Lighting Systems with Superpowers Image courtesy of GE Lighting

Lighting Systems with Superpowers

Lighting on a semiconductor has some unique characteristics, such as being able to flash at a rate the human eye doesn’t notice, on the order of nanoseconds. This capability underlies systems being developed to transmit data via LED lighting, making for optical wireless communications at multi-gigabit rates. 

As the industry gets comfortable providing more light from semiconductors and less from charged filaments or fluorescent phosphors, the array of benefits this change will bring is beginning to make itself clear — it’s huge, and we’re still very early in the game. Many of those benefits come not from the light source itself but from the controls and the many ways a

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