Archive for June 2009

Effective Date for CA Title 24 Energy Code Pushed Back to January 1, 2010

The California Energy Commission has announced that the effective date for the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Parts 1 and 6) has been changed to January 1, 2010. The reason: delays in completing the public domain compliance software. The California Energy Commission adopted the 2008 Standards on April 23, 2008, and the Building […]

Are CFLs Net Emitters of Mercury?

“Incandescents are better than CFLs because CFLs contain mercury.” There are many arguments against favoring CFLs over incandescents, and I agree with many of them, but this one doesn’t wash. Click here to read this article I wrote for Electrical Contractor that makes a clear case that incandescents are actually the true net emitters of […]

May 2009 AIA Billings Index Shows No Significant Improvement in Business

There has been a recent moderation in the downturn in design services billings, but the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reveals that an economic recovery has stalled. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate 9- to 12-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. […]

Studio Italia Design’s Magnetita LED Table Light

Venetian lighting company Studio Italia Design commissioned self-taught artist, Denis Santachiara to create Magnetita, a contemporary, fully adjustable LED table light. The product features an advanced balancing system in which magnets maintain the luminaire’s equilibrium for precise movement. I checked on Studio Italia Design USA and the product wasn’t listed there as of June 17. […]

IES Announces 28th Annual Street and Area Lighting Conference September 13-16, 2009

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) has announced that the 28th Annual Street and Area Lighting Conference–the only conference of its kind–will be held September 13-16, 2009 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. The day prior to the conference sessions (Sunday) is devoted to outdoor lighting courses: introductory, intermediate, computer-aided exterior lighting […]

Electroindustry Future Business Confidence Highest in Nearly Four Years

Good news and bad news in June from NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI). The EBCI rating for current North American conditions retreated slightly in June, but the EBCI for future conditions (six months ahead) climbed to its highest level in nearly four years. The current conditions EBCI slid 6.6 points to 41.3, remaining below […]

GE CEO Jeff Immelt: America’s Competitive Edge Has “Slipped Away”

Hat tip to Michael Mandel, Business Week Magazine’s award-winning chief economist, who published the below excerpts from GE CEO Jeff Immelt’s Detroit speech on June 19. Check out Mandel’s economics blog here; it’s always worth a read. What do you think? Do you agree with Immelt? “Throughout my career, America has seen so much economic […]

June Issue of LightNOW Newsletter Published

Check out the month’s stories here. The newsletter typically goes from around the 25-28 of the previous month to the 25-28 of the current month, depending on how on where the dates fall. We like to send out the newsletter on a Monday for best response. Click here to join the more than 11,000 lighting […]

Should Lighting Quality Drive Upgrade Decisions?

Writing for the February 2009 issue of Electrical Contractor Magazine, I make the case that lighting quality should be an equal partner to energy savings in an upgrade of an existing building. In fact, doing so can can result in a larger project and more work for the contractor. The article includes references to the […]

LightNOW Editor Craig DiLouie Launches New Website

I’m pleased to unveil my new website here. My old website did its job for eight years. It was time for a major update. I hope you’ll give it a quick visit and let me know what you think!