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Lighting is Science

Science Week Ireland is a week-long event that takes place every November, celebrating science in our everyday lives. It is coordinated by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). The Science Week programme includes workshops, science shows, talks, laboratory demonstrations, science walks and other science-related events taking place all over Ireland. It has been running for 24 years.

This year, Science Week Ireland 2019 runs from the 10th to the 17th of November. People may not be aware, but Lighting is a physics-based industry, so science obviously plays a huge part in ROBUS. Physics is vital to us to deliver highly efficient lighting. Not to mention, we wouldn’t exist without the invention of LED lighting and all the science behind it.

Science Week and Climate Change

The main focus of Science Week in 2019 is Climate Change, with RTE doing a whole feature on Climate Change during the week; 

ROBUS light fittings use LED lights, which, when used in a home, office etc consume significantly less energy compared to standard fluorescent fittings. A ROBUS LED light fitting uses only half the electric power of a CFL/fluorescent light.

With the problem of climate change becoming increasingly severe, the government have begun to put many energy rules in place in an attempt to reduce energy consumption. One rule being that lighting products delivering less than 85 lm/W will be banned in Europe within two years – even if they are LED lights. ROBUS already have a wide range of lighting products exceeding the proposed new minimum efficacy of 85 lm/W.  Take a look through our extensive catalogue here;

ROBUS are continually trying to create products that are more and more energy efficient, for example:

  • The new ROBUS CONNECT range of Wi-Fi controllable residential lighting, launched in June 2019, allows customers to save even more energy by using smart programming.
  •  ROBUS has recently introduced LiFePo4 batteries into its new emergency exit light fittings in an effort to phase out NiCd batteries. These have no cadmium and are 95% efficient instead of 75% efficient.
  •  Using the 6W ROBUS TRIUMPH downlight instead of a typical 24 incandescent 50W GU10 lamp in a house saves one-eighth of a ton of carbon dioxide a year if they are used for 3 hours per day.

Aside from taking Climate Change into consideration through our products, we consistently try to improve our carbon footprint in our Head Office in Dublin. We have an Environmental Management System which encapsulates the entire life cycle and disposal of goods from waste management to energy management. We successfully achieved ISO 14001:2015 Certification on 19th Feb 2019 for our Environmental Management.

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Lighting Science Facts

Here are some fun facts about science in Lighting that you may not have known:

  • Most of modern science, from quantum physics to DNA, resulted from an industrial contract research project in 1894, in which some electrical companies in Berlin asked Prof. Max Planck to improve the efficacy of the lightbulb
  • Shuji Nakamura, Hiroshi Amano, and Isamo Akasaki, the inventors of the blue LED, which makes white LED lighting possible, won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was jointly awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm
  • Did you know that the melanopic (blue/cyan) content of light has a non-visual effect in regulating our body clock?
  • Did you know that the melanopic (blue/cyan) content of lighting is the most important time giver for our human circadian rhythm?

The soon to launch ROBUS HUMANITAS Human Centric Lighting Range takes the last two points into consideration. This technology imitates real daylight to work with your body clock. Users will experience sunrise, sunset and daylight stimulations which will result in higher energy levels and better sleep and also impact on health.

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