Cree Launches LED Testing Service

October 3, 2011

Description: has developed a new LED luminaire testing service meant to identify design flaws and accelerate time to market, the company announced on Sept. 28. The TEMPO service, which stands for Thermal, Electrical, Mechanical, Photometric and Optical, is available to all manufacturers, not just those who use Cree's LED components.

Cree's Director of Applications Engineering Mark McClear says the TEMPO service is an example of Cree's commitment to “leading the LED revolution,” as the company's motto states.

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National Lighting Bureau Exec Sounds off on Price Hikes in Lamp Market

by Jim Lucy July 29th, 2011

John P. Bachner, the executive director of the National Lighting Bureau (NLB), Silver Spring , Md., has an interesting take on the current pricing situation in the lamp market. Following is an excerpt from a NLB press release about the impact pricing increases in rare-earth elements (REEs) are having on fluorescent lamps.

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LEDs make their way into aquarium market

by Jim Lucy September 15th, 2011

It was only a matter of time... Those ghastly fluorescent bulbs that seemed to be sold with every aquarium starter-kit may be a thing of the past, according to this post at


NEMA Reports Robust Growth for T5 and T8 Lamp Shipments during First Half of 2011

by Jim Lucy September 19th, 2011

NEMA's shipment indexes for T5 and T8 linear fluorescent lamps increased 30.2 and 12.5 percent, respectively, during the first half of 2011 compared to the same period last year. Moreover, the Q2 2011 index values for both T5 and T8 lamps were at record highs. Meanwhile, first half shipments of T12 lamps declined 11.1 percent on a year-over-year basis.

There were nominal variations in the market shares for each lamp type during Q2 2011. T5 and T8 lamps increased their share of the combined market by 0.2 and 0.1 percentage points to 7.6 and 62.4 percent, respectively. T12 lamps gave back 0.3 percentage points, decreasing to 30 percent in the lead up to next summer's phase-out of these lamps.