Engineering Design Process: From Problem to Solution

Engineering design is the process (often through iteration) that engineers use to create products, devise a system or process to meet the desired need. It involves an organized series of steps establishing objectives, analysis, and evaluation. The steps contribute to a successful desired outcome.

As a world-class lighting technology integrator, we provide the right lighting technology for your application at the right timeGood engineering design practices start with careful consideration of the product requirements up front to reduce the delays and redesign costs later. In this article, we discuss the engineering design process, from design input to a successful design output, and best practices.

Spinal Implants: Types, Usage and Options

Technology breakthroughs in spinal implants are extensive right now.

And it's only getting larger.

The U.S. spine implants market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.29% between 2016 and 2020, according to a Research and Markets report. 

Growing usage of implant procedures and the increased adoption of minimally invasive surgeries allow surgeons to create smaller incisions and better outcomes for the patient. Due to the confines in MIS surgeries (narrower and deeper cavities), the need for better visualization is indispensable.

As a leading custom medical device lighting company, our commitment encourages us to stay on top of the latest spinal implants, spinal surgery techniques and technological advancements in the market. This article covers spinal implant types, usage, and developing trends.

How is the Brightness of Light Determined?

Brightness is an attribute of visual perception in which a source appears to be radiating or reflecting light. 

There is often confusion around terms such as luminosity, magnitude, light intensity and how humans actually perceive light. It's important to understand the different terms and technology used in the illumination industry.

As a leading lighting solutions provider, Lumitex is asked frequently, "How bright does my product need to be and how is it determined?" 

Surgical Lighting: The Definitive Guide

Quality lighting is extremely important when it comes to the operating room. We want surgeons to experience improved visualization without an increase in eyestrain and operate at an advantage to both doctor and patient. 

The challenge lies in finding the right surgical lighting that fits operating room staff and the patient's needs. There are various types of surgical lighting options, all playing a pivotal role in illumination. 

In this new guide, we discuss common lighting methods utilized in the operating room, diverse surgical procedures that require different lighting specialties and types of light sources.

The Ultimate Guide to Light Measurement

This new guide will show you everything you need to know about measurement of light.

It's important to understand the different terms used to characterize light. From the measurement of light in the electromagnetic spectrum, tunderstanding perceived brightness to the human eye, light intensity and the tools used to measure light, this guide covers it all.

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Light Guide vs. Fiber Optic Light Pipe: What's the Difference?

What is a Light Guide?

Light guides are used to distribute light from the source to a particular area that requires illumination. They are made up of a transparent material (glass or plastic) and thin filaments and are capable of transmitting light signals though internal reflections.  

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.