Archive for February 2010

Controls Friday: Creating a True Home Theater Experience with Lighting Controls

Home theaters are a popular addition to many homes, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, which estimated that by the end of 2004, one-third of U.S. households owned a home theater system, up from about one-fifth at the end of 1999. The addition of a home theater creates special demands on the lighting and controls. […]

Taiwan International Lighting Show Set for March 12-15, 2010

The Taiwan International Lighting Show will be held March 12-15, 2010, with more than 150 exhibitors presenting their products in 390 booths. The event will include market promotion activities including Procurement meetings, Lighting Industry Elite Award, New Products Display and other networking and marketing opportunities. The Forum will feature experts from Philips, GE LED Asia, […]

52 SSL Product Designs in 52 Weeks

My friend and colleague, LED expert Kevin Willmorth, recently told me that he has set an ambitious goal of designing and producing 52 all new solid-state lighting based product designs over the 52 weeks of 2010. “The idea is to demonstrate that LEDs are not only here and now, but far easier to design around […]

People: North Star Lighting Appoints Tom Rotkis President

North Star Lighting, Inc. has announced that Tom Rotkis, formerly Vice President of Marketing and Sales, has been promoted to President. In addition to his new responsibilities, Tom will continue to lead North Star Lighting’s market expansion in the areas of solid state lighting, sports and architainment, tunnel, bridge marine and hazardous lighting applications. North […]

Cooper Lighting Announces 2010 Class Schedule for the SOURCE

Cooper Lighting has released the 2010 SOURCE calendar of educational classes for the lighting and design community. The SOURCE lighting education facility is located at Cooper Lighting’s headquarters in Peachtree City, Georgia, and offers a wide variety of seminars designed to broaden the understanding of lighting and its applications. The SOURCE has been servicing the […]

NEMA’s Business Confidence Indexes Post Positive Results to Kick Off 2010

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions rebounded in January, rising nearly 9 points to 57.1. The index is derived from responses to a survey circulated to senior executives of NEMA member companies, and a value above 50 indicates that more respondents reported that the business environment improved from the previous […]

Happy Flag Day, Mexico

Today is Flag Day in Mexico.

Code Watch: Green Construction Standards Enter National Code Stage

Green construction codes and standards are beginning to emerge on the national code stage. The standards go beyond energy standards such as 90.1 and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to cover additional areas such as site sustainability, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality and materials and resources. This is the subject of a new whitepaper […]

Advanced Energy Design Guidance Offered for Small Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

The Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) for Small Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities is designed to provide recommendations for achieving 30 percent energy savings over the minimum code requirements of ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-1999. The Guide focuses on small healthcare facilities up to 90,000 sq.ft., including acute care facilities, outpatient surgery centers, critical access hospitals and inpatient […]

Finally, Something Most Americans Can Agree On

Sorry, this post has nothing to do with lighting, but is of vital importance to every citizen of the United States. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, a large majority of Americans–Democrats, Republicans and Independents–strongly oppose the Supreme Court’s decision last month to allow corporations to spend as much as they want on […]