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Vision of a "green tech" future

Martin Evan-Jones: Let's look at the beginnings of Lighthouse. Your personal background was with IBM, Cisco Systems and a few other companies. Then you became one of Lighthouse Technologies' founders. What was your vision?

Jimmy Lo: My background was in IT, but I later went into manufacturing. Back in the 1980s I had a factory making set-top boxes for TVs. Then, in 1994 a Japanese, Shuji Nakamura, invented the first blue light-emitting diodes (LED) which is on its way to replacing the traditional light bulb: he was inspirational. But it took 30 years to get the right colours red, green and blue. Yet even in those days in the 1990s I and several of my friends and colleagues thought it would be a good idea to [adapt LED] to TV screens.........