Industry Consortium Publishes Updated Recommendations for Testing and Reporting LED Luminaire Reliability

An industry working group has published an updated version of the guide LED Luminaire Lifetime: Recommendations for Testing and Reporting, available here.

Developed by the LED Systems Reliability Consortium (LSRC) under the auspices of the Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance, it’s the latest edition in a series of publications on LED product performance and lifetime.

The LSRC is composed of a diverse group of experts in reliability, lighting, and LED technology. The new guide summarizes what has been learned to date, suggests directions for further work, and updates the previous recommendations for describing the life and reliability of LED-based luminaires.

The new recommendations are an important step toward consistent, industry-wide understanding of LED luminaire lifetime.

2014 Green Building Standard Now Available from ASHRAE/USGBC/IES

189New requirements to further reduce energy and environmental impacts of buildings are contained in the 2014 version of the green building standard from ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society.

ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, addresses the areas of site sustainability; water-use efficiency; energy ef­ficiency; indoor environmental quality; and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources.

The 2014 standard incorporates 67 addenda, reflecting changes made through the public review process since the standard was last published in 2011. Appendix H gives brief descriptions and approval dates of the addenda included in this new edition.

Major changes in the 2014 edition include:

* Energy: Significant updates are included to reflect the publication of Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, including revised building envelope provisions. Fenestration orientation requirements were updated based on new research, as well as changes and updates made to equipment efficiency tables, ENERGY STAR references and continuous air-barrier requirements.

* Energy Performance, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Renewables: Changes and clarifications are included to reflect changes to Standard 90.1. Carbon dioxide emission factors for different energy sources are updated.

* Indoor Environmental Quality: Lighting quality is added to the scope of this section, and requirements are added for lighting controls in specific space types. Requirements for air sealing of filtration and air-cleaning equipment are clarified, and new requirements for preoccupancy ventilation and building envelope moisture management are added.

* Site Sustainability: All site requirements are now mandatory, with prescriptive and performance options moved to the mandatory requirements. Requirements for storm water management are enhanced, and new requirements added for bicycle parking and for preferred parking for low-emission, hybrid and electric vehicles. New requirements are added for predesign assessment of native and invasive plants.

* Water: More stringent water use requirements are included for toilets, clothes washers, dishwashers and green roofs.

* Building Impacts on the Atmosphere, Materials, and Resources: Requirements are updated for areas to store and collect recyclables, including batteries and electronics. Requirements also are updated for construction waste management and for life-cycle assessment. New requirements are added for multiple-attribute product declaration or certification and for maximum mercury content levels of certain types of electric lamps.

* Construction and Plans for Operation: Requirements related to environmental impacts associated with idling construction vehicles are updated. New requirements are added to reduce the entry of airborne contaminants associated with construction areas.

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Economy Improving Slowly According to FMI Q3-2014 Outlook

FMI recently released its Q3-2014 Construction Outlook. The forecast calls for solid, slow growth.

Contributing factors include relatively low energy prices, low inflation, unemployment holding around 6.2% and GDP slowly growing. Additionally, consumer confidence is rising steadily, building permits and housing starts bounced back in July, and banks are starting to lend again–that is, if the applicant has good credit and cash flow.

Sectors such as power, conservation and development, as well as transportation will continue to see growth ahead of GDP, according to FMI. However, water supply, sewage and waste disposal, and highway and street construction will be weaker as government spending is not expected to pick up significantly in the near term. Additional select market predictions include:

* Residential – Multifamily construction is still expected to grow at a healthy pace of 13% in 2015 after reaching a near-record pace in 2014. The inventory for new homes increased to six months in July, showing some weakness in sales, but housing starts in July were 21.7% above July 2013 levels.

* Office – Dropping unemployment rates and rising GDP have provided a lift in the office forecast now expected to reach 8% growth in 2014 and grow an additional 7% in 2015. Large metropolitan areas like New York City will benefit the most, as vacancy rates drop to 10.6 percent compared with national vacancy rates hovering around the 16-17% range.

* Manufacturing – Improvements in manufacturing construction have been a surprise to many as the sector has been riding a roller coaster since the recession. After a flat 2013, the forecast calls for 2014 to end up 6 percent, growing an additional 8 percent in 2015.

* Transportation – Transportation construction also continues at a solid pace with 7% growth in 2014.

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Career Opportunity: Customer Experience Manager with AmerillumBrands


amerillumAmerillumBrands is hiring! We are an exciting design and manufacturing company located in the Oceanside area of San Diego, California. AmerillumBrands is an innovative, cutting edge leader in lighting design for commercial use. As we expand our team, we are seeking a Customer Experience Manager to join our administrative team.

This key role requires the ability to work in a clean and efficient environment where quality, accuracy and dependability are highly valued. Must have a strong orientation toward attention to details, communication effectiveness, and team building.

If you are qualified and enthusiastic, please apply through the link on the Amerillum Brands company website here.

Job Description

AmerillumBrands is looking to hire a Customer Experience Manager to enhance all external customers’ experience through technical knowledge and real-world design experience.
The qualified person will manage two teams for us:

The Applications Team and the Customer Experience Team.

* The Applications team is comprised of people who have a strong technical knowledge of lighting fundamentals and can communicate them well to clients, local representatives and internal staff.
* The Customer Experience Team answers all our customers’ questions from the field and seeks to set the standard in the industry for service excellence.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
* Supervising, coaching, mentoring and leading both the Application Design Team and Customer Experience Team.
* Help customers realize their architectural lighting vision by applying the capabilities of our company through design and engineering.
* Answering and troubleshooting technical questions both before a job is specified, and after it has been installed.
* Lighting calculations using standard and modified product (AGI32)


A combination of lighting design, customer service and management experience will be the key factors in the candidate selection process.

Leadership Qualities we will be looking for:

* 2+ years of management experience.
* Strong communication skills; Comfortable communicating with clients often.
* Ability to deliver the development of the industry’s top customer experience team.
* Strong work ethic
* Takes care to get to the heart of a question and determine an appropriate solution.
* Creative problem solver.
* Ability to learn new computer programs. (Solid Works, Photopia, company database and workflow programs)

Knowledge of lighting should include the following and / or a willingness to learn them quickly:

* 2+ years of experience in Lighting Design; Experienced in commercial, high end residential, hospitality, arts, leisure & entertainment projects.
* Strong understanding of Illuminance, Exitance, Luminance, Lumens and Candela.
* Lamps (fluorescent, halogen, LED, metal halide, high pressure sodium)
* Ballasts (dimming, switching, stepped dimming)
* Sensors (occupancy, and photocell)
* LED drivers, and dimming capabilities.
* Lighting control protocols.
* Knowledge will eventually encompass reflector and lens materials.

Computer program understanding to include the following:

‐ MS Office
‐ AutoCAD
‐ AGI32
‐ Solidworks
‐ Photopia (preferred but not essential)

Educational Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in: Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Interior Design or similar. MBA Preferred.

Physical Requirements:

* Ability to sit for extended periods of time.

About the Company:

AmerillumBrands is a leading design-manufacturer of energy efficient lighting products.
Two distinct divisions fall under the AmerillumBrands umbrella:

* Alumen8E is our energy products division, marketing primarily to energy service and lighting retrofit companies;
* a•light focuses on high-end architectural products designed for specification by architects, lighting designers, interior designers and engineers.

Both divisions operate simultaneously out of our 54,000 sq.ft. Facility in Oceanside, CA and build state-of-the-art, energy efficient lighting for installation into countless commercial, institutional, industrial and government building projects throughout North and South America.

EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity)

Disclaimer: “The above statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. Nothing in the job description restricts the company’s rights to change, assign, or reassign duties and responsibilities at any time for any reason.”

Nobel Prize Winner Shuji Nakamura to Keynote 12th Annual DOE SSL R&D Workshop

Now in its 12th year, DOE’s SSL R&D Workshop blends discussions on SSL research, product development and manufacturing. The event will take place January 27-29 in San Francisco.

Learn the latest on SSL advances:

• Explore new directions in lighting and global manufacturing trends
• Examine developments in red emitters, advanced materials and new manufacturing concepts for LED lighting systems
• Learn about advances in OLED materials, panel integration and manufacturing, plus early markets for OLED luminaires
• Share updates on federally-funded R&D projects at an evening poster session/networking reception

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Product Monday: Tunable LMT Downlight by Edison Price

Edison Price’s tunable LMT product line can be turned ON/OFF, dimmed to 5% and adjusted according to color temperature, hue and saturation–all by a wireless remote.

Powered by Lumenentix Araya broad-spectrum LED modules, the LMT provides 90+ CRI white light with strong consistency, minimal aperture brightness and a precise reflector design.

The LMT is available as a recessed fixture (downlight, wallwasher or accent light), and as a track fixture (accent lights with baffle, accent light without baffle, or wallwasher).

Ideal applications include retail stores, showrooms, galleries and similar spaces where color matters.

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National Lighting Bureau Panel: Therapeutic Lighting Can Make a Major Difference for Many, Especially Seniors in Long-Term Care Facilities

Therapeutic lighting can be a prescription for better health, especially for seniors with dementia. Now, more and more-effective products are needed to implement the highly positive research results achieved to date. So says a panel of therapeutic-lighting experts assembled by the National Lighting Bureau and the Edison Report.

Panelists pointed out that some of the most encouraging new uses of lighting are occurring in long-term care facilities. These include:

• simulation of sunrise and sunset, indoors, to better orient patients – especially those suffering from Alzheimer’s – to day and night, in part to inform patients about when they should be sleeping;
• simulation of daylight by using high lighting levels indoors, also to give better definition of night and day, to help patients become better oriented; and
• more sleep, improved sleep quality, and more engagements of patients with other patients and facility staff as a result of simulated daylight indoors.

Panelists generally agreed that what’s now needed to complement traditional, ceiling-mounted fixtures are high-quality, plug-in devices like luminous tables, if only because they achieve desired results and can be purchased by patients’ friends and family; many long-term care facilities have little or no budget for therapeutic-lighting upgrades.

The lighting industry is developing therapeutic lighting for more than just seniors dealing with dementia. For example, research shows that the use of therapeutic lighting to simulate daylighting in intensive-care units can result in faster recovery. Therapeutic lighting has long been used to counteract seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

According to National Lighting Bureau Chair Howard P. Lewis (Viscor Group of Companies), who represents the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) on the Bureau’s board and served on the “Light and Health” panel, “We are only now beginning to understand the strength of the relationship between light and health, and how better lighting can impact human performance, especially on the part of those whose normal intellectual facilities have been compromised by disease or injury. But lighting’s impact is not at all limited to helping the ill. We’ve also seen that daylighting in classrooms can improve math and English test scores. We do not yet fully comprehend why that is, but efforts to learn that should not deter application of what we have learned so far. It’s extremely encouraging.”

National Lighting Bureau directors who participated in the light and health panel discussion included, in addition to Mr. Lewis:
• Jay Goodman, Founder, LumenOptix, LLC;
• Mary Beth Gotti, L.C., Manager, Lighting & Electrical Institute, GE Lighting; and
• Mark Lien, L.C., CLEP, CLMC, HBDP, LEED BD&C, Director, Government & Industry relations, OSRAM SYLVANIA.

The guest panelist was Mark S. Rea, Ph.D., Director, Lighting Research Center and Professor of Architecture and Cognitive Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Edison Report editor Randy Reid served as panel moderator.

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Positive Outlook for Architecture Billings Index Continues Despite Slight Ebb in Demand

Headed by the continued strength in the multi-family residential market and the emerging growth for institutional projects, demand for design services continues to be healthy as exhibited in the latest Architecture Billings Index (ABI).

As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the October ABI score was 53.7, down from a mark of 55.2 in September. This score reflects an increase in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 62.7, following a mark of 64.8 the previous month.

The AIA has added a new indicator measuring the trends in new design contracts at architecture firms that can provide a strong signal of the direction of future architecture billings. The score for design contracts in October was 56.4.

“Though it has been slow in emerging, we’re finally seeing some momentum develop in design activity for nonprofits and municipal governments, and as such we’re seeing a new round of activity in the institutional sector,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “It will be interesting to see if and how the results of the mid-term Congressional and gubernatorial elections impact this developing momentum.”

Key October ABI highlights:

• Regional averages: South (58.4), West (56.1), Midwest (54.4), Northeast (47.0)

• Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (56.9), multi-family residential (54.7), institutional (54.4), commercial / industrial (52.3)

• Project inquiries index: 62.7

• Design contracts index: 56.4

The regional and sector categories are calculated as a 3-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.


2015 Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition: Call for Submittals


The 2015 Next Generation Luminaires Indoor and Outdoor Competitions have both officially launched. Written Intents to Submit are due on December 31, 2014, and both judging events will take place in March 2015.

NEW FOR 2015: Concurrent competitions, with both Indoor and Outdoor winners announced at LIGHTFAIR 2015.

In order to maximize NGL’s value to specifiers and manufacturers, the number of categories has been reduced and a more in-depth approach taken. In 2015, both competitions will focus on controllability and serviceability, and will incorporate significantly more stringent efficacy requirements and more authentic installations.

But as always, a product’s overall specifiability will remain central to its recognition by the judges, with the bar set high on a wide range of performance parameters.

Download Entrant Guides:

2015 NGL Outdoor Design Competition Entrant Guide
2015 NGL Indoor Design Competition Entrant Guide

Find complete details on the new approach and 2015 categories, as well as competition information and forms, at the NGL website. There is no fee for participation or limit on the number of products entered.

Nonresidential Construction Index Slowly Rises

FMI, a provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry, recently announced the release of the 2014 Fourth Quarter Nonresidential Construction Index report.

The NRCI shows a slight increase from 62.5 in the third quarter to 62.8 in the fourth quarter of 2014. This is nearly 5.5 points ahead of fourth quarter 2013. An NRCI greater than 50 indicates improvement or expansion.

There are many good reasons for optimism by NRCI survey respondents this quarter. The top-three are: businesses are starting to build again, backlogs are expanding and future business looks good with low inflation. A close fourth is a sense of financial security with improved balance sheets.

However, the costs of labor and materials are still on the rise, thus holding down the overall NRCI score. In addition, nearly one-fourth of the panelists expressed concern about the availability of skilled labor.

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