Light Reading Monocle Gets Thermal Imaging Treatment

February 19, 2014

This week our industrious Monocle sconce went in front of the camera and underwent testing for thermal output and passed on all accounts. The same technology that's used for night vision, medical imaging, and detecting energy loss in buildings is applied to many of our lights, all to better understand the complexities of design and assembly that happens right here in the Brooklyn studio. These four thermal images, or thermograms, show energy levels at different points on the surface and interior of the Monocle's LED light source. 

LEDs are becoming more efficient, allowing for more light output with fewer individual LEDs, reducing energy consumption and heat output. For more on the difference between incandescent, CFLs and LEDs, check out this weeks story from NPR's All Things Considered.