Month: July 2010

Controls Friday: Encelium Publishes New Whitepaper on Advanced Lighting Controls

Encelium Technologies recently announced the release of a new whitepaper titled, “Using Advanced Lighting Controls to Drive Down Energy Costs and Improve Worker Satisfaction,” authored by Terry Mocherniak, Chief Operating…

Encelium Technologies recently announced the release of a new whitepaper titled, “Using Advanced Lighting Controls to Drive Down Energy Costs and Improve Worker Satisfaction,” authored by Terry Mocherniak, Chief Operating Officer, Encelium Technologies and contributed by Gary Meshberg, LEED AP, LC, Director of Sales, Encelium Technologies and President of the Lighting Controls Association.

The whitepaper explores advanced lighting control as an energy efficiency measure which drives down energy costs and improves worker satisfaction. Advanced lighting control has become a popular lighting option in new construction and as a retrofit upgrade for existing buildings, providing a platform for integrating sophisticated energy management strategies such as smart time scheduling, occupancy sensing, demand response/load shedding, personal lighting control, daylighting control and task tuning. Beyond energy code compliance, it can generate energy savings of 50-75% while increasing worker job and environmental satisfaction, enabling participation in demand response or peak shaving programs, and help realizing sustainability goals, according to Encelium.

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Kudos: Cree Partnership Brings LED Lights to New Habitat for Humanity Homes

Cree, Inc. and Habitat for Humanity International recently announced a three-year, $1.5 million pledge to provide high-efficiency Cree LED downlights for the kitchens in all new Habitat homes built in…

Cree, Inc. and Habitat for Humanity International recently announced a three-year, $1.5 million pledge to provide high-efficiency Cree LED downlights for the kitchens in all new Habitat homes built in the United States. More than 1,500 Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the U.S. will have access to Cree’s kitchen lighting package, which features Cree’s newest LED downlight, the CR6 downlight.

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July issues of LightNOW Published

Check out the stories here (issue #1) and here (issue #2). Click here to join the nearly 14,000 lighting professionals who receive LightNOW in their in-box every month. Subscription is…

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Leucos USA Becomes Exclusive Distributor for Luxit Decorative Architectural Lighting

Leucos USA recently announced it is now the exclusive U.S. distributor of Luxit, a manufacturer decorative architectural lighting owned by FDV Group, Leucos USA’s Italian parent company. While the other…

Leucos USA recently announced it is now the exclusive U.S. distributor of Luxit, a manufacturer decorative architectural lighting owned by FDV Group, Leucos USA’s Italian parent company. While the other Leucos USA companies (FDV Collection, Leucos and ITRE) are known for marrying old-world hand-blown glass techniques and modern design, Luxit has made its mark by successfully combining state-of-the-art lighting technology with sophisticated design elements. Because Luxit is owned by the parent company, Leucos USA is able to offer affordable prices, quick lead times and expert service.

In addition to a brand new catalog for the market, a newly designed comprehensive US website is in the works that will include Luxit. The Luxit products will be available through the extensive national Leucos USA distribution channels and warehoused in the company’s New Jersey facilities. All fixtures are UL listed and most are rated cULus for Canada. Many of the products have custom capabilities.

Products include:

Smoothlight

Tattoo

Zebra

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Litecontrol Releases New “Light the Walls” Booklet

Litecontrol, a company I’m proud to call a client, has published a new brochure providing guidance to designers interested in perimeter lighting best practices and techniques to achieve architecturally attractive…

Litecontrol, a company I’m proud to call a client, has published a new brochure providing guidance to designers interested in perimeter lighting best practices and techniques to achieve architecturally attractive and visually comfortable spaces.

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Acuity Brands Acquires Renaissance Lighting

Acuity Brands, Inc. has announced that it has acquired for an undisclosed amount of cash the remaining outstanding capital stock of Herndon, VA-based Renaissance Lighting, Inc., a privately held manufacturer…

Acuity Brands, Inc. has announced that it has acquired for an undisclosed amount of cash the remaining outstanding capital stock of Herndon, VA-based Renaissance Lighting, Inc., a privately held manufacturer of architectural LED downlights. Previously, Acuity Brands had entered into a strategic partnership with Renaissance which included a $9.1 million investment in minority ownership in the company and a license to the company’s intellectual property estate, including its Constructive Occlusion optical system currently utilized in Acuity’s Gotham Ecos downlighting family.

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DOE Announces Plans for Consumer Education Campaign on Lighting Changes

The Department of Energy today announced plans for a new consumer education initiative that will be timed to the upcoming changes in lamp regulations. The initiative will provide greater awareness…

The Department of Energy today announced plans for a new consumer education initiative that will be timed to the upcoming changes in lamp regulations. The initiative will provide greater awareness of the overall benefits of the legislative changes and new, “greener” technologies such as LEDs and CFLs.

Joining DOE at the Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Market Introduction Workshop in Philadelphia for today’s announcement were representatives from GE, Philips, Cree and Sylvania, as well as major retailers including The Home Depot, Costco Wholesale and Grainger. These partners are already on board to work with DOE in this effort.

Millions of people will start paying a lot more attention to the common light bulb in the coming months, thanks to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). The end result will point consumers towards more efficient lighting alternatives, such as CFLs and LEDs, in addition to more-efficient screw-in halogen lamps that comply with the Act. These performance levels will be superseded by an even more stringent set that take effect in 2020.

The ultimate effect of phasing out inefficient light sources will be significant national energy savings and a shrunken carbon footprint. However, without an effective consumer education process, these new performance levels could cause considerable confusion. Since most people are used to selecting light bulbs on the basis of their wattage–which, for efficient technologies like SSL is not an accurate indication of light output–DOE is preparing to team with the lighting industry and its market channels to increase consumer understanding of metrics such as lumens.

More details on the new consumer education initiative will emerge in the coming months as planning evolves. DOE expects to formally launch the new initiative this Fall.

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GE Announces Efficiency Breakthrough in White OLED Technology

GE Global Research, the technology development arm for the General Electric Company, GE Lighting and Konica Minolta have achieved a significant advance that brings the companies closer to making high-efficiency…

GE Global Research, the technology development arm for the General Electric Company, GE Lighting and Konica Minolta have achieved a significant advance that brings the companies closer to making high-efficiency organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting devices a reality. GE and KM scientists have demonstrated illumination-quality white OLEDs using “solution-coatable” materials that are essential for producing OLEDs at a low cost.

“GE and KM have done what many in the OLED research community thought was not possible,” noted Duggal. “We have produced high-performance white OLED lighting devices with a commercially viable lifetime using ‘solution coating’ rather than ‘vacuum coating’ processes,” said Anil Duggal, GE’s OLED lighting technology leader. “This allows us to make use of the high volume roll-to-roll manufacturing infrastructure that already has been perfected in the printing industry.”

GE and KM plan to manufacture OLEDs using high-speed, roll-to-roll processes rather than the vacuum-based batch processes used by companies in the OLED display industry. Roll-to-roll processing is key to making OLEDs commercially viable for general lighting applications. Solution, or wet coating, is the highest throughput manufacturing method for coating the organic layers that are the essence of an OLED lighting device.

“This type of coating is ideally suited for roll-to-roll processing and critical to enabling the production of OLEDs at high speeds,” said John Strainic, global product general manager for GE Lighting. “In simple terms, this latest achievement means we’re starting to see the OLED light at the end of the tunnel.”

GE and KM plan to introduce their first flexible OLED lighting product in 2011.

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Jim Brodrick on New FTC Consumer Lamp Labeling Requirements

Guest Post by Jim Brodrick, Department of Energy [Recently], the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its new consumer labeling requirements for medium screw-based light bulbs. The bottom line is that…

Guest Post by Jim Brodrick, Department of Energy

[Recently], the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its new consumer labeling requirements for medium screw-based light bulbs. The bottom line is that manufacturers of incandescent, compact fluorescent, and LED light bulbs will have to begin employing a new “Lighting Facts” label that’s similar to DOE’s Lighting FactsCM label on consumer packaging by mid-2011. While the Congress did not directly specify LED lighting in its requirements for a new label, the significant advancements in SSL technology as well as its market availability, along with the success of DOE’s Lighting Facts label as a “buyer’s tool,” convinced the FTC that the inclusion of a similar label would be appropriate. More about the DOE-FTC working relationship below.

Of particular significance for SSL is that for the first time, the package labeling will emphasize the bulbs’ brightness as measured in lumens, rather than emphasizing watts. This change is especially important, because the phase-out of lower-efficiency bulbs, mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, begins in 2012. As a nation, we must begin to educate consumers on the difference between “lumens” and “watts,” and to change their focus when selecting bulbs to the amount of light needed for a particular task (lumens), not the amount of power consumed (watts).

In its press release, the FTC states that: “While watt measurements are familiar to consumers and have been featured on the front of light bulb packages for decades, watts are a measurement of energy use, not brightness. As a result, reliance on watt measurements alone makes it difficult for consumers to compare traditional incandescent bulbs to more efficient bulbs …..”

The adoption of a new FTC consumer light bulb labeling system that’s better suited for SSL is an important step forward, despite what might at first seem to be a conflict with the already established DOE Lighting Facts label. It’s not a coincidence that the two labels are both called “Lighting Facts.” DOE and the FTC have been working closely together on this matter and will continue to strive for assurances that LED products perform as advertised. While the DOE Lighting Facts Program covers all LED products designed for white light, general illumination applications, it is primarily intended, at present, to assist buyers – such as retailers, wholesalers, lighting designers, and energy efficiency programs – in evaluating products and identifying the best options. The FTC label is primarily a consumer label, and in that respect does not conflict with the DOE label.

In a footnote on Page 12 of the Federal Register notice, the FTC states that “‘Lighting Facts’ is a trademark held by the U.S. Government through the DOE solid-state lighting program. The FTC and DOE will work together to coordinate DOE’s voluntary Lighting Facts program for LED products with the FTC’s mandatory labeling for general service lamps.” DOE explained in its comments to the FTC that, to ensure a clear separation between the two agencies’ activities, DOE’s consumer-packaging efforts would address pin-based LED replacement lamps and LED luminaires, and not the medium screw-base LED bulbs covered by the FTC Rule. What this means is that manufacturers can still employ the DOE label as a buyer educational tool in “cut sheets,” in internal packaging material, and on web sites, just not on the outside of the packaging itself.

It should be noted that the FTC does not specifically require test procedures for LED lamps in either of two key areas: lamp efficacy or lifetime. The reason for this is that the FTC is required by law to only specify test procedures adopted by the DOE as part of national lighting standards. Since neither LM-79 nor LM-80 has yet been adopted by DOE as a standard (and LM-80 alone is not enough to describe the lifetime of an LED lamp), the FTC cannot stipulate them as testing procedures. However, with regard to product lifetime, the FTC “strongly recommends that manufacturers use DOE (SSL Program) guidance as it becomes available to substantiate life claims for LEDs.”

DOE also urged the FTC to stipulate LM-79 “for measuring the light output, efficacy (lumens per watt), and color characteristics of LED bulbs.” DOE requires this test as a condition of participation in its voluntary “Lighting Facts” program for LED lamps. The final FTC rulemaking does not impose LM-79 as a testing requirement for the reason stated above, but “In light of DOE’s substantial expertise in this area, … the final amendments include LM-79 as a non-required testing procedure that the Commission deems acceptable to substantiate light output and color temperature disclosures for LEDs.”

Copies of the FTC Lighting Facts label and its new rule may be found at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/06/lightbulbs.shtm. I would urge all interested parties to read and digest the new labeling requirements, and if you have any questions regarding the existence of the two Lighting Facts labels, please send them on to me at postings at lightingfacts dot com.

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