Month: June 2010

2010 Energy Outlook: Energy Prices Expected to Continue General Upward Trend

Thomas has published a good wrap up and analysis of the Department of Energy’s 2010 Energy Outlook here.

Thomas has published a good wrap up and analysis of the Department of Energy’s 2010 Energy Outlook here.

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TED Talk: The Orb, a Rotating LED Display

Inventor Nick Sears demos the first generation of the Orb, a rotating LED display that uses persistence of vision to create glowing 3D images.

Inventor Nick Sears demos the first generation of the Orb, a rotating LED display that uses persistence of vision to create glowing 3D images.

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Architectural SSL Magazine Publishes “Rock Sugar” Project Feature

Architectural SSL recently published an article I wrote about Rock Sugar, a new 7,000+ sq.ft. Los Angeles restaurant offering Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Indonesian and East Indian food in opulent surroundings….

Architectural SSL recently published an article I wrote about Rock Sugar, a new 7,000+ sq.ft. Los Angeles restaurant offering Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Indonesian and East Indian food in opulent surroundings.

The particular demands of the lighting design, coupled with strict requirements imposed by Title 24, disqualified many conventional lighting methods. Lighting designers Focus Lighting turned to LEDs for many applications in the restaurant. All linear lighting—including backlighting behind banquettes, uplighting on the ceiling, and bar fascia lighting—is provided by LEDs and colored gel sleeves.

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Cooper Lighting Announces Winners of the SOURCE Awards

Cooper Lighting recently announced the winners of the 33rd Annual SOURCE Awards national lighting design competition. The winners were recognized at LIGHTFAIR 2010 in Las Vegas at the Keynote Speaker…

Cooper Lighting recently announced the winners of the 33rd Annual SOURCE Awards national lighting design competition. The winners were recognized at LIGHTFAIR 2010 in Las Vegas at the Keynote Speaker luncheon on May 11 in front of an audience of 650 design professionals. Eight professional awards and five student awards were presented.

Top honors in the Professional Commercial Category went to Jesse Blonstein, Julia Vandergraaf and Diego Burdi of Lightbrigade Architectural Lighting Design, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, for the lighting of the Murale retail boutique located in Ottawa. These Lightbrigade designers, along with colleague Rhomney Forbes-Gray, were also honored with an Honorable Mention award for the lighting of the public spaces in the W Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

In the Professional Residential Category, top honors went to the design team of Robert H. Singer, Chase Carter and Kim Quint of Robert Singer & Associates, Basalt, Colorado for the lighting design of the Ridge Residence in Aspen, Colorado. Robert H. Singer and Kim Quint were also honored with an Award of Recognition in the same category for the lighting design of the Willow Court Residence also located in Aspen.

Four additional Honorable Mention awards were presented including two awards going to Focus Lighting, New York, New York, in the Professional Commercial Category. Paul Gregory and Ken Ventry were honored for the lighting of the Royalton Hotel located in New York. They were also honored with colleague Scott Hay for the lighting design of the Mondrian Hotel in Miami, Florida. In addition, the design team of Jim Baney, Emily Klingensmith and Lindsey Fimek of Chicago-based Schuler-Shook was awarded in this category with an Honorable Mention for the lighting renovation of the lobby of the Three First National Plaza office building in Chicago, Illinois.

The final Professional Category Honorable Mention award was presented to Glenn Merlin Johnson and Jared M. Britton of Adaptive Design Group, Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah for the lighting design of a 32,000 sq. ft. Palm Desert Residence in California.

In the Student Category, students in the design, architectural, lighting and engineering disciplines enter conceptual lighting design installations. Five awards were given: one Winner, three Honorable Mentions and one Award of Recognition. Matthew Lee Johnson of Kansas State University picked up the winning honor for his conceptual lighting design project titled Illuminated. Johnson was under the direction of Neal Hubbell, the Associate Professor and Associate Department Head of Interior Architecture and Product Design at Kansas State’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design.

Honorable Mention awards were presented to Elsa Padilla Alonso of the Savannah College of Art and Design for the creative lighting concept of her Lux Spa project and Estéban Francis of the University of Cincinnati (DAAP) for his Macy’s “The Lab” department store project. In addition, Chung Young (Simon) Ho from Washington State University received an Honorable Mention Sustainability Award for his Synergy retail grocery store project that integrated daylight and energy-efficient lighting fixtures. The final student award was presented to Katya Yarominak from the University of Oklahoma for her retail store Dolce & Gabanna project.

Professional winners Lightbrigade and Robert Singer & Associates, Inc. received a $2000 monetary award and student winner Matthew Johnson received $1500. The honorable mention students were awarded $500 each. All winners were presented with a crystal trophy and offered an invitation to attend a complimentary class at the SOURCE, Cooper Lighting’s state-of-the-art education center. The students’ professor/instructors are also invited to attend a class. All winners received national and local publicity.

The annual competition, which focuses on furthering the understanding, knowledge and function of lighting as a primary element in design, requires the primary and predominant use of Cooper Lighting products. Cooper Lighting has held this competition since 1977.

Entries are judged on the blending of aesthetics, creative achievement, technical performance and the degree in which the lighting met the project constraints and design concept goals.

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Product Monday: Lithonia Announces RTLED General Lighting

Lithonia Lighting has announced the introduction of RTLED, a volumetric-distribution recessed luminaire that delivers white general lighting. The luminaire is powered by an advanced Samsung LED light engine to deliver…

Lithonia Lighting has announced the introduction of RTLED, a volumetric-distribution recessed luminaire that delivers white general lighting. The luminaire is powered by an advanced Samsung LED light engine to deliver high color rendering (80+ CRI), 3500K color temperature, and full range dimming with 0-10VDC control, enabling the luminaire to adjust light output to eliminate the energy waste of overlighting. It also tracks its own operating hours and provides a visual indicator when the luminaire has reached the end of its service life.

RTLED became available starting June 1, 2010 through Lithonia Lighting agents.

LightNOW’s take: General lighting products like this are a real milestone in the development of LED lighting, particularly great when the manufacturer invests in good lighting quality. Most impressive is the fact the luminaire tracks its operating hours and signals the user that it has reached the end of its estimated service life. Few other products have addressed the issue of how the user will know when the product has “failed” even though it is still operating.

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Controls Friday: Lutron Launches Redesigned Website

More than one year in the making, Lutron’s new website at www.lutron.com features a completely new infrastructure, search capabilities and customizable user experiences. The site was designed with more than…

More than one year in the making, Lutron’s new website at www.lutron.com features a completely new infrastructure, search capabilities and customizable user experiences. The site was designed with more than 25 different user groups in mind, ranging from homeowners and interior designers, to builders, electrical contractors, lighting designers and facility managers.

Features of the redesigned website include:

  • a completely redesigned site architecture and navigation
  • a polished, new look and feel
  • a simplified where-to-buy process
  • consolidated technical documents, including spec sheets and installation instructions
  • an improved energy savings calculator
  • a new LED product selection tool
  • an inspirational home tour on how to use Lutron products in the home and

Phase II of the site will be launched within the year, expanding the site to further support Lutron’s global markets.

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Report: Obama Administration Poised to Take Immediate Action to Help Transform America’s Building Stock

The Obama Administration is authorized to play a more active and supportive role in encouraging and progressing the energy efficiency and sustainability of America’s multifamily and commercial building stock, according…

The Obama Administration is authorized to play a more active and supportive role in encouraging and progressing the energy efficiency and sustainability of America’s multifamily and commercial building stock, according to a report released by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and other leading organizations in energy, housing, environment and real estate.

The legal analysis, “Using Executive Authority to Achieve Greener Buildings: A Guide for Policymakers to Enhance Sustainability and Efficiency in Multifamily Housing and Commercial Buildings,” concludes that under current executive authority, the Obama Administration has the ability to use over 30 existing federal programs worth $72 billion to enhance efficiency in commercial buildings and multifamily housing, with no new legislation.

The report presents an extensive menu of options, across an array of programs, which the Obama Administration could begin implementing immediately without having to seek new funds or authority from Congress. Some of the most promising options with the largest reach include:

  • Reforming appraisal and underwriting practices at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac;
  • Greening” federal banking regulation;
  • Promoting flexible FHA insurance products, especially Section 241;
  • Integrating energy efficiency and sustainability criteria into competitive grants and funding formulas;
  • Strengthening minimum property standards for federal housing and economic development programs to reflect energy efficiency and sustainability standards;
  • Improving performance standards applicable to federal buildings and leases;
  • Refining guidance applicable to the energy efficient commercial buildings tax deduction and the national historic preservation tax credit ;
  • Using SBA funding mechanisms to support small business energy efficiency investments
  • Streamlining Title 17 loan guarantees to make them suitable for buildings.

The report was prepared by Van Ness Feldman. Other sponsors of the report include The Real Estate Roundtable, UDR, Johnson Controls, Inc., The Energy Foundation, Building Owners and Managers Association International, The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Energy Future Coalition, and C3.

LightNOW’s take: We’re all for it if it applies to existing buildings.

Click here to download the full report.

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Lunera’s Don Peifer on LED Lighting: Interview with the New York Times’ Green Blog

The New York Times’ green blog has published a great interview with Don Peifer, CTO for Lunera Lighting, in which he says LED companies should stop chasing incandescent sockets and…

The New York Times’ green blog has published a great interview with Don Peifer, CTO for Lunera Lighting, in which he says LED companies should stop chasing incandescent sockets and create innovative fixtures enabling the technology to truly take hold.

Check it out here.

Hat tip to Randy Smith at the Lighting Design Lab.

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NEMA Announces Robust Growth In Metal Halide HID Lamp Shipments During First Quarter of 2010

NEMA’s HID lamp indexes for each of the major lamp types (sodium vapor, mercury vapor, and metal halide) increased on a year-over-year basis during the first quarter of 2010. HID…

NEMA’s HID lamp indexes for each of the major lamp types (sodium vapor, mercury vapor, and metal halide) increased on a year-over-year basis during the first quarter of 2010.

HID sodium lamps posted a 7.5% gain while mercury lamps showed a more modest gain of 1.3%. Metal halide lamps rebounded from a record low set in first quarter 2009, increasing by a robust 16.8%.

The market share of metal halide lamps remains steady, constituting six out every 10 HID lamps sold. Sales of sodium vapor HID lamps represent approximately one third of all HID lamps. The share of mercury vapor lamps, the oldest type of HID lighting, has vacillated around 5% percent since 2008. Mercury vapor lamp sales are likely to continue at a depressed level due to the U.S. ban on the manufacturing and sale of mercury vapor lamp ballasts.

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IALD Establishes Website Dedicated to Lighting Education

A new initiative of the IALD Education Trust Fund, www.learn2light.com provides an overview of the schools that offer programs in architectural lighting design, engineering or science. These programs offer at…

A new initiative of the IALD Education Trust Fund, www.learn2light.com provides an overview of the schools that offer programs in architectural lighting design, engineering or science. These programs offer at least a major or minor in architectural lighting.

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