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Lighting that is Easier on the Eyes and the Environment

Research partnership creates cleaner and more cost-effective LEDs

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which are in growing use today, last longer and use less energy than older lighting technologies. Yet, their colour quality is poor, and the mining and processing of rare earth metals used to produce them are expensive and cause significant pollution.

Lumentra Inc., a spin-off company from the University of Toronto, in partnership with Memorial University of Newfoundland, is developing LED lighting that can provide outstanding colour quality more economically and without costly rare earth materials. Together, the team is applying recent advances in nanotechnology to develop luminescent coatings for LED lighting technologies.

“Through the SPI program, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada made it possible for me to undertake an academic-industrial collaboration focused on sustainable lighting technologies,” said Dr. Kristin Poduska, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Thanks to this research partnership, Lumentra is establishing itself as a leader in the billion-dollar-a-year solid-state lighting industry. This innovation will help the industry worldwide deliver more affordable, eco-friendly and better quality lighting to consumers.

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