Month: October 2010

Controls Friday: Panasonic Joins the Lighting Controls Association

The Lighting Controls Association (LCA), a consortium of lighting control manufacturers dedicated to educating the public about lighting control design and technology, has announced that it has welcomed Panasonic as…

The Lighting Controls Association (LCA), a consortium of lighting control manufacturers dedicated to educating the public about lighting control design and technology, has announced that it has welcomed Panasonic as a new member.

For nearly 100 years, Panasonic, a globally recognized brand, has designed and manufactured consumer and industrial electronics. The Panasonic Full-2Way lighting control system provides a building block methodology for implementing lighting controls. Each panel component has a specific function; when combined, a host of Full-2Way components provide design flexibility and solutions for energy-efficient lighting applications.

Lighting Controls Association members include leaders in the manufacture of lighting automation and controllable ballasts: Cooper Controls, DELTA Controls, Encelium Technologies, Hubbell Building Automation, HUNT Dimming, Leviton Manufacturing, Lightolier Controls, Lightronics, Lutron Electronics, OSRAM Sylvania, Philips Lighting Electronics, PLC-Multipoint, Schneider Electric, Sensor Switch, Synergy Lighting Controls, Tridonic, Universal Lighting Technologies and WattStopper.

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ILLUMRA LED Dimmer Wins Best Dimming Control at LED Show

ILLUMRA, a manufacturer of self-powered, battery-free, wireless lighting and HVAC controls, recently won “Best Dimming or Control” at The LED Show in Las Vegas. A panel of LED experts reviewed…

ILLUMRA, a manufacturer of self-powered, battery-free, wireless lighting and HVAC controls, recently won “Best Dimming or Control” at The LED Show in Las Vegas.

A panel of LED experts reviewed the dimmer and announced the award on August 27, 2010. The constant voltage dimmer is available in a wireless or wired configuration that responds to hardwired or wireless battery-free controls to adjust the brightness of LED fixtures.

The new device uses 65,000 dimming steps to provide ultra smooth LED dimming at all light levels, eliminating the flicker that is commonly associated with LED dimmers. The units can dim 12V or 24V LED strips and are rated for loads of up to 5 amperes.

Each dimmer has an input for a wired occupancy sensor. The wireless version responds to as many as 30 wireless switches or sensors. ILLUMRA has further stated that its produces are manufactured in a ISO 9001:2000 facility, are RoHS compliant, and are FCC and IC approved.

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AmerillumBrands Moves Into New Lighting Plant and Headquarters Building

AmerillumBrands has announced that they have moved into a new two-story architect-designed building in San Diego County, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The new building is in the city of…

AmerillumBrands has announced that they have moved into a new two-story architect-designed building in San Diego County, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The new building is in the city of Oceanside, and is situated on three acres of land with a direct ocean view. The two-story, 54,000+ sq.ft. building comprises a modern, airy manufacturing plant, administrative and factory-direct customer-service offices, and warehousing, as well as conference and showroom facilities to provide AIA presentations.

Kenneth D. Smith Associates, Architects, designed the building and its interiors. Amerillum divisions a•light and Alumen8 supplied all of the interior and exterior lighting. The interior lighting plan by Rosemarie Allaire, IALD achieved a lighting power density of a remarkably low 0.62 watts per sq ft. Use of T5HO linear fluorescent luminaires, in combination with precise luminaire placement and fixture types, achieved an exceptionally energy-efficient 56% less required lighting power density, as designated by California Title 24.

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RIAS Honors Jonathan Speirs with Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Architecture

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has presented Jonathan Speirs of lighting design firm Speirs and Major with a Lifetime Achievement Award – the highest accolade within Scottish…


The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has presented Jonathan Speirs of lighting design firm Speirs and Major with a Lifetime Achievement Award – the highest accolade within Scottish architecture. To date, the award has only been conferred on four other individuals.

Congratulations, Jonathan! It’s an honor well deserved.

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IES Publishes Position Statement on Indoor Lighting Efficiency

The Illuminating Engineering Society has published PS-05-10 – Standards for Energy Efficient Indoor Lighting, a position statement on the subject of imposing energy standards on indoor lighting technology, such as…

The Illuminating Engineering Society has published PS-05-10 – Standards for Energy Efficient Indoor Lighting, a position statement on the subject of imposing energy standards on indoor lighting technology, such as efficacy standards for luminaires.

IES “believes that technology independent approaches are the best way to provide energy reductions and to stimulate future energy savings.”

IES encourages the Department of Energy to work with organizations such as IES, IALD, ASHRAE, etc. to produce design-based energy policies.

And:

“The IES recommends that the indoor lighting limits in ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 become the basis for indoor lighting energy policy since these have been demonstrated to be the best method for reducing indoor lighting power: The use of lighting controls, which has proved to be the biggest energy efficiency measure employed, should be the mainstay of energy policy.”

“The IES recommends there be no minimum performance limits placed on light sources, drivers and luminaires but that correct measures in design and control be utilized instead.”

“The use of a lumens per watt rating for luminaires is not endorsed by the IES and does not necessarily achieve the goal of energy reduction while maintaining a high quality lighted environment. Use of technology-neutral energy standards to control indoor lighting system efficiency is far more effective and will allow a designer to implement the requirements of the design without limitations on technology.”

LightNOW says: We could not agree more.

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Hanley Wood University Offers Five Lighting Courses

Visit Hanley Wood University and check out these five courses related to lighting: * Daylight Harvesting or Controlling Electric Light in Response to Daylight * Introduction to Tubular Daylighting Devices…

Visit Hanley Wood University and check out these five courses related to lighting:

* Daylight Harvesting or Controlling Electric Light in Response to Daylight

* Introduction to Tubular Daylighting Devices

* LED Lighting Education for Specifiers

* Lighting for Learning: Best Practices for Classroom Lighting

* What is the Big Deal with LED Lighting? How can LED Lighting Improve Projects I am Working on Today?

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Product Monday: Ceramic MH Floodlights by BEGA/US

BEGA/US has unveiled its latest family of surface-mounted ceramic metal halide floodlights and surface washers suitable for a variety of applications from vertical floodlighting to horizontal surface washing. Click here…

BEGA/US has unveiled its latest family of surface-mounted ceramic metal halide floodlights and surface washers suitable for a variety of applications from vertical floodlighting to horizontal surface washing.

Click here to learn more about products by BEGA/US.

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Controls Friday: Lighting Controls Association Publishes Whitepaper About Performance-Based Energy Codes

The Lighting Controls Association has published an article I authored about performance-based approaches to commercial building energy codes. This code approach is more directly linked to actual or expected energy…

The Lighting Controls Association has published an article I authored about performance-based approaches to commercial building energy codes.

This code approach is more directly linked to actual or expected energy use, potentially allow maximum component tradeoff flexibility between building systems, are considered a way to achieve higher energy savings, and can more easily accommodate alternative energy features such as renewable energy. Some lighting designers prefer it out of a belief it will ease up on the emphasis on lighting power density as the sole metric. Energy policy makers are showing interest because it may generate more energy savings.

The approach has its benefits. But is it practical?

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WAC Lighting Receives TED Best of the Best Awards for Brand Awareness and Merchandising

WAC Lighting, a manufacturer of track, recessed, undercabinet, monorail and decorative lighting, recently received two Best of the Best Awards from TED Magazine and the National Association of Electrical Distributors…

WAC Lighting, a manufacturer of track, recessed, undercabinet, monorail and decorative lighting, recently received two Best of the Best Awards from TED Magazine and the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED). One award was for Brand Awareness and the other award was presented for Merchandising.

The Brand Awareness Best of the Best Award was presented to WAC Lighting for its Responsible Lighting campaign that consisted of several elements, including:

o Responsible Citizenship demonstrated by the company’s practice of Giving Back, which includes donating lighting fixtures to charities and raising money for victims of natural disasters.

o Responsible Production has been demonstrated in the company’s clean, family owned manufacturing campus with in-house UL Labs and zero landfill status.

o “Responsible Lighting Defined” Ad campaign, which showcased Responsible technology that is used in energy efficient LED and CFL lighting.

This comprehensive approach to Responsibility has helped electrical and lighting distributors to recognize WAC as a leading provider of Responsible Lighting. In addition, this brand standard has enabled WAC Lighting President Shelley Wang to receive the American Lighting Association’s Industry Leadership Award, within nine months of launching the campaign.

WAC Lighting also won the Best of the Best Award for Merchandising with its point of purchase display boards that are widely used by electrical and lighting distributors. In addition to the boards, the firm offers countertop and other types of in-store merchandisers that feature product demonstrations and product literature.

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