Archive for December 2009

Happy New Year!

Hope you have a safe, fun holiday and a prosperous 2010.

How It’s Made: Fluorescent Lamps

Great video showing how fluorescent lamps are produced, courtesy of the Discovery Channel.

McGraw Hill Publishes Second Edition of Photonics Essentials

The European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) has announced the publication of the second edition of Photonics Essentials by EPIC’s General Secretary Thomas Pearsall. Photonics Essentials, published by McGraw-Hill Professional (ISBN I9780071629355) introduces the principles of photonic devices to a younger generation of students and engineers. This textbook stresses hands-on measurements techniques common to all photonics […]

Architecture Billings Index Drops Substantially

Following its highest mark since August 2008, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dropped more than three points in November. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the November ABI rating was 42.8, down from 46.1 in October. This score indicates a continued decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase […]

Philips and Pharos Expand Reselling Agreement

Philips Color Kinetics has announced it has become a reseller of the complete portfolio of Pharos control solutions. Ranging from scalable lighting playback controllers to audio/video controls, all that utilize simple-to-use designer authoring software, Pharos controllers extend the comprehensive portfolio of LED lighting solutions from Philips Color Kinetics. Philips Color Kinetics is offering Pharos controllers […]

Will BIM Transform the Construction Industry?

Here, here and here. What do you think? Maybe the answer is it’s transformational, but not worth the cost in applications other than high-end projects. Has BIM impacted your business? Are there any ramifications for lighting in the short term? One thing for certain, it’s revolutionary:

October 2009 Construction at $910 Billion Annual Rate

Construction spending during October 2009 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $910.8 billion, about the same as the revised September estimate of $910.4 billion and 14.4% below the October 2008 estimate of $1,064.1 billion, according to the Department of Commerce. During the first 10 months of 2009, construction spending reached $794 billion, […]

Happy Kwanzaa and Boxing Day!

Happy Boxing Day to my Canadian friends, and Happy Kwanzaa to all!

Merry Christmas

Hope you have a safe and happy Christmas!

LED Traffic Lights Can’t Melt Snow: Dozens of Accidents Reported

So LED traffic lights save 90% energy, but run too cool to melt snow, which is believed to have caused some accidents. Snow obscuring the signal happens very infrequently, but nonetheless, one has to wonder where and how the ball got dropped on this, what the solution is, and whose responsibility it is to be […]