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The Compact Flicker Degree (CFD) parameter, a measure for the flickering of lamps

Posted by Marcel van der Steen in Explanation, Led lights No Comments »

CFD_article_teaserThe light coming from (LED) lights can flicker. This effect is measured by OliNo for years already. The parameters given say something about the intensity variations and the frequency, but do not give a verdict. However Peter Erwin, aka Der Lichtpeter, has developed a parameter, called the Compact Flicker Degree (CFD), that analyses the flickering of lamps over a wide spectrum of frequencies and results in a value evaluating the flickering. Also it gives a color result like a traffic light. This article explains the parameter.
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Realtime electricity production in Europe

Posted by Danny Steenhorst in Economics, Energy storage, Explanation No Comments »

Europe energy productionYou can find in this article many links to the real-time production of electricity in country’s all over Europe. Every link contains a lot of information about prices and the kind of production of electricity.
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Spectra of Philips Hue Lamp revealed

Posted by Marcel van der Steen in Explanation, Led lights No Comments »

lampThe Philips Hue lamp has been measured in several whites and colors. See this article for the measurement data in graph form and raw data. In the file you also find CCT and CRI data.

 

 

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Infrared panels nearby windows, will the infrared rays pass through them or not?

Posted by Marcel van der Steen in Explanation No Comments »

teaser_infraroodstralingVerliesDoorGlasOfNietInfrared panels are offered more and more as a cheaper (and more comfortable) alternative, compared to central heating, to create an adequate inner climate in your house and rooms. I understand very well the theoretical functioning of these panels and how to create a pleasant in-house climate. However recently have have run into two companies, that sell a lot of infrared panels, telling me that the infrared rays coming from infrared panels do travel straight trough windows, and even that their infrared panel manufacturers do tell them that. This is nonsense to me, and in this article I explain that infrared radiation coming from infrared panels do not travel straight through windows. I will explain that heat (energy) can travel through windows (easier than through walls) but that is a different process.

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Lighting for the body, not just for the eyes

Posted by Marcel van der Steen in Explanation No Comments »

sunHealthTo ensure that light is functional in the internal work space, we use for instance the norm EN 12464-1. It describes for different work situations the minimum average illumination values, the evenness, CRI ,UGR and sometimes the color temperature. But light does more. It can have a very positive effect on human’s well being. Norms 67600 and 5031 tell how.
OliNo implemented the measurement of melanopical effectiveness according to these norms.
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Spectrum of moon light

Posted by Marcel van der Steen in Explanation 5 Comments »

005_moonWhen I was looking for a spectrum of moonlight, I could not find it on the internet. As I do a lot of lamp measurements myself (see the category lamp measurements), I decided to measure the moon spectrum myself and put that info available on the internet.
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Endurance LED bulb and relation to warmup measurement

Posted by Marcel van der Steen in Explanation No Comments »

hourglass-couplesAt OliNo we do a warm-up measurement on the lamps we test. During this warm-up until stabilization, a lot of the LED lamps show a decrease in consumed power and as well in light output. When the drop in light output is significantly bigger than the drop in consumed, this could be an indication of a not too long lifetime.

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Color Quality Scale (CQS): Measuring the color quality of light sources

Posted by Marcel van der Steen in Explanation 10 Comments »

CIELabThe Color Rendering Index (CRI) is a quantitative measure of the ability of a light source to reveal the colors of various objects faithfully in comparison with an ideal or natural light source. The CRI is originally designed to evaluate fluorescent lamps. The CRI was intended to measure the ‘naturalness’ of objects’ colors, not preference. It has been found that the CRI is not reliable when used for LED lamps.

A successor, the Color Quality Scale (CQS), has implemented a number of improvements making it an alternative to the CRI and a better method for determining the color quality.
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Difference Qlumedit and LDTeditor

Posted by Marcel van der Steen in Explanation No Comments »

QlumeditVsLDTeditorWith every lamp measurement comes an eulumdat file. This is a photometric file enabling you to simulate light distribution and light patterns in a certain area like an office, or on streets etc.

It appears that two programs, Qlumedit, and LDTeditor, do read in differently an equal eulumdat file when symmetry is present along the C90 C270 axis.

Personally, I do not understand the way LDT editor does it.

Update 3 March 2015: One more catch with DIalux and IES file. Dialux does not well understand dimensions used in IES files.

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Lampreparatur im Studentenwohnheim

Posted by Marcel van der Steen in Energy saving, Explanation, Lamps No Comments »

20140811_075402_artikelDieser Artikel zeigt warum eine Leuchtstoffröhre nicht mehr funktionierte und die Erfahrung deren Reparatur. Diese Aktion hat die Folge, dass man jetzt die alte Leuchte niet wegsmeißen muss sondern weiter verwenden kann, aber auf Grund des Alters der Leuchte war es nicht so einfach sie sicher zu reparieren.

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