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McGill University Engineers Will Lead the Nation in the Implementation of Sustainable Lighting Applications

Future Electronics Press Release

FlashlightNews.org - 6/19/2007

Students receive recognition for innovative high power LED design work from Future Lighting Solutions and Philips Lumileds.

Students showing their awards with Patrick Durand (Future Lighting Solutions), Mike Holt (Philips Lumileds) and David Plant (McGill University)

Students showing their awards with Patrick Durand (Future Lighting Solutions), Mike Holt (Philips Lumileds) and David Plant (McGill University)

MONTREAL, Canada - McGill University students are prepared to lead the country toward more sustainable lighting solutions that will save energy and in the long term reduce environmental waste and the need to expand energy plants due to lighting demands. In a unique program fashioned by Future Lighting Solutions and McGill University Professor David Plant, Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, fourth year students were challenged to design and implement an “Intelligent Hallway Lighting Project” using high power LEDs.

The objective of the project was to demonstrate an automated lighting system, using LUXEON Power LEDs, which could be controlled from the internet thereby enabling control from remote locations. The system also included an ambient light sensor, a temperature sensor and a motion detector. These devices enable pre-programming for environmental changes such as temperature, daylight, and occupancy. The project is specifically targeted at the use of power LEDs. Power LEDs offer increased light output and superior efficacy compared to most conventional light sources. From an environmental perspective they contain no mercury and have very long lifetimes, as much as 10 years in some applications. Of specific importance to this project, LEDs are solid-state devices so they are digitally controllable and more easily managed by electronics systems or interfaces such as the internet.

The winning four person student team included Michel Jamati, Yiyi Liu, Nilesh B Paray and Marc Anthony Hernandez. Their system was deemed by Future Lighting Solutions and Philips Lumileds as showing the most resourceful incorporation of high power LEDs into a controllable, intelligent, system.

“We were delighted and impressed with the results”, commented Jamie Singerman, Corporate VP - WW Future Lighting Solutions, “This was a very complex project and the students showed great vision and technical competence in their designs and executions. We look forward to continuing to work with McGill University to develop competencies in solid-state lighting that will benefit the students and the lighting world. Projects such as these serve to assist the industry in understanding the enormous possibilities of the technology.”

Professor David Plant, Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, commented, “With McGill University and Future Lighting Solutions working so closely together there is an opportunity for Canada to be a significant contributor to the future of solid state, sustainable lighting”

About Future Lighting Solutions

A division of Future Electronics – the 3rd largest Electronic Components Distributor in the world, Future Lighting Solutions is dedicated to the LED lighting industry. With more than 7 years of power LED experience, Future Lighting Solutions is the pioneer in delivering the most comprehensive worldwide LED lighting solutions support structure in the industry. The company offers customers LED Lighting knowledge, resources, programs, partners, solutions and logistics support, focused on enabling the adoption of LUXEON®-based solid state lighting technology.

Future Lighting Solutions’ innovative approach is built around its team of world class LED Lighting experts, its highly specialized and experienced partners, and its exclusive worldwide relationship with Philips Lumileds Lighting.

Future Lighting Solutions; Making LED lighting solutions simple™.


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