The Impact Centre at the University of Toronto started the SSLNet to catalyze Canadian adoption of new Smart Sustainable Lighting (SSL) technology. The network is devoted to the advancement of Smart Sustainable Lighting in Canada, bringing together researchers, industries, end-users and agencies, to foster constant dialogues, knowledge sharing and facilitate collaborative projects between its members.

New light bulb technology featured on the Toronto Star

“Scientists are learning how to manipulate LED lights to tune our biological clocks. They’re seeking to use the lights on long-distance flights to combat jet lag, and in schools to help calm children. The promise the bulbs hold to improve physical and psychological well-being excites LED researchers like Venkataramanan, scientific director at the U of […]

New Phase-cut Dimming Standard

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published NEMA SSL 7A-2015 Phase-Cut Dimming for Solid State Lighting—Basic Compatibility. This standard provides compatibility requirements when a forward phase-cut dimmer is combined with one or more dimmable light-emitting diode (LED) light engines (LLEs).

DoE CALiPER Publishes New Snapshot on MR16 Lamps

DOE’s CALiPER program has published a new Snapshot Report on LED MR16 lamps, which updates a similar Snapshot Report published in January 2014. In the past two years, LED technology has progressed rapidly, but the progress has been much slower for LED MR16s. The increase in mean efficacy is about half of that seen for other categories, and lumen output and center beam intensity (CBCP) haven’t notably increased in recent years either.

Inspired by Light: Reflections from the International Year of Light 2015 Book

Inspired by Light: Reflections from the International Year of Light 2015, is a collection of 56 blog posts from researchers, industry professionals, students, NGO representatives, a Nobel laureate, and other authors from 24 countries that were published on the IYL 2015 blog. This book, to be published in January 2016 for distribution at the IYL […]

Youth Skills Connection trainees now seek employment

The Impact Centre’s  Youth Skills Connection program has now completed training its second cohort.  Supported by SSLNet partner industries and funded by the Government of Ontario, this program offers 25 hours of in-class and on the field education on fundamentals of lighting and modern lighting technologies.  Students with wide background participate in the program – […]

Nanoleaf launches Smart Home Kit and announces Aurora

Founded by graduates of the University of Toronto, Nanoleaf creates high efficiency light bulbs using the latest LED technology. The company recently launched a new connected lighting product, the Smart Home Kit, following a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The Nanoleaf Smarter Kit allows users to control the lights through Apple Home Kit verbal commands such […]

Perovskite Crystals for Tunable White Light Emission

White light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are becoming more prevalent for reducing the energy demand for lighting. But a key challenge for the LED lighting industry is to achieve the right photometric ranges and application-specific emission spectra while reducing costs. In the recent issue of Chemistry of Materials two research groups from Oxford and Cambridge (UK) investigated […]

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