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Title: Low energy luminous surfaces: residential lighting using CeeLite LEC technology
Authors: Ellis, Eugenia Victoria
Wen, Jin
Schauer, Caroline
Huang, Heui-Pin
Santulli, Gabrielle
Rooney, John
Binder, Michael
Odgen, Deborah
Detweiler, Jameson
Eisele, Eric
Alper, Erek
Kratzer, David
Frosten, Susan
VanSlett, Melissa
Issue Date: 3-Jun-2010
Abstract: This project investigates the low-energy LEC (light emitting capacitor) technology developed by the eastern Pennsylvania company CeeLite to design a commercially viable product for residential lighting applications. Electroluminescent (EL) lighting is a technology that has been around for decades. CeeLite has developed the Light Emitting Capacitor (LEC), which is a millimeter thin strip of material illuminated by an inverter, a propriety design that controls the intensity and color – allowing for clean, white light that approaches the color of daylight. The goal of this project is to develop a quality residential lighting system that is cost effective and energy efficient by using recycled and non-toxic materials. By powering this lighting system with photovoltaics, this could be marketed as a fully solar-powered system with battery back-up, with the additional potential use as emergency lighting. The CeeLite LEC panel approaches the color temperature of natural daylight, generates minimal heat and is made from recycled copolyester resins. This research project is also investigating the use of PLA (polylactide) biopolymers for the encapsulation material so that portions of the LEC panel will be compostable as well as recyclable. This lighting system research project rethinks illumination by considering luminous surfaces in lieu of traditional luminaires to provide quality light in residential applications. Unlike traditional residential lighting systems, the proposed residential luminous surface system will provide illumination without heat generation resulting in an overall reduction in cooling loads, promoting building efficiency. The CeeLite low-energy luminous system for residential applications will be tested by student residents living at the Drexel Smart House, a Drexel Engineering Cities Research Initiative (DECI)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3242
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