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LED Lighting Makes 'Giant Leap for Mankind' Through Color Innovation



     LED Lighting Makes 'Giant Leap for Mankind' Through Color Innovation

New Lighting Technology Helps Balance Biological Clock, Improves Productivity
and Performance

PR Newswire

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y., Jan. 31, 2013

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- While Boeing advances LED
(light emitting diode) technology to help prevent astronaut insomnia aboard
NASA's International Space Station – expected to be made publicly available by
2016 – USAI Lighting (USAI) is improving human performance here on Earth with
lighting technology that's available right now. Employing patent-pending,
precise color-tuning technology, the recessed LED downlight manufacturer has
engineered two new LED innovations that can aid in regulating the biological
clock.  

"When we're comfortable in our surroundings, we feel better. We're happier at
home, more productive at work and we sleep better at night. Light – and more
specifically, light's color temperature – plays a powerful role in enhancing
our lives," said Bonnie Littman, president of USAI Lighting. "Through
innovation in LED technology, we now have unprecedented choice and control of
color temperature, which ultimately helps stabilize our circadian rhythm and
positively influence our quality of life."

Changes in light exposure and temperature can affect everything from digestion
and sleep to cognitive performance and mood. USAI designed Warm Glow Dimming™
and Color Curve Dimming™ LED technology to adjust and change color
temperatures throughout the day. By tuning to meet specific needs of the
environment, tasks and individual preferences, these solutions help create
exactly the right atmosphere to improve occupants' performance, comfort and
overall well-being.

Illuminating the Influence of Color

Consider the cycle of a 24-hour day: color temperature during daylight hours
is a cool blue, suppressing the sleep-promoting hormone, melatonin, to
energize the body and mind. By evening, as most of us wind down and prepare
for sleep, color temperature shifts to a warmer, red hue, encouraging rest and
relaxation.

Translated into lighting design, a warmer (lower color temperature) light is
often used in public areas to promote calmness while a cooler (higher color
temperature) light can enhance concentration in offices and schools.
Previously, achieving both sides of this color spectrum was not possible with
any single light source, including LEDs. However, USAI's new light fixtures
offer simple color selection features that allow precise color temperature
adjustment in two ways, suiting a variety of environments and situations:

  o Warm to warmer: Featured in USAI's BeveLED^® 2.0 and BeveLED^® Mini
    downlighting product families, Warm Glow Dimming precisely follows the
    curve of incandescent and halogen lamps when dimmed (from 2700K or 3000K
    down to 2200K). Optimal for hospitality and residential applications, Warm
    Glow Dimming products achieve the same candlelight aesthetic that was,
    until now, only possible with traditional light sources.

  o Cool to warm: Replacing compact fluorescent and metal halide lamps with a
    single, energy-efficient fixture, USAI's proprietary Color Curve Dimming,
    also featured in its BeveLED 2.0 and BeveLED Mini products, starts cool at
    full output and warms as it dims. For the first time, environments such as
    healthcare facilities, schools, retail environments, corporate offices,
    and homes have the flexibility to adjust color temperatures (from 3500K to
    2200K).

Through their customizable, daylight-mimicking color temperatures, USAI's Warm
Glow and Color Curve Dimming solutions help make life more enjoyable and
easier to manage, from daily tasks to more extreme situations such as jet lag,
night-shift work and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). And perhaps, as NASA
has concluded, even space travel.

"All of our technology merges our mastery of LEDs and commitment to
individuals' well-being, seamlessly making even the simplest activities – from
reading to working to dining – even better," added Littman. "USAI's highly
energy efficient LED solutions are helping replace traditional, more familiar
light sources without sacrificing color, performance, optical control, and
most importantly, quality of life."

Research has proven LED lighting uses less energy (up to 70 percent less than
traditional sources), creates less heat and lasts longer, with an expected
life of more than 50,000 hours. For more information about USAI and its Warm
Glow and Color Curve Dimming technologies visit
http://www.usailighting.com/warmglow or www.usailighting.com/colorcurve.

About USAI Lighting
A lighting industry leader, USAI^® Lighting is helping shine an entirely new
light on the way commercial and residential properties address lighting design
solutions. Driven by its IllumiVation^® philosophy, USAI Lighting's versatile
yet robust selection of products fuse brains and beauty, providing fresh and
energy-saving solutions for general illumination and accent lighting. From
compact fluorescents and metal halides to its new generation of LED solid
state lighting technology, all USAI Lighting products maintain the smallest
physical and carbon footprint possible while meeting the strictest standards
for innovation and design to ensure seamless specification, simple
installation and easy ongoing maintenance. USAI Lighting is a proud member of
EMerge Alliance, helping advance the mission of adopting safe DC power
distribution in commercial buildings. For additional information about USAI
Lighting and its high-performance offerings, visit www.usailighting.com or
call 845-565-8500. Connect with USAI Lighting on Facebook and Twitter.

SOURCE USAI Lighting

Website: http://www.usailighting.com
Contact: Ashley Glowinski for USAI Lighting, +1-908-276-4344 ext. 245,
aglowinski@sternassociates.com
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