Month: May 2011

Product Monday: Prescolite and Dual-Lite Partner on CFL Downlights

Prescolite and Dual-Lite have partnered to offer CFL downlights designed to optimize light output for low-mercury compact fluorescent lamps operating in emergency mode. Dual-Lite’s UFO-CF series of battery packs incorporate…

Prescolite and Dual-Lite have partnered to offer CFL downlights designed to optimize light output for low-mercury compact fluorescent lamps operating in emergency mode. Dual-Lite’s UFO-CF series of battery packs incorporate AC technology, preventing reduced light output common with low-mercury CFLs operating in emergency mode on a traditional DC battery. These packs are now standard with all of Prescolite’s LiteFrame and Architektur emergency CFL downlights.

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Architectural Lighting: Designing with Light and Space by Herve Descottes and Cecilia E. Ramos

Architectural Lighting: Designing with Light and Space by Herve Descottes and Cecilia E. RamosISBN 9781568989389 Publication date 5/1/2011 7 x 8.5 inches (17.8 x 21.6 cm), Paperback 144 pages, 177…

Architectural Lighting: Designing with Light and Space
by Herve Descottes and Cecilia E. RamosISBN 9781568989389
Publication date 5/1/2011
7 x 8.5 inches (17.8 x 21.6 cm), Paperback
144 pages, 177 color illustrations

Light is something like water—often taken for granted, and only noticed when it’s on short supply. But this shouldn’t be the case. Light does not just reveal built forms, but also creates the very atmosphere that is essential to our enjoyment of them. From the dimmest corners to the brightest hallways, light is inexorably linked to how we feel. To practice lighting design is to affect ethos, impart mood, and shift perception.

Architectural lighting is both a science and an art. Successful designers are hyper-attentive to aesthetic considerations and technical realities. Architectural Lightning: Designing with Light and Space expands the reader’s notion of lighting and applies it to shaping the built form, using examples that range from the Pantheon in Rome to the High Line in New York City. Author Herve Descottes, the founder of acclaimed lighting design firm L’Observatoire International, writes from his experience in the field, conveying knowledge that is both practical and captivating. Cecilia Ramos lives in and runs her design firm from Brooklyn, New York, and is a frequent collaborator with L’Observatoire International.

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OSRAM Opto Semiconductors Expands LED Light Site with the Introduction of “LED Fundamentals”

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors recently announced that it has launched a new section within its LED Light Site www.ledlight.osram-os.com, labeled LED Fundamentals. The online tool is dedicated to providing instruction and…

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors recently announced that it has launched a new section within its LED Light Site www.ledlight.osram-os.com, labeled LED Fundamentals. The online tool is dedicated to providing instruction and educational tutorials on a range of subjects from LED lighting applications to LED system design considerations, and with a special focus on engineering discipline for thermal, optical and electrical applications. LED Fundamentals will offer training modules for users of LEDs with the goal of helping users to better leverage the energy and cost saving potential of LEDs.

LED Fundamentals is an expansion of OSRAM Opto’s existing LED Light Site, which serves as a source of LED information, resources, tools, technology and LED lighting solutions for the solid state lighting, general illumination space. LED Fundamentals will help users find informative presentations on topics ranging from introductory sessions such as “LEDs Basics,” to technical deep-dives on LEDs and solid-state lighting, such as “Radiometry and Photometry,” “Resistor/Linear Regulators” and “External Thermal Resistance (substrates).” The training modules will be led by the product and technology experts at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, a leading manufacturer of optoelectronic semiconductor components and technologies for a wide range of lighting applications.

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FTC Extends Deadline for New “Lighting Facts” Labels to January 1, 2012

After considering public comments, the Federal Trade Commission is extending the deadline for manufacturers to comply with new light bulb labels by approximately six months. The new “Lighting Facts” labels,…

After considering public comments, the Federal Trade Commission is extending the deadline for manufacturers to comply with new light bulb labels by approximately six months. The new “Lighting Facts” labels, which were announced last summer, will help consumers choose among the different lamps on the market such as incandescents, CFLs and LED lamps.

The new labels. that will appear on the back of each package of light bulbs, will provide consumers with information about the bulb’s brightness, estimated yearly energy cost, life, light appearance and wattage.

Originally scheduled for July 2011, the new labeling requirements will not take effect until January 1, 2012, to provide manufacturers more time to incorporate the new label on their bulb packages. The new labels will not be required for some incandescent lamps (e.g., 75W), which are soon to be phased out by federal efficiency standards. The FTC extended the deadline in response to a petition submitted by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.

Consumers should begin to see the new labels in stores as the deadline approaches.

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WAC Lighting Supports Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

WAC Lighting President Shelley Wang has announced that the company is supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) International. “We are so proud to support the JDRF,” explained Ms. Wang….

WAC Lighting President Shelley Wang has announced that the company is supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) International.

“We are so proud to support the JDRF,” explained Ms. Wang. “This organization offers a high level of education and results-driven research and developments to help cure Juvenile Diabetes. We are hoping that the foundation will transform its research into reality.”

JDRF’s Mission is laser-focused to find a cure for Diabetes, and its complications, through the support of research. For four decades, JDRF has funded research that has led to better treatment and therapies, significantly improving the lives of people with Type 1 Diabetes. The organization is working to prevent, stop and cure Type 1 Diabetes and its complications. JDRF is currently funding over 40 clinical trials to test new therapies on people, ten times more than a year ago.

For the eleventh consecutive year, JDRF is a top ranked charity, according to the American Institute of Philanthropy. The only national Diabetes organization to earn an A grade, JDRF earned a 92 efficient rating out of 100 in Forbes Magazine’s charity ranking.

In addition, donations help the progress on the JDRF research for the Continuous Glucose Monitor, which was noted in the New England Journal of Medicine as significant in moving the field to better management care for people living with diabetes.

JRDF is uniquely positioned globally to address the urgent need to accelerate research advances for improved care and ultimately, a cure.

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Journée Launches New Website

The new JourneeLighting.com has a fresh new look dedicated to providing visitors with an easy way to navigate the site and find products. The new site’s homepage welcomes visitors with…

The new JourneeLighting.com has a fresh new look dedicated to providing visitors with an easy way to navigate the site and find products. The new site’s homepage welcomes visitors with a flash animation that showcases Journée’s distinctive fixtures and also displays how the GE Infusion LED Module can be installed within Journée’s lighting fixtures. New interactive features have also been added to the Luminaires section, allowing you to “explode” and “collapse” each individual luminaire.

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Strategies Unlimited Releases New LED Market Report

The high-brightness (HB) LED lighting market (packaged chips) continues to grow and is forecasted to reach $4.3 billion by 2014, according to LED Luminaire Market Review and Forecast 2011, a…

The high-brightness (HB) LED lighting market (packaged chips) continues to grow and is forecasted to reach $4.3 billion by 2014, according to LED Luminaire Market Review and Forecast 2011, a new report by Strategies Unlimited. With this explosive growth, the HB LED fixture market will follow in the same fashion–growing to more than $8 billion during the forecast period.

Click here to learn more about this report.

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North American Business Conditions Improved for Sixth Straight Month in April

The results from NEMA’s latest monthly survey of senior member company executives finds that business conditions improved for the sixth month in a row in April. The Electroindustry Business Confidence…

The results from NEMA’s latest monthly survey of senior member company executives finds that business conditions improved for the sixth month in a row in April. The Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions measured 57.1. While down slightly from the 60.9 mark recorded in March, a reading above 50 indicates more panelists reported better conditions compared to the previous month than reported worse conditions.

Nearly 30% of survey panelists reported improved conditions in April, down appreciably from almost 44% in March. At the same time, only about 14% of panelists reported conditions deteriorated, down from almost 22% previously. The balance of panelists–57%–reported conditions were unchanged in April.

The EBCI for future North American conditions increased in April, climbing to 85.7 from 82.6 in March. More than 71% of panelists expect to conditions will improve during the next six months, while none of the 21 respondents anticipate deterioration during that time period.

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NEMA Publishes SSL 3-2011 High-Power White LED Binning for General Illumination

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published SSL 3-2011 High-Power White LED Binning for General Illumination. This standard, first published in 2010, was produced by NEMA’s Solid State Lighting…

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published SSL 3-2011 High-Power White LED Binning for General Illumination. This standard, first published in 2010, was produced by NEMA’s Solid State Lighting Section.

SSL 3 offers categorization areas (bins) for chromaticity (colors), forward voltage measurements (an electrical designation), and luminous flux (light output) for light-emitting diodes (LEDs) used for general lighting. The binning process helps ensure continuity among suppliers. The standard also sets a level of expectation for characterization that results in a reasonable number of bins for stocking purposes.

Updates in this revision include bins for forward voltage measurements and luminous flux as well as a labeling scheme for chromaticity.

Robert Hick of Leviton, chair of the Solid State Lighting Section, said, “This new revision of SSL 3 provides additional binning characteristics for LEDs to streamline manufacturing processes and help ensure consistency for integrators and end users. NEMA is a global leader for solid state lighting and will continue to support the successful adoption of this vital energy-saving technology through standardization.”

SSL 3 is the third solid state lighting standard published by NEMA in 2011, joining new publications SSL 1 and SSL 6. Click here to learn more about the association’s lighting standards.

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Pegasus Lighting Explains New Energy Standards for Incandescent Lamps

Pegasus Lighting recently published a great series about the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and its energy standards for incandescent lamps, which are expected to eliminate most common…

Pegasus Lighting recently published a great series about the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and its energy standards for incandescent lamps, which are expected to eliminate most common 40-100W household lamps between 2012 and 2014.

Truth & Lies: The Incandescent Phase Out, Part 1

The Fine Print, Explained: The Incandescent Phase Out, Part 2

The Inclusions & Exceptions: The Incandescent Phase Out, Part 3

The Replacement Contenders: The Incandescent Phase Out, Part 4

The Expected Impact: The Incandescent Phase Out, Part 5

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