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NEC develops devices to draw power from fluorescent lights

Evan Blass

NEC has just announced two new devices that should eliminate the need for some of the sub-ceiling wiring in new and existing industrial structures by drawing power from regular fluorescent lighting. The first device, shaped like a ring and designed to fit around a fluorescent bulb, coverts faint pulses of radiated electromagnetic energy into usable electric current. Unlike the ring-shaped gadget, which produces electricity from energy that would normally go to waste, the second NEC device simply slips between the bulb and metal connector in its housing to siphon power from the existing electrical infrastructure. NEC developed these solutions mainly to provide juice for the growing number of data transmitting devices that need to be ceiling mounted in commercial spaces.

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