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LED display Christmas tree at Time Square, New York

Dec 20, 2011

TDK and Toshiba have created a great big Christmas tree scene using only LED displays in Times Square at New York on one times square building. They’ve created a digital image of a 40 m…

Sony Unveils ‘Crystal LED’

Jan 11, 2012

Sony has developed self-emitting display technology,  a  55 inch prototype of which it demonstrated in full HD at the Intenational Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month. The self-emitting display uses ultrafine LEDs in each of…

Valentine LED Display in Taipei!

Feb 22, 2012

101 people were invited to display their valentine’s Day sentiments on the walls of the Tapei building on February 14th. Taipei 101 Management charged a fee of $1,762 for each LED message and displayed them between…

Nokia Lumia Launch, LED Extravaganza.

Apr 14, 2012

Nokia launched its Lumia 900 mobile phone in Time Square on 8th April, with an LED spectacle!  Technicians reportedly spent over 5 thousands hours setting up what was to be one of the world’s largest…

Revolution in LEDs – the Big Chip Round has arrived.

Apr 27, 2012

Production was announced this month by Luminus Devices, of the new Big Chip Round LEDs.  Luminus exhibited it’s exciting new range at a recent trade fair in Frankurt, Germany.  The Big Round chip is a…

LED wows at the Olympic Games ceremonies.

Aug 16, 2012

The opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games benefitted hugely from LED lighting’s  key strengths of colour changing capabilities and longevity. The crowd were wowed by the animated effects and patterns they were able to…

New addition to Sharp’s range – the PN-V600

Sep 18, 2012

Sharp Electronics American division SIICA have proudly presented their latest LED video display the PN-V600. Beautifully designed with seamless surround, creating a truly high impact, portrait and landscape wall display. Compared to others in the field,…

New PixLED product on show at Amsterdam Exhibition.

Sep 18, 2012

LED manufacturer Pixled exhibited its Pixled F-10i/o – the first of two new fully IP-65 rated indoor /outdoor LED displays at the ISE exposition in Amsterdam earlier this month.  Pixled products are renowned for their…

LCD scientist receives Lifetime Achievement Award

May 30, 2013

Swiss physicist Martin Schadt received a lifetime achievement award given to him by the European Patent Office, in recognition of his pioneering work in LCD development, dating back to the 1970s. Modest Schadt, in his…

Samsung’s OLED TV September European launch – price €7,999!

Sep 03, 2013

Starting in Berlin, Germany, on September 6 at Europe’s biggest trade show the IFA, spectators will see the first European exhibit of Samsung’s Curve de OLED TV, their answer to last year’s LG’s innovative product.…

World’s Largest Self-Storage Company to Save $1.9 Million with LED Lighting

Oct 31, 2013

The world’s largest storage company hopes to save almost 2 million dollars by switching to LED lighting with a 50,000-hour lifespan or the equivalent of more than 13 years at 10 hours of use per…

New Technology – Li-fi via LED light.

Nov 04, 2013

New Technology – Li-fi’ via LED light. Emerging technology ‘Li-fi’ could see specialised LED lights bulbs providing low-cost wireless internet connectivity almost everywhere, say UK researchers. A joint venture project by three top Scottish Universities…

LED backlighting to become standard technology for LCD manufacturers.

Nov 19, 2013

LED back lighting is expected to become the standard technology for LCD manufacturers over the next few years as 100% of all LCD televisions are soon  to be illuminated by it.  With plasma TVs being phased…

Seasonal LED Displays

Dec 23, 2013

Four of the loveliest festive LED displays images from around the globe.

QLED Technology

Jan 22, 2014

Big news! “The commercialization of quantum dots using kilogram quantity mass production is a game-changer.” Very scientific, very exciting for the LED market in terms of products that offer brighter lighting, lower costs and longevity. And research suggests that…

Strategies in Light Europe – 2014 event

Feb 11, 2014

Strategies in Light Europe – 2014 event. This year’s Strategies in Light Europe 2014 will take place at the M.O.C. Event Center Munich, Germany. The event provides Europe’s most comprehensive conference and exhibition for the…

Consumer Electrics Show, Vegas – Highlights.

Feb 22, 2014

The recent Consumer Electrics Show in Las Vegas exhibited two completely different sized flexible displays, putting an end to long-time wondering whether the electronic industry would ever be able to produce them. LG showed its…

‘Impossible’ development in LED lighting industry

Mar 25, 2014

A UK company with a speciality lighting technology arm, Zeta, have succeeded in developing a low power LED form bulb, know as the Life Bulb. Commissioned by the Department of Energy and funded through a…

Huge growth estimate for LED displays and signage to 2019.

Apr 15, 2014

Global demand for outdoor signage displays is on the up and will continue to rise some 12% up to 2019 say research experts. The market will be worth approximately 3.5 billion dollars according to a…

LED innovation to aid sleep!

May 10, 2014

With sleep experts blaming smart phones, tablets and other devices among the reasons why people are not getting enough sleep, technology has redeemed itself a little with the invention of an LED sleep aid named…

Predicted Changes in LED markets for 2014.

Jun 27, 2014

With a current market value of over twelve billion dollars and an ever increasing demand from the mobile technology sector as well as for traditional LED lighting applications, business community network CIOL reveals the major…

LED can deliver huge energy savings says study.

Jun 27, 2014

A study carried out by the Energy Saving Trust on LED light fittings says the new LED technology can deliver huge energy savings and reduce costs. A field trial was carried out monitoring the performance…

LG Electronics deliver first OLED screen to consumer market.

Jun 27, 2014

May 2013 saw the delivery for public consumption, the first curved OLED by Korean manufacturer LG Electronics, who are Samsung’s main rival company.  Screens are made thinner and more flexible through the use of organic…

50 years since invention of LED

Jun 27, 2014

The LED celebrates 50 years in existence this month. Dr Nick Holonyak Jr invented the first visible LED during his time working as a scientist at American multinational company GEC. Today aged 83, the inventor…

Boom predicted in LED market Asia-Pacific.

Jun 27, 2014

A new market forecast of the global consumption of LED use in professional displays and signage has been released by researcher ElectroniCast, who predict that future ‘consumption value will increase with rising quantity growth largely…

Two new Samsung products launched this September!

Jul 27, 2014

September 2012 sees the launch of Samsung’s two new commercial use displays – the NL22B and the UD22B. Samsung will showcase the two products at an IFA exhibition in Berlin. Features of the products include:…

New “invisible” LED lighting designs goes on show at Maison & Objet

Aug 05, 2014

French designer Henri Bursztyn last week unveiled a series of new lighting pieces in Paris at the Maison & Objet fair. Described as part lighting accessory and part object of art, the design featured what has…

BruumRuum receives Insta’s LED technology an IALD award

Aug 29, 2014

Over in Las Vegas, the 31st Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) took place this summer. The June event saw award winners representing ten countries through a diverse set of projects. Receiver of the…

Research and Markets: Global LED Display Market 2014-2018 report released

Sep 16, 2014

A recent industry report by global industry analyst Research and Markets looked at current LED usage through to expected use to year 2018.  The report highlighted three main themes:  a trend in LED dominance of…

LEDs Consumer Market

Oct 01, 2014

Transparency Market Research have published their latest report in which they analyzed the global LED market, concluding that market value could reach $12 billion by 2020. The findings seems in accord with previously released reports from other…

LED Science Bendy Displays

Oct 14, 2014

A team of researchers at a university in Korea have announced they are moving closer and closer to developing so called 'bendy' LED displays. They are developing technology using inorganic compounds, an example of which, gallam…

Yorkshire Company Develop Bulb with CRI of 97

Nov 11, 2014

Research into LEDs seems to popular all over the globe, from the US, to the Far East and in Yorkshire! Huddersfield start-up company, Well-lit has declared a triumph in developing lights with 97 out of…

Changing times at Samsung

Nov 14, 2014

Although previously identified as a key growth area, Samsung, the South Korean multinational has revealed it is ceasing to operate its LED business, in overseas marketing, concentrating soley on national supply. It appears the decision…

Physicist’s idea formerly deemed ‘hopeless’ wins 2014 the Nobel prize

Nov 14, 2014

Scientist Shuji Nakamura of the University of California, Santa Barbara shared a Nobel prize with two other winners for an invention that could lead to energy efficient lighting on a global scale; blue light-emiting diodes.…

Alaskan Skiers in LED suits - watch the video!

Nov 15, 2014

Stunt performing skiers glided brightly down the slopes in British Columbia and Alaska as their skills were filmed for a short video.  The night time adventures were recorded and released on the VIMEO website. Director…

What were the best OLED Developments in 2014?

Dec 28, 2014

Considered a breakthrough year that had those in the sector brimming with confidence, 2014 marked an important milestone certainly for Phillips who moved their Lumiblade OLED to SKU classification (meaning they are now easily available…

Panasonic unveils new LCD technology at the Consumer Electrics Show in Las Vegas.

Jan 15, 2015

A exciting high–speed form of light technology was promoted by Panasonic at this month’s CES consumer electrics show. A real advancement on QR codes, from where currently a user has to hold their smartphone close to…

2016 or 2018? European Commission still to decide on end date for phase-out of halogen light bulbs

Feb 09, 2015

Experts are anticipating the ban on high energy using light bulbs to be brought forward to 2016 as the debate continues as to whether an extension to 2018 would give the industry the time it…

Lighting fair showcases green innovations.

Mar 08, 2015

The Tokyo Lighting Fair last week played host to the first campaign by the Green Light Outreach, an organisation that offers advice to Taiwanese companies on how to become more green. The first campaign featured…

How the use of LEDs is spreading throughout the globe.

Mar 20, 2015

There seems to be no end to the LED march to conquer the world of lighting. From an LED littered revamp of Australia’s most famous ferris wheel the Melbourne Star to an eco-friendly renovation of…

LED bulbs and the new wonder material.

Apr 23, 2015

2015 looks set to see the first LED light bulb production from super material graphene. Following significant developments in 2004 at the University of Manchester, where scientists involved in its research won the Nobel Prize for…

LED lighting and the future - the good new continues.

May 17, 2015

We are always in awe of the extent of uses of LED lighting. Now, university researchers and Philips, leaders in the lighting industry, have revealed that LEDs may become a weapon in the fight against…

Developments in plant nutrition using the power of LED.

Nov 24, 2015

Plant lighting specialists working in the states for lighting giant Philips are citing LED lighting as the next step in optimising plant growth and nutrition by studying how plants respond to light to aid cultivation capabilities…

Focus on LED lighting in climate change race against time.

Dec 09, 2015

LEDs are big business when it comes to looking at ways to fight climate change. So much so that a public-private partnership has been planned between some of the world´s biggest polluters and leading companies…

Pressure remains on LED industry to lower prices.

Dec 16, 2015

Although experts are predicting year on year growth for the LED industry the problem of pricing still remains.   Statistics put forward from research and marketing company Strategies Unlimited suggest most LED manufacturers will enjoy growth…

LED - what to expect in 2016.

Jan 18, 2016

Interesting article on the ELECTRONICS WEEKLY website this month on expectations of the LED market for this year, with a particular focus of thermal management. It is an interview with Cambridge company Nanotherm who are…

LEDs permanently illuminate the Bay!

Feb 11, 2016

Not only today's favourite energy saving light bulb but also pleasing to the eye. This stunning photo shows off the 2013 San Francisco project that was originally planned to be in place for just a…

MIT set to aid incandescent comeback?

Mar 13, 2016

Those missing the familiar warm glow of a traditional  bulb may be pleased to hear that the incandescent bulb could be making a comeback as even the most eco-warrior among us continues to remark on…

Looking at the ecological effect of LEDs.

Apr 03, 2016

A recent publication featured on the peer-reviewed online journal PLoS looked at the differences between LED bulbs and older LPS (low-pressure sodium lighting) on the behavior of suburban population of bats to discover whether LED is having any ecological…

LED to play a role in decarbonising the economy.

Apr 29, 2016

LED lighting is expected to play a significant role in decarbonising the global economy through its energy savings as the market continues to grow year on year.  With current estimates of a global turnover more than $200bn over the…

The benefits of big screen sales

Oct 17, 2018

In the past, shops used big, cardboard signs in the window to advertise their wares. These static, garish messages have been so marginalised by big screens that they are seen less and less, and in…

The Challenge of Choice

Oct 31, 2018

The rise of LED screens has changed the way we live our lives. From advertising and marketing, to how we consume content and information, this technology presents us with a powerful tool. There are a…

LEDs and Brand Identity

Nov 14, 2018

One of the best uses of a marketing strategy is to spread it across all of your public channels, all following the same model and format. For large companies, this may mean using the same…

Taking advantage of flexibility

Nov 21, 2018

In previous posts we have outlined  the benefits of using LED screens for advertising, marketing and as in-store displays. It is their dynamism, colour and aesthetic versatility that sets them apart from traditional media, making…

Five tips for communication through visual media

Dec 12, 2018

Communicating with your customers using visual marketing and advertising can mean the difference between a successful sales year and a flatlining performance. Despite the glut of technology and the innumerable ways of reaching your potential…

LED displays: Placement vs size

Dec 19, 2018

Choosing to invest in LED screens is a proven method of increasing sales. Your business will greatly benefit from being able to communicate a seamless brand identity through the adaptive medium of an LED screen.…

Retail design mastery

Jan 09, 2019

It is becoming clearer and clearer with each passing month that high street shops are struggling. And it isn’t just limited to small enterprises or independent sellers - even big chains are feeling the pinch,…

How LED screens can define your business

Jan 16, 2019

The high street is in trouble. Sales are depressed and falling, and even major brands are struggling to keep their heads above water. There are a number of factors to blame, from a falling pound, changing…

Why LCD and LED displays get through to customers

Feb 20, 2019

The British retail environment is struggling more and more with each passing year - the latest figures make for grim reading. The high street is struggling to match the prices and convenience found online and…

LED for health and safety

Feb 25, 2019

Health and safety rules can sometimes feel restrictive, but the truth is that these kinds of regulations are an everyday part of life in the 21st century. Businesses need to be fully aware of legislation;…

Your pool and LCD, LED screens

Feb 28, 2019

For homeowners, a swimming pool is the ultimate status symbol. Private pools can be equipped with all manner of technological marvels, including moving floors, counter-current units and adaptive LED lighting. However, a pool can also…

What is CE & EMC?

Mar 27, 2019

You’ve likely seen the symbol before, without knowing what it means. The ‘CE’ marking on a product is a guarantee that it meets certain stringent standards and can therefore be sold in the EEA. EMC…

LCD and art

Apr 03, 2019

When we think of modern art, we think of Pollock, Picasso, or Warhol. They used a variety of mediums and techniques to develop their craft and produce innovative, fascinating pieces. Some present day artists and…

Increasing Product visibility using Screens

Apr 10, 2019

In the past, we’ve discussed how LCD and LED screens can be used to communicate messages about brand and identity. Businesses can use screens to synergistically link their online or television marketing with a dynamic…

A vision of the future: the Digital A Frame

Apr 17, 2019

Here at Spectra Displays, our team are defined by their ambition and innovation. We believe in the quality of our products, and we’re always ready to find ways of solving a client’s problems and fulfilling…

High quality screens: Keeping employees informed

May 01, 2019

Whether your company employs 10 people or 1000, good communication is imperative in modern business. Retaining the best talent is a real challenge and keeping them happy will go a long way towards securing future…

What is OOH

May 08, 2019

Advertising your brand used to mean a painted billboard at the side of the road or plastered to telephone poles. In days gone by, reaching your customers was a much less nuanced challenge; consumers were…

Quality is key as Spectra turns 30

May 15, 2019

Some companies are great at marketing; others have an incredible sales team. But at the end of the day, the success and longevity of a company is based on the quality of their products, as…

The Rise of Digital LCD Menu Boards

May 22, 2019

In the heavily competitive quick-service restaurant industry, being able to catch consumer attention is more vital than ever before. But how do you create that draw and that excitement without resorting to cheap tactics? There…

User expectations for business interaction

May 29, 2019

The internet and social media have given businesses an enormous number of avenues through which to interact with potential customers. Never before have we been able to reach our target demographics with such clinical precision.…

Five ways to future proof your business

Jun 13, 2019

The world is moving faster than ever before and in a world that doesn’t pause to take a breath, neither can your business. Regardless of your market, any business will face countless hurdles ahead if…

How LCD and LED Screens Work

Jul 17, 2019

In the years since they have become the industry standard, many of us are still unsure what the difference is between an LED and an LCD screen. From our home TVs to the bright and…

Digital worship - How digital signage can enhance your house of worship

Aug 14, 2019

Digital signage isn’t just changing how we shop, how we navigate, and how we communicate - it’s also having an impact on how we worship.  Churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples across the world are now…

6 Industries using digital signage properly

Aug 23, 2019

For decades now, digital signage has been slowly supplanting conventional static signage as the default option for so many situations. Whereas the cost of ‘upgrading’ to a digital solution was once prohibitively expensive, the range…

Meeting health and safety standards in style with LED health and safety

Aug 28, 2019

In today’s world, health and safety management is of paramount importance for businesses who have a legal obligation to protect the health, safety and welfare of not only employees but anyone who may be affected…

What are the six key elements of digital signage?

Sep 04, 2019

In the global advertising game, digital signage continues to be one of the fastest-growing industries, with a staggering compound annual growth rate (CAGR) that is expected to reach 8% globally by 2025.  Since the turn…

Video conferencing - 5 top tips for beginners

Sep 11, 2019

While it was once a fiddly and unreliable gimmick used by businesses that wanted to show off, video conferencing has officially gone mainstream in recent years. In part, thanks to the popularity of ‘civilian’ video…

A brief history of digital retail signage

Sep 18, 2019

For thousands of years, we have been using signs to guide us. Signs that inform us where to go, what to do and how to behave.  In the ages before technology was even a concept,…

Using a digital window display to draw in customers

Sep 25, 2019

In a modern retail environment where brick and mortar stores are not only competing against each other but their cheaper, younger online counterparts, an alluring storefront has never been more important. Whilst the Internet has…

3 industries where background music plays a deceptively large role

Oct 16, 2019

Music has always been a fundamental part of our lives and always will be. Without the respective musical cues, how would we know when to weep, cheer or laugh at the right moment during the…

Andon displays - What are they and how are they used today?

Oct 23, 2019

The factory floor can be a confusing place at the best of times. Often very hot, very loud, and there are often a thousand things going on at once. In such an environment, it’s vital…

Why retailers should be paying more attention to background music

Oct 30, 2019

Every experience in life is better if it’s got a great soundtrack and shopping is no different. There is a reason why we seldom experience silence when we’re shopping - silence is uncomfortable and distracting…

Large digit industrial displays - their functionality, flexibility and uses

Nov 06, 2019

Sometimes size matters. It might not be something we prefer to admit, but in life, there will always be occasions where bigger is not only better but completely necessary. That’s one for many reasons why…

What is CE marking and why is it so important?

Nov 28, 2019

When working with electrical products, it’s important to understand how and why they work and which standards apply. Otherwise, you leave yourself open for investing in products that don’t conform to health, safety and environmental…

How to integrate social media with digital signage

Dec 11, 2019

In the last decade, the sheer possibilities of digital signage have expanded dramatically from nifty little displays to truly engaging content that doesn’t just advertise but builds brands too.  As the world becomes more connected…

Why a smaller pixel pitch is not always a good thing

Dec 18, 2019

When hiring or purchasing an LED display for your event, you’ll need to ask yourself several questions: how many screens will I need? How big should they be? What are we actually going to display…

Digital transformation in the construction industry

Dec 30, 2019

Whilst it is one of the most lucrative and sizeable industries in the world, with construction output in the UK alone totalling more than £110 billion and the industry contributing 7% of GDP, it could…

Creating the ultimate boardroom experience

Feb 20, 2020

Nobody thinks of a meeting as their favourite part of the day and yet, on average, UK workers waste a year of their lives in meetings (16 hours per week). For workers in the public…

How environmentally friendly is digital signage?

Feb 21, 2020

When it comes to promotional signage, there are many hidden benefits to ‘going digital’. While the brand recognition and flexibility of a digital sign is vastly superior to its analogue, print-based alternative, it’s also more…

Digital signage tips and trends for 2020

Feb 26, 2020

Those of us of a certain age will remember the humble days when digital signage meant installing a CRT television and a VHS player in-store and playing the same infomercial on repeat and when only…

Digital Signage and Reducing Waste

Mar 04, 2020

As awareness of climate change increases steadily amongst the general public, the environmental question is one that businesses can no longer afford to ignore. It’s estimated that producing one tonne of paper accounts for 1.5…

COVID-19 Statement

Mar 27, 2020

Right now, we are looking out for our clients and team and ensuring everyone at Spectra stays safe during the Coronavirus outbreak - many of our hardworking team are keeping Spectra up and running from…

Spectra Displays announce exciting new partnership with EventMAP

Apr 17, 2020

Spectra Displays are excited and privileged to announce that we have been selected as the new display systems partner for EventMAP, the Belfast-based company that provides expertly tailored, holistic consultancy solutions, and software packages for…

How LED displays could help the world settle back into a post-COVID 19 world

May 15, 2020

On the evening of Sunday the 10th of May, 2020 at around 7 pm, the British public were dealt a very confusing hand by Prime Minister Boris Johnson: In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic,…

Health and safety in the workplace in a post-lockdown world

May 27, 2020

In the last few weeks, lockdown restrictions have gently started to ease across the UK and more of us are returning to work every day.  However, the pandemic is far from over and, as the…

Why a sanitiser stand could be crucial for your retail business in a post-lockdown world

Jun 03, 2020

With UK retail stores to reopen in just a couple of short weeks on June 15th, many businesses are scrambling to prepare for a post-lockdown world - a world in which customers are going to…

Adapting to the new normal - Using display tech to manage customer traffic

Jun 05, 2020

It’s been a long few months in lockdown, but there’s finally a glimmer of hope for retail businesses across the country now that June 15th has been set as the day from which it will…

Digital hand sanitiser stations - A golden opportunity for post-coronavirus retail

Jun 08, 2020

The best retailers and business owners are those that are able to see an opportunity, even in a crisis. And there are few crises as severe and potentially devastating as coronavirus.  The COVID-19 pandemic has…

3 ways retail stores could be taking advantage of the ‘new normal’

Jun 10, 2020

With shops across the UK boarded up for weeks and many businesses worrying whether or not they’ll be able to survive our global unexpected detour into lockdown, it’s hard times for business owners.  However, in…

Using the toilet in a post-lockdown world without making a splash!

Jul 23, 2020

The ‘new normal’ means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, depending largely on how vulnerable they are to COVID-19 and how their livelihoods have been affected by it.  One thing…