Month: January 2011

January 2011 Issues of LightNOW Published

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Product Monday: Two Cooper Industries Products Recognized as 2011 Top Product Winners

Products from Cooper Lighting and Cooper Controls have been selected as 2011 Top Product winners by Building Operating Management magazine. The winning products are the Halo H7 LED Collection from…

Products from Cooper Lighting and Cooper Controls have been selected as 2011 Top Product winners by Building Operating Management magazine. The winning products are the Halo H7 LED Collection from Cooper Lighting and the Venergy Energy Monitoring Web Tool from Cooper Controls.

The Top Product winners were selected using an e-mail ballot to readers of Building Operating Management who were asked to select their choices that met two criteria: usefulness to facility managers and innovation. Of 551 products that appeared on FacilitesNet.com between October 1, 2009 and September 30, 2010, readers chose 74 as Top Products for 2011.

The Halo LED H7 Collection from Cooper Lighting features performance-designed, 6-inch LED recessed downlights, which can be used for both new construction and retrofit applications. The ENERGY STAR®-qualified downlights deliver a high color rendering index of 80 and offer the industry’s widest selection of color temperatures. The Halo H7 LED Collection, with an optical design to provide smooth, even illumination from productive beam lumens, also provides an increased lifetime and reduced energy consumption. The collection is ideally suited for commercial, hospitality, healthcare, retail and residential applications.

Cooper Control’s Venergy Energy Monitoring Web Tool provides actual metered lighting energy usage in real-time on any PC, touchscreen, Plasma/LCD display, iPad or iPhone. The tool offers energy savings and can provide entire building monitoring or be as specific as per individual circuit level. With real-time and historical data available instantaneously and automatic alerting features, the Venergy Energy Monitoring Web Tool enables facility managers to display critical building information, track performance, manage and control resource consumption, reduce environmental impacts and save money.

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The Lighting Quotient Showcases Environmental Commitment with Cradle to Cradle Certification

The Lighting Quotient has announced that several of its linear fluorescent products are now Cradle to Cradle Certified—Silver rated. The 10 light fixtures, all within the Elliptipar product division, received…

The Lighting Quotient has announced that several of its linear fluorescent products are now Cradle to Cradle Certified—Silver rated. The 10 light fixtures, all within the Elliptipar product division, received this certification through a thorough process conducted by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC), a global sustainability consulting and product certification firm. The Lighting Quotient is only the second lighting company in the country to commit the time and energy into the deep materials assessments required to receive this level of certification.

The Cradle to Cradle® Certification process places major emphasis on the human and environmental health impacts of the material ingredients that make up a product, including the prohibition of PVC. It also includes strict criteria for water, energy and materials reutilization, as well as social accountability and ethics.

The Lighting Quotient’s current C2C product portfolio includes a number of Elliptipar’s linear fluorescent fixtures for indoor and outdoor spaces, including libraries, garages and retail stores. Elliptipar’s 3030 Stacklight, Style F305 and F306 Cove Lights and Style F124 and F144 wall washers are among those luminaires that have been certified. All certified products also can help a building project qualify for a Design and Innovation credit under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system.

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University of California (Davis) Plan to Cut Energy Use by 60 Percent

The University of California, Davis and the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) have announced a commitment to reduce the campus’s electricity use for lighting by 60% by the end of…

The University of California, Davis and the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) have announced a commitment to reduce the campus’s electricity use for lighting by 60% by the end of 2015. The Smart Lighting Initiative makes UC Davis the first large institution to commit to a sweeping cut in energy use after the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) released a plan in September to leverage advanced products and best practices to transform the lighting market and achieve a 60-80% reduction in statewide electrical lighting energy consumption.

The UC Davis initiative would reduce campus electricity use by about 30 million kWh and its carbon footprint by about 6,650 metric tons of CO2E. The university would save an estimated $3 million annually in electric costs, in addition to savings from reduced cooling needs and maintenance costs.

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Indy Designer Series LED Downlights Achieve ENERGY STAR Mark

Juno Lighting Group, a subsidiary of Schneider Electric, has announced that several products within its Indy Designer Series of LED downlights for commercial applications now carry the ENERGY STAR mark…

Juno Lighting Group, a subsidiary of Schneider Electric, has announced that several products within its Indy Designer Series of LED downlights for commercial applications now carry the ENERGY STAR mark on their labeling.

The ENERGY STAR program is led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy as a national effort to assist consumers and buyers in choosing the most energy-efficient, environmentally friendly products that consume fewer resources and provide significant cost savings. To earn the ENERGY STAR Star label, commercial lighting products such as the Indy Designer Series LED downlight portfolio must meet a list of rigorous energy efficiency and quality criteria, and use at least 75% less energy and last 35 times longer than incandescent lighting.

Products that are ENERGY STAR-qualified include 4” and 6” round and square recessed downlights, 9” cylinders with clear specular, clear semi-specular or clear satin reflectors, 1100 lm or 2000 lm light engines and 3000K, 3500K and 4100K color temperatures. Known for their ability to produce nearly 1,000 to 1,800 lumens of pure white light from only 18 to 34 watts of energy respectively, the Indy Designer Series of LED downlights are well suited to a wide range of commercial applications.

To earn the ENERGY STAR mark for commercial lighting, LED products must pass a variety of tests that meet stringent requirements and prove they meet a specific list of criteria to ensure high quality including:

– Brightness is equal to or greater than existing lighting technologies (incandescent or fluorescent) and light is well distributed over the area lighted by the fixture.
– Light output remains constant over time.
– Excellent color quality. The shade of white light appears clear and consistent over time.
– Efficiency is as good as or better than fluorescent lighting.
– Light comes on instantly when turned on.
– No flicker when dimmed.
– No off-state power draw. The fixture does not use power when it is turned off, with the exception of external controls, whose power should not exceed 0.5 watts in the off state.

For a complete listing of the Indy Designer Series LED Energy Star qualified products as well as detailed specification sheets, click here and search “Indy LED Energy Star.”

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PR Opportunity for Lighting Manufacturers in Illuminate Magazine

One of the hats I wear in the industry is editor at large for Illuminate, the quarterly lighting supplement to Architectural Products Magazine read by 32,000 architects and lighting designers….

One of the hats I wear in the industry is editor at large for Illuminate, the quarterly lighting supplement to Architectural Products Magazine read by 32,000 architects and lighting designers. I am currently developing the lighting product section for the April/May LIGHTFAIR 2011 issue and looking for great products to include.

If you work for a manufacturer of quality specification-grade lighting products for nonresidential buildings, I’d like to consider a new offering from your company. To participate in the section, please send me by email by Friday, February 11:

• Press release or 100-word factual description of a new lighting product
• High-resolution magazine-publication-quality photo (tif preferred, jpg ok, no eps please, up to about 6 or 7 MB in size so it can be sent by email)
• Your contact information
• Your company’s website address
• The URL of the webpage on your website that specifically describes this product (if available)

Multiple submissions are welcome, particularly if your company has multiple brands or divisions.

Thank you for contributing!

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Philips EnduraLED Lamp Helps Bring Macy’s Quality and Sustainability Goals to Light

Philips Lighting recently announced that iconic retailer Macy’s has selected Philips EnduraLED LED lamps as part of the nationwide program to retrofit 117,000 halogen-based accent lighting in 86 of its…

Philips Lighting recently announced that iconic retailer Macy’s has selected Philips EnduraLED LED lamps as part of the nationwide program to retrofit 117,000 halogen-based accent lighting in 86 of its U.S. stores. In just two weeks, Philips was able to design and produce thousands of EnduraLED PAR38 SP15 lamps that could meet Macy’s sustainability goals, as well as provide better light quality to enhance the customer shopping experience.

The new EnduraLED lamp uses 13W and replaces the 47W halogen bulbs Macy’s currently uses. The EnduraLED has also been approved for the retailer’s long term retrofit plans.

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Product Monday: Lunera Lighting Partners With Armstrong to Deliver a Pre-Qualified Fixture for TechZone Ceilings

Lunera Lighting, Inc. has announced that it has partnered with Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Systems to provide the 5400 Series, an edge-lit LED lighting fixture compatible with Armstrong’s TechZone Ceiling…

Lunera Lighting, Inc. has announced that it has partnered with Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Systems to provide the 5400 Series, an edge-lit LED lighting fixture compatible with Armstrong’s TechZone Ceiling Systems. The sleek, energy efficient, linear fixtures create a clean, elegant ceiling visual and provide voluminous light when installed in the six-inch-wide technical zone.

By using Lunera’s truLITE™ Color Consistency Process, the light fixtures maintain the uniformity of quality light across an entire installation creating a more productive, healthier environment for its occupants. The Lunera 5400 Series fixture is offered as a 9/16” tegular as well as the 9/16” and 15/16” lay-in.

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NEMA Publishes Incandescent Bulb Phase-Out Brochure

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published a brochure that clarifies the upcoming phase-out of incandescent light bulbs. Beginning in 2012, and a year earlier in California, traditional 100-watt,…

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published a brochure that clarifies the upcoming phase-out of incandescent light bulbs. Beginning in 2012, and a year earlier in California, traditional 100-watt, 75-watt, 60-watt, and 40-watt bulbs will be phased out, with a completion date of 2014.

Based on the average number of sockets per household, NEMA estimates that American households will save an average of $143 on electric bills when the transition is complete. This figure assumes an electrical rate of $0.11/kWh.

Lighting Options for Your Home summarizes the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, which mandates reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and explains how the changeover from incandescent lamps will help accomplish the country’s sustainability goals.

Options for lighting homes and offices include halogen, compact fluorescent, and LED light sources, each of which is explained in detail.

To download a copy of the brochure, click here.

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Shipments of Metal Halide Lamps Remain Solid During the Third Quarter

Shipments of metal halide high intensity discharge (HID) lamps grew by 4.6 percent to 87.1 during the third quarter of 2010. The index showed solid year-over-year growth increasing 5.7 percent….

Shipments of metal halide high intensity discharge (HID) lamps grew by 4.6 percent to 87.1 during the third quarter of 2010. The index showed solid year-over-year growth increasing 5.7 percent. Conversely, sodium vapor HID lamp shipments retrenched 10.4 percent during the quarter to 82.1, the second lowest level on record for the index. Mercury vapor HID lamp shipments increased on a quarter-to-quarter and year-ago basis, albeit from depressed levels. Large variances in the performance of this index are likely because of the relatively low volume of shipments.

Mercury vapor lamps carved out a 5.4 percent share of the HID lamp market, an increase of 1.3 percentage points over the previous quarter. Market shares for metal halide and sodium vapor HID lamps moved in opposing directions during the quarter. Metal halide lamps improved 2.8 percentage points to 63.3 percent of total shipments while the market share of sodium vapor lamps contracted to 31.3 percent—a decline of 4.1 percentage points.

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