Thursday, May 26, 2011

Go To Myrtle Beach For Your Next Light Show?

A Ferris wheel at night.Image via WikipediaYes, we said it. Myrtle Beach is now on the map for its light shows. A new 200ft tall LED lit ferris wheel is the tallest ferris wheel on the East Coast and boasts a computer generated light show at night. This $12 Million project is the latest landmark for the city and a hopeful to help boost the tourism economy over the summer.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

DJ Lights - A New Age Art Installation For DJ's

What is Lima Peru known for besides some ancient ruins? How about DJ Lights?

An interactive art exhibit, created by Cinimod Studio called DJ Lights, is a new age art installation combining unique LED Lights with body movement. This spectacular show allows the DJ to control a whole sea of lights in the crowd. 85 inflatable LED globes change and dance between colors as the DJ's body movement is captured and displayed in colored form.

The exhibition contains an egg-shaped structures where the DJ can control the crowd. A high-accuracy thermal control tracking camera senses the DJ's movements and as they point, gesture, dance and play, the software translates body movement into light and sound action. So who wants to go to Peru?

DJ Light (DJ Luz), Lima 2010 from Cinimod Studio on Vimeo.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Fergie Lights Up the Billboards with EL Wire

As singers and performers are looking for the next greatest invention to help boost their image, Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas embrace technology as if it were putting them on the moon. Having LED and EL Wire costumes, they certainly know how to put on a show. Check out last night's Peas performance with custom made light up costume kit.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

How to Make an LED Light Glow without Electricity

R, G, and B LEDs [7].Image via WikipediaWho says LED Lights take a bunch of electricity? Well, no one really. In fact, people are finding new ways to light LED bulbs everyday. Check out this quick how to article on how paper flowers and salt water can make your own LED flower!

LED Flower from Salt Water

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Are LED Lights Soon Coming Home?

Image showing both a fluorescent and an incand...Image via WikipediaFor the last few years, CFL's have been the next good thing in home lighting. Yes, they are more expensive than incandescents, but over time save you money. However what we were not aware of at the time, is the negative impact they can have on our environment and our health. CFL's (Compact Florescent Lights) contain mercury and if one breaks, it contains enough mercury to have a small hazardous materials spill on your hands.

Nowadays, LED Lights (light emiting diode) are becoming the social norm, as we are starting to see them everywhere like cell phones, street lights, TV's and homes. In fact if you can think of a light bulb, I can almost promise there is an LED alternative for it. Take for instance airplanes, all new planes are incorporating LED lights in nearly every facet of the plane, including the led rope lighting, reading lights, and more. If comparing these two technologies (CFL and LED's), CFL's use about 25% of a typical incandescent lightbulb where as an LED equivalent will use about 2-4% under the same circumstances. LED's also don't have any mercury used in them, don't heat up like incandescents, and can withstand a higher temperature range.

Why don't we all have LED lights in our home then? Well only a couple of years ago, LED Lights cost about $60 a bulb, whereas CFL's were about $6, and incandescents cost about $0.60.  Currently, CFL's still remain about the same price, but I have seen these same LED Lights drop below $50 and some even as low as $30 a bulb. Now this may still seem like a lot, but if you take into consideration, how long these LED bulbs will last, even at $50 a bulb, this would save you money over the life of that single LED bulb. Why? Well most LED bulbs are rated at about 50,000 hours, versus 2,000-5,000 hours of a typical CFL. If you paid for 10 CFL bulbs, this will last at best the length of 1 LED Bulb and you paid approximately the same money for it. If you take into consideration the cost savings in electricity, you are making money purchasing these LED Bulbs.

Like any emerging technology, a little faith has to be spent on the part of the consumer, however LED lights are here to stay and a making leaps and bounds in the technology everyday.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Google, Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without

The Android Emulator home screen.Image via WikipediaCertain LED lights before the end of the year will be able to be powered through Android devices, like cell phones and tablets. Basically how it works is there is a radio frequency similar (but different) to wifi, bluetooth, and other wireless signals, that talks to different devices. Once enabled, you will be able to fully control your light while sitting on the couch.

What a wonderful world we live in... For more information on this technology, check out:

Monday, May 16, 2011

What's Classier Than an LED Dining Table?

Answer: Not much...

The new Arbonata Light Table incorporates technology with a modern flare. What happens when you combine 1,700 LED Lights into a table, artistically displayed as a tree? You get a uber modern new dining table fit for, well, Tron. Price for this table is still yet undisclosed. For more information on the LED Light Table, check out

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Lights, Camera, Dinosaurs!

Twinkle Dress and Twinkle Cardigan + EL Wire D...Image by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML via Flickr
A recent play that is sweeping the nation is called "Darwin The Dinosaur", which is a kids based play that tells the real life (not really) account of two dinosaurs. What gets the kids to really pay attention is the dinosaurs are all dressed in EL Wire clothing. These light up outfits are the stars of the show and get the kids jazzed up about learning.

Hopefully more plays like this will incorporate fun costumes and light up clothing as this is becoming a new trend among young adults. For more information on Darwin The Dinosaur, visit the link below.

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