Month: March 2011

More Than 2,000 “Lighting Facts” Lighting Products Are Now Available From Nearly 200 Manufacturers

Lighting Facts showcases LED luminaire manufacturers who commit to testing products and reporting performance results according to industry standards. For lighting buyers, designers, and energy efficiency programs, the Lighting Facts…

Lighting Facts showcases LED luminaire manufacturers who commit to testing products and reporting performance results according to industry standards. For lighting buyers, designers, and energy efficiency programs, the Lighting Facts label provides information essential to evaluating products and identifying the best options.

Lighting Facts is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to assure and improve the quality of LED lighting products. Participation in Lighting Facts is open to those who manufacture, sell and recommend the best in LED lighting.

As of February, there were 2,058 lighting products approved for the Lighting Facts label.

Learn more about the program here. I wrote an article for Electrical Contractor about the program that was published last March; check it out here.

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DOE Releases GATEWAY Report on Chicago Field Museum Accent Lighting

The U.S. Department of Energy has published the final report from a demonstration conducted at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois, to evaluate the feasibility of replacing…

The U.S. Department of Energy has published the final report from a demonstration conducted at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois, to evaluate the feasibility of replacing halogen accent lighting with LED accent lighting. This GATEWAY demonstration report provides an overview of project results including lighting performance, economic performance, and potential energy savings.

In this project, 32 halogen track luminaires used to light an enclosed gallery exhibit were replaced with an LED system using 26 track fixtures. Key findings include:

* The LED system resulted in 63 percent energy savings compared to the halogen system and produced comparable illuminance on the lighted artifacts.
* The simple payback for the overall LED system compared to the halogen system was roughly 3 years. Comparing the LED luminaires one-for-one against the halogen luminaires, however, resulted in paybacks ranging from 5 to 11 years, owing to factors in this museum application such as equipment used to filter the light, maintenance costs, and the effect of the lighting system on the air-conditioning system.
* Because the LED luminaires used do not emit energy in the infrared or ultraviolet regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, they are expected to be less detrimental to some museum artifacts.

Click here to download the report.

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Take a Video Tour of The Solar Decathlon 2010

Speaking of the 2010 Solar Decathlon, you can check out the projects at the Solar Decathlon website. Here’s the Parsons project. Check out the rest here.

Speaking of the 2010 Solar Decathlon, you can check out the projects at the Solar Decathlon website. Here’s the Parsons project. Check out the rest here.

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Lighting Science Group Sponsors Solar Decathlon

Lighting Science Group has announced that it has become a sponsor of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2011. The Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20…

Lighting Science Group has announced that it has become a sponsor of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2011. The Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002; the competition has since occurred biennially in the U.S. 2005, 2007, and 2009. The next event will take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23–Oct. 2, 2011. Open to the public free of charge, visitors can tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today.

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Product Monday: Wall/Slot 8400 by Litecontrol

Litecontrol’s Wall/Slot 8400 is a smaller-profile version of the company’s 85N product, allowing it to fit more easily into crowded ceiling spaces. This luminaire illuminates upper walls at the ceiling…

Litecontrol’s Wall/Slot 8400 is a smaller-profile version of the company’s 85N product, allowing it to fit more easily into crowded ceiling spaces. This luminaire illuminates upper walls at the ceiling edge, creating a floating ceiling effect and adding to the brightness and sense of spaciousness of the room.

Click here to learn more about this product.

Litecontrol

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See Hand Blown Glass Lighting Made

Love watching the craftsmanship and technique that goes into the creation of beautiful hand-blown glass light fixtures. Check out this video by Steven Dale Studios.

Love watching the craftsmanship and technique that goes into the creation of beautiful hand-blown glass light fixtures. Check out this video by Steven Dale Studios.

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Lighting Up Memory: The Berlin Wall And Its Impact on Local Lighting

This blog post at the Philips community website, “Lighting Up Memory,” looks at the Berlin Wall and its impact on local lighting. The post discusses key elements of Alexander Tolle’s…

This blog post at the Philips community website, “Lighting Up Memory,” looks at the Berlin Wall and its impact on local lighting. The post discusses key elements of Alexander Tolle’s 2009 whitepaper on post-unification Berlin, Urban identity policies in Berlin: From critical reconstruction to reconstructing the Wall. It’s an interesting read; check it out here (scroll down to download the whitepaper as a PDF file).
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People Announcements: Gary Mann, Howard Lewis, Fritz Morgan, Michael Shatzkin

Mundo Illumination has appointed 25-­year sales veteran Gary Mann to Vice President of Sales. Digital Lumens has appointed Fritz Morgan, formerly of Joule Unlimited, to Chief Product Officer. Howard P….

Mundo Illumination has appointed 25-­year sales veteran Gary Mann to Vice President of Sales.

Digital Lumens has appointed Fritz Morgan, formerly of Joule Unlimited, to Chief Product Officer.

Howard P. Lewis, representing the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), has been re-elected chair of the National Lighting Bureau.

Outdoor lighting manufacturer Sentry Electric has appointed Michael Shatzkin, formerly of MechShade Systems, to Director of Marketing and Business Development.

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Lighting Controls Association Relaunches Website

The Lighting Controls Association’s website has been relaunched in a Web 2.0 format (blog with Twitter, RSS, Facebook, YouTube) at www.lightingcontrolsassociation.org. This was a big project that required us to…

The Lighting Controls Association’s website has been relaunched in a Web 2.0 format (blog with Twitter, RSS, Facebook, YouTube) at www.lightingcontrolsassociation.org. This was a big project that required us to move a lot of content into the new format that is now easier to search, share, comment. If you have not yet checked out this fantastic education resource, I encourage you to do so.
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New York School of Interior Design

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Product Monday: StreetSENSE by Dialight

Dialight’s StreetSENSE SL Series LED Street Light is a pole-mounted cobra head full cutoff Type II LED luminaire suitable for walkways, roads, bike trails, parking lots and similar applications. Each…

Dialight’s StreetSENSE SL Series LED Street Light is a pole-mounted cobra head full cutoff Type II LED luminaire suitable for walkways, roads, bike trails, parking lots and similar applications. Each 131W unit, rated at over 50 lumens/W, is intended to replace 250W mercury vapor and similar HID luminaires for significant energy savings and other benefits.

Click here to learn more about this product.

StreetSense by Dialight

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