Month: August 2009

Brandston Article Takes Aim at Energy Regulations, Published by Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal has published a new opinion editorial by legendary lighting designer Howard Brandston taking aim at mandates to use compact fluorescent lamps in the home, and also…

brandstonThe Wall Street Journal has published a new opinion editorial by legendary lighting designer Howard Brandston taking aim at mandates to use compact fluorescent lamps in the home, and also pending legislation that would make energy codes much stricter than today. I’m proud to call Howard a client. I was pleased to work with him to help develop the article, which appeared in today’s issue.

Get the article online here.

If you don’t like the idea of having to use CFLs throughout your house, don’t just tell the government, though. Tell the lamp manufacturers you want them to continue to make incandescent lamps, and to improve lamp efficiency. Or simply buy Philips’ energy-saving version of the Halogena, at least while it still complies until even tighter mandates come after 2012-2014.

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Philips and Lighting Science Group Settle All Litigation

Lighting Science Group Corporation (LSG) and Royal Philips Electronics have announced that they have settled all of their commercial and intellectual property disputes by way of a comprehensive agreement that…

handshakeLighting Science Group Corporation (LSG) and Royal Philips Electronics have announced that they have settled all of their commercial and intellectual property disputes by way of a comprehensive agreement that revives their former commercial alliance. The agreement provides that trade in LED lighting products between the companies will be intensified, that LSG takes out a royalty bearing license to the Philips LED based Luminaires and Retrofit Bulbs licensing program, and that Philips will make a limited equity investment in LSG.

The commercial relationship involves mutual sourcing and supplying of LED components and products. (The details concerning the commercial arrangement and the patent license agreement are confidential.) The investment of $5 million USD is in the form of a convertible note that will convert to preferred shares upon LSG’s planned rights offering. The agreement also provides for mutual releases for all claims relative to the past, including all intellectual property and commercial claims and all the pending cases between the companies will be dismissed.

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GE ConstantColor HIR MR16 Lamps

New ConstantColor HIRTM MR16 lamps from GE Consumer & Industrial, which can replace standard MR16 lamps, offer up to a 43% improvement in energy efficiency and a higher quality of…

ConstantColorNew ConstantColor HIRTM MR16 lamps from GE Consumer & Industrial, which can replace standard MR16 lamps, offer up to a 43% improvement in energy efficiency and a higher quality of light through improved center beam candle power (CBCP) and color temperature maintenance.

In addition to energy cost savings, customers will achieve savings in maintenance costs since the new ConstantColor HIR MR16 lamps offer a rated life that’s two times longer than standard halogen MR16 lamps.

Click here for more information or visit the GE website.

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Phoenix Products Relaunches Website

Phoenix Products Company, Inc., a manufacturer of special purpose lighting fixtures and ovens, has announced the launch of its newly designed website, www.phoenixproducts.com. With an improved navigation and a new…

phoenixPhoenix Products Company, Inc., a manufacturer of special purpose lighting fixtures and ovens, has announced the launch of its newly designed website, www.phoenixproducts.com.

With an improved navigation and a new look, the website provides quicker access to the information users need. The product pages have been enhanced, allowing for greater accessibility to specification sheets, IES files, and product photography. A new search engine allows users to scan the entire website in seconds for direct access to product and application information.

Check it out here.

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Bangkok Mall Sparkles with 75,000 Red LEDs

A massive exterior lighting installation built with 75,000 red LUXEON LEDs is raising the visibility of CentralPlaza ChaengWattana, a seven-story, 300-store shopping complex in Bangkok. Thailand’s Lumitron Lighting International engineered…

A massive exterior lighting installation built with 75,000 red LUXEON LEDs is raising the visibility of CentralPlaza ChaengWattana, a seven-story, 300-store shopping complex in Bangkok. Thailand’s Lumitron Lighting International engineered and manufactured the lighting installation for the upscale mall, backed by proof of concept and engineering services from LUXEON supplier and LED application development specialist Future Lighting Solutions.

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The all-red lighting treatment designed by the complex’s architects was inspired by the red logo of Thailand’s family-owned Central Group conglomerate, the parent company of both shopping center developer Central Pattana and the Central Department Store that anchors the complex.

A giant grid of red LEDs runs the full width of the facade in a bold geometric design, trimming the street-side mall face as well as part of the building’s side and the attached 16-story office tower. The lights are programmed to change patterns at specific intervals, creating a dynamic light show that instantly identifies the structure.

Electricity costs are estimated to run just $2,900 per year, meeting the developer’s demand for low energy use. The installation’s LUXEON LEDs are expected to last at least 10 years even with Thailand’s extreme heat and wind, minimizing maintenance costs for bulb replacement.

Future Lighting Solutions assisted Lumitron with engineering services ranging from selecting the LEDs, drivers and drive current to calculating the number of LEDs required, planning for heat dissipation, and providing wiring guidance. Future engineers also built multiple proof-of-concept light boxes to test different designs, plus a prototype of Lumitron’s preferred design to show the actual brightness, color and light distribution of their proposed solution.

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ASHRAE Meeting Highlights Existing Buildings

The need to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings was highlighted at the ASHRAE 2009 Annual Conference held in Louisville. At the meeting, ASHRAE launched the prototype of its…

The need to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings was highlighted at the ASHRAE 2009 Annual Conference held in Louisville.

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At the meeting, ASHRAE launched the prototype of its Building Energy Quotient building energy labeling program, introduced a year-long focus on existing buildings and kicked off the Society’s most highly anticipated certification program to-date, Commissioning Process Management Professional

The Building Energy Quotient program, known as Building EQ, which will include both asset and operational ratings for all building types, except residential. ASHRAE is working with major real estate developers to implement the label prototype this fall with a widespread launch of the full program in 2010.

The new Commissioning Process Management Professional certification was formally launched at the meeting, with some 80 people taking part. The exam will be available on computer at testing centers around the world by the end of August.

ASHRAE will hold its 2010 Winter Conference, Jan. 23-27 in Orlando, accompanied by the AHR Expo, Jan. 25-27.

LightNOW’s take: While policy and code makers continue to squeeze design with ever-stricter energy codes for new construction, existing buildings are the true low-hanging fruit. Why don’t energy codes regulate existing buildings? Perhaps every 10 years after a certificate of occupancy is issued, the building must obtain a new certificate of occupancy by demonstrating that it now complies with the latest energy code? I heard this tried in San Francisco, with mixed results; the negative was speculators couldn’t flip buildings easily. (Truly a negative?)

What do you think?

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DOE Announces ENERGY STAR SSL Outdoor Lighting Webcast

RESCHEDULED! DOE has rescheduled this webcast for October 8, 2009. Thanks to Joe Salimando for pointing that out to me. On September 10, 2009, the Department of Energy will host…

RESCHEDULED! DOE has rescheduled this webcast for October 8, 2009. Thanks to Joe Salimando for pointing that out to me.

On September 10, 2009, the Department of Energy will host a 90-minute live webcast on ENERGY STAR SSL Outdoor Lighting Criteria.

The webcast starts at 1:00 PM ET and will include a 60-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with attendees.

Click here to learn more or register.

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NEMA Publishes LL 9-2009 Dimming of T8 Fluorescent Lighting Systems

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published LL 9-2009 Dimming of T8 Fluorescent Lighting Systems. This new standard is the first coordinated guidance from industry on the dimming of…

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published LL 9-2009 Dimming of T8 Fluorescent Lighting Systems.

This new standard is the first coordinated guidance from industry on the dimming of T8 fluorescent lighting systems; LL 9 covers ranges between 100% and approximately 35% output (60mA lamp current). The publication was a result of discussions between numerous manufacturers and end-users as well as years of data gathering, testing, and analysis.

LL 9 may be downloaded at no charge, or a hardcopy purchased for $36, by visiting
www.nema.org/stds/ll9.cfm, or by contacting IHS at 800-854-7179 (within the U.S.), 303-397-7956
(international), 303-397-2740 (fax), or global.ihs.com.

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August Issue of LightNOW 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…

lighting profesional getting lightnow on her computerCheck 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.

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