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Teaching Light to Communicate!

Gallium Lighting, a pioneer in developing commercial LED lighting systems, continues to unlock useful secrets of modern light technology. Gallium’s joint research project with the University of California-Riverside’s UC-Light program is developing new wireless communication technology; “Visual Light Communications” (VLC). We are taking “Wi-Fi” to the next generation of wireless data communication, “Light-Fi”.

Lifi new Wifi TechnologyNew Led Lighting technology can be modulated to flash on and off so fast that humans cannot see it. These signals are perfect for communicating the same wireless data we transmit via radio waves, commonly referred to as “Wi-Fi”. This means that what we now do with physical wires, fiber optics and Wi-Fi, can also be done with light (Light-Fi).

WHY LIGHT-FI?

Light does not produce any RF (Radio Frequency) interference, unlike radio waves, and is safe to use around medical, aircraft, or other RF sensitive devices. With over 1 billion wireless devices already in use worldwide the issue of cross device interference and diminishing bandwidth availability is a very real issue. The FCC has issued a warning stating that the available RF band used for most wireless devices will be completely saturated by the end of 2014.  Light-Fi is the solution to this problem.

LiFi the Ultimate Security

Secure data transmission is a critical and increasingly challenging issue. Today’s wireless technology uses common radio waves to carry sensitive and private data from one source to another.  Radio waves easily transmit through solid objects such as walls, floors and ceilings leaving wireless data vulnerable to collection by unauthorized or criminal entities.  Light transmission does not penetrate solid objects and can be contained within a given area, adding an additional layer of security and protection.

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Contact: Jeff Baxter, VP Business Development

Gallium Lighting Systems LLC
33562 Yucaipa Blvd. #4-342
Yucaipa, CA 92399
Office: (831) 425-5486
Cell: (951) 201-1831
jbaxter@galliumlighting.com

UC Riverside & Gallium LED Lighting Demonstrate VLC

UC Riverside VLC Visual LIght Communication with LEDsNEWS ALERT
For Immediate Release
June 2013

Contact: Jeff Baxter, VP Business Development

Gallium Lighting Systems LLC
33562 Yucaipa Blvd. #4-342
Yucaipa, CA 92399
Office: (831) 425-5486
Cell: (951) 201-1831
jbaxter@galliumlighting.com

University of California, Riverside and Gallium LED Lighting Systems Demonstrate Visual Light Communications

Light-Based Communications Technology Featured at
UC-Light Center’s Industrial Advisory Board Meeting
at the Bourns College of Engineering

YUCAIPA, CA – In partnership with Gallium LED Lighting Systems, a local LED lighting company, The University of California’s Center for Ubiquitous Communications by Light (UC-Light), based at UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering, demonstrated technology that will offer alternative solutions for the world’s growing demand for mobile communications. The explosion of smart phones and tablets, with their ability to send and receive data, music, videos, and full length movies, are pushing the current mobile communications infrastructure to its limits. Wi-Fi and Cell phone technology are based on radio frequencies. Radio Frequencies (RF), which are government regulated, are limited resources that are quickly reaching maximum capacity.

At a recently held Industrial Advisory Board Meeting led by UC-Light’s director, Professor of Electrical Engineering Albert Wang, an alternative to Wi-Fi and other RF-based communications was presented using visible light as the communications medium. Professor Wang and his team presented a variety of Visual Light Communication (VLC) and Visual Light Positioning (VLP) demonstrations using LED lights as the data signal transmitter. “The mission of the UC-Light Center is to enable wireless communications by embedding signals into the light emitted by next-generation LEDs for illumination, traffic control, advertising, and other purposes”, said Professor Wang. “We all understand the radio based Wi-Fi used in laptops, smart phones, and tablets. An easy way to understand this new technology is to consider communications via Light Fidelity or (Li-Fi).”

To demonstrate the potential of VLC within commercial buildings and residential living space, Gallium LED light fixtures are installed throughout the UC-Light laboratory area. One computer in the lab is connected to a Gallium Light Fixture, which transmits data using signaling from the LED lights to a VLC enabled receiver, which is then connected to another computer. The demonstration was able to pass High-Definition video from the first device to the other without stopping to “buffer” the data stream. The notion is to develop this new technology as a safe and secure alternative or enhancement to existing data communications methods. “We are delighted to see the progress UCR has made with VLC”, said Jerry Keith, CEO of Gallium Lighting, LLC. “It’s been a true honor to work with Professor Wang and the UC-Light Center on such an innovative and worthy project. Those of us at Gallium Lighting see this technology as a tremendous benefit for the increasing number of facilities currently hindered by RF interference issues and are in need of greater data security and mobility.”

Gallium Lighting, in association with the UC-Light Center, is planning to install a limited VLC system in a local facility as a test bed especially for medical facilities. “The purpose of this research is to demonstrate how hospitals can support wider mobility with highly sophisticated medical devices while complying with HIPPA security requirements”, said Jeff Baxter, Gallium’s VP. “The new VLC capabilities in Gallium LED Lighting products would be installed in hospitals that are being negatively impacted by dependence on an already congested Radio Frequency (RF) spectrum for mobility of mission critical systems and devices.”

Traditional Wi-Fi networks in medical facilities, while necessary for information sharing and data infrastructure, compete with vital patient monitoring systems and medical devices that utilize adjacent or competing radio frequencies. By deploying VLC, hospital staff will connect to the hospital’s information system using VLC-enabled devices. Because it is a completely different communications medium, RF interference issues will be eliminated. “We see the revolutionary, multifunctional qualities of these Gallium LED devices replacing standard commercial and residential lighting in whatever form it might be (incandescent, fluorescent, halogen, etc…) in lieu of more intelligent, network-based LED lighting nodes” says Gordon Campbell, President of Gallium Lighting and experienced Network Communications Consultant. “The devices would not only provide the lighting for the facility and a new means of data communications mobility within the facility, but will also integrate seamlessly with the facility’s network-based lighting control systems, also known as Smart Lighting Systems.”

The UC-Light Center’s Industrial Advisory Board Meeting included many academic, industry, and political notables. In attendance were representatives from Intel, Northrop, Qualcomm, Osram, County of Riverside, and State Assemblyman, Mike Morrell’s office. “The interaction and discussion at this year’s event was insightful and stimulating”, said Richard D. Roberts, Intel Labs Research Scientist. Academic participants included researchers in optics, networking, communications, micro-circuitry, and architecture. Yehuda E. Kalay professor of architecture, UC Berkeley, states he envisions a “communication/command/control paradigm for hospitals, where the building becomes aware of what is happening inside it and can actively assist the inhabitants in carrying out their tasks more efficiently or more safely.”

A significant economic opportunity exists in the Inland Empire. Gallium Lighting will employ many professionals to implement these new technologies. “We are proud to be at the forefront of a rapidly expanding Eco-friendly industry,” said Jeff Baxter. “We work with agencies, architects, building engineers, lighting designers, electrical contractors, facility managers and designers to provide energy efficient LED lighting products that allow for creative designs in a variety of locations and applications. As this new technology evolves, architects are free to use their imagination to bring a fresh new look and expression to their designs.” The new Gallium fixtures have a sleeker, more contemporary look and are designed to blend the light source into the overall aesthetic of the structure, without standing out.

The UC-Light Center was funded initially through a $3.5-million University of California Multicampus Research Program and Initiatives competition grant that includes UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Riverside and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. In addition to support from Gallium Lighting, addition to the project include Boeing, Cisco, Intel, Los Alamos National Lab, Microsemi, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Sutter Health, Celerity Technologies, Broadcom, and Qualcomm.

For more information, contact Jeff Baxter at (831) GALLIUM or at jbaxter@galliumlighting.com.

GALLIUM Partners with REDWOOD Smart Lighting Systems!

New Technology Solutions: Smart Lighting Control Systems for SSL Fixtures

Gallium Lighting and Redwood Systems have teamed up to provide Smart Lighting Control Systems for commercial applications.

Redwood Systems has developed an innovative, energy-efficient, low-voltage lighting system that provides advanced control capabilities along with rich building performance data to improve how commercial buildings are operated and maintained. Gallium has teamed up with Redwood to provide integrated and intelligent commercial down light solutions that cost-effectively deliver energy efficiency, daylight harvesting, motion/occupancy detection, user defined control parameters.  Both new construction and retro projects will realize:

  • Best-in-class energy savings
  • Real-time energy management and reporting
  • Building performance monitoring and enhanced workplace productivity
  • Reduced installation, commissioning and maintenance costs

Contact: Jeff Baxter, VP Business Development
Gallium Lighting Systems LLC
33562 Yucaipa Blvd. #4-342
Yucaipa, CA 92399
Office: (831) 425-5486
Cell: (951) 201-1831
jbaxter@galliumlighting.com

Gallium LED Lighting Systems Helps Church to “See The Light”

Yucaipa’s Bryant Street Baptist Church Converts from Incandescent

To Environmentally-Friendly LED Lighting for Energy Cost Savings

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YUCAIPA, CA – Gallium LED Lighting Systems, developer and leading-edge provider of lighting energy optimization services, announced the completion of an energy efficient lighting upgrade for Bryant Street Baptist Church in Yucaipa. The installation of the eco-friendly engineered lighting systems has drastically reduced lighting maintenance costs, and delivers 84% energy cost savings.

The rapidly expanding LED industry is the new era in lighting technology. Light emitting diodes (LED) are significantly more efficient than either incandescent or compact fluorescents, last up to four times as long, are safer with no lead or mercury, and no harmful emissions like ultraviolet rays. An important LED component is Gallium Nitride, a rare, soft silvery metal that’s used as a semiconductor. LEDs radiate very little heat, providing a high level of comfort and delivers unprecedented lumen output.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of a rapidly expanding eco-friendly industry,” said Jeff Baxter, Director of Business Development, Gallium Lighting Systems. “We work with agencies, architects, building engineers, lighting designers, electrical contractors, facility managers and designers to provide energy efficient LED lighting products that allow for creative designs in a variety of locations and applications. As this new technology evolves, architects are free to use their imagination to bring a fresh new look and expression to their designs.”

 

Bryant Street Baptist Church in Yucaipa recently deployed a Gallium LED Lighting System in its 40 year old, 4,800 square-foot Worship Center.  Previous fixtures lighting the Main Hall were 3 foot cylindrical, multi-incandescent-light pendants suspended from the 20 foot ceiling by chain. There were 16 such fixtures, each having a 200 watt bulb on the bottom circuit, and three – 100 watt bulbs on the top circuit.  Normal usage during services was for all lights to be on in order to produce 11 to 12 foot candles of light at reading level. At 500 watts per fixture, that’s an energy consumption rate of 8,000 watts per hour.

The new Gallium fixtures have a sleeker, more contemporary look and are designed to blend the light source into the overall aesthetic of the structure, without standing out.  The surface mounted 2 foot square fixtures contain four Gallium GS6 modules, each of which require only 20 watts, for a total of 80 watts per fixture.  With all lights running at full capacity the energy consumption rate is 1,280 watts per hour, yet they produce an average of 30 foot candles of light at reading level (three times the level produced by the previous light fixtures).  Another benefit realized with the Gallium LED Light System is the absence of “lighting hum,” the static noise picked up by sound systems in many auditoriums when lights are turned on or dimmed. Because the Gallium fixtures are made with solid state circuitry, all of the fixtures are “cleanly dimmable.” This means they can be dimmed to match the mood requirements of various events, yet will not emit the static background noise which is so familiar with incandescent arrays or ballast-based fluorescent lighting systems. “Being very cost conscious, we tried to retrofit the original fixtures with the screw-in type Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) replacement bulbs,” said Jerry Campbell, former Chairman of Trustees, “But they threw so much static noise into our sound system, we had to immediately remove them and put the incandescent bulbs back in the original fixtures.”

Bryant Street Baptist Church Installs Energy Saving LEDs

“We undertook the project because we wanted to bring a more contemporary look to our Worship Center. The Gallium Lighting System produces a brighter, cleaner looking light and is delivering dramatic cost savings by decreasing our energy usage.”, said Frank Kingsley, Senior Pastor of Bryant Street Baptist Church.  “In addition to the cost savings, numerous church members have complimented us on the enhanced look of the building as well as the overall lighting quality. The Gallium Lighting System helps us reduce our monthly costs, and it’s a better long-term solution for our environment. That’s exciting!”

“The Bryant Street Baptist Church installation is a terrific local story that brings the benefits of Gallium Lighting Systems ‘to light!”, said Jerry Keith, CEO, Gallium Lighting Systems. “I’m delighted about the completion of this important project. We look forward to working with many facilities like churches, schools, community centers, retail stores to provide similar cost-cutting, clean-tech solutions.”

Gallium Lighting may reduce lighting-related expenses up to 90% with the elimination of maintenance, re-lamping, and disposal costs associated with traditional lighting alternatives, and transforms lighting into a manageable asset to improve efficiency with a 25-30 year life span. Gallium’s LED light fixtures present a fresh new aesthetic appeal to conventional lighting, and their award-winning products meet or exceed Underwriters Laboratory (UL) and Energy Star testing and are backed by a 5-year warranty.

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Contact: Jeff Baxter, Director of Business Development

Gallium Lighting Systems LLC

33562 Yucaipa Blvd. #4-342

Yucaipa, CA 92399

(831) 425-5486

jbaxter@galliumlighting.com

Gallium Lighting Accepts Inaugural Position for UC-Light Center

Fayetteville, GA – February 10, 2011 –Gallium Lighting, LLC, announced today it has accepted an inaugural position on the Industry Advisory Board for the Center for Ubiquitous Communication by Light (UC-Light Center) based at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering.

Gallium Lighting was one of the first companies to introduce LED Downlighting Fixtures to the commercial world.  They have won awards for their Energy Star rated products and produce some of the most energy efficient, environmentally friendly commercial downlights on the market today.  By joining together with the research efforts of the UC-Light Center, Gallium Lighting continues their efforts to remain on the leading edge of development for commercial applications using advanced LED lighting technologies.

About the UC-Light Center

Established to stimulate new concepts and new economic opportunities in wireless communication, the center is funded by the University of California’s Multicampus Research Program and Initiatives and engages faculty from UC Riverside, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  In collaboration with companies in multiple industries, the center will develop visible light communication (VLC) concepts that can lead to new technologies, systems and services for indoor and outdoor wireless data transmission, geolocation, and tracking using visible lights.

The UC-Light Center’s mission is to develop the VLC technologies necessary for making wireless communication by light commercially successful.  At the enabling technology level, they are developing concepts for signaling and networks using light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which increasingly are being used for indoor and outdoor lighting and signage.  Specific applications already targeted for development include indoor wireless networking and navigation in complex environments, hospital asset management, and automobile and traffic control.

“PDAs, HDTV, information kiosks, computers and laptops all can be interconnected wirelessly through visible light,” said  Daniel Xu, professor of electrical engineering at the Bourns College of Engineering,  principal investigator and  Director of the new research center.  “The visible light spectrum is several orders of magnitude larger than the crowded radio frequency (RF) spectrum, and thus has huge potential for low cost and high data rate communication.”

“Imagine the enormous potential for commercial, medical, educational and public safety applications as a result of everyday LED lighting sources, both inside and outside of building structures, having the ability to intelligently communicate” said Gordon Campbell, director of business development for Gallium Lighting, LLC and CEO of Cybertime Network Communications. “You could actually use your laptop, notebook, cell phone, or a variety other data communications devices in sensitive venues such as hospitals without fear of Radio Frequency based interference with critical medical equipment.  It would also make functions like airport ground communications much easier to manage if administrative, security and resident vendor traffic was off-loaded to an LED light source based network rather than the already congested RF signals that support existing cellular, data, and voice communications.

For more information on Gallium Lighting, see www.galliumlighting.com

For more information on UC-Light, see www.uclight.ucr.edu

Contact: Jeff Baxter, VP Business Development

Gallium Lighting Systems LLC
33562 Yucaipa Blvd. #4-342
Yucaipa, CA 92399
Office: (831) 425-5486
Cell: (951) 201-1831
jbaxter@galliumlighting.com