Archive for 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.

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.

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. 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 […]

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 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 […]

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 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 […]

Controls Friday: Lutron Launches Redesigned Website

More than one year in the making, Lutron’s new website at 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 […]

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 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, […]

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 create innovative fixtures enabling the technology to truly take hold. Check it out here. Hat tip to Randy Smith at the Lighting Design Lab.

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 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 […]

IALD Establishes Website Dedicated to Lighting Education

A new initiative of the IALD Education Trust Fund, 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.