Kevin Willmorth Revisits 52 in 52

willmorthIn 2010, Kevin Willmorth embarked on an extraordinary task–create 52 LED lighting products in 52 weeks. In honor of 2015 being the International Year of Light, he’s doing it again. Check out his interesting creations here.

Product Monday: LED Pendants and Sconces by Winona

The Canoe LED Pendant and Sconce Collection from Winona Lighting features an elegant slim profile and even indirect illumination.

The Canoe family is offered in three styles: vertical wall mount, horizontal wall mount and horizontal pendant. Luminaires range from 30 to 54 inches in length depending on mount application.

The solid aluminum housing is available in five standard finishes. Available color temperatures include 3000K, 3500K and 4000K with 2,100 or 4,100 lumen output options.

Click here to learn more.

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DOE Releases Report on SSL Adoption in Museums

dunedin-thumbThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a new GATEWAY report that summarizes the results of a survey regarding conversions to solid-state lighting in museums. The survey was sent to members of the museum community who had requested a copy of “The Guidelines for Assessing Solid-State Lighting for Museums,” the pivotal resource co-authored by Jim Druzik and Stefan Michalski in 2011.

Among the results:

• From “almost none” in 2009, LED is now the principal lighting type in 40% of museum workplaces, versus 51% for incandescent, 13% for compact fluorescent, 11% for linear fluorescent, and 22% for “other,” which includes metal halide, halogen, and daylight.
• Of those using LED, 71% indicated that they would consider and implement another LED installation, 32% already had, and only 6% would not.
• Main considerations in lamp selection included color, spectral power distribution (SPD) and damage potential, with lamp efficacy, initial cost and form factor following.
• While 75% of respondents experienced early LED product failures, the maximum failure rate reported was only 2.5% of the installed lamps or fixtures.
• Perceived barriers to adoption included potential high cost; a selection process made confusing by the variety of products and rapid technology advances; resistance to change; and technology limitations, such as poor dimming performance.
• In color evaluation, almost all respondents considered color rendering index, with target values greater than 85; two-thirds considered correlated color temperature (CCT), with target values between 2700 and 3000K; and 60% evaluated the light source SPD.

Although the energy savings from LED conversion are well known, lower damage potential to artwork and sensitive artifacts and increased possibility for controls are other incentives for museum adoption. In general, white LEDs pose no special issues in color rendering or increased damage potential for works of art, compared to an equivalent CCT halogen or fluorescent source. Lighting controls can increase energy savings and would enable the museum lighting designer to specify lighting exposure (illuminance, spectrum, time) to minimize damage while providing optimal viewing conditions.

Click here to get the report.

LRC Examines Mogul Base LED Replacement Lamps, Authors New Report

HID lamps represent 2% of all installed lamps but 26% of national lighting energy consumption. Mogul-base LED replacement lamps are now being marketed as energy-saving equivalents.

In response to a need to objectively evaluate available options, the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute began characterizing the market for and performance testing of mogul-base LED lamps designed as a retrofit option for multiple types of lighting applications, from high bay and post top to wall pack, yard light and cobra head.

LRC recently completed Phase 1 of the project, authoring a new report that provides details of the market characterization and pilot photometric testing of 18 representative mogul-base LED lamps alone and in luminaires. LRC also conducted a comprehensive survey of specifiers to identify key considerations for lamp selection and relevant luminaire performance characteristics for various lighting applications (e.g., light output, intensity distribution, size), to support the development of a performance testing plan, the results of which are also included in the report. Phase 2 is now underway, consisting of additional performance testing of mogul base LED lamps in representative luminaire types. The results of Phase 2 testing will be released as they become available.

LRC found that only 4 of the 18 lamps met the minimum DesignLights Consortium Qualified Products List criteria for retrofit kits when the lamps were placed in area lighting and roadway luminaires. The lamps tested in wall pack and high bay luminaires did not meet the applicable minimum efficacy criteria for retrofit kits.

Click here to download this free report.

2015 Lighting for Tomorrow Competition Call for Submissions

lightingfortomorrowLighting for Tomorrow, the energy-efficient residential lighting product awards competition, is now accepting submissions. This includes energy-efficient lamps and luminaires as well as controls.

The deadline for Intent to Submit is April 24, 2015. For complete guidelines and rules, click here.

Winners will be announced during an award ceremony at the ALA Conference in October 2015, in Huntington Beach, California. Award recipients will be eligible to be promoted by energy efficiency programs across the US and Canada during the following year.

Launched in 2002, Lighting for Tomorrow is organized by the American Lighting Association (ALA), the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Approximately two dozen energy efficiency organizations in the US and Canada participate in supporting this competition.

DOE Announces New Fluorescent Lamp Energy Standards

On the last day of 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) completed new standards for general-service fluorescent lamps.

You can see the complete regulations here.

After a first read-through, the regulations appear to strengthen existing lamp standards with a majority of covered lamp types.

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I’m currently working on a detailed write-up of the new standards, which I’ll share soon.

Product Monday: APlus by Edison Price

The APlus product line, which includes the APlus WhiteLight and the dim-to-warm APlus Sunset, provide LED combination downlight/wallwashers.

The APlus product line is powered by Cree’s diffuse dome LED module (90+ CRI). Downlight reflectors provide a wide distribution with a 0.9 spacing ratio, a 40° shielding angle and low brightness at normal viewing angles.

The APlus includes three sets of combination downlight/wallwash reflectors, offering 1) standard wallwashing, 2) corner wallwashing for inside corners, and 3) double wallwashing for corridors.

The APlus WhiteLight is available in a 5” or 6” aperture, and 3000K, 3500K and 4000K. Lumen options range from 850 to 4000 lumens, and luminaire efficacies range from 55 to 74.

The APlus Sunset dim smoothly from 2700K to 1800K, providing an incandescent-style experience desired in residences and hospitality spaces. Available in 5” and 6” apertures, and 850, 1250, and 2000 lumens.

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Obama Signs New Tax Act Extending 179D

On December 19, President Obama signed the Tax Increase Prevention Act, which contains extenders of 50+ tax relief provisions.

Of particular interest in the lighting industry is a one-year extension of 179D, the Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction. This is an accelerated tax deduction rewarding investment in energy-efficient building property, notably interior lighting systems.

The law specifically states that the 179D deduction is extended through December 31, 2014. So the extension has already expired. That’s not good news for new business in 2015, but it means qualifying projects completed in 2014 can claim the deduction.

In 2015, Congress may consider another extension as part of an overall tax package. Congress may also take up overall tax reform, which would put all tax incentives under review and assessed.

LightShow West Announces Call for Speakers

lightshowLightShow West, the west coast-based lighting show, will take place October 21 and 22, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. LightShow has issued a call for speakers for their 2015 event. Proposals are due February 27, 2015.

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Lumen Awards Call for Submissions

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Submissions are now being accepted for the Illuminating Engineering Society’s New York City Section’s (IESNYC) 47th Annual Lumen Awards now through February 14, 2015. The Lumen Awards recognize excellence in lighting design in various typologies. Any New York City designer may enter.

Click here to learn more.