Archive for April 2009

Howard Brandston Defends The Incandescent Lamp

“If someone really wanted to do a green household, they could use dimmers, they could use occupancy sensors to turn off the lights in case they forgot to. Control of the light is really the most energy efficient way to gain benefit.” –Howard Brandston LightNOW says: Amen, brother! Click here to read this interview with […]

Single-Family Housing Starts Hold Steady in March

More evidence that the housing market may be bottoming out, although the continuing credit crunch and a decline in permits are worrisome for future growth. Characteristic volatility in the multifamily sector pushed nationwide housing starts down 10.8% in March as production of single-family homes remained unchanged, according to the Department of Commerce. Overall starts fell […]

Inventory of New Homes Continues Shrinking in March

The number of newly built, single-family homes on the market declined for a 23rd consecutive month in March as builders focused on winnowing down their inventories of unsold units, according to the Department of Commerce. Inventory shrank to 311,000 units, which is a 10.7-month supply at the current sales pace. Further, new home sales in […]

Home Builder Confidence Posts Biggest Gain in Five Years

Is the market at or near bottom? Good news is always welcome these days. While still deep in negative territory, builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose five points in April to the highest level since October 2008, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index […]

Study: U.S. Demand for Advanced Lighting to Grow More Than 10% Per Year Through 2013

A new Freedonia Group study, Advanced Lighting, is forecasting that U.S. demand for advanced lighting products will grow nearly 11% per year to $6.8 billion in 2013. Gains will be spurred by legislation aimed at reducing the energy consumed by lighting. Imports are a significant source of advanced lighting products, and will account for almost […]

Commercial Buildings Deduction’s Interim Lighting Rule

Most lighting professionals are aware by now that the Commercial Buildings Deduction has been extended to 2013. Here is an article I wrote for Electrical Contractor Magazine, published in the March issue, that describes the Interim Lighting Rule, which in my opinion is the easiest and fastest path for an indoor lighting project to qualify […]

Architecture Billings Index Shows Early Signs of Improving Business Conditions

Finally, some good news. After a series of historic lows, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) was up more than eight points in March. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate 9-12 month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. AIA reported the March ABI rating was 43.7, up […]

OLEDs Can Turn Windows Into Lights

Philips is currently working on transparent OLEDs, enabling OLED panels to function as ordinary windows during the day and become panels at night to imitate daylight or provide attractive indoor lighting. Even during the day, they could function as privacy shields. Transparent OLED panels will be commercialized within the next 3-5 years, according to the […]

Introducing Light Painting

I owe Jim Hutchison another hat tip for turning me on to this simple photography technique that uses a simple flashlight, camera and a healthy imagination to create works of art. Here are a few photos from the Light Paint blog. After you take a look, check out the tutorial video at the bottom of […]

Philips Showcases OLED Product Concepts at Euroluce

Wow! Yesterday, Royal Philips Electronics unveiled the first-ever OLED interactive lighting concepts–for both consumer and professional use–during Euroluce International Lighting Fair in Milan. The concepts offer a combination of intuitive interactivity, ultra flat shape, soft light-effect and new design possibilities. “Our concepts demonstrate a new light ambiance, novel design possibilities and unique interactivity of light […]