Program TitleLEDs: Technology + Applications
Time, LocationNovember 26 (Monday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm) San Francisco--PEC
Also Offeredn/a
DescriptionThis class will provide a basic understanding of solid-state lighting technology; how LEDs work; their advantages (efficacy and lifetime) as well as disadvantages (heat and cost). The relationship between lifetime, reliability and economics will be discussed, as well as standards used to measure this new technology. In the afternoon, attendees will be able to examine samples of various LED products to see what makes a good performing luminaire. The discussion will include a comparison of the culture change that LED lighting is bringing to the traditional lighting world and the implications of that change.
Audience LevelBasic to intermediate level. This class is geared toward professionals in related fields (architects, interior designers, engineers and others). It is also applicable to electrical and general contractors who install or influence the purchase of lighting equipment for commercial, institutional and industrial projects. This class is not designed to address residential lighting applications.
  • Introductions and Safety Announcements
  • Review of LED basics:
    • What they are and how they work
    • Efficacy
    • Thermal issues
    • Life
    • Binning
    • Directionality
    • IES LM-80-08 (concerning Lumen Maintenance)
  • In-class review and/or demonstration of LED replacement lamps, luminaires, and other systems
  • Wrap-up, Q&A, Post-course evaluation
  • Class adjourns
Instructor(s)John Curran, Ph.D.
Dr. John Curran is an applied physicist with experience in the solid state lighting, consulting, electronics, fire, security, and oil industries. He has managed the R&D efforts of a number of high technology businesses and is currently President of LED Transformations, LLC, a service company providing guidance to industry and government on solid state lighting. John received his Ph.D. in Physics from Drexel University in 1979, specializing in wave propagation in multi-phase media. He has worked in the areas of soil mechanics, seismic acoustics, magnetostriction, and optics while working for firms such as Exxon, Allied Signal, and more recently as Vice President of Engineering and CTO for Dialight Corporation. Recent presentations on solid state lighting have included Lightfair (2006), SPIE (2004 & 2006), and CLEO/PhAST (2006). He has received 11 patents and is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Acoustic Society of America, SPIE International Society for Optical Engineering, the Optics Society of America, and the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association.
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PG&E Third Party Incentive: LED Accelerator by Energy Solutions
CostNo fee for this program for California businesses and residents.
CreditsAIA: 6 (HSW/SD), NCQLP: 6