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Nichia Optisolis LEDs light art museums across Germany

The innovative Optisolis LEDs from Nichia natural spectrum LEDs that emit light which closely matches the spectrum of natural sunlight.

The extraordinary result is achieved by using a revolutionary new phosphor technology and special blue LED chip. The spectrum of the 420nm blue chip contains almost no UV emissions and in combination with the phosphor achieves a CRI value of 98+, an ultrahigh number considering sunlight has CRI 100.

The high quality of light from Nichia Optisolis LEDs renders colors accurately and adds the benefit of increased awareness of contrast and texture. In combination with their very low UV emissions, Optisolis light fixtures are particularly suitable for use in museums and art galleries where the highest possible CRI value is preferred without damaging the valuable works of art with UV rays.

The first to implement Nichia Optisolis lighting are museums in Germany: Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen, the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz and the Picasso Museum in Münster.

Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen: LED lighting (left) and Optisolis LEDs by Nichia / Lumitronix (right)

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NICHIA Ultra-High CRI: Optisolis™ LED: closest possible match to natural light


Nichia Optisolis LEDs with the full spectrum of sunlight

The latest innovation in LED development is the Nichia Optisolis technology. The full-spectrum NF2W757G-F1 and NF2L757G-F1 Optisolis LEDs from world market leader Nichia are capable of generating a light spectrum that comes closest to that of the sun. 

As a result, the Optisolis family of packaged LEDs are Ultra-High CRI light sources, with almost maximum scores for all 16 of the color samples that are used in the color rendering index metric. The 5000K Nichia NF2L757G-F1 Optisolis LED can achieve a Ra of 99 out of 100 and almost maximum IES TM-30-15 levels with Rf at 98 and Rg at 99. 

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Seoul SunLike LEDs ease eye strain and improve sleep patterns, two research studies discover

The positive health effects of the uniform spectral power distribution of the SunLike LEDs from Seoul Semiconductor have been confirmed in two independent studies, by universities from Switzerland and South Korea.

The new SunLike technology brings a major improvement to the LED spectral power distribution (SPD) which now mimics the SPD of the sun within the bounds of the human visual range. The SunLike LEDs LEDs use a three-phosphor mix and a violet emitter to achieve the SPD. Seoul has said that the LEDs can be used in a variety of applications including in human-centric lighting or lighting for health and well-being where tunable lighting can be applied to improve human well-being.

 

A study published by the University of Basel in Switzerland titled “Effect of daylight LED on visual comfort, melatonin, mood, waking performance, and sleep” found that volunteers had better visual comfort, more alertness, and happier moods associated with exposure to SunLike LEDs  compared LEDs. 

The university published the research in the Journal of Lighting and Research Technology. Professor Christian Cajochen led the research team investigating what they referred to as LEDs with a daylight spectrum.

The results are based on a study of volunteers who, in two separate test sessions, were exposed to Seoul Semiconductor SunLike LEDs in one session and to conventional white LEDs at the same CCT in the other session. The volunteers exposed to the uniform spectral power distribution (SPD) of the SunLike LEDs experience better sleep patterns and reported improved visual comfort and heightened daytime alertness.

15 young male volunteers took part in the tests in Basel, spending 49 hours twice in a laboratory. During each session, the volunteers received light exposure at the same CCT and intensity levels, the only difference being the SPD of LED-based lighting products. 

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SunLike Natural Spectrum LEDs reveal color and depth of artistic works

Seoul Semiconductor’s SunLike Series with TRI-R technology are the world’s first natural spectrum LEDs, as they produce light that closely matches the spectrum of natural sunlight. This is made possible by using a new LED architecture, with a purple emitter in combination with a red, green, and blue (RGB) phosphor mix, unlike conventional white LED that use a blue emitter and yellow phosphor. 

Spectra comparison Sunlike LEDs, sunlight, ordinary LEDs, fluorescent light

This new approach has the effect of accurate rendering of colors, almost as daylight, with the added benefit of increased awareness of contrast and texture.

Sunlike LEDs will make art have the same colors and contrast as under sunlight


The high quality of the SunLike LEDs light spectrum is expressed also by the traditional color rendering index (CRI) and the new Color Fidelity Index. Therefore, SunLike LEDs have CRI 97+ and  Rf 96(TM30 Fidelity Index), values that indicate the high accuracy of reproducing the original color from 99 representative color indexes.

SunLike TM-30 Color Fidelity Score

With the unique quality of the light spectrum, SunLike LED fixtures are perfect for lighting art, such as paintings, frescoes, mosaics, sculptures and many other exhibits. We will soon see art in many museums or historic places around the world in a new light.

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Innovative SunLike Natural Spectrum LEDs by Seoul Semiconductor

SunLike LED techology from Seoul Semiconductor and Toshiba

Seoul Semiconductor’s SunLike Series LEDs are the world’s first natural spectrum LEDs, as they produce light that closely matches the spectrum of natural sunlight.

SunLike LED package design


This achievement comes from using a new LED architecture, with a purple emitter in combination with a red, green, and blue (RGB) phosphor mix, unlike conventional white LED that use a blue emitter and yellow phosphor.  By removing the blue LED light source and replacing it with a purple light LED chip, lighting technology is fundamentally transformed. For the first time it is possible to render colors accurately with very low energy use and positive effects on health. Compared with other LED lights, the new SunLike Series does not have a blue energy peak associated with eye discomfort and poor sleep patterns.

Furthermore, an ordinary LED spectrum is very different to sunlight, whereas SunLike’s spectrum is very similar. Thus, the light sources with SunLike Series LEDs will more accurately show the color of objects, as they would appear in natural sunlight. It's natural light spectra has color rendering of CRI-97 – close to CRI-100 of sunlight, and much higher than the CRI-80 of conventional LEDs.

The SunLike packaged LED technology from Seoul is based in part on a Toshiba phosphor technology called TRI-R. By using the TRI-R, the LEDs deliver a uniform and broad spectral power distribution (SPD) that is more like sunlight than are typical phosphor-converted white LEDs.

The applications of this new LED technology, with its diminished blue light peak, similar spectral curve to sunlight, accurate rendering of colors and reduced scattered reflection and glare are many, from Human Centric lighting for our home and office to commercial and art lighting.

Human Centric lighting

‘Human-centric lighting’ describes lighting that is designed to work with the human body’s natural rhythms. It relies on the well-established fact that the human eye detects the presence of a particular wavelength of blue light in the spectrum that makes up sunlight, and uses this to judge what time of day it is. In this way, light helps regulate our sleep–wake cycles and other bodily rhythms, and has a significant impact on our mood and well-being.
Color temperature of sunlight
Human-centric lighting harnesses this effect by adjusting its brightness and colour temperature during the day to mimic natural light. To achieve its purpose, human-centric lighting must have a spectrum that resembles that of real sunlight, with just the right level of the crucial blue wavelength that triggers the body’s response. Most solutions described as human-centric do not have a spectrum that resembles that of real sunlight, so they end up providing too much or too little blue.

Seoul Semiconductor’s SunLike Series LEDs are different, as are the first LEDs to be closely matched to real sunlight, so they have the right level of blue that trigger the desired biological stimulus.

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Casambi light control and Seoul Semiconductor SunLike LEDs for true human-centric lighting

SunLike Human Centric lighting via Casambi app

Casambi, a pioneer in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) wireless lighting control, has teamed up with LED technology specialist Seoul Semiconductor to offer lighting designers precise control of LED strips, modules and luminaires that use the new SunLike technology that matches the spectrum of sunlight. For the first time, this development puts true human-centered lighting in the hands of designers.

Users can use Casambi's Bluetooth-based wireless control system and app with products that include SunLike series LEDs to precisely adjust the light level, knowing that the spectrum reflects real sunlight, a key ingredient for Human-centric lighting

Human-centric lighting describes lighting designed to work with the natural rhythms of the human body. It is based on the well-known fact that the human eye recognizes the presence of a certain wavelength of blue light in the spectrum of sunlight and derives the time of day from this. In this way, light helps to regulate our sleep-wake cycles and other physical rhythms and has a significant impact on our mood and well-being.

Human-centered lighting takes advantage of this effect by adjusting its brightness and color temperature during the day to mimic natural light.

With Casambi you can now set the color temperature at specific hours of the dayCasambi allows control of the lights through a timer or a variety of presence/movement sensors and daylight sensors. It can control lights that change colour temperature over a very wide range, and designers have the freedom to configure dimming and create scenes or animations for the application.

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Home lighting guide with LED strips and fixtures

Home lighting with LEDRISE Lumistrips in covelights

Careful design of the lighting for your home will ensure that the right amount of light is gets where and when it is needed and can be switched on conveniently. Lighting should avoid over-lit areas, and give control and flexibility to create lighting effects for different situations. Well-designed lighting will be inherently easier to use and will function in an energy-efficient way.

The best approach to home lighting design is to use three levels of lighting: general lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. By combining these three levels, the recommended lighting level for each room or activity should be obtained, as below: 

Recommended lighting levels for the Home  in Lux
Living rooms general 50-150
Casual reading 150
Study 150-750
Bedroom general 50-150
Kitchen general 150
Kitchen working areas 400
Bathrooms 150-300
Halls and landings 100-150
Stairs 100-150
Dining rooms 150-450


The three levels of lighting

General lighting should ensure a sufficient minimum level of light in the room. There are plenty of LED light sources that can be used for this purpose: LED modules, strips, luminaries or spotlight. Decide on the desired illuminance level (lux). In living rooms and bedrooms in particular, give a certain degree of flexibility (through control settings/dimmers) so that occupants can raise or lower the general lighting around the set level. Design for the upper end of the Lux ranges in homes with elderly occupants, which generally appreciate a higher level of general lighting. A minimum level of general lighting is required for safe movement in the home, especially on the stairs, but sufficient general LED lighting is considered important for general well-being.

Workplace lighting is needed for certain activities at home, such as reading, preparing food and working from home. LED lamps must be carefully selected, correctly positioned and controlled. Recommended are LED spot lights and high flux LED modules. Lamps or sockets are needed in the right places to ensure flexibility in the availability of work and accent lighting. Depending on the task, LED workplace lighting may be required at different levels. The colour rendering of the light is also very important for some activities and we recommend LED lights with CRI 95 or more.

Accent lighting contributes to the ambiance of a house and is usually done with LED spots and strips. As with workplace lighting, LED luminaires (or sockets) are placed in the right places to emphasise architectural features, furniture and ornaments. Accent lighting is a more personal matter, and depending on the circumstances, spotlighting or floodlighting can be useful.

For each of these levels of lighting, controls can provide a range of lighting options. So in an living room there could be separate controlled circuits for:

  • general lighting 
  • task lighting (typically positioned under the wall units) 
  • accent lighting 

Similar control patterns can be considered in other rooms, with dimmers providing a different lighting atmosphere in salons, dining rooms and bedrooms. Advanced controls, sometimes controlled by a mobile phone or a tablet app, that allow remote adjustment of the amount of light and its color are increasingly popular. Lighting is establishing itself as a lifestyle statement and houses with new and innovative lighting systems are perceived as a marketing advantage.

Lighting of each room in detail:

Living rooms

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Cove lighting with LED strips

A cove luminaire is a light line that can be made via an LED strip that is hidden within a Cove in the wall or ceiling that illuminates an adjacent surface. Light is reflected from this surface into the room to be illuminated. For this reason, light lines are generally referred to as cove or indirect lighting.

Cove lighting is a popular trend in lighting design, focusing on human nature and the behaviour of natural light. It is widely used today, with light lines as the main method of lighting interiors.

The attraction is the similarity with the natural light. With the right light source we could imagine that the bay is actually a hidden window to the outside from which the sunlight streams in.

Let's see how we can achieve the best results with cove lighting.

1. Use of energy-efficient light sources

Choose LED modules or strips with high energy efficiency, at least 100 lm/w, and place them within the coving light so that most of the emitted light uses the reflective surface, wall or ceiling that directs it into the interior. Waste of energy for lighting the interior of the bay should be avoided. LED strips with 120-180° are recommended, which should be placed at an angle if possible:

Surfaces that are more absorptive than reflective, like dark paint or wood should be avoided unless the design is primordial to energy efficiency. White ceilings produce the best results.

2. Select an LED light source with the correct light output.

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Human Centric Lighting

Human Centric Lighting (HCL) is an illumination specially designed to have a positive physiological and/or psychological effect on humans. It consists of adjusting the colour and intensity of the light throughout the day using adjustable white LED lighting solutions.

HCL supports human health, well-being and performance by considering and properly planning the implementation of a lighting system according to the desired visual, emotional and above all biological effects of light. Human Centric Lighting focuses on the needs of people for their living, leisure and working environment. The study is based on the properties and effects of natural light, a dynamic source of changing tone and brightness that changes throughout the day and seasons. 

A combination of white LED light sources, usually warm white (2700K) and cold white (6500K), is used to provide adequate human-centred lighting. This solution is also called Tunable White lighting. By adjusting the intensity of each individual, bright or dull white light with a hue between 2700K and 6500K can be achieved. It is a new way of using and implementing artificial light, corresponding to the changes of natural light and research on the effects on humans.

1. More light, more productivity

Increased lighting intensity allows people to work more concentrated, less tired, make fewer mistakes and more accurately identify mistakes. And what makes life more pleasant for the individual is more lucrative for the company as a whole.

2. More concentration and creativity

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Heat management of LED lamps

The optimal use of a product based on LED technology can be difficult due to an important factor: How the operating temperature can lead to a significant difference between the announced and actual performance of an LED-based product.
Important factors for this effect are LED quality, product design and heat management: how much of the heat generated during operation is dissipated.

If the heat is well managed, an LED-based lighting product will have the announced performance, long life and energy efficiency.

The basics of LED heat management

LEDs use electricity and this process generates heat. This heat must be conducted away as efficiently as possible from the LED in the environment. The design of the LED itself and the luminaire for this purpose is referred to as thermal management. The heat to be dissipated is directly proportional to the luminous flux and power consumption of the LED.

The heat is dissipated via a heat circuit.

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