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Lumiducts; Luminous Products

Lumiducts; Luminous Products

JANG Sung-Won

Apr. 15, 2008


Welcome to our video program. I'm Sung-Won Jang from the Technology and Industry department.

Lumiducts are “luminous products” that take new approaches to using lights in everyday products. Some of these new lumiducts include an air-conditioner that tells you temperature changes by emitting light, and water faucets that glow blue or red depending on water temperature. Such use of lighting moves far beyond the simple power light of past products and is devising new ways of using lighting as an integral part of product design.

First, many luminous electronic products are now coming onto the market.

In the case of a recent Samsung A/C model, LED lights shaped like a flower and a butterfly on the surface emit soft blue light when the indoor temperature drops one degree or reaches a pre-set temperature.

A mobile handset from LG glows red or blue according to the kind of music being played, and features a touch sensitive wheel that responds in color to input.

One of HP's new laptop models is equipped with a blue LED that backlights the keyboard.

A recent bath tub from American Standard has specially-designed LED lights inside for a cozy atmosphere. Phillips is planning to launch “photonic textiles,” a light-emitting textile made with flexible and thin LEDs and batteries. Clothes made with these textiles will be able to show many different patterns by producing colorful lights.

“Lumiducts” are not just limited to electronics or daily products. Buildings can be luminous too.

The outer walls of “The Water Cube,” a swimming venue built for the 2008 Beijing

Olympics and one of the most eye catching stadiums built for the Games, is translucent. A variety of lighting shows are possible through the lighting installed on the outer walls of the cube.

Galleria West in Apgujeong, Seoul, has become a local landmark through its external covering of computer controlled LED illuminated disks. Designed by Ben Van Berkel, the entire building is illuminated with shifting colorful lights at night.

What's behind this rise of “lumiducts?”

Lumiducts are made possible by LEDs, which may be the main source of light for the next generation. An incandescent electric lamp emits light when a filament is heated. A fluorescent lamp produces light by using electricity to cause a phosphor to fluoresce. LED lights, on the other hand, emit light immediately when electricity flows in. Thus, it takes less time and power for LEDs to produce light.

In addition, as LEDs are based on semiconductors, they can be made into compact light sources.

Without LEDs, “lumiducts” would not be possible at all. No one would use large power hungry lamps just to make luminous products.

Today we've looked at the rise of “lumiducts.” Products that stimulate the senses have gained popularity and can do much to improve user comfort and convenience. “Lumiducts” can attract customers more actively by offering products whose appeal is not only vivid, but is constantly changing.

Thank you for watching. I'm Sung-Won Jang.

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