Category Archives: LEDs in the arts

Watch Our New Video LED Product Showcases

Big news for our social media followers: LED Waves has launched a Youtube channel! Thanks to our friends at Hiccup Media, we were able to hit the ground running with a whopping eight video showcases.

The LED Waves Youtube channel offers an exciting new way to engage with viewers who are interested in switching to LED lighting. Our videos can also be viewed throughout on their respective product pages:

These eight videos – the first of many to come – focus mainly on our line of LED lights made in the USA. Subscribe to see coming content, including step-by-step installation guides for our retrofit lights, a video tour of LED Waves’ OEM facility, and even more product showcases as we grow our line of American-made LED lights!

Waves of Savings: LED Track Light Kits on Sale Now!

All LED track lighting kits are on sale at! Today through Wednesday, March 26th 2014, use coupon code WAVES for 15% off all Flex II 12v LED track lighting kits.

The Flex II kit ships with a 10 ft. track you can cut and bend to your specifications, matching 12v spotlight fixtures & mounting hardware, and your choice of dimmable or non-dimming 12v power supply & LED light bulbs. They’re a great way to modernize your space  with overhead lights – without bashing holes in the ceiling.

Hilfman Music recently added a couple of Flex II kits to their new 800 sq. ft. studio in Southern California. We love how the track weaves around the sound proofing near the ceiling. The light fixtures can be adjusted manually to spotlight anything in the 800 sq. ft studio – from the latest droolworthy recording gear to the next rising pop star!

If smart, energy-and-cost-effective solutions are your jam, then don’t miss this week’s Flex II LED Track Lighting sale!

The Genesys LED T8 Tube and New Years Eve

Photo Credit: Countdown Entertainment via Times Square Alliance

Here’s a bit of trivia for those of you who plan to watch the Times Square ball drop tonight: The LEDs inside the iconic sphere are brought to us by Philips – which happens to be the same manufacturer of the 96 diodes inside the Genesys 3.0 LED T8 Tube.

The Genesys is a 4 foot fluorescent tube replacement, designed and assembled in the USA exclusively by LED Waves. We picked Philips based on the brand’s quality, and specified the Luxeon M line for its highly consistent flux and light color – traits which were sorely lacking in LED T8s we’ve seen from market competitors.

This consistency between LEDs to another is assured by the line’s Freedom from Binning program. And speaking of Freedom, we also offer two driver options for you to choose from (20W and 38W), depending on your lighting and power needs. Both versions of the Genesys provide more useful lumens than a fluorescent tube, due to the directionality of LED light.

Enjoy dropping that knowledge bomb on your fellow partygoers tonight, as the LED ball drops! Have a great New Year.

Guess That LED Light Bulb!

Our team is putting together some new media to make it easier for our site’s visitors to find the LED lights they need. We’re pretty excited about these upcoming additions! Especially because, as we sift through our resources, we come across geek-chic drawings like this:

LED light bulb heat sinkCan  you guess which one of our light bulbs is built with this part?

Hint: Not only is it eligible for inclusion in our James Turrell giveaway, it’s also one of our many American-made LED PAR lamps on sale, 15% off through August 12th!

Art Transforms Sound Into LED Light Waves

Murmur is one of the loveliest LED light art installations we’ve seen. This multimedia piece invites participants to speak into a cone-shaped device connected to a wall. Their voices are transmitted through a pulsing LED strip and then splashed onto a screen in a number of moving abstract light designs.

Murmur — From sound to light, by talking to walls. from Chevalvert on Vimeo.

A collaborative creation by French design studios 2Roqs, Chevalvert, Polygraphik and Splank; Murmur transforms sound into light waves (LED Waves, eh? eh?) – opening up a conversation with an unlikely audience. What would you say to Murmur?

via PSFK

LED Lights and the Swarmageddon

Cicada season is soon to hit the east coast, and Radiolab has posted these neat instructions for a DIY Cicada tracker. These buzzers have spent the past seventeen years sleeping and snacking in soil throughout the southern United States. Once this soil reaches 64° F, the cicadas will emerge and begin their journey up north. The detector will flash LED lights to signal the coming Swarmageddon.

You’ll need about $80 worth of materials to make the Cicada Tracker; and local folks can build theirs at one of these hands-on workshops hosted by WNYC.

This seems like a rich educational experience for kids, lots of nerdy fun for LED fans (bonus: the LEDs will still be functional for the next Swarmagedden, in 17 years), and just a great activity for any cicada enthusiast who is just sick-a-da waiting.

LED Light Bulb Inspires New Way to Paint

After noticing drastic changes in the colors in his artwork under a particular LED light bulb, Dennis Tawes is now experimenting with a new style of painting. Rather than lighting the subjects of his compositions, Tawes projects a beam of LED light onto his canvas and adjust the colors of the paint he applies according to the distorted hues.

Check out some of his work below, and read more about his process here:

This is particularly interesting to us at LED Waves because it never would have happened if Tawes had better quality LED bulbs with high Color Rendering Index. Go figure: a market for low-CRI LED lighting.

Bay Bridge LED Light Sculpture Debuts

This past Tuesday saw the launch of the Bay Lights, the world’s largest LED light sculpture to date. Made for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge by superstar of the medium Leo Villareal, the 1.8 mile wide installation consists of 25,000 LEDs playing out a soothing nighttime light show.

Speaking to the efficiency of LEDs, running this massive light installation will cost approximately $15 a night – which has been covered by solar credits.

This $8 million project was made possible by donations and is expected to bring $97 million worth of tourism to the surrounding area. Photos and videos of the twinkling LED lights are already trending all over; it seems the public art installation has quite a few admirers that will be sad to see it go. The lights are going out on the Bay Bridge in two years.

An LED Light-Hearted Performance at GCT

Grand Central Terminal had a grand centennial last week as it was treated to an LED light show by Improv Everywhere! 135 participants took over three floors of catwalks lining the west wall of the concourse. Clad in black, with a color-changing LED flashlight in each hand, the Improv-ers performed a choreographed dance to a prerecorded narrator via wireless speakers.

Tools of the trade. Image via Improv Everywhere.
Image via Improv Everywhere.

GCT commuters and outside passersby on Vanderbilt Avenue were captivated by the dancing red, green and white LED lights. This wasn’t Improv Everywhere’s first performance in the iconic terminal; six years ago the merry pranksters charmed and confused the public with Frozen Grand Central.

Read more about how Improv Everywhere pulled this off at their site. Want to put on your own LED light show but don’t have 270 flashlights and 134 other friends? Check out our color changing, programmable LED wall washers and our DMX RGB LED controllers!

State of the Art LED Lights Protect the State of Fine Art

Last year a widely circulated study erroneously pointed to LED lighting as the cause of degrading artwork in museums. A group of researchers at Belgium’s University of Antwerp measured changes in color in yellow lead/chrome-based paint used by Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries. A browning effect was observed in paint exposed to a particular wavelength – one that was not produced by an LED light!

Do not irradiate under high intensity Xenon lamps!

Perturbed by this damaging accusation, LED researchers in California recreated this effect. However, this was only achievable by using light with a UVA-Vis filter with a constant intensity over 300nm. This level of radiation is not characteristic of any lighting class white LED; the culprit was narrowed down to a high intensity Xenon lamp, used by the Antwerp team with various UV filters. (Read LEDs Magazine’s full investigation here.)

It’s unknown why the original Antwerp research team pointed fingers at LED bulbs in such an irresponsible way, or how damaging this was for the widespread adoption of LED technology. A formal retraction of this study, however, would be like music to van Gogh’s… ear.