cens logo

LED Lighting Being Computerized for Higher Intelligence

Mar 14, 2011 | By CENS

A Singaporean firm launches infrared-activated LED lighting for cabinets

Intelligent LED technology is also applied to a range of LED streetlights.Intelligent LED technology is also applied to a range of LED streetlights.

One of the future trends to enhance LED (light emitting diode) lighting is computerization, programming to tweak dimming capacity and color variation to make the lights more intelligent, or shaping their behavior according to ambient conditions to save energy.

As with many other computerized systems that intervene human input to achieve "higher intelligence," as automotive anti-lock braking that pulses braking action for higher effectiveness, computerizing or intelligent lighting enables makers to program lights to work with less energy and yet emit sufficient illumination according to need, ambient brightness at different hours, effectively boosting lighting quality and comfort.

According to United Nations statistics, lighting burns some 19% of all electricity globally but converts only 10% of it into illumination, hence driving many major economies to ban incandescent lamps and promote LED lamps, which can reduce an estimated 70% of electricity consumption worldwide.

ECCO Singapore Ltd. announced installing intelligent LED lights in cabinets, making the firm the trailblazer. In August 2010, the company rolled out two series of intelligent LED lights for European consumers, with one activated by sensor and the other electromagnet.

Both designed to be energy-efficient, one has infrared sensor to activate by body heat, thus ideal for wardrobes, cabinets holding books and wine, and cloakrooms, as well as for porches, indoor hallways and corners. The other has an electromagnetic switch that turns on a light when cabinet doors or drawers are opened and vice versa. Both series adopt high-power LEDs with high CRI.

Drafters of LED streetlight standards throughout the world will put stringent requirements on beaming angle, light quality and light degradation resistance.Drafters of LED streetlight standards throughout the world will put stringent requirements on beaming angle, light quality and light degradation resistance.

Taiwan in the Race
Not to be outdone, Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has organized approximately 13 Taiwan-based manufacturers from all sectors of the LED-lighting industry to develop intelligent LED mood lighting, which is noted for computerized changes in light intensity and color. J.H. Chang, manager of the Technology Center for Service Industries under ITRI, oversees the lighting project, aiming to upgrade color and intensity changes with wireless remote in four years.

Chang says that the business is potentially profitable for volumes are small but specifications diversified-which ideally suits the production modes in Taiwan, stressing that world-class players don't mind the rivalry for they can't be bothered with filling big variety, small volume orders.

Chang has been contracted by the Small and Medium Enterprises Administration (SMEA) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) to survey the market and organize the team of manufacturers from the LED lighting fixture, LED lamp, sensor-based controller, wireless-device, lighting-design, and thermal-dissipation sectors.

The alliance plans to design intelligent LED lighting for conference rooms as the first target, a sound strategy for some 28,000 enterprises in Taiwan with 10-20 person conference rooms. Chang notes that such lighting also works well in homes, museums and art galleries, with outdoor models suitable for walking paths, gardens, scenic sites and bicycle paths.

Intelligent LED Streetlights
Opto Tech Corp. of Taiwan, an LED-chip supplier, has launched intelligent LED streetlights, which are rated 55W and 105W and powered by solar panels and AC.

The company's intelligent LED streetlight modules are sleek and slim, being 80 millimeter thick. The modular design has excellent cooling, advanced lens design, and efficient luminosity, with Nichia LED devices.

Also the modular design allows easy assembly by hand, with concealed hinges and several E-shaped fasteners on each module, with such design enabling easy upkeep.

An efficient cooling system inspired the company to nickname the modules "breathable streetlight modules." With aluminum vanes connected to bronze pipes extended from ventilation outlets under the modules, heat generated from lighting quickly dissipates from the aluminum fins after entering the bronze pipes.

Opto Tech executives point out that excellent lens design allows the modules to project a perfect butterfly-shaped pattern on light-distribution gauge, meeting international standards, adding that the lens design results in better light intensity and more comfortable illumination than rival products.

Intelligent technology is crucial to sustainable development of green lighting.Intelligent technology is crucial to sustainable development of green lighting.

The modules convert over 90% of electricity consumed into light, achieving energy efficiency and durability.

Huge Potential
LED streetlight has huge market potential. According to the online clearinghouse LEDinside, around 870,000 LED streetlights were installed worldwide in 2010, an increase of 42.62% from 2009's 610,000 streetlights. The market researcher points out that currently intelligent lighting can automatically switch on and off or dial up and down intensity, as well as work with solar or wind power. In the near future, LED lighting is expected to carry more intelligent features, including automatic adjustment of brightness, color, and output angle according to ambient conditions and lighting fixtures.

NXP Semiconductor forecasts LED luminaires will dominate world lighting market in five to 10 years.NXP Semiconductor forecasts LED luminaires will dominate world lighting market in five to 10 years.

The clearinghouse says standardizing LED streetlights will also facilitate development of intelligent systems, adding that while developing standards for LED streetlights has become a global campaign, Taiwan has outpaced others by introducing its CNS15233 specifications.

NXP Semiconductor, a chipmaker, sees a brighter future for the intelligent LED lighting market, forecasting LED lighting to command the majority of global lighting fixture segments in five to 10 years. The chipmaker points out that around three billion of the 10 billion lighting fixtures used worldwide are compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), whose growth will slow in three years and market share will begin to be encroached by LED lighting two year thereafter.

An illustration of LED streetlight installation.An illustration of LED streetlight installation.

Industry Reports

C85690 forgeable lead-free dezincification resistant brass-made plumbing valve spool. (Forged product) Photo credit: MIRDC

Eco-friendly materials continue to trend amid global industry change

Mar 25, 2022

Industries are focusing on new technologies for better environmental sustainability and to promote the overall protection and safety of consumers. The same is trending in Taiwan's hardware and plumbing sector. Companies and consumers are becoming more and more aware of the long-term impact of pollutive materials on natural resources, and as policies and regulations are changed in other crucial ma...

Toyota's new energy vehicle model. Photo credit: UDN/Reuters

Auto brands and chip makers step up alliances in EV era

Mar 25, 2022

Japanese automotive brand Toyota's recent announcement of reducing production in March due to chip shortages is another setback for the company, as this would not be its first time scaling back capacity in the past two years. Earlier, Toyota had also announced that the chip shortages had slashed the group's production goals from April to June. However, Economic Daily News points out that Toyot...

ARTC and industry supplier representatives show the signed MOU, signifying the alliance's creation. (Photo courtesy of ARTC)

ARTC and Automotive Electronic Industry Reps Ink AI Imagery Chip and Smart Cockpit Alliance

Mar 18, 2022

Top automotive electronic suppliers and Taiwan's leading R&D center in autonomous technology and testing, Automotive Research and Testing Center (ARTC), collectively announced the formation of the “Automotive AI Imagery Chip and Smart Cockpit Display Module Industry Alliance" on March 18. Representatives from Elan Microelectronics, AU Optronics, Chimei Motor, China Motor, RAC Electric Vehicles...

Industry In-Focus

Auto terminal and EV charging gun maker notes optimistic market ahead</h2>

Auto terminal and EV charging gun maker notes optimistic market ahead

Mar 28, 2022

Electrical terminal, wiring and connector maker K.S. Terminals Inc. expects order visibility to reach Q2, amid strong growth in the EV market as reported at its earnings call last week. The company is looking at two-digit growth for this year's goal, eying significant demand from green energy selections and automotive terminals and charging guns for electric vehicles, notably the latter. In the...

Photo credit: UDN

February manufacturing index breaks records in consecutive 25-month stretch

Mar 24, 2022

The Ministry of Economic Affairs said today that in February, the industrial production index was 117.49, with an annual increase of 10.01% due to easing supply chain disruptions and chip shortages. This marks the 25-month consecutive positive growth period, also the second-longest in history. The manufacturing index was 119.76, an annual increase of 10.16%, which set a new high for the same ...

Furniture industry to see lasting change in digitalized era</h2>

Furniture industry to see lasting change in digitalized era

Mar 18, 2022

If there's a keyword that can be used to summarize the past two years, it would be “digitalization.” Across different industries, companies and suppliers are seeking ways to tap into the post-COVID market, and the furniture sector is no different. Here are two trends we've identified that would and continue to shape the market in the coming year and more. Going Digital While the typical con...

Supplier News

Steel Mark well-recognized as reliable supplier of lock products</h2>

Steel Mark well-recognized as reliable supplier of lock products

Mar 25, 2022

Founded in 1981, Steel Mark is specialized in manufacturing locks and other related hardware. The company's product catalog includes padlocks, motorcycle and bike locks, deadbolt locks, digital door locks, door locks, rim and euro profile cylinders, and concerning hardware and parts. The company currently operates modern manufacturing facilities occupying 3,300 square meters with more than 40...


Wire Master's quest for quality and innovation puts them at industry top</h2>

Wire Master's quest for quality and innovation puts them at industry top

Mar 18, 2022

In the face of an ever-competitive global market and pressured by rising costs, Wire Master Industry believes the best chance of increasing its competitiveness is improving product quality and investing more into R&D. This allows Wire Master to be in a prime position to stake a good position in the market. Wire Master is looking to develop long-term partnerships with similar values and focus on p...


CM-667 children's chair in Pink. (Photo courtesy of Kuang Shin)

Designing Furniture for Children's Future

Mar 18, 2022

Since the founders' humble beginnings in the 1960s, traveling from his hometown in Chiayi County to urban Taipei City to learn a trade, he has dedicated the eventually-formed Kuang Shin Enterprise to providing quality products. Kuang Shin offers children's desks and chairs, computer chairs, furniture hardware, OA office chair and desks, connected chairs, display shelves, chair bases, and parts...


Insiders' Views

Nan Hoang Traffic Instrument Co., Ltd.</h2><p class='subtitle'>Taiwan First brakes Technology Co., Ltd. </p>

Nan Hoang Traffic Instrument Co., Ltd.

Taiwan First brakes Technology Co., Ltd.

Mar 04, 2021

Nan Hoang Traffic Instrument Co., Ltd is one of the major manufacturers of automobile friction materials in Taiwan and globally. Chairman Austin Cheng has implemented the double-arrow strategy this year - own brand of “YangPo” is adopted to focus on global channels while the “NHC brand focuses on improving market shares in global markets, such as Europe, America, Asia, Australia, and the Middle E...


OmniEyes CEO and Co-Founder Chun-Ting Chou. (Photo courtesy of OmniEyes)

OmniEyes' AI Technology Paves the Way for Traditional Industries' Digital Transition

Dec 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the industries' timeline for implementing digital transformation. However, the how's and what's of applying new technologies and improving the added value to existing products and services can be daunting. Three professors from the National Taiwan University College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science founded the startup company "OmniEyes," basi...

Caption: Pictured from front row, third right, Changhua County Government Economic Affairs Department Director Liu Yu-ping, County Magistrate Wang Huei-mei, Secretary Chen Bo-tsun pose in front of the exhibition booth. (Photo provided by CHCIA)

Changhua County Government Shores up Biz-Matching to Global Buyers

Nov 18, 2019

■Yang Feng-Chun In a bid to assist manufacturers in Changhua County to expand their market reach overseas against severe competition in the globalized market, Changhua County Government has been an active player in pushing for a makeover and innovation of its local small and medium-sized enterprises. This is done in hopes of establishing stronger connection with international markets. An ex...

Exhibition Highlights

Show grounds at the 2022 Smart City & IoT expo. Photo credit: UDN

Smart City & IoT expo kicks off showcasing energy solutions

Mar 23, 2022

The 2022 Smart City and IoT exhibition kicked off on March 22, featuring top Taiwanese brands showcasing related applications in the sector. It is worth noting that in addition to 5G-related extension and other mainstream smart city applications, energy storage has become a highlight at this show, notably, TECO, Far EasTone, and Gogoro all have offered relative solutions. According to statisti...

2022 Smart City Summit & Expo to kick off on Tuesday</h2>

2022 Smart City Summit & Expo to kick off on Tuesday

Mar 21, 2022

With the 2022 Smart City Summit & Expo scheduled to kick off on Tuesday at the Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 2 from March 22 to March 25, and Kaohsiung Exhibition Center from March 24 to 26, exhibitors are quickly rolling out new products for this year, including TECO Group. In the past few years, TECO has exhibited at the show exhibiting the group's subsidiaries, concentrating on AI, IoT, n...

TIMTOSxTMTS 2022 kicks off on Monday's opening ceremony. Photo credit: Chao Ting Yu/CENS

TIMTOSxTMTS 20222 Mega Show kicks off at Nangang with 950-strong exhibitors

Feb 22, 2022

TIMTOS x TMTS 2022, the first international trade show and the first of its kind on the calendar, kicked off this Monday, with Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI) Chairman Larry Wei pointing out that business orders generated from the mega show are expected to hit USD$$1.7 billion (NTD$47 billion). President Tsai said that in the face of the impacts caused by the pandemic, as well ...