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GE Lighting Innovating With: The Olympics, Augmented Reality, and Christmas Lighting

GE Lighting is starting to make headline news for a number of different reasons. We highlighted them earlier with a write up on how they are partnering with the London 2012 Olympic committee to reform the lighting on the iconic London Bridge. The lights are being changed to a more energy efficient commercial lighting system, a system that will also bring out the details of the bridge where the current lights makes it look flat. This change will also allow for light shows to be project directly onto the bridge during the Olympic games and after, bringing the London Bridge into modern day.

The current lighting system makes London Bridge look flat

In Germany at the Euroshop International Retail Trade Fair, GE Lighting partnered with Appshaker to highlight their brand in a new and engaging way. GE Lighting had augmented reality stations installed around the fair. Along with Appshaker, a paper cube was made that when held up to the stations would create a 3D display that people could spin around and interact with. The video below shows the fair attendees interacting with GE Lighting’s high tech marketing material.

GE Lighting also plays a major role in a number of communities around the US when it comes to Christmas lighting. In Washington D.C. the National Christmas tree has been designed by GE Lighting for 49 years. A 80% reduction in energy consumption has been recorded as the switch to LED lights was made a few years ago. This is multiplied as all across the US, GE LED lights are widely used to light up community Christmas trees.

The National Christmas tree designed by GE Lighting in LED lights

source: Inhabitat
Image Credits: jacob barry and afagen


Conserving Energy with Wireless Motion Sensor Lights and Adapters

Adding or changing lighting in a home, for better design or to be more energy efficient, can be a challenging undertaking – in redoing electrical work and adding wiring. That is why adding wireless motion sensor lights or adapters are such a great idea. They only come on when needed, saving energy. Here are two quick and easy ways of adding motion sensor lighting to any room or space around a home.


Adapters: Motion Sensors for Lights

Motion activated light adapters

First up are adapters. Here we have a motion activated light adapter that screws straight into a normal light socket. You then screw a normal sized light bulb into the adapter. Instantly you have a motion sensing light fixture: all for the cost of 20-25$ and with only minutes needed to install them. Indoor and outdoor versions are available.

Wireless Motion Detector Lights

Wireless motion detector lighting

Another version of quick install – motion sensing lights are these wireless LED light packs. As they are battery powered, they can be placed or attached to any surface. They can be used inside closets, for stair lighting, or even for pathways. They either come with a peel and stick adhesive or with screws and anchors. Some are weather resistant and can be used in wet locations such as motion sensor outdoor lighting or for bathroom lighting.

The electrical and wiring work to install permanent, electrical motion sensor lighting will pay off in the long run with: added property value and less maintenance i.e. changing batteries. But the two examples above are simple and quick solutions that work well, and can be installed within minutes – at little cost. Lights featured here are available at 

London Bridge To Host 2012 Light Shows With Energy Efficient Lighting

The Tower Bridge of London, otherwise known as London Bridge, is getting a makeover just in time for the 2012 London Olympics. General Electric along with London 2012 sustainability partner EDF Energy, and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson will upgrade the London Bridge lights – to a more energy efficient commercial lighting system.

The current lighting makes London Bridge look flat

The Old London Bridge Lighting:

This revitalization comes as all eyes will be upon London for the summer of 2012. The current lighting system is 25 years old – has static, fixed lights which flattens the architecture and is not energy efficient.

The New London Tower Bridge Lighting Design:

The upgrade will make use of LED energy efficient lighting systems, enabling up to a 40% reduction in energy use. A flexible lighting and cable system will be installed, which will create a more 3D look when lit – enhancing the features and details of London’s Tower Bridge.

Because of the flexible lighting system – the lights can be programmed and customized. This allows for light shows with vibrant colors and displays during events in London, such as the 2012 Olympics. Making the Tower Bridge a showcased landmark during the 2012 event.

Citelum, globally known for designing lighting for the Valley of the King (Egypt), Petronas Twin Towers (Malaysia) and The Eiffel Tower, has been appointed the lighting designer of the project. Planning documents show lighting designs to include Olympic rings and the use of gold, silver and bronze lighting effects to represent the medals.

“I want London to look its very best in 2012 as the eyes of the world are upon us. I am thrilled to have brokered this deal – at no cost to the taxpayer — to bathe Tower Bridge in eco-friendly light to create a fresh perspective of this wonderful icon.” – Mayor Boris Johnson of London

As of April 2011 the plans were still waiting for planning approval. When approved the upgrade would be completed by spring 2012 adding a new chapter in the London Bridge history books.

GE’s plans for energy efficient lighting for the Tower Bridge

Source: GE Reports