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.