Fireflies are inspiring brighter LEDs

The jagged pattern of scales on a firefly’s lantern could inspire brighter and more efficient LEDs, according to a group of scientists that developed an outlayer based on a firefly design that boosts the glow of an LED.

Barnes & Noble’s new Nook is for reading in the dark

If you are one of the 64 percent of people who read in bed, do you need a dedicated front-lit e-reader? Yes, says Barnes & Noble, so that you don’t disturb that special someone sleeping beside you. Hence the new $139 Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.

Switch ships first liquid-cooled LED bulbs to hotels

Switch Lighting’s liquid-cooled LED bulbs are moving a step closer to being commercially available. The startup, which unveiled its bulbs earlier this year, says it has shipped its first batch of bulbs to several hotels, which will test them out and provide the company with feedback.

GE to buy LED tech maker Lightech

GE continues to see a bright spot in LED technology. On the heels of its investment in LED cooling startup Nuventix, GE announced on Monday afternoon that its lighting division, GE Lighting, plans to buy Israeli LED power supply company Lightech.

Switch Shows Off Liquid-Cooled LED Bulb

Formerly called SuperBulbs, Switch Lighting is finally showing off its first set of commercial products, which are liquid-cooled LED bulbs that are meant to replace incandescent bulbs, at the lighting convention Lightfair this week.

5 Cleantech Trends to Watch in 2011

Clean Edge’s new report lays out five trends that could drive the next decade’s green markets, from those relying on hard, cold economic realities to others susceptible to changing government mandates or consumers preferences.

Lighting Science Aims to Raise $150M and Join Nasdaq

LED lighting has been moving gradually from niche markets. Now it’s set to gain a brighter profile among investors as well with the planned Nasdaq debut of Lighting Science Group, which plans to sell shares to raise up to $150 million.

Boxee CEO: Google TV is ‘a Great Opportunity’

Google’s launch into the living room could threaten Boxee, Roku and other broadband-connected set-top makers. But Boxee CEO Avner Ronen said that the launch of Google TV could also present an opportunity for the startup, giving it an easier way to connect to consumers.

10 LED Companies To Watch At Lightfair

It’s fitting to have the world’s largest lighting convention in the city that’s so covered in lights you can see it from space. This week Lightfair kicks off and companies from the world largest to the small innovative startups, are unveiling their world-domination lighting plans.

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