Month: November 2010

TED Magazine Publishes Article on LED Lighting

Specifically, how to protect yourself and your clients from bad product. This article, which I authored for the October issue of TED Magazine, the official publication of the NAED, covers…

Specifically, how to protect yourself and your clients from bad product.

This article, which I authored for the October issue of TED Magazine, the official publication of the NAED, covers standards and testing, labeling and awards programs that can be used to find LED products that are most likely to provide reliable performance while saving energy.

The story includes an extensive sidebar about the Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition, one of the most valuable programs in the industry.

Get it here.

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Quote of the Day

“If you retrofit an inefficient, lousy lighting job with new lamps and ballasts, the result is an efficient, lousy lighting job.” —Willard L. Warren, energy consultant

“If you retrofit an inefficient, lousy lighting job with new lamps and ballasts, the result is an efficient, lousy lighting job.”

—Willard L. Warren, energy consultant

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Product Monday: Litecontrol’s L20 LED Luminaire

Litecontrol has unveiled the L20, the debut LED luminaire for Litecontrol, designed to functionally provide higher light output and efficacy than a similar linear fluorescent luminaire.

Litecontrol has unveiled the L20, the debut LED luminaire for Litecontrol, designed to functionally provide higher light output and efficacy than a similar linear fluorescent luminaire. The design targets applications where a small-scale 2-in. x 2-in. linear downlight is desired, such as laboratories, offices, retail and public spaces.

Check it out here.

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New Buildings Institute Launches First Online Advanced Lighting Guide

New Buildings Institute (NBI) has announced the publication of the inaugural online version of the Advanced Lighting Guidelines (ALG). ALG is a premier resource for energy‐efficient lighting design, technologies and…

New Buildings Institute (NBI) has announced the publication of the inaugural online version of the Advanced Lighting Guidelines (ALG). ALG is a premier resource for energy‐efficient lighting design, technologies and applications representing the latest and best thinking of experts in the field (I was pleased to contribute the controls chapter with Dorene Maniccea, and edit several other chapters). It is also the latest addition to NBI’s Advanced Buildings suite of tools and services that help design teams create low‐energy buildings.

Previously offered in book form, the new ALG Online provides lighting professionals the same extensive resource on aspects of energy‐efficient lighting design such as light and vision, daylighting, controls, luminaires and distribution, etc. ALG Online also outlines strategies for specific applications such as retail spaces and includes a directory of luminaires with technical data sheets.

“We’re excited to take Advanced Lighting Guidelines to the next level by making this service available online. This is an important resource for both students and professionals to stay current and learn about new practices in the industry and the latest designs for energy efficiency,” said Barb Hamilton, Lighting Manager for New Buildings Institute.

Advanced Lighting Guidelines was initially produced by the California Energy Commission in 1991 as a means to dispel myths about new and emerging advanced lighting technologies. Since then, ALG has become the premier publication for quality technical guidance from leading experts in the field.

Updated and expanded on a regular basis since its debut in 1991, ALG has enjoyed broad public and private support from organizations such as the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as well as continual rigorous peer review.

Highlights of the online version of ALG:

* Daylighting –for the first time, an entire chapter is devoted to daylighting, describing techniques for incorporating daylighting into design, offering case studies and technical information; and the tool compiles the latest studies about how daylight affects health, comfort and psychological well‐being of building occupants.

* Electric lighting controls – a variety of new technologies have evolved that can help increase energy efficiency – digital strategies, new types of fluorescent lamps and ballasts, and wireless controls are all included.

* Supplemental information – offers expert, quality technical guidance and connects users with related articles and community resources including the Commercial Lighting Solutions.

* Luminaire and Application Directories – provides lighting schemes for common spaces and identifies the highest performing luminaires including Tech Sheets that will help the lighting professional specifying the best performing luminaire of its kind.

Click here to visit the new ALG online.

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Product Monday: Literod Stacks Series by Lam Lighting

Lam Lighting has introduced the Literod Stacks series of suspended linear fluorescent luminaires for illuminating library stacks and similar commercial applications. The luminaires are designed to illuminate vertical book stacks…

Lam Lighting has introduced the Literod Stacks series of suspended linear fluorescent luminaires for illuminating library stacks and similar commercial applications. The luminaires are designed to illuminate vertical book stacks top to bottom without glare, shadows and spill. The luminaire can be rotated after installation to aim the light.

Click here to learn more about this product.

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NEMA Recognizes Joel Spira

Joel A. Spira, founder, chairman, and director of research of Lutron Electronics, headed the list of electroindustry leaders recently honored by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) at its annual…

Joel A. Spira, founder, chairman, and director of research of Lutron Electronics, headed the list of electroindustry leaders recently honored by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) at its annual conference.

Spira, who has dedicated his career to what he calls “the magic of lighting,” is the recipient of the 2010 Bernard H. Falk Award, which recognizes an important contribution to the industry through technology, marketing, education, and public affairs.

Spira formed Lutron Electronics in 1961 to market his invention of the first electronic solid state dimmer for incandescent lighting. It ultimately paved the way for contemporary digital lighting controls. He also invented the first electronic dimming ballast for fluorescent lamps, as well as hundreds of devices, systems, and processes for controlling electric and natural light. He is credited with 266 design patents and 226 utility patents.

In April 2010, Spira donated materials related to his inventions and Lutron’s history to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History electricity collection.

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Controls Friday: IESNYC to Host “Control This!” on December 8, 2010

The New York City section of the Illuminating Engineering Society has announced, “Control This!,” a tradeshow and lecture series dedicated to lighting controls and energy management technologies. When: Wednesday, December…

The New York City section of the Illuminating Engineering Society has announced, “Control This!,” a tradeshow and lecture series dedicated to lighting controls and energy management technologies.

When: Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 11:30 am to 6:00 pm
Where: The Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10011

Exhibit passes are free to IESNYC members, but you have to register in advance; walk-ins are charged the full non-member rate.

Click here to download the flier promoting the event.

Click here for registration, exhibit and lecture passes, and session information.

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Lighting Science Group Wins Bid to Relight Salt Lake City with LED Streetlights

Lighting Science Group’s PROLIFIC series LED street lights will soon line the streets of Salt Lake City, Utah. Compared with traditional high pressure sodium (HPS) street lights, the PROLIFIC LED…

Lighting Science Group’s PROLIFIC series LED street lights will soon line the streets of Salt Lake City, Utah. Compared with traditional high pressure sodium (HPS) street lights, the PROLIFIC LED series street lights are 50% more efficient, provide more uniform light distribution, increase light levels, and will save Salt Lake City tens of thousands of dollars each year in energy and maintenance cost, according to the company. The project is being paid for using Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the Federal Stimulus).

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