Archive for December 2010

EPA Issues Guidance on PCB-Containing Fluorescent Ballasts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released guidance recommending that schools take steps to reduce potential exposures to PCBs from older fluorescent lighting fixtures. Click here to learn more. There should not be a single school in the country using these ballasts. They should be replaced immediately with higher-efficiency lighting systems.

Phu Hoang Office and Rachely Rotem Studio Design Create Luminous Public Art Venue at Art Basel Miami Beach Art Fair

Wind is inherently without form. The Exhale pavilion harnessed this essential formlessness to create a dynamic interactive environment for public art. The winning competition entry for the Art Basel Miami Beach and Creative Time Oceanfront project by Phu Hoang Office and Rachely Rotem Studio created a public art venue for the annual Art Basel Miami […]

Current and Future North American Business Conditions Indexes End 2010 on Upswing

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American business conditions climbed for a second consecutive month in December, rising 5.5 points to 68, its highest level since June. A reading above 50 indicates more panelists than not reported conditions improved during the month. Forty percent of survey panelists reported improved conditions in December, […]

Architecture Billings Index Reaches Highest Score Since 2007

After stepping back in October reversing into the negative territory, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) rose more than three points in November to reach its highest mark since December 2007. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. […]

EleBLog Provides Free Access to Key Government Data on Electrical Contractors and Workers

Info on electrical contractors from the 2007 Economic Census, and official government projections for electrician needs in 2018–printed in six 2010 issues of tED magazine–was recently posted to The EleBlog, operated by a guy I’m proud to call friend and colleague, Joe Salimando, a freelance writer/editor for TED. “After the December issue posted, I noticed […]

Proud to be LC

I’m happy to announce that I have received the Lighting Certified (LC) certification from NCQLP. It was a tough exam.

Incandescent Lamp Index Declines to Record Low During Third Quarter of 2010

NEMA’s index for incandescent lamps declined 17.2 percent for the third quarter, registering a record low reading of 46.5. The index showed a year-over-year decline of nearly 19.0 percent. Shipments of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) waned as well, with the index dipping 18.2 percent to 168.8—a level not seen since 2006. Moreover, CFL shipments decreased […]

Jim Brodrick on Domestic LED Product Manufacturing

Guest post by Jim Brodrick, Department of Energy Although you do not often hear about growth in domestic manufacturing here in the United States, the solid-state lighting industry is steadily growing and establishing a manufacturing presence here at home. Solid-state lighting was not only born of U.S. ingenuity and R&D, but is riding the crest […]

IES Announces Pre-Publication Offer for 10th Edition of IES Lighting Handbook

The 10th edition brings together in one volume the current state of knowledge as it relates to lighting and lighting design.

AmerillumBrands Forms New Partnership With The Luminaires Group

The Luminaires Group, a Canadian corporation encompassing several lighting companies, has purchased a substantial interest in AmerillumBrands, a southern California lighting manufacturer.