When to Backlight with a Light Guide vs. a Light Pipe

Technology that enables more vibrant electronics comes in a variety of forms. There are terms as well as technologies that embrace the illumination industry. 

Their characteristics are similar yet different.

The objective of this article is to discuss product enhancement through the use of backlighting. And to determine when it is best to use a light guide versus light pipe technology. Although similar in technology (both solutions are used to channel light), they have marked differences in their applications.  

Visible Light Spectrum: From a Lighting Manufacturer's Perspective


The electromagnetic (EM) spectrum is the range of all types of electromagnetic radiation. It encompasses the entire range of light. Most of which is invisible to the naked eye. From Gamma rays on the left of the visible spectrum to long radio waves on the right. 

As a leading lighting manufacturer, we find the science and technology of light both fascinating and essential. In this article, I'll cover Visible light; and where it falls on the electromagnetic spectrum, its characteristics, and applications. 

Introduction to Fiber Optic Lighting


From sending critical data to enhancing products with beauty, fiber optics are all around us.

They are an important component used in advanced telecommunications, imaging, medicine and robotic vision. But they can also be found in mundane things such as kids toys and Christmas trees.

Maybe you have been lucky enough to see the fiber optic starry ceiling in the cabin of Emirates newly redesigned Boeing 777 or in the interior ceiling of a Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Why Do I Need to Add Light to My MRI ?


Ever been told you need to have an MRI?

For many people, the thought of a dark, loud and confined space is too much to handle.

In fact, a study involving an MRI diagnosis and claustrophobia, found up to 13% of patients receiving an MRI reported having a panic attack during the procedure. In a NIH study on MRIs and claustrophobia, a total of 95 patients (1.97%) suffered from claustrophobia and 59 (1.22%) prematurely terminated the examination due to claustrophobia.

As a leading custom medical lighting manufacturer, our passion is to help alleviate the anxiety and help improve patient comfort with the addition of interior lighting into an MRI bore.

Product Development Strategy: The Definitive Guide

This is the most thorough guide to understanding product development and all its intricacies.

The core of any product development stems from: Define - Build -Test.  Or Learn - Build - Measure.  Operative word = Build.

Andrew Maynard, an architect based in Australia said it best, "Product development will always outstrip our understanding of risk, but there is a lot we can do to narrow that gap".

In this new guide you'll learn about product development, idea screening, prototyping, business analysis and market strategy. Each step works in concert with the other as they relate to your overall product development strategy. 

Spinal Surgery Treatments and Approaches - What You Need to Know


What are the latest spinal surgeries offered today?

It is reasonable to consider spinal surgery if back pain persists after exhausting non-surgical remedies and if medication offers little to no relief, or if you're unable to perform basic daily activities. Before resigning yourself to surgical options, make sure you receive consultations from multiple spinal specialists. The key is to ensure that the procedure they choose best matches your lifestyle and desired level of physical activity.

Have you ever found yourself or a family/friend in this situation? About 400,000 people in the United States undergo spine surgery each year. 

The good news is...

Surgical Retractors - Types, Usage & Options


Surgical retractors help surgeons and operating room professionals hold an incision or wound open during surgical procedures. They aid in holding back underlying organs or tissues, allowing doctors/nurses better visibility and access to the exposed area.

The right retractor and medical device lighting will bring comfort and light directly into the surgical cavity where it is needed. If you're a physician, surgical rotation can be strenuous on your arms and if you're a patient you want the best care.  

Retractors play a crucial role in surgery. Today they come in different sizes, shapes and designs. Surgical retractor lighting could allow surgeons to better navigate in deep or minimally-open cavities. Better visibility during and at the end of surgery is beneficial to both the surgical team and patient.

9 Reasons Why Surgical Equipment With Illumination is Critical to OR's



Would you say quality lighting is essential for operating rooms?

"You cannot see what you are doing if you don’t have good light. You are doing delicate procedures and lighting is the most important part of surgery" – Surgeon at Duke University Medical Center. 

According to our findings from the surgeon surveys conducted at NASS 2017, surgeons are rating their current overhead and headlamp lighting as adequate. 100% of the surgeons said that good lighting is critical to the safety and efficiency of the procedure, specifically in lateral, minimally invasive and deep cavity cases. So if lighting is critical and traditional lighting equipment is only adequate, this poses the question of how lighting can be improved.

Electric Car News - EV Cars in the Fast Lane?

As a leading custom automotive lighting company, our passion drives us to stay on top of the latest auto trends--in this case electric car news.

Decades ago, the concept of an electric car for some, would have stirred up thoughts and images of a very futuristic, innovative and (possibly flying) vehicle.

But as time dictates...

Electric vehicles, although not flying presently, are innovative and are predicted to be very much the norm.

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance Forecast,  "The Electric Car Revolution is Accelerating". It projects electric cars will outsell fossil-fuel powered vehicles by 2038.

The Future of Wearable Electronics [Review and Case Studies]

Image credit: By Pixabay (Smartwatch)

I think you'll agree with me when I say:

The wearable tech market is alive and thriving. As a matter of fact, fitness trackers and smart watches are hotter than ever according to figures released by the International Data Corporation.

Statistics released from the IDC state that last year came to a close with 102.4 million devices shipped. "The worldwide wearables market reached an all-time high as shipments reached 33.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, growing 16.9% year over year."