What is CRI and How It Can Benefit You?

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CRI is a term used in the lighting industry and stands for Color Rendering Index, which is a rating scale used to measure the effectiveness of a light source to render colors when compared to natural daylight.  Natural Daylight has a CRI of 100, which is the highest score available.  A lower CRI of 50 or less indicates that the source of light is not conducive to rendering colors very well.  In fluorescent lighting, a CRI rating of 80 to 95 is an excellent rating of color rendering ability.

Industry Uses of Excellent CRI

Using the right lighting in your business can render great rewards, in terms displaying your products in a better and more appealing light.  Knowing the CRI of your light source will benefit your business, and your customer satisfaction.

If you own a jewelry store, you would want your jewels, diamonds, gold and silver displayed with lighting that provides a high quality of color rendering, and registers high on the CRI scale.  A high-quality light with an elevated CRI rating will really bounce light off of your diamonds and allow the flashy colors to show through, pleasing your customers and enticing a purchase.

A favorable CRI index rating is also quite desirable in the clothing industry, improving the appearance of displays allowing vibrant colors to show through.   The restaurant and food industries also benefit from a high CRI index, as showcasing healthy red meats or desirable desserts influences a consumer’s choice when ordering their meal.

As you can see, the effectiveness of your lighting plays a big role in the success of your business.

LCD Lighting Provides Enhanced CRI Index Lighting

LCD Lighting, (LCDL), is a leading specialty lamp designer and a valued partner to the LightSources group.   LCDL conducts continual research and development, with proprietary color rendering index technology that contains additional rare-Earth phosphors that let the natural light through to reveal true colors.

LCDL and LightSources can help you to choose an existing phosphor blend or we can develop a custom blend specific to your needs.

LightSources and our affiliated companies represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today.  Our team consists of the most highly skilled professionals that specialize in a range of innovative solutions.  Please contact us to learn more about our broad range of standard and custom lighting solutions.

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UV Curing Now Possible with Low Pressure Lamp Technology

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Ultraviolet (UV) lamps are used worldwide in various applications to cure, bond or instantly dry various materials including inks, resins and adhesives.  When UV waves come into contact with specialty polymers, it causes a photochemical reaction, altering the molecular structure of the polymer.  High-pressure UV lamps have been used for decades to create this chemical reaction, producing the UVA wavelength as the ideal catalyst for the curing function.  In recent years, however, new technology utilizing low-pressure UV lamps with a wavelength of 254 nanometer (nm), has been highly effective in curing various materials.

Low-pressure lamps operate with less energy output required, providing energy savings over heat-based curing system.  UV curing also produces a higher quality product over heat based curing or drying, as the molecular change occurs instantly, in a matter of seconds, preventing evaporation or dust particles to contaminate your product surface.  UV curing systems also produce no hazardous byproducts, and pose no risk of chemical interaction with your employees or other materials.

UV lamps purchased from an experienced Ultraviolet and lighting expert gives you assurances that your lamps are manufactured with the proper wavelength output for your application, and that they will provide a long lasting useful life which saves a considerable amount of money over purchasing and storing chemicals or other drying agents.

Low pressure UV lamps are ideal for applications that require dimming, as compared to medium and high-pressure lamps.  Low pressure mercury lamps along with amalgam lamps are increasingly used for UV curing applications and the effective drying of adhesives that have a cationic base.

LightSources Provides Proprietary UV Curing Technology

With UV lamps purchased from the LightSources Group, you can be confident in the quality output of your UV curing system, and enjoy maximum useful life saving you money with minimal maintenance and replacement costs.  LightSources is a global leader in UV research and development, producing several patented products and proprietary technologies.  Our use of amalgam lamps for UV curing is expanding with our proprietary pellet amalgam technology.

Low-pressure UV lamps typically produce 150 watts of output, as any more would overheat the lamp causing UV output to decrease.  Amalgam lamps can produce 300 to 1000 watts output, with one-third of that usable as UVC energy.  Amalgam lamps provide options when a smaller footprint is required or gives options to downsize systems without jeopardizing UV curing effectiveness.

Benefits of Pellet Amalgam Technology by LightSources

LightSources proprietary pellet amalgam technology provides several benefits over other methods including a higher UVC intensity even at 60% or 80% dimming, allowing for increased output while reducing expenses.

Versatility in mounting options are another benefit as our pellet amalgam technology is available to mount either horizontal, vertical or diagonal providing options when operating in low profile environment without losing UV effectiveness.

The LightSources Group is recognized for innovation and pioneering new lamp technologies.  We are a global supplier to OEMs around the world, supplying high-tech operations on six continents.  We have what it takes to solve your UV problem with fast, efficient and high-quality lamp products for any application.  Contact us today to speak with a knowledgeable engineer to learn more about our UV curing solutions and our amalgam technology.

Fluorescent Lamps Provide Backlighting Solutions

 

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Fluorescent lamps provide proven solutions to a multitude of applications for many industries, including consumer electronics, LCD displays, active matrix liquid crystal displays (AMLCDs), and backlighting displays in computers and avionics.

Experienced Fluorescent Light Manufacturer for Avionic Displays

The LightSources Group along with our valued partner, LCD Lighting (LCDL), lead the industry with innovative fluorescent lighting technology utilized in a wide variety of applications worldwide.  Our avionic lighting solutions can be found in private, commercial, aerospace and government aircraft.  We are proud suppliers to manufacturers of the Boeing 777 passenger jet, and the United States Space Program.

Fluorescent lamps manufactured by The LightSources Group can be found in the interior cabins of private jets, instrument displays in the cockpits of commercial aircraft, and in the NASA Space Shuttle.

LCDL and The LightSources Group have more than thirty years of experience in providing high performing patented products, offering the widest selection of standard products and components and the resources to customize solutions for each unique application.  We are set apart from other lamp manufacturers with vast international resources, providing quick turn- around time on prototypes and production.

Our ISO9001:2008 Certification ensures high quality manufactured components no matter the application.  We are your one stop shop for high quality, long lasting fluorescent lamps in any size or shape including fully customizable compact fluorescent lamps, CCFL Sub mini lamps and HCFL solutions.  Lamps from The LightSources Group save you money in minimal maintenance and long life.

Avionics Display Solutions

LCDL is committed to continual research and development, providing cutting edge technology in fluorescent lighting avionic display solutions.  Our standard cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL), are available from 2mm to 20mm in diameter, and hot-cathode fluorescent lamps (HCFL) in sizes from 6mm to 20mm in diameter.   LCDL also provides lamps for any shape imaginable with precision glass craftsmanship providing straight, curved, circular, serpentine and even interlocking lamp designs.

LightSources and its affiliated companies – LCD Lighting, Voltarc, LightTech, and Cerlux represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today.  Our products are used world-wide in a multitude of applications and industries such as our avionic display backlighting that is part of the National Defense and US Space Program.

Superior Lighting Solutions for OEMs Worldwide

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LightSources and our affiliated companies are recognized as leaders of the lighting industry, supplying OEMs large and small in over 60 countries on six continents!   Growing from a small company that started as a single location in Connecticut, The LightSources group has grown to include partners and affiliates on three different continents.  With LightTech and a state-of-the-art modern glass factory in Europe, and a LightSources location in China, we are well positioned to meet global requirements with quality lamp products and components delivered on time, no matter your location or delivery needs.

We understand how important it is to meet demanding requirements with quick turn-around.  Our global partners utilize the latest in technological advancements, working with customer Kanban delivery systems to meet tight deadlines with just in time delivery.  Our advanced material resource planning requirements allow us to maintain the necessary amount of inventory to meet our customer requirements.

Technological Advancements with our In-House Glass Factory

 LightTech’s modern glass factory in Europe is home to technological advancements, setting the industry standard with long lasting, high-performing lighting solutions.  Our proprietary UVA/UVB and UVC lighting products are used in commercial and industrial applications worldwide.   Due to our extensive research and development, we provide specialized lamp solutions for any ultraviolet (UV) or fluorescent lighting solution.  Our UVC germicidal lamps provide the specific wavelength required for your application, with 253.7 nanometer (nm) most effective at eradicating bacteria and viruses to eliminate harmful contaminants in water, air and surface purification systems.

Our vast resources and knowledgeable lighting engineers allow us to provide the most effective lighting solution for your needs, with standard or custom designed lamps delivered on time.  We adhere to strict quality standards, providing lamps manufactured with quality components and proven procedures.

LightSources in the U.S. and our strategic partner in Europe, LightTech represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today.  Our products are used world-wide in a multitude of applications and industries such as our UV air treatment systems that offer patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions.  We invite you to contact us to learn more about our wide selection of lamps.

How to Find the Best Mercury Lamp Supplier

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Mercury lamps are proven to be cost effective with energy saving efficiencies, saving energy when compared to incandescent and fluorescent lighting.  LightSources and European partner, LightTech, are leading suppliers of a wide variety of lamps used in specialty applications around the globe.  We have developed patented products with proprietary technology designed to provide longer lasting life with high performance in all lamps, including our low-pressure mercury lamps (LP Hg lamps) used in various germicidal applications.

LP Hg lamps developed by the LightSources group convert up to 40% of electrical energy into effective ultraviolet (UV) energy in short wavelengths providing maximum UVC germicidal sterilization.

Powerful Mercury Lamps Developed by LightSources and LightTech

An electric arc used with vaporized mercury is used to produce light in mercury lamps, usually in a phosphor coated lamp.  The phosphor blend coating the lamp helps to offset any blue green tint that the mercury vapor creates, which casts an unflattering illumination in many public places.   The phosphor coating assists in emitting a whiter light that is pleasing to the eye in public places, so it is often used in large arenas and venues.

Long-Life™ Proprietary Technology

Long-Life technology developed by LightSources and LightTech extend lamp product life with a specialty coating, providing high performance up to end of product life cycle, extending the operating life of your UVC mercury lamps.

LightSources and LightTech supply OEMs large and small with a wide variety of innovative lighting technologies.  Our low-pressure mercury lamps are available in quartz or soft glass, with either ozone free or ozone generating lamps, custom designed for your unique application.

Our experienced and skilled engineers work closely with customers to assist with development of proprietary lamp components to increase your brand awareness.  We provide high performing long lasting lamps used in germicidal applications for air, water and surface disinfection, UV curing processes, fluorescent lamps used in signs and industrial applications, and phototherapy lamps providing several health benefits.

LightSources and our affiliated companies represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today.  Our products are used world-wide in a multitude of applications and industries such as quartz and mercury lamps that offer patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions.  Please contact us to learn more about our wide selection of standard and custom designed lamps.

Innovative Supplier of Quartz Lamp Products

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The LightSources group consists of recognized global leaders in the lighting industry, providing proven solutions for any lighting application including soft glass, quartz lamps, fluorescent lamps and UV lamp solutions.   Our experienced team of valued partner companies provide the most innovative solutions with proprietary and proven technologies available in the lighting industry today.

Our Quartz lamp solutions are available in either ozone free or ozone generating technologies, with standard or high output models.  Our mercury vapor lamps offer powerful UV germicidal technologies, emitting precisely 253.7 nanometer (nm) wavelength for the most effective germicidal applications.

Quartz lamps are proven to be stronger and more resistant to breaking over glass or soft glass, delivering added strength and protection against breakage.  Quartz is resistant to solarization, which happens when UV radiation changes the ability of lamps and optical components to transmit UV light.  Quartz allows for the most UV transmission with minimal absorption, providing long lasting high performance with maximum quality output.

Quartz remains cooler than glass lamp products, which provides added transparency in many applications allowing for maximum UV transmittance with higher luminous efficacy.  The LightSources group provides patented products designed for maximum operating life with proprietary technologies.

The LightSources group consists of the most innovative and technologically advanced companies in the lighting industry, employing knowledgeable fluorescent and UV experts along with highly skilled design engineers for any lighting application.  We understand the technology behind the products.

Our Quartz halogen lamps are incandescent lamps enveloped in quartz instead of glass with a filament in the bulb surrounded by a halogen gas which is typically iodine.  Quartz iodine lamps contain a tungsten filament that reacts with the iodine to allow for maximum lumen output without blackening of the bulb.

LightSources, along with our valued partner LightTech, offer the most advanced lighting solutions available in the industry.  We provide quick turn around with rapid prototyping, satisfying the demanding requirements of OEMs worldwide with quality lamps, delivered on-time.   If you are searching for a high-quality supplier of lamp products and components, including fluorescent, UV, glass, soft glass or quartz lamp products, contact us for the most advanced products available today.

TriLight Max™ for Long Lasting Fluorescent Bulbs

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LightSources is pleased to offer cutting edge lighting technology in fluorescent lamps from our strategic partner, Voltarc.  Voltarc is a leading supplier of fluorescent lighting solutions for use in a wide variety of lighted signs.  Voltarc creates dazzling lighted sings in any size or shape with superior lamp technology for long lasting high performance.

Voltarc continually conducts research and development to deliver innovative lighting solutions such as LongLife™ and TriLight Max™ for long lasting high-performance fluorescent lamps. TriLight Max lamps are proven to last substantially longer than standard bulbs, in T8 and T12 specialty fluorescent lamps.

TriLight Max T8 HO lamps by Voltarc last six times longer than standard lamps with 60,000 hours estimated useful life.   T12 TriLight Max lamps by Voltarc are proven to last up to five times the standard lamps with an estimated useful life of 50,000 hours.  LongLife Technology combined with TriLight Max lamps provides hassle-free maintenance as you will rarely have to change bulbs.

Exceptionally vibrant colors are a result of unique tri-band phosphors, with high-performance lumen output throughout and up to end of product life span.  TriLight Max lamps are compatible with various systems, making them easy to install and maintain.  TriLight Max lamps with LongLife Technology are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes including Tufbend U-bend style, and extra-long lamps.

For long lasting, high-performing fluorescent lamps and lighted sign solutions, contact the LightSources group to speak with a knowledgeable engineer.  We can answer all your questions, and help custom design a lighting solution specific to your process.

LightSources and our affiliated companies represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today.  Our team consists of the most highly skilled professionals that specialize in a range of innovative solutions.  Please contact us to learn more about our broad range of standard and custom lighting solutions.

High Quality Fluorescent Backlighting Solutions

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Fluorescent lighting is a technology used in a multitude of lighting solutions in consumer, commercial and industrial applications.  Fluorescent lamps are also the chosen technology for critical applications such as liquid crystal displays (LCDs), active matrix liquid crystal displays (AMLCDs) and avionic displays in aircraft and space programs.

When you require long lasting, high-quality and high-performance backlighting solutions, you need to make only one call to the LightSources group.  We employ knowledgeable engineers with vast experience in developing lighting solutions for demanding applications including those used in Boeing 777 jets, military and defense aircraft systems and the US Space Program.  Our miniature backlighting solutions are found in the majority of private jet aircrafts around the world.

Our valued partner, LCD Lighting (LCDL), manufactures hot-cathode and cold-cathode lamps with proprietary engineering technology.  LCDL is a precision manufacturer of avionic lamps for critical backlighting applications, with more than 30 years of experience.  LCDL manufactures bright and vibrant lighting with long lasting high-performance and uniform lumen output.

LCDL performs precision craftsmanship and glass bending to form serpentines, circles, bent, straight or interlocking lamp pairs.  Our hot-cathode fluorescent lamps (HCFL) range in size from 6mm to 20mm, and cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) range from 2mm to 20mm in diameter.

AMLCD Backlighting Technology

AMLCD lighting is used in a multitude of optical lighting solutions including filters, diffusers, reflective plates and housings.  AMLCD technology is also used in thermal management and electrical power supply systems.

LightSources is proud to be a valued supplier to our National Defense and NASA Aerospace programs.  We understand the importance of receiving quality product, on-time, and to your specification.  Be sure to contact LightSources for all your backlighting solutions, including avionic displays used in our military and national defense programs, commercial Boeing Jets, and private jets used around the world.

LightSources and our affiliated companies represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today.  Our products are used world-wide in a multitude of applications and industries such as our avionic display backlighting that is part of the National Defense and US Space Program.  Please contact us to learn more about our extensive selection of lamps.

UV Curing Explained – What You Need to Know

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Ultraviolet (UV) light is a powerful form of electromagnetic radiation that has been used for decades to cause a reaction to various materials by altering their chemical properties.  UV radiation is not visible to the human eye, with a wavelength in the range of 10 to 400 nm (nanometer) emitting either UVA, UVB, or UVC radiation.

UVA – UVB – UVC Radiation Explained

UVA and UVB radiation is utilized to create a photochemical reaction that instantly dries inks, varnishes, coatings or adhesives and is beneficial in various UV printing or UV drying processes.  UVA light is emitted between 315 and 400nm, with UVB in the range of 280 to 315nm.   The powerful effect that UV radiation causes to materials is fast and efficient, with a hardening or drying process occurring in seconds.  Treating multiple parts in seconds is very cost effective for manufacturers with faster cycle times and increased capacity.

OEM’s around the globe are realizing the benefits of UV curing lamps for enhancing several industries including printing, wood treatment for flooring products, and purification of air and water in sterilization and purification systems.

UVC wavelength is in the range of 200 to 280 nm and is highly effective in sterilization applications used to sanitize either air or water.  UVC germicidal lamps are used in various medical and purification systems, providing clean air in hospitals and sanitary medical equipment.  The LightSources group consists of the leading experts in research and design, engineering and manufacturing the highest performing UV curing lamps in the industry.

High Performing and Cost-Efficient UV Curing Lamps

LightSources and European partner, LightTech, are leading manufacturers of all types of UV curing lamps providing proven solutions to OEMs worldwide.  We offer a wide selection of standard UV lamps and components, or will create a custom lighting solution specific to your application.   Our vast resources include a modern glassmaking facility in Europe where we utilize proprietary and patented technology to provide the best UV Curing lamps in the industry at a reasonable cost to manufacturers.

We have a wide selection of high pressure UV (HPUV) lamps, medium pressure (MPUV), medium pressure output (MPHO) lamps or our low pressure amalgam lamps with patented technology for long lasting performance even through end of useful life.   The LightSources group will guide you to the most cost efficient and effective UV curing lamps for your system, providing a quick return on your investment.

LightSources in the United States and LightTech in Europe are leading experts in all varieties of UV lamps for curing applications.  Contact us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable lighting experts for guidance on the most appropriate lamps for your process. 

LongLIfe™ Technology Superior Low Maintenance UV Lamps

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LightSources and our valuable partner LightTech are world leaders in the lighting industry, providing innovative technology resulting from continual research and development.  LightSources has facilities in the Unites States and China, and our valuable partner LightTech is located in Europe with a state-of-the art glassworks factory.

Dedicated to providing the most superior lighting solutions worldwide, our vast resources allow us to contribute to the success of OEMs worldwide, continually improving products for long lasting life with high performance.

Patented Lighting Technology

LongLife™ technology contributes to preserving and maintaining our planet and natural resources by enhancing the performance and life span of these patented ultraviolet (UV) bulbs.  With long life and low maintenance, you need to replace your bulbs less often, resulting in lower maintenance and bulb replacement costs, and less bulbs thrown into the landfill.

This patented technology involves a proprietary coating applied to all of our UV germicidal lamp products, which extends their average product life span by up to 16,000 hours.  This is more than 50% greater output compared to the 9,000 hours of the average standard UV lamp.

LongLIfe technology provides long lasting product life along with high performance throughout the entire extended life span.  Consistently high performance is achieved with bulbs that burn more efficiently than standard UV bulbs.

Environmentally Friendly Products and Processes

LightSources and LightTech’s proprietary technology is a result of our commitment to sustaining our environment with green friendly operations and producing environmentally friendly products.

Custom Designed Lighting Solutions

The LightSources group and all of our partner companies provide custom designed lighting solutions in addition to a wide selection of standard lighting products.  If you need a custom design for your unique application, our highly skilled design engineers will assist you from start to finish with a design to fit your needs and superior products for long lasting high performance.

LightSources and our affiliated companies represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today.  Our team consists of the most highly skilled professionals that specialize in a range of innovative solutions.  Please contact us to learn more about our broad range of standard and custom lighting solutions.