For the past few years, lighting fixtures and LED chip sales have driven much of the growth in the LED industry. Once an innovative and exclusive technology, LED chip phosphor coating patents have expired, generating an influx into the LED market of cheaper, generic LED chips, crafted by Asian manufacturers. With excess supply and lowered chip prices, LED chip sales have declined, resulting in substantially reduced pricing of lighting fixtures and luminaires. The market is shifting, and that shift is toward installing and upgrading to more efficient lighting management systems.
Traditional lighting control systems use triode for alternating current (TRIAC)-based dimmers for AC voltage input dimming control or electronic low voltage (ELV) dimming controls to regulate brightness. When LED lighting was introduced, 0-10V-based brightness control was made possible through the use of a traditional wall-mounted dial or slide switch LED dimming controls, and was implemented as a low voltage alternative to TRIAC or ELV-based dimming systems. In large, higher-end building lighting systems, digital addressable lighting interfaces (DALI) and digital multiplex (DMX) controls are implemented to achieve greater performance in dimming and control. The DALI dimming systems are intended for the management of building lighting systems containing thousands of installed lighting fixtures and luminaires, and DMX controls are implemented in color mixing applications such as stage lights and façade lighting.
With the advent of Wi-Fi and RF communication-based LED lighting controls—which decrease or eliminate the need for wired communication—a need for Cloud-style lighting control systems such as ZWave, Bluetooth low energy (BLE) and EnOcean has arisen to allow smartphones, game consoles and smart switches to control high-end residential lighting. These evolutions continue to shape the future of lighting management systems and provide numerous opportunities for growth.
GRE Alpha is playing a key role in the functionality of these protocols. Acting as an intermediary to allow these different components and lighting control systems to the interface, GRE Alpha’s host of lighting management devices and LED dimming modules make the process of moving to smart lighting as hassle-free as possible. Purchasing a relevant, compatible GRE Alpha dimming module for 0-10V, TRIAC, DALI or DMX lighting systems allows consumers to upgrade lighting systems of all sizes, transforming traditional lighting systems into the lower-cost, higher-efficiency LED lighting systems.
Paving the way for these upgraded systems are GRE Alpha’s newly released 0-10V dimming module and DALI dimming module. The 0-10V dimming module features dimming with no shift in LED color temperature, up to 1024 dimming levels for high-resolution smooth dimming, and single or dual-channel output versions, among other features. The DALI dimming module offers wide range DC input, integrated strain relief, 256 dimming levels, duplicate terminals for parallel connection and more. Both modules offer 97 percent power efficiencies and enable users to achieve the latest in lighting technological advancements—all in a cost-effective manner and with simplicity and flexibility.
GRE Alpha’s 0-10V dimming module and DALI dimming module are just a couple of the exciting, innovative changes coming this summer. Wi-Fi based systems are in the works and will be released later in 2016.
GRE Alpha is committed to innovation and to delivering high-quality, leading-edge LED lighting solutions. For more information about products, or to speak with a GRE Alpha product expert, visit the Enquiries page and fill out the Enquiry form.
Solid state lighting systems are becoming more mainstream and are replacing traditional incandescent and fluorescent lighting quality. They’re superior not just in terms of the lighting quality, but also energy usage and environmental benefits. Even so, a lot of site owners and developers are still hesitant to switch to this energy efficient LED lighting. The reason for this is the initial outlay and lack of financing availability for such projects.
But what many people don’t know is that innovative and cost-effective financing is now available for such projects. One such financing mechanism is called PACE financing.
How Does PACE Financing For LED Lighting Projects Work?
The property-assessed clean energy (PACE) model allows local or state governments and other interested stakeholders to provide the up-front financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on private property which can be residential as well as commercial. The actual users then repay back the finance provider over time, typically at no extra costs because of the energy savings achieved by the project.
Note that the PACE financing initiative is supported by the federal government, and local governments get funding through the Dept. of Energy and Recovery Act funds.
The repayments are paid by property owners as PACE assessments, with the actual repayments included into their property tax bills. As such, this assessment becomes a transferable debt that goes to the new owner of the property in case it is sold. This entire financing and repayment mechanism facilitated through local governments and taxation is making it easy for property owners to decide whether to replace their old lighting with new and energy efficient LED lighting systems.
It’s a no-brainer – You don’t have to pay anything upfront, and you repay back the cost in installments. The best part is that you start saving on energy costs, and this cost reduction takes care of the installment. So you are getting, in effect, a free LED lighting system without investing anything.
GRE Alpha has been working for many years with leading system integrators and contractors in driving the use of such energy efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial projects. Make your call today and you could soon have constant voltage LED drivers, UL Class 2 LED power supplies, Lighting Dimming Modules and other energy efficient systems installed at your place right away and without any cost.
Lighting Japan, a large lighting exhibition that recently lit up the LED and OLED arena, was a great success with more than 20,000 visitors and buyers flocking to the site. According to Reed Exhibitions, which organized the expo, the number of companies that attended the show increased by 15 percent over the previous year.
GRE Alpha, which specializes in the design and manufacture of solid-state lighting power supplies and lighting control accessories, showcased its products and displayed its newest technology in LED powering systems. R&D and Design engineers from various sectors visited the exhibition to find solutions.
Its products are well suited for the architectural and signage market primarily because they are installation-ready and also because the drivers are PSE Certified LED drivers. The PSE label ensures the stability and high quality of the product and materials used. GRE Alpha's 12V 24V LED Drivers enable dimming and color-changing when integrated into circuits.
Japan is an important LED lighting market, with the second-largest LED lighting market in the world and more than 10 exhibitions held each year exhibiting the latest global LED lighting trends and new LED lighting technologies. Its LED and laser diode (LD) technologies have gained momentum and analysts forecast that the trend is bound to continue till 2019.
As LEDs work well with devices controlled by DMX and DALI protocols, GRE Alpha's DALI Dimmer module provides smooth, linear dimming with great flexibility. Its constant voltage output LED Dimming module and XLA constant current dimmable driver were showcased. In addition, the GLV constant voltage driver, the GLD-DIM dimming add-on and SLD-DIM RGBW dimming module added more color and flavor to the LED lighting set up.
GRE Alpha's DALI Dimmer module provides smooth, 0-100 percent linear dimming and works flawless and efficiently with the DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) interfaces. For traditional line voltage dimming applications, GRE Alpha’s XLA and XLAV Line Voltage Dimmable LED Drivers will work with legacy type dimming systems that are controlled via phase cutting dimming technologies.
LED technology appears to sync well with dimming control but it must be remembered that the integrated lamp should be back compatible with the line voltage dimmers to reduce installation costs. The XLA Series is a TRIAC/ELV Dimmable LED driver series that offers dimming compatibility and high-dimming performance.
For DC type digital dimming systems GRE Alpha’s wide array of DC dimming modules offer flexibility, while providing an optimal lighting experience. Its modular approach positions it to enable high end dimming capabilities to even any non-dimmable LED Driver, without having to replace them with expensive Dimmable LED drivers.
Tokyo 2020 is expected to be special as it will be for the first time in the Olympics' long history that LED lighting will be installed in a big way. The new Tokyo National Stadium and all athletic facilities will use LED lighting. This is bound to impact the market positively.
Although LED commercial lighting is quite common in Japan's schools, hospitals and retail stores, its outdoor LED lighting market has considerable potential to expand. Currently the focus has been on LED standardization and making LED an affordable option- this is expected to open the market up further.
The advantages of using LED lighting are many:- energy savings, reduction in lighting maintenance, uniformity in lighting, durability and the most important feature—being able to achieve various stage effects using lighting and dimming techniques.
GRE Alpha is expected to play a great role in this; the company's commitment to innovation and its power conversion expertise is expected to come to the fore. It has been constantly pushing the boundaries in lighting system integration, lighting control technology and power electronics and has been able to deliver efficient, best-in-class powering solutions across a wide spectrum of industry.
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GRE Alpha is pleased to announce that it launched new website, as of January 1, 2016. The company is a leading provider of the best LED drivers and dimmable LED drivers. GRE Alpha is also known for its LED lighting control accessories. Some parts of the website have been completely redesigned to allow for advanced search functions, while other sections are brand new. These include the Technology Section and the Power Unleashed sections.
The entire Products section has been revamped to permit advanced search functions, in order assist with matching GRE Alpha's Chip-on-board LED partners. New products for 2016 are showcased as a way of highlighting the unique functional and technological advantages of using GRE products.
Visitors to the website can be inspired by the project references page, where some of the architectural projects which have utilized GRE Alpha power solutions have been used. Features such as DMX Dimming, DALI Dimming, TRIAC dimming, 0-10V dimming and 12V 24V LED Drivers and LED power supplies are displayed. For those in need of UL Listed Class 2 LED Drivers, a search will provide pertinent information about the products and specifications.
On a broader scope, Smart Home Control products are available for both residential use. GRE Alpha also has a department which is devoted to Private Label, OEM and ODM manufacturing. Custom designs ensure that the customer gets what is needed by starting with basic elements and putting them together in ways that prevent over-engineering. The interactive search tool permits users to identify major categories and then to drill down through the layers until the right products is located.
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While LED lighting has become some of the best systems currently for improving efficiency as well as maximizing lumen control the quality of LED drivers and power supplies still needs to come along way before we can start to make real headway in the future of lighting. For high-quality output you need to have the right LED drivers for down lights and LED drivers for light panels. If you are a leading manufacturer for a business owner that needs to have full control over their lighting as well as high-efficiency lighting you need to place a focus into the LED drivers as well as the type of lights you would get for replacement.
The problem with many manufacturers today is that the focus for lighting control and the production of good light is usually blamed on the bulb or the fixture. Light fixture quality and LED drivers need to improve apart from bulb quality however. While many lighting manufacturers can produce some high-quality bulbs without the right power supplies to use them we can find inherent flickering and quality issues that come as a result of an inferior quality lighting driver. On LED drivers for MR 16 manufacturers could potentially be producing lighting that is causing constant eyestrain and discomfort for anyone that has to work long conditions in lighting with improper low-quality drivers.
GRE Alpha is a company that's committed to delivering high-quality drivers and lighting solutions. Our goal is to preserve overall like quality and give LED bulbs the power output that they need to improve their overall lumen control. The best quality light output is our focus and we work with industry leaders like Xicato, and Philips Lighting to produce LED power supplies that preserve quality and improve the way that LED energy efficient lighting systems manage the quality of light in any setting.