports arenas. The capability of the floor to display essentially any variety of colors and shapes allows it to be used for public functions, dinners, or yes, of course, a club’s dance floor.

Check out the ASB GlassFloor website here!

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Get Some Sun In Your Lights

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Noribachi solar-LED sculptural light fixture.

California’s giving Florida a run for its nickname of the Sunshine State. This week it was announced by state regulators that California has completed over one gigawatt of solar installations thanks to the California Solar Initiative.

That’s enough energy to theoretically power more than 1,000,000 homes! But the best part about the California Solar Initiative is that its ongoing. So far the state is on track to complete over 1,900 megawatts of solar power by 2017.

And lets not forget the excellent pair that solar energy makes with LED lighting. Not only does the minimal power consumption of LED lights make it possible to power them through solar generation, they both use DC power, and come on the sun is the ultimate light engine!

Alright fine, the DC commonality isn’t that interesting… but it’s still like they were made for one another!

Noribachi has been at the forefront of solar LED lighting, including creating a unique control system that allows Noribachi lights to switch seamlessly between solar and grid electricity. Maybe it’s time to consider some custom Noribachi solar-LED solutions… after all you don’t want to be that lonely person with the last faintly buzzing fluorescents running off of fossil fuel.

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Fireflies Help LEDs Get Brighter

firefly_blog_img_1Scientists discovered an fascinating improvement for LED lighting this week with a little help from the natural world. Researchers from Belgium, France and Canada noticed that the bio-luminescence produced by fireflies (lampyridae insects) was enhanced due to the insect’s minute scales.

The scales, which measure in micrometers and resemble roof shingles, help to minimize the firefly’s internal light reflection by creating a variable surface for the light to pass through. The scientific team then developed a thin, laser-etched coating mimicking the firefly scales and applied it to LED wafers. With the improved surface coating the LED’s efficiency increased by as much as 55%!

Check out a detailed image of the firefly’s light enhancing scales here.

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