Month: March 2009

Renaissance Lighting Named 2009 GoingGreen East 50 Winner

Renaissance Lighting, a developer of solid-state downlights, has been selected to the 2009 GoingGreen East 50 Top Private Company List. The GoingGreen East 50 recognition is given annually at the…

Renaissance Lighting, a developer of solid-state downlights, has been selected to the 2009 GoingGreen East 50 Top Private Company List. The GoingGreen East 50 recognition is given annually at the GoingGreen East executive conference to privately held, emerging companies that create new business opportunities in green technology.

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Renaissance Lighting was selected by the editorial team of AlwaysOn, the technology blog, as a winner in the energy efficiency and energy management category based on its ground-breaking technologies, elegant product design, overall market potential and high efficiency of its family of LED luminaires.

“The winners in our energy efficiency category also demonstrate how cleantech is probably a countercyclical sector, as the winners all promise cost-effective innovations that will deliver more usable energy for the same amount of raw energy input,” says AlwaysOn Greentech Editor Ed Ring. “A winner in this category is Renaissance Lighting, developing spectacular and energy-sipping solid-state lighting that is almost invisible, like wallpaper, yet can be controlled with extraordinary flexibility to emit user-defined colors and intensities.”

Click here to learn more about Renaissance Lighting.

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DisplaySearch: OLED Lighting Market to Take Off in 2011

The OLED lighting market is setting the stage to take off in 2011, with OLED lighting revenues forecasted to surpass PMOLED displays in the 2013-2014 time frame and reach $6…

The OLED lighting market is setting the stage to take off in 2011, with OLED lighting revenues forecasted to surpass PMOLED displays in the 2013-2014 time frame and reach $6 billion by 2018, according to DisplaySearch’s newly-released report, OLED Lighting in 2009 and Beyond: The Bright Future.

“The unique features of OLED lighting are inspiring the imagination of designers,” says Jennifer Colegrove, PhD, Director of Display Technologies at DisplaySearch. “OLED lighting devices emit from the surface, can be made flexible/rollable, and even transparent like a window or reflective like a mirror. OLED lighting is thin, rugged, lightweight, and has fast switch-on times, wide operating temperatures, no noise and is environmentally friendly. The power efficiency of OLED lighting has also improved dramatically in recent years.”

She adds: “Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in OLED lighting, especially in Europe, the US, and Japan. Although OLED displays have been in mass production for about a decade, OLED lighting just started sampling and small volume production. This is due to the fact that OLED displays and OLED lighting face different challenges.”

Market size is forecast through 2018 in the report, with breakdowns for six applications: automotive, display backlights, decorative/general lighting, healthcare/industrial, and signage/advertisement. Market forecasts are also given by substrate type, detailed by flexible versus rigid. Looking into the future, the OLED lighting industry will pick up in 2011, with Philips, GE, Konica Minolta, Lumiotec and OSRAM entering mass production, according to the company.

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DisplaySearch’s OLED Lighting report analyzes trends in the lighting industry and compares OLED lighting with five other lighting technologies: incandescent, fluorescent, high intensity discharge, LED and electroluminescent (EL). The report covers the OLED lighting supply chain, including more than 130 companies and universities, and analyzes several organizations related to OLED lighting in Europe, the US, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China. The report also forecasts the efficiency, lifetime and average selling price of OLED lighting devices. The OLED lighting and OLED display markets are compared and market forecasts are analyzed.

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Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition Announced

Winners were recently announced for the first annual Next Generation Luminaires competition recognizing excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED luminaires for general illumination, white light in commercial lighting applications….

Winners were recently announced for the first annual Next Generation Luminaires competition recognizing excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED luminaires for general illumination, white light in commercial lighting applications.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the International Association of Lighting Designers, the competition was launched at LightFair in May 2008 and attracted 68 entries from 29 lighting companies. Of the 68 entries submitted, 22 were given special recognition in the market ready category and three of these were chosen as “best in class.” In the emerging category, five products were selected as noteworthy.

The Best in Class winners in the market-ready category came from three different manufacturers: GE which was selected for its ImmersionTM jewelry case lighting, Journée Lighting with its AZARA track-mounted luminaires, and Winona with its STEP03 indoor/outdoor step lighting.

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Best in Class Market Ready Luminaires:

Journée Lighting - AZARA LED Luminaire.

Journée Lighting - AZARA LED Luminaire.

Journée Lighting – AZARA LED Luminaire. “The AZARA LED, by Journée Lighting, features a bold aesthetic design and innovative features, providing an attractive and efficient alternative to traditional track lighting sources. AZARA’s housing is sculpted to appeal to the eye while it performs as an active heat sink. Journée’s new patent-pending Sprocket LED Light Engine gives users the ability to upgrade or replace the LED engine as LED technology advances. The lamp comes in three color temperatures and two beam angles (12°, 27°).”

Winona LED™ STEP03.

Winona LED™ STEP03.

Winona LED™ STEP03. “Winona LED™ has developed a step light with great lateral distribution, integral drivers, and a concealed optic. The STEP03 step light comes in three styles, is available in 3-, 6-, 9-, or 12-inch-wide apertures and eight color choices, in light color temperatures ranging from warm white (3000K) to cool white (6500K).”

GE Immersion™ LED Jewelry Display Case Lighting.

GE Immersion™ LED Jewelry Display Case Lighting.

GE Immersion™ LED Jewelry Display Case Lighting. “The GE Immersion™ LED Jewelry Display Case Lighting provides cases with bright, uniform light that brings out dramatically more sparkle than competing fluorescent systems. Combined with the added benefits of long life, advanced thermal management, worry-free maintenance, and GE reliability, this efficient LED system will continue to dazzle customers for many years to come.”

Click here to see the rest of the winners.

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Nora Honors 19 Rep Firms at Sales Conference

My bad for sitting on this post for so long, but better late than never … Late last year, more than 100 sales professionals, representing 70 agencies nationwide, attended the…

My bad for sitting on this post for so long, but better late than never … Late last year, more than 100 sales professionals, representing 70 agencies nationwide, attended the Nora Lighting Commercial Sales Conference, where 19 firms were honored for their outstanding sales achievements. The annual three-day event was held at the company’s headquarters in Commerce, CA, just south of Los Angeles.

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Hosted by Nora President Fred Farzan and Vice President of Sales Jeff Sessler, the conference focused on Nora’s expansion plans, product launches, and included training seminars and an awards banquet. Nora manufacturers interior lighting products for commercial, retail and residential installations, including track and rail systems, recessed lighting, multiple lighting systems, undercabinet and an expanding series of accent lights.

The Nora Achievement Awards were presented at a dinner reception to agencies that have distinguished themselves in outstanding sales and customer service, including: Electrical Sales, Seattle, WA; Encore Sales, Maspeth, NY; George E. Anderson Co., Dallas, TX; Grand Canyon Lighting, Phoenix, AZ; KSA Lighting, Hanover Park, IL; John Moore & Assocs., La Vergne, TN; Layton Sales, Salt Lake, City, UT; Malcar Assocs., Portland, OR; Marvin Bochner, Inc., Miami, FL; Rice Electrical, Cincinnati, OH; Rep Tec Inc., Midland, NC; Rise and Shine Lighting, Las Vegas, NV; Stellar Sales, La Mirada, CA; Thomas Harris & Co., Mechanicsville, VA; The Infinity Group, Long Lake, MN; The Lighting Group, Colorado Springs, CO; The Impact Agency, Cleveland, OH; Tri-Lite Sales, Louisville, KY; and Whitehead & Associates, Atlanta, GA. All reps also received a new micro-sized flash drive that contained the complete 378-page Nora Buyer’s Guide in an easy-to-navigate format. The flash drive is now available free to industry professionals by request.

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Lighting Controls Association Offers New Online Course on Personal Lighting Control

The Lighting Controls Association has announced that EE205: Personal Lighting Control has been added to the Association’s popular online Education Express distance education courses. Residing at the Association’s website, Education…

The Lighting Controls Association has announced that EE205: Personal Lighting Control has been added to the Association’s popular online Education Express distance education courses.

Photo courtesy of Lutron Electronics.

Photo courtesy of Lutron Electronics.

Residing at the Association’s website, Education Express provides in-depth education about lighting controls and controllable ballast technology, application, system design and commissioning, as well as meta-issues such as LEED, energy codes and other trends.

Personal lighting control, an emerging trend in office lighting, involves providing occupants with the ability to adjust their task light levels. Encouraged by LEED and considered a feature of high-performance buildings, personal lighting control has been demonstrated repeatedly in research to increase office worker job and environmental satisfaction while producing energy savings.

EE205: Personal Lighting Control, which I authored on behalf of the Lighting Controls Association, presents the case for personal control, focusing on personal dimming control in workstations and private offices, including methods, general application guidelines and lessons learned from personal control research.

At the conclusion of the course, an optional online comprehension test is available, with automatic grading; a passing grade enables the student to claim education credit. EE205: Personal Lighting Control is accredited/registered with the National Council on Quality in the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), which recognizes 2.0 LEUs towards maintenance of Lighting Certified (LC) certification.

Click here to register and take this course, which is free and can be completed at any time.

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Room Surface Brightness

Traditionally, lighting design for office applications has focused on making sure that there are sufficient maintained light levels on horizontal surfaces such as desktops. But research suggests that office workers…

Traditionally, lighting design for office applications has focused on making sure that there are sufficient maintained light levels on horizontal surfaces such as desktops. But research suggests that office workers prefer some light on vertical surfaces, confirming the beliefs of many lighting designers.

Designing lighting to create brightness on vertical surfaces in the field of view offers a number of potential benefits. Brighter vertical surfaces can mitigate glare, perception of glare and shadowing on faces and work surfaces, while making the space appear brighter overall. These benefits are achieved by reflecting diffused light at various angles, effectively using vertical surfaces as part of the overall lighting system’s ability to distribute light in the space. Such lighting conditions communicate that the space has a public and businesslike atmosphere.

One study of task lighting in offices, conducted by National Research Council (NRC) Canada, suggest that office workers prefer to have light on all room surfaces, not just their desks, which may be due to low levels of ambient lighting and high levels of task lighting creating uncomfortable lighting conditions (luminance ratios).

The results further suggest 200-250 lux (20-25 footcandles) as a minimum preferred light level on vertical partitions (note that 400-450 lux, or 40-50 footcandles, is typically recommended for desktops). This is a higher level than current recommended practice.

The higher the reflectance characteristics of the partition, the lower the light level can be. For example, 200 lux (20 footcandles) falling on a light gray vertical partition with a reflectance of about 70% would be considered a suitable minimum.

Although NRC found no link between organizational productivity and vertical surface brightness, it did discover the preference; previous NRC studies have demonstrated that when lighting conditions differ from occupant preferences, there can be a negative impact on comfort and satisfaction.

To achieve room surface brightness, consider lighter-colored partitions, workstation panels, desktops, shelving/cabinets and wall paints. Acoustical ceiling tiles can be specified with a high reflectance. White is naturally a good choice, although a number of pastel colors are available with reflectance values of 70% or greater. In such a space, darker or concentrated colors can be used as accents or for floors and some furniture.

If the ceiling is dark or too cluttered or low for easily distributing light onto it, focus on increasing brightness on the walls with wall sconces, accent lighting or wallwashing.

To study the effect of various light distributions in a typical office space, lighting designers Leslie North, PE, LC, LEED-AP and Carla Bukalski, PE, LC created a sample space, lighted four different ways, using Lightscape lighting design visualization software: lensed troffers (top), downlights, parabolic troffers and linear indirect (bottom). All of these solutions provide a 500-lux (50-footcandle) light level on the desktop, but create very different atmospheres and visual environments. Which space appears most visually comfortable to you? Which appears brightest and most spacious? In which space would you most like to work?

Office lighted by lensed troffers.

Office lighted by lensed troffers.

Office lighted by downlights.

Office lighted by downlights.

Office lighted by parabolic troffers.

Office lighted by parabolic troffers.

Office lighted by linear indirect luminaires.

Office lighted by linear indirect luminaires.

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NEMA Publishes LSD-44 Solid State Lighting: The Need for a New Generation of Sockets and Interconnects

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published LSD 44 Solid State Lighting—The Need for a New Generation of Sockets & Interconnects. The white paper includes a background discussion of…

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published LSD 44 Solid State Lighting—The Need for a New Generation of Sockets & Interconnects.

The white paper includes a background discussion of lighting sockets and interconnects, from the Edison bulb to the present. It argues for the necessity of standards on solid state lighting to foster technological advancement within the industry, benefiting users and manufacturers.

“LSD 44 heralds the importance of developing new standards for sockets and interconnects,” said Kevin Dowling, chairman of the committee that produced the paper. “It is essential to develop designs for tomorrow’s lighting solutions in order to encourage innovation, achieve optimum performance, and advance new lighting technology.”

Click here to download the document free.

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NEMA Premium Label Calls Out Industry’s Most Efficient Fluorescent Ballasts

An article I wrote for TED Magazine recently describes the emergence of the NEMA Premium Ballast. Basically, this is a program, with a mark, that identifies the industry’s most efficient…

An article I wrote for TED Magazine recently describes the emergence of the NEMA Premium Ballast. Basically, this is a program, with a mark, that identifies the industry’s most efficient fluorescent electronic ballasts available for 4-ft. T8 lamps.

It’s a great idea, even if simply to avoid confusion. Everybody calls their electronic ballasts “high efficiency” products, so how are we supposed to easily tell the efficient standard ballasts from the super-efficient new-generation ballasts? Then there’s the added benefit of calling out the most efficient products for those interested in maximizing energy savings.

Now you can look for the NEMA Premium mark, which looks like this:

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A NEMA Premium ballast:

* Provides same light output as a similar standard electronic ballast; BUT
* Does so more efficiently—reducing lighting power by another 2W to 5W (typically 3W), as shown below:

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Ballasts are available:

* instant-start or programmed-start
* dimmable models
* Low (<.86), normal (.86-1), and high (greater than 1) ballast factor * Universal voltage * One, two, three or four lamps * Value-added features such as antistriation and anti-arcing The tradeoff: * Can cost 10-20% more than standard electronic ballasts Manufacturers include: * Advance (Philips Electronics) * Sylvania * GE * Universal Lighting Technologies * Robertson Worldwide * Espen Technologies * American Ballast * Technical Consumer Products * Acuity Brand (Accupro Brand) The NEMA Premium Ballast program may expand in the future to include T4, T5, and HID ballasts and possibly also LED drivers and power supplies. Click here for more information about the program (PDF), including a list of manufacturers and qualifying products by model number.

Click here to read the entire article at TED Magazine’s website.

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NYC Landmarks to Turn Out Lights for WWF’s Earth Hour

Several of New York City’s most recognizable buildings and landmarks have committed to turn off their lights for World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour. Beginning at 8:30 PM on March 28,…

Several of New York City’s most recognizable buildings and landmarks have committed to turn off their lights for World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour.

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Beginning at 8:30 PM on March 28, individuals and organizations around New York City will turn off non-essential lighting on some of the most iconic structures that make up the Manhattan skyline. New Yorkers will join the global movement that has spread to more than 1,000 cities in 80 countries. In the U.S., New York joins Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville and San Francisco in dimming its skyline to cast a vote for action on the climate crisis.

During Earth Hour 2009, lights are slated to go out in some of New York City’s most renowned buildings and landmarks including:

Empire State Building
Citigroup Center
Coca-Cola Billboard in Times Square
New York Life
Time Warner Center
The New York Public Library
7 World Trade Center and the other Silverstein Properties buildings
The Helmsley Building and other Monday Properties buildings
Grand Hyatt New York
Joining these properties are top New York City organizations and institutions including Columbia University, PACE University, the Building Owners and Managers Association of New York, the U.S. Green Building Council New York, Fall Out Boy Pete Wentz’s Angels + Kings, and many more.

Around the world, icons committed to Earth Hour include:

The Las Vegas Strip
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
Sears Tower in Chicago
Eiffel Tower in Paris
Notre Dame in Paris
Sydney Opera House
Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro
Niagara Falls
Stockholm Castle
Burj Dubai
Oscar nominated actor and New York City resident Edward Norton is the official ambassador for Earth Hour 2009 with support from Nobel Prize Laurite Archbishop Desmond Tutu, actresses Janeane Garofalo and Jennette McCurdy, fashionistas Stacy London and Clinton Kelly, as well as musicians Linkin Park, Alanis Morissette, Coldplay, Jo Dee Messina, Big Kenny (Big & Rich), Gavin DeGraw, KT Tunstall, Mary Mary, Dierks Bently, Wynonna Judd, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Lady Antebellum, SHeDAISY, Finger Eleven, Simple Plan, Justin Nozuka, The Veronicas and Rise Against.

WWF officials are stressing the importance of safety during Earth Hour, noting that all lighting related to public safety will remain on.

Click here to learn more about Earth Hour.

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IALD Business Owners Report Mixed Outlook for 2009

The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) recently conducted an economic impact survey in an effort to determine how the current economic downturn is affecting its members and their businesses….

The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) recently conducted an economic impact survey in an effort to determine how the current economic downturn is affecting its members and their businesses.

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IALD Executive VP Marsha Turner summed up the results: “Significantly, it’s not all doom and gloom. There is a lot of trepidation–understandably–but there is definite optimism that comes through in the feedback.”

The majority of respondents included Professional IALD members (40%) and Associate IALD members (40%); Fellow, Practicing Affiliate, Commercial Affiliate, Educator, Student members, and non-members made up the remainder of the respondents. The majority of respondents were based in North America (88%), with the remainder based in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. More than half of all respondents (62%) were sole owners or had an ownership interest in their firm.

When asked how their businesses have been impacted by the current economic downturn/world financial crisis, three-fourths of all respondents said they are experiencing either a strong negative or slight negative impact. Interestingly, 11% of respondents reported a positive impact and 14% reported no change. Of those with a negative impact, more than half (53%) have experienced a tightening of expenses or spending freeze due to the economic climate, and 28% have experienced hiring freezes. On a positive note, 29% have experienced no cutbacks. Only 15% of respondents experienced layoffs at their businesses, while 85% reported none. Of those who have had layoffs, positions included administrative positions, and a few junior-level lighting designers.

Finding new projects (46%), collecting payments owed (37%) and keeping current projects (25%) have been the greatest challenges for businesses during this economic recession.

When asked about expected growth (i.e. more projects, staff increases, etc.) in the first and second quarters of 2009, almost an equal number of respondents said they expect no growth, a slight/strong decline, or a slight/strong growth. In spite of the current atmosphere, it is interesting to note that when asked about the coming year, half of all respondents were either strongly optimistic (7%) or slightly optimistic (43%), and a little less than half were either slightly pessimistic (31%) or strongly pessimistic (15%). More than half of all respondents believe this economic recession will last 12 or more months.

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