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Coldplay in Vancouver: When you give 119 per cent, you don’t need nuance

Úterý, Duben 24th, 2012

Few acts these days could sell out two shows at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena, but Coldplay, easily one of the hottest in the world, boasts cross-generational appeal.

The U.K. band has sold in the order of 55 million records and is sitting with another new hit album in Mylo Xyloto. Frontman Chris Martin promised Friday night’s crowd that they’d give “119 per cent,” and the band delivered on that rather random promise with a visually compelling and dynamic 90-minute performance.

The production was all about clever tricks and crowd-pleasing spectacles. One of the most impressive of these was the multicoloured LED light wristbands handed out to fans upon arrival. The radio-controlled lights lit up in dramatic unison once the band launched into the new album’s title track, and they were used throughout, turning the room into a giant Lite-Brite and the audience into part of the production.

Coldplay works hard, plays solidly, writes lovely, magnanimous songs with big, joyous melodies, and understands its audience, which means they are not above playing older hits, this time including In My Place, Yellow, The Scientist, Viva La Vida, Fix You, alongside invigorating, chest-walloping renditions of new tracks like Paradise and Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall, the fittingly dramatic show closer. And while Martin might not be the most natural performer, he makes the most of what he’s got.

Only a truly skilled showman can successfully play to a big room, and navel-gazing behaviour just doesn’t do. While Mick Jagger plays to the very back of the hall with the campy moves of a drag queen doing Tina Turner, Martin, who is superbly fit, opts for the utilitarian moves of a calisthenics instructor. If he’d dropped and given us 100 push-ups, it would not have been out of place.

The band – including guitarist Jonny Buckland, drummer Will Champion and bass player Guy Berryman – generously moved between the main stage and a B-stage connected by a catwalk. Martin covered all of it thoroughly, frequently praising the crowd, and stopping to catch a red bra thrown to him from a clearly diehard fan. In an effort to reach everybody, the foursome even squeezed into a row at the rear of the room during the encore for a rendition of Us Against the World.

Like its predecessor, U2, the band is not one to be accused of subtlety, which is a good thing in an arena, where the sound will never be fantastic, and the group will always be a speck to at least half the audience. And so, being literal wins out against nuance. On Clocks, Martin sang “Tides that I tried to swim against,” and made a swimming motion across the top of his piano. When a song was particularly inspirational, he’d fall to his knees, and then to the floor, in an act that at times came dangerously close to self-parody.

As the show went on, giant balls bounced among the crowd, the band’s clothes glowed with drabs of fluorescent paint and a piano rose from the B-stage on cue. We were covered with giant confetti, and dazzled by Spirographs, red lasers and overhead clouds of swirling colour. On the Rihanna duet, Princess of China, a projection of the Barbadian songstress appeared onscreen, while Martin, his T-shirt drenched, rocked the hell out of his piano seat and, voice breaking, sang his part.

Schoology pockets $6M round led by FirstMark Capital

Úterý, Duben 17th, 2012

Schoology, a cloud-based learning management system for schools, just announced its $6 million Series B round of funding. The round, led by FirstMark Capital, includes funding from existing investor Meakem Becker Venture Capital. This brings the New York-based startup’s total funding to $9.3 million.

Schoology is in a similar space as services like BlackBoard and Edmodo where it is creating a collaborative learning platform to help teachers and students share information and projects online and in real-time. The service has both free and fee models — the free version is easy for one teacher to set up for his or her class and the paid version is created so that a school or district can get the whole teacher/student base online.

Schoology allows teachers to create their classroom online and invite their students, using unique access codes, then everyone can feel free to post work, questions and collaborate on projects. Most colleges currently use online platforms to post curriculum, questions and project details to make the information available all the time, from anywhere — with the added perk of saving money since they don’t have to print the direction pages — but now primary and secondary schools are seeing the benefit of online forums where students and parents can easily contact the teacher and stay updates on classroom activities.

As more students at younger and younger ages have an understanding and access to digital content and online platforms, this option has become a viable supplement to learning in the classroom. And with more schools adopting digital textbooks, the need for further online communication is obvious.

Currently, Schoology has nearly one million users on the platform, in 18,000 schools.

As the Schoology platform grows and is adopted by more teachers and schools, there is a growing opportunity for app developers that want to help create better tools for the educational system — and even the possibility that the platform itself can inspire students to learn about Web and app development.

And it looks like FirstMark Capital has its eyes on the depth of education technology since it was a part of another funding round for an education company, Baltimore’s StraighterLine.

The $10 million round of funding, led by FirstMark Capital and City Light Capital, also saw participation by previous investor Chrysalis Ventures.

This year alone, there has been a healthy dose of VC’s ready to invest in technology to help out those in the classroom — from a $26 million injection to 2tor, to the $6 million raised by Piazza for social learning and the $1.05 million Memrise raised to gamify language learning.

Oswego County HHW Facility Opens In May

Úterý, Duben 10th, 2012

Oswego County residents will once again be able to safely dispose of unwanted chemicals, pesticides, and other hazardous waste products at the Oswego County Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility at the Bristol Hill Landfill, 3125 State Route 3.

The service is free to Oswego County residents and is sponsored by the Oswego County Legislature and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

“This is the fourth year that the county has been able to provide a household hazardous waste collection facility for its residents,” said Frank Visser, director of the Oswego County Department of Solid Waste. “The program has proven to be a convenient and cost-effective way to dispose of unwanted hazardous waste.”

Customers should pull their vehicle up to the side of the building, which is located near the transfer station and solid waste offices. Drivers should remain in their vehicles and wait for materials to be unloaded by the solid waste department staff. For safety reasons, people should not bring children or pets to the collection site.

Smoking is prohibited in the unloading area.

The following items are accepted at the HHW facility: acids, adhesives, aerosols, airplane glue, antifreeze, auto batteries, light ballasts (non PCB), brake fluid, cements, charcoal lighters, chemistry sets, chlorine, cleaning fluids, compact fluorescent lamps and light bulbs and items that contain mercury, corrosives, degreasers, dioxin pesticides, disinfectants, drain cleaners, dry gas, epoxies, fiberglass resins, flea products, fluorescent lamps and light bulbs, furniture polish, hair removers, herbicides, hobby chemicals, inks, insecticides and insect repellents.

Also, lacquers, lighter fluids, lubricants, moth balls and flakes, nail polish and remover, “no pest” strips, oil-based paints, oven cleaners, paint removers and thinners, permanent solutions, pesticides, photo chemicals, pool chemicals, rat poisons, rubber cements, rug and upholstery cleaners, rust solvents, silvex, solvents, spot removers, toilet bowl cleaners, tub and tile cleaners, turpentine, varnish, waste fuels, weed killers, wood preservatives and wood stains.

Materials should be in their original containers and placed in sturdy cardboard boxes. Any leaking containers should be wrapped in newspaper and placed in a clear plastic bag.

Dried latex paint, used motor oil, household batteries, cell phones, computers, electronic equipment, and appliances containing CFC refrigerant are accepted year-round for recycling at all county transfer stations.

There is a $15 fee to recycle appliances that contain CFC refrigerant; however, there is no longer a charge for recycling electronics equipment such as computer monitors, microwave ovens, fax machines and televisions.

“The Department of Solid Waste also accepts hazardous wastes from Oswego County businesses that meet the regulatory requirements,” said Legislator James Oldenburg, District 14, chairman of the Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee. “Business owners should contact the solid waste office to find out if they qualify and to obtain a cost estimate for disposal of materials.”

Arbreole, The Intersection Of Music, Light And Robotics

Úterý, Březen 27th, 2012

From a passion to create a social experience that is both digital, autonomous and interactive comes a wonderful discovery that music, light and robotics are more similar than you might think.

Leave it to the French to find a way to unite music, light and robotics to create a  intelligent lanterns/lights that interact with your movement to create a sensory experience that you control with your body. Arbreole – a modern interpretation of a string of lights.

Arbreole is a social, non-industrial robotic prototype and the latest project from France’s CRIIF (Centre de Robotique Integree d-lle-de-France), Le Cube, Strate College, a French artist, Laetitia Favart and musician / composer Robin Aziosmanoff. It represents four different elements that have come together in this robotic prototype: concept, technology, design and art.

Arbreole lights will sense movement and adjust the light and music to respond to your movements. If you move slowly, they will play slower paced music and different light colors will appear. If you make rapid movements or, say are dancing, the cadence of the music and light will change. But the lights can also induce your state of mind too – it’s a two way street with Arbreole. Each module can be the bass, the guitar or the drums – it’s dynamic so that each module can change its tune depending of the users reaction to the sound that’s played. So maybe you would move differently if there was just a bass solo or guitar playing directly to your movements.

Not all robotics is science fiction, Issac Asimov, Philip K. Dick Blade Runner-style.  Robotics can also be about creating a meaningful interaction with a machine that is autonomous and can react to our movements, sentiments or needs.

“I’m convinced the convergence of robotics and art is one of the best ways to touch people and to facilitate acceptance,” said Rodolphe Hasselvander. Director, CRIIF. “Arbreole generates emotion, interaction etc, and that moves us faster along the path of robotics in our lives which will play a very important role in our future lives – work, leisure, home.”

Arbreole uses telemetry with three sensors to detect if there is a person or object nearby, in this case under. Inside the lights are a sophisticated set of metrics that includes interactive systems, artificial intelligence and electronics and design – how it looks and how we interact with it.

Each Arbreole module is autonomous and is comprised of a full range speaker to create clear, strong sound, 12 led lights to change the colors of the lights, a projector under the module to light up the people around it. At the base or hub of the string of Arbreole lights, there’s a Lithium-ion polymer battery pack which makes it less expensive to manufacture, more reliable and increases the adaptability to a wide variety of packaging shapes.

The lights use wireless communications to communicate to each other and are controlled by an Android phone that controls all the parts including the sensors  — gyro, GPS, camera and touch screen.

Budget announces sops for power sector

Úterý, Březen 20th, 2012

To bail out India’s crisis-hit power sector, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday proposed scrapping the import duties on coal and liquefied natural gas, increasing the limit on overseas borrowing and reducing withholding tax on foreign investments. Scrapping import levies on coal would help meet the growing demand for the fuel in a country where 70% of electricity is generated from it.

In addition, a countervailing duty of 1% on thermal coal till March 2014 was also announced in the Union budget, along with customs duty exemption for coal mining projects. While such exemptions will increase the demand for imported coal, they will also help state-owned Coal India Ltd’s mining plans.

The size of the market for imported coal for power generation in India is around 80 million tonnes a year. The demand-supply gap is expected to touch 450 mt by 2017, which is largely expected to be met through imported coal. It takes around 5,000 tonnes of coal to generate 1 megawatt of power. Only 320 mt of coal is expected to be supplied to the power sector by Coal India against the committed 347 mt in the fiscal year ending 31 March.

The state-owned firm mined only 431 mt in 2010-11 against a target of 461.5 mt because of stalled projects. Its overall target in the current fiscal is 452 mt. Similarly, the withdrawal of import duty on natural gas, used as fuel in power plants, will offset sharp spikes in the price of imported natural gas and help in setting up gas-based capacity in the country.

According to the Economic Survey presented in Parliament on Thursday, India’s natural gas production dipped 9% to 36.19 billion cubic metres during April-December from 39.68 bcm in the year-ago period, due to falling gas production from Reliance Industries Ltd’s D6 field in the Krishna-Godavari basin. This resulted in power generation from gas-based plants contracting by 4%. In addition, the budget also proposed extending a tax holiday under section 80-IA of the Income-Tax Act, which ends on 31 March 2012, by another year.

The law allows a developer to claim tax exemption of up to 10 years within the first 15 years of a project’s operations. An additional depreciation of 20 % in the initial year, which has been extended to newly acquired projects, will help consolidation in the sector. These announcements were likely to be made in the budget, Mint reported on 1 March. To help the fund-starved sector, Mukherjee proposed to raise Rs 10,000 crore through state-owned companies such as Power Finance Corp. Ltd and Rural Electrification Corp.

Ltd through tax-free infrastructure bonds in FY13. The power ministry estimates that an investment of $400 billion will be required during the five years ending March 2017. Reducing the withholding tax to 5% from 20% will boost overseas investment in the sector. This tax is charged on the repatriation of income from equity or debt.

These measures, along with the enhancement of external commercial borrowings to part-finance rupee debt of existing power projects, resulted in a spike in the share prices of power companies such as Reliance Power Ltd. In addition, the budget also announced incentives to promote the use of energy-efficient appliances and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). “I propose to fully exempt a coating chemical used for compact fluorescent lamps from basic customs duty. Excise duty on LED lamps is also being reduced to 6%,” Mukherjee proposed.

Samsung Smart TV throws down a challenge

Úterý, Březen 13th, 2012

“We’ve heard the rumors, too,” said Dan Schinasi, senior manager for HDTV product planning at Samsung, when I asked what he knew about Apple’s plans to introduce a multimedia-meshing Apple TV with unique control features.

“I think we’re making the point today that we’re already there,” said the Samsung man. “We’re ahead of the curve.”

Meet The Future: He was referencing the just launching 5th generation of Samsung Smart TVs, most especially the top-of-the-line ES and PNE 8000 series of LED/LCD and plasma televisions which offer every kind of “smart” user interface known to man (living or dead) on top of the expected excellent picture quality (in 2D & 3D) and sleek cosmetics.

Samsung’s new internet connected TV products were demonstrated to a press contingent in New York last week, 24 hours before Apple was about to uncover its newest toys.

Show ‘n Tell: For starters, you can “wake” the new Samsung Smart TVs to action with face recognition, voice command and gesture - waving and clenching a hand to select and “close the deal” on an input, web site or app from Samsung’s growing number of “signature services” like “Family Story” (creating a private social network for show ‘n tell.)

Even motion/voice controlled channel selection from a satellite or cable box is neatly integrated on these Smart TVs with special software and a wireless IR signal blaster.

Top 2012 sets also come with a slim, touch pad remote control with built-in noise-cancelling microphone for more intimate voice steering of operations. (My demonstrator couldn’t get the voice recognition to cooperate, but the room was super-noisy.)

You may also run these Smart TVs from a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet or with a $99 wireless QWERTY keyboard (slim, light, full size.)

But Wait, There’s More: The sets also feature AllShare Play interactivity - for wirelessly moving content from one Samsung gizmo to another, with 5GB of free storage in the cloud. Can’t wait to see images from a Samsung digital camera popping up on the display screen of a Samsung refrigerator.

And there’s a product upgrade path (called “Smart Evolution”) for the 8000 series TV sets achieved through a special bay on the back. Just plugging-in a new module could instantly upgrade the microprocessor from dual to quad-core, tweak picture performance and install a bigger/faster feature set. “This is real,” said the product planner. “The upgrades start in 2013.” (How about putting a flash-based content recorder back there, to save, say, YouTube concerts?)

Who’s On First: Samsung and Apple are often at each other’s throats over design patents. When, that is, Samsung isn’t happily selling component parts to its archrival.

So I couldn’t help but sense yesterday that the company really was throwing down the gauntlet at the gang from Cupertino. Essentially saying “Go ahead Apple, make my day. Take us to court. Just try and claim ‘prior use’ on these features. Hell, we’ve got a room full of reporters who’ll testify they saw it here, first’.”

Post-Script: Be forewarned that the fullest featured Samsung sets will be costly. The LED edge-lit ES8000 LCD series arriving this month starts with a 46-inch set at $2,999, a 55-inch at $3,749, a 60-inch at $4,399 and later-coming 65-inch at $5,099. Similarly spiffy plasmas (my preferance) are less - $2,199 for a 51-inch PN51E8000, $3,079 for the 60-inch PN60E8000. With Samsung’s new “Unilateral Pricing Policy” there won’t be much discounting.

Snow plow operators hurt by lack of snow

Čtvrtek, Březen 1st, 2012

The “zeroes” on the Chuck Davis Maintenance’s books for plowing services billed in December tells Muskegon’s story this winter.

The mild winter with little snow has left Muskegon-area snow plow operators with plenty of time to tinker with their trucks and drink coffee. Davis spent his December on a side business of restoring classic motorcycles.

As January and February provided less than historic levels of plowing income, Davis was left waiting for the spring cleanup lawn care business to kick in.

“It’s been a tough season,” said Davis, 55 of Muskegon. “I should be depressed but we’ve had so much sun in Muskegon it’s helped me keep a good attitude. I guess I’m going to have to pick up some more lawn customers.”

Chuck Davis Maintenance has three plow drivers and charges its mainly commercial customers by the individual plow or by the hour. The Muskegon-area market has dozens of similar small operators competing against five or six major snow removal companies in town.

One of the largest is Jim Schultz Transport Inc. of Muskegon, which has a fleet of 30 plow trucks, three front-end loaders and six salt trucks. Companies like Schultz Transport sign contracts with commercial customers for a season of service, usually not dependent upon the amount of snow.

“It’s been a fair year,” owner Jim Schultz said of the winter that wasn’t. “We wish we had a lot more snow. We’ve had our ups and downs but this definitely has been a down year.”

The concept of the snow plow contract is that some years it benefits the customer and some years — like this winter — it benefits the plow company. Schultz said that over several seasons the losses and the gains tend to even out.

However, those that follow the snow removal business locally say that contract service providers are going to be under pressure to discount contract fees this year due to the extremely light snow fall.

The economic downturn of the Great Recession and high unemployment rates had many enter the snow removal business in the Muskegon area that past few years. Davis believes this mild winter may drive some of the newer and less experienced operators out of business.

Snow plow operators and companies from Holland to Ludington have received their plow equipment, supplies and service from Muskegon Brake for the past 40 years. Calling his business the “supermarket of plowing,” owner Bob Cutler said Muskegon Brake has three major brands of plows — Fisher, Blizzard and Sno-way — and also sells and services Boss, Western and Meyer.

Cutler said his company supplies and services a couple hundred operators along the West Michigan lakeshore – historically representing 25 percent of the automotive company’s annual revenues. This hasn’t been a good snow plow year for Muskegon Brake.

“October was a phenomenal month and December fell on its face,” Cutler said of the preseason rush to equip and service the plow customers in October and November.

But with a lack of snow early in the season, there was no need for servicing the equipment.

“Last year January and February we had good, consistent snow and the operators had money in their pockets to replace some equipment,” Cutler said. “Now the repercussions from this season are going to play out next preseason. It will hurt.”

Davis handles several major commercial contracts in the Muskegon area including work for Honeywell Burdick & Jackson, The Station, Langlois Furniture, some Mercy Health parking lots and various doctors’ offices. He operates a one-ton Ford F-350 with a Blizzard snow plow and a back blade.

What Options are Available for the Backlights used in LCD Screen Displays?

Středa, Únor 29th, 2012

Choosing a backlight system for an LCD screen display is a major consideration. It will determine a lot about your experience of the display and requirements during production. Different backlight options provide widely different effects in the contrast and brightness of the display. Also, depending on which backlight option you choose, it will affect some or all of the following: the cost of the overall product; how many products you will have to order due to manufacturing constraints; and how environmentally friendly the component parts are that make up the product.

Let’s start with some clarity about LCDs:

The word LCD has been used to describe many display technologies. Often people believe that an LCD screen display is the same as a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube), an LED Display (Light Emitting Diode) or a Plasma display. This is not the case! Let’s discuss what an LCD is and what it is not.

What is an LCD screen display?
A liquid crystal display, an LCD, consists of two pieces of glass with a liquid between the layers of glass.

Think of the liquid crystal display (LCD) as a window blind. Positioned in one direction the blinds allow light to pass through, or turned another direction they block the light. Just like a window blind, the LCD does not create its own light, it only blocks or allows it to pass through.

BlindAs you know, you can adjust the blinds to alter the amount of light desired. When fully closed, the blinds block light completely; when open, all light passes through; and when angled, partial light comes in. An LCD works similarly to this, with one significant enhancement: an LCD has the ability to block light in some areas and allow light to pass in other locations of the glass.An example of this is the display used on a gas pump. The customer sees numbers where the light is blocked, and a clear area where the light is allowed to pass through.

What LCD screen displays are not:

LCD’s are not CRT’s, LED’s,nor are they Plasma displays. Each of these types of displaysproduces their own light and are called emissive displays. Emissive displays require more power than an LCD.

Emissive displays have a distinct advantage in that they can be seen clearly at night whereas LCD’s cannot. However, the solution to this problem of low-light visibility is to install a backlight behind the LCD. Backlights do require more power than the LCD itself, but they can be turned on only when necessary. Many products that are powered by batteries will have the backlight dim or shut off after a certain amount of time. This can be seen on cell phones and watches. Consequently, even though a little more power is used for the backlight than used in a stand-alone LCD, because it is not constantly on, the LCD’s with backlights wind up using less power than their emissive display competitors. LCD screen displays using backlights become the clear choice.

LCD Screen Displays with No Backlight

This option is the most popular for products that have a lower power budget. Products that run on battery need to conserve power and the lowest powered backlight available is to have no backlight at all.

The Amazon Kindle is a perfect example. The Kindle makes use of a display technology called ‘e-paper’, which looks more like a printed page than any other device on the market currently. This specific e-book reader does not contain a backlight. Because it omits the backlight it can operate up to one month without recharging. Imagine, you could take it on a cruise to Fiji and back and never have to worry about recharging it.

Thinking back to your product, not all products can omit a backlight; in fact it may require one. If it does need a backlight the most popular option is an LED.

Why are cyclists so angry?

Čtvrtek, Únor 23rd, 2012

A lot of people whinge about cyclists. They complain that we don’t pay rego; get in the way of cars; think we’re morally superior; wear Lycra; treat red lights as yield signs; have tip-tap shoes; and take up space at cafes.

Cyclists are also accused of being aggressive road users. If cycling is supposed to be such fun, why are bike riders so shouty?

I must confess I have, at times, been a bellicose bicyclist.

I didn’t start out that way, but I can remember the day things shifted. I was riding my new racer on Sydney’s northern beaches. A glance at the bike computer told me I was doing 35km/h on the flat and it felt like I was flying.

A minute later, I really was flying. A car driver waiting to cross my direction of travel at an intersection had accelerated without warning. My bike collided head-on with her SUV, and I slid across the bonnet and the windscreen before landing on the road.

If I had died that day, my last utterance would have been “WHOA!” – hardly a contender for a dictionary of quotations. Instead, I was supremely fortunate; all I had was a tweaked neck, a flayed shoulder and a bruised hand. I was also lucky that an off-duty police officer behind the driver was ready to testify that I had right of way. My bike was bent in two.

And what did the driver say? “I didn’t see you.”

It’s a phrase so familiar to cyclists that it has its own acronym, SMIDSY: “Sorry, mate, I didn’t see ya.”

Well, my body healed, and insurance replaced my bike. I was soon back on the road - and as nervous as a kitten in a room full of rottweilers.

There were positives from my crash. I now never fully trust a motorist to give me the right of way - which has spared me an accident several times. Also, I got my new bike in yellow, as the original choice of black was a bad one.

But in the months that followed, I shouted at a lot of cars. Mostly, this was at drivers whose actions were making me nervous. But I was scared, and this fear was translating into short-fused fury.

The problem is that the stakes are so different for cyclists and motorists. If a car and a bike collide, the motorist goes to the panel-beaters. The cyclist winds up in hospital; or a wheelchair; or the morgue.

But motorists often don’t understand that what they see as a happy outcome – “whew, that was close!” – is a near-death experience for a vulnerable road user. And that’s why the cyclist is ranting.

After a while, I calmed down again. I realised aggression wasn’t helping anyone, least of all me.  I smile at fellow road users, I wave to say thanks, and if someone nearly wipes me out, I try have a calm, polite chat with them if I get a chance. Mostly, they are genuinely sorry.

I also ask myself: why are motorists so angry about cyclists? Let’s face it, with all the traffic lights, the buses, the jaywalking pedestrians, the T3 lanes and above all, the other cars, cyclists are pretty low on the list of things that get in their way. And it’s very hard for a cyclist to put a motorist in hospital.

Still, I truly believe things are improving on our roads, despite the efforts of shock jocks, TV news, politicians and a certain cricketer. It’s actually not a war zone out there, and 99 out of 100 people – motorists and cyclists – are trying to do the right thing.

It helps that more and more people are joining the two-wheeled revolution. In years to come, we’ll hopefully be wondering what all the fuss was about. Meanwhile, don’t SMIDSY me, and I promise I won’t shout at you.

Dialight Unveils 100 Lumen-per-Watt High Bay Fixture

Úterý, Únor 14th, 2012

Dialight has launched its 17,000-lumen, 170W DuroSite LED High Bay luminaire, designed for a wide range of industrial lighting applications.

The new 100 lumen per watt luminaire offers the maximum light output available in an LED fixture, Dialight says, combined with superior energy efficiency. Instant-on capability allows the units to be paired with an occupancy sensor and/or dimmable components for enhanced efficiency.

The units operate on an integrated universal power supply at 100-277VAC, and are well-suited for easy change-out from conventional HID light sources, such as metal halide and high pressure sodium, Dialight says.

The model, which will be available for delivery in March, is the latest addition to Dialight’s expanding High Bay product line. This now offers lumen outputs ranging from 8,000 to 17,000, including several models certified for hazardous location use. LED low bay models are also available at 6,000 lumens for lower ceiling height applications, such as parking garages and cold storage facilities.

In addition to being UL1598/A and CSA 22.2-certified, the 17,000 lumen product is also IP66-certified for use in outdoor and wash down locations, in addition to indoor use for warehouses, manufacturing facilities and cold storage applications. At just one-fourth the overall fixture height of conventional HID fixtures, the low-profile high bay reduces dust and dirt accumulation, as well as interference with air circulation or other structures, Dialight says.

The fixture is set to undergo CE compliance testing to broaden availability in the coming months.

Each unit is backed by Dialight’s 5-year full-performance warranty, which encompasses the entire luminaire from fixture housing, lens and finish to LED light engines and integrated power supply.

Two Applebee’s locations in New York City used Dialight 150W LED High Bay lights to illuminate exterior canopies in a lighting retrofit project, and the restaurant said it planned to make the same changes at all 31 locations in the city.