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Research and Markets announces new OLED vs. LED report

BY HBSDealer Staff

Research and Markets has published a report examining the market data and trends shaping the future of the lighting industry, titled "OLED vs LED Lighting 2013-2018: Forecasts, Technologies, Players."

The technologies in question include incandescent, CFL, halogen, LED and OLED lighting. The report particularly focuses on the tension between LED and OLED lighting, which are expected to compete directly against one another. According to Research and Markets, OLED is a relatively new player on the scene and will have to define unique value propositions to pull its weight against its more established cousin.

The report includes a technology analysis and a blunt market assessment, as well as detailed market forecasts.

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Miele claims Futura Diamond dishwasher reigns quietest

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Miele has commissioned a study to back up its claim of having America’s quietest dishwasher.

Owens Corning Acoustics Research Center conducted comparative research testing for clean and soiled loads. According to Miele, the results show that its dishwashers maintained their decibel settings throughout washing cycles of all intensities. Also, the tests found that a leading manufacturer touting quiet performance registered a decibel increase of as much as 6 levels for a soiled load, compared to advertised levels.

Of all the Miele models, the company stated that its Futura Diamond dishwasher registered the lowest decibel of 37 dBA on its Extra Quiet Program setting. 

"The combination of an advanced insulation system, turbidity sensors and a powerful pump ensures Miele consistently and effcently manages sound, without sacrificing performance," said Dirk Sappok, Miele’s product development group manager.

Those interested can view the test results here.

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$3 million in solar rebates still available this year in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett joined the Department of Environmental Protection in reminding residents to take advantage of the nearly $3 million remaining in solar rebates for the year.

Under the agency’s Sunshine Solar Program, homeowners and small business owners are eligible for rebates of up to $7,500 and $52,500 for solar electric projects, respectively, until the program ends on Dec. 31 or when funds run out. Solar hot water projects can be reimbursed for up to $5,000 and $50,000, respectively.

According to DEP Acting Secretary Chris Abuzzo, the program has led to an approximately $4.5 million reinvestment in the local economy.

Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information can be found on the DEP’s Sunshine Solar home page.

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