Month: June 2011

LED Downlight and Wall Wash by Portfolio

Available in 4- and 6-in. apertures, Portfolio’s LED Downlight and Wall Wash family features a diffused optical system that provides good light control and low-aperture brightness while delivering 50+ lumens/W….

Available in 4- and 6-in. apertures, Portfolio’s LED Downlight and Wall Wash family features a diffused optical system that provides good light control and low-aperture brightness while delivering 50+ lumens/W. Lumen packages range from 900 to 1,300 lumens (4 in.) and 1,000 to 1,500 lumens (6 in.) with color temperatures of 2700K, 3000K, 3500K and 4000K. The downlights are ENERGY STAR rated.

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GE Scientists Enable All-LED Rooms with New LED Edge Lighting Fixtures

In what I thought was one of the major highlights of LIGHTFAIR, GE unveiled a new family LED edge-lit fixtures. These recessed and suspended fixtures feature an ultra-thin “light guide”…

In what I thought was one of the major highlights of LIGHTFAIR, GE unveiled a new family LED edge-lit fixtures. These recessed and suspended fixtures feature an ultra-thin “light guide” with built-in LED technology to gain longer life, slimmer profile, innovative form factors, better control such as full dimming capability and unmatched architectural styling. As an LED system, the fixtures also provide environmental and ease-of-recycling gains derived from not containing mercury or other hazardous materials.

The new GE LED fixtures will be available as ceiling troffers and suspended fixtures that will appear to float in thin air through a dramatically framed light source. Each fixture will feature high-quality transparent or opaque light panels coupled with Rambus MicroLens technology that allows lighting designers to do more with the fixture’s light output. Through the use of proprietary optical modeling software and design techniques, the MicroLens “ray-angle control pattern” can be customized to efficiently spread light across the entire lighting surface or focus the light in specific locations.

The LED technology and optics of the new fixtures work in tandem to eliminate the hot spots common among fluorescent options. Each fixture will deliver uniform, bright light—both diffuse and directional—in a thin design that allows for a clean appearance. The controlled contrast functionality of the new GE fixtures will allow a user to enhance a room’s overall aesthetic.

Features overview

* High CRI — A CRI of 80 or higher ensures a welcoming environment.
* Long Life — Each fixture type will carry a minimum rating of 35,000 hours (eight years at 12 hours of use each day), compared with a 20,000-hour rating for traditional fluorescent fixtures.
* Reduced Maintenance Costs — Ultra-efficient LED technology will reduce the frequency of re-lamping.
* Instant Start — The LED fixtures will turn on instantly without flickers, socket shadows or hot spots.
* Dimming Capabilities — Each product will be dimmable at 0-10 volts. Most will be DALI compliant, a feature that allows light fixtures to be integrated into a central control system.
* Environmental Benefits — In addition to its energy-saving lighting components, each fixture includes materials that can be recycled at the end of life. The LED fixtures do not contain any mercury, lead or glass, making handling and disposal less of a concern.
* Five-Year Limited Warranty — GE will help protect users against unexpected repairs.
* Upgradable — Replaceable light engines will be available at the end of the products’ useful light life, saving the expense of purchasing entirely new fixtures and allowing for an upgrade to the newest LED packages.

GE’s family of LED edge lighting ceiling troffer fixtures becomes available late 2011, while GE’s suspended European-inspired LED edge lighting fixtures are expected to arrive on the scene the first half of 2012.

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Philips Welcomes Cooper Industries As Licensee For LED Luminaire Program

Philips recently announced that the company has entered into a patent license agreement with Cooper Industries. The license provides Cooper with full access to the Philips’ LED-related patented technologies that…

Philips recently announced that the company has entered into a patent license agreement with Cooper Industries. The license provides Cooper with full access to the Philips’ LED-related patented technologies that Philips makes available to the lighting industry through its LED Luminaire and Retrofit Bulb licensing program.

This license agreement with Cooper follows earlier agreements between Philips and more than 100 companies, amongst which key lighting players like Acuity Brands, Osram and Zumtobel. Philips’ licensing program includes many LED luminaire and bulb-related inventions of Philips. Philips aims to speed up market adoption and growth of LED-based products by making available its market-leading patented LED luminaire and retrofit bulb technologies to third parties.

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Insight Lighting Launches New Website

Insight Lighting recently announced the launch of its newly redesigned website at www.insightlighting.com. The new site highlights Insight’s American-made product line and features stadium, airport, office building, museum and other…

Insight Lighting recently announced the launch of its newly redesigned website at www.insightlighting.com. The new site highlights Insight’s American-made product line and features stadium, airport, office building, museum and other projects.

The new contemporary website design and improved features simplifies navigation for Insight’s representatives and clients when searching through Insight’s conventional-source and LED lighting products. The new website features a new market section, product/download pages and a regularly updated press section.

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Product Monday: Tambient Control Hub by The Lighting Quotient

The Tambient Control Hub (TCH) from The Lighting Quotient is a programmable control device that combines daylight harvesting and occupancy sensing to reduce energy consumption. It is designed to mount…

The Tambient Control Hub (TCH) from The Lighting Quotient is a programmable control device that combines daylight harvesting and occupancy sensing to reduce energy consumption. It is designed to mount under work surfaces in open plan workstations and work with Tambient’s controllable furniture-mounted luminaires.

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Lighting Science Group Appoints James Haworth as CEO

Lighting Science Group recently announced that it has hired James Haworth, former Philips Professional Luminaires North America head of marketing and strategy and former chief executive officer of JJI Lighting…

Lighting Science Group recently announced that it has hired James Haworth, former Philips Professional Luminaires North America head of marketing and strategy and former chief executive officer of JJI Lighting Group, to the position of chief executive officer.

“Our company’s CEO must be both a realist and an idealist—someone who combines an astute understanding of the business realities facing the LED lighting industry with an extraordinary vision for Lighting Science Group’s future as a revolutionary game-changer within that industry,” said Rich Weinberg, chairman of Lighting Science Group and co-managing partner of Pegasus Capital Advisers. “So, frankly, the decision was simple. In our field, we believe there is no one more knowledgeable or better networked than Jim Haworth. Everyone at Lighting Science Group is confident that his transition to the helm will be seamless, and furthermore, that his energy, ingenuity, and industry insight will chart a lucrative course for the company in the coming years.”

For the past three years, Haworth was responsible for all upstream marketing functions of Philips’ lighting business and managed Philips’ mergers and acquisitions activities. He served concurrently as the president and CEO of JJI Lighting Group, overseeing its general management, operations, finance, and manufacturing. Selling JJI in 2006 to Genlyte Group, Haworth supervised the company’s acquisition and implementation; Genlyte was subsequently purchased by Philips in 2008.

“From the outside, I’ve admired Lighting Science Group’s ability to identify and recruit top-tier design and scientific talent that has led to their rapid development of breakthrough products and placed them at the forefront of the fast growing LED revolution,” said Haworth. “The company maintains a rare agility that consistently outperforms the competition not only in the inventiveness and quality of its products, but in their ability to maneuver within the marketplace to create new business opportunities. Furthermore, the company has partnered with outstanding industry leaders around the world, expanding their technical capabilities and granting them extensive channel access. I consider joining Lighting Science Group a special privilege.”

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Rexel Launches Online Magazine Focused On Electrical Efficiency Issues

Electrical distributor Rexel has announced that it has launched a new electrical efficiency online resource at www.electrical-efficiency.com. This new online magazine will offer diverse content on related regulation, solutions, projects,…

Electrical distributor Rexel has announced that it has launched a new electrical efficiency online resource at www.electrical-efficiency.com. This new online magazine will offer diverse content on related regulation, solutions, projects, markets and major news worldwide.

Aimed at a wide audience, from professionals to consumers, the site provides access to summaries, analyses and expert viewpoints, and enables web users to add their comments.

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i3dOP Debuts As First IES Photometric Application for iPhone/iPad

Ian Ibbitson has released i3dOP for iPhone and iPad, a new version of the IES-recognized i3dOP application. i3dOP facilitates on-the-go lighting design and verification with Type C IES files. Ibbitson…

Ian Ibbitson has released i3dOP for iPhone and iPad, a new version of the IES-recognized i3dOP application. i3dOP facilitates on-the-go lighting design and verification with Type C IES files. Ibbitson designed the application to allow professional lighting designers, architects and other specifiers to dynamically explore light fixture illuminance of objects, by an intuitive, easily accessible means.

i3dOP instantly performs a lighting analysis and allows a light fixture to be positioned and repositioned by the touch of a finger, allowing users to see how fixture positions dynamically affect light output. Photo mode simulates the actual light output on the grid surface and thermal mode shows potential “hot spots” as well as the shape and uniformity of the light. Once the lighting design is completed it can be emailed to a client. The application provides six isolines that can be set to foot-candles or lux, and the grid scale can be set to feet or meters.

By simply searching for i3dOP on the App Store, users can learn about the application’s features and benefits, view a series of short video presentations (by clicking on the support link) and download the application via the user’s Internet connection.

Update: Here is a link to the app at the Apple store.

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Bodine ARC Keeper by Philips Emergency Lighting

Philips Emergency Lighting’s Bodine ARC Keeper line has expanded to include a model for 20-39W electronic HID ballasts—a rapid-detection, rapid-transfer device designed to prevent nuisance power outages common to HID…

Philips Emergency Lighting’s Bodine ARC Keeper line has expanded to include a model for 20-39W electronic HID ballasts—a rapid-detection, rapid-transfer device designed to prevent nuisance power outages common to HID lighting systems.

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AIA Announces Results of First Year of Projected Energy Use Data from Firms Participating in 2030 Commitment Program

In 2009, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) introduced the 2030 Commitment Program, a voluntary initiative for AIA member firms and other entities in the built environment that asks these…

In 2009, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) introduced the 2030 Commitment Program, a voluntary initiative for AIA member firms and other entities in the built environment that asks these organizations to make a pledge, develop multi-year action plans, and implement steps that can advance AIA’s goal of carbon neutral buildings by the year 2030. At the end of the 2010 calendar year, firms were asked to submit an assessment of their 2010 design work using a tool released by the AIA last year.

A new report, Measuring Industry Progress towards AIA 2030 Carbon Reduction Goal, includes data from 56 firms accounting for nearly 385 million gross square feet (GSF) nationwide. The key findings include:

* Firms reported a combined average 35.1% predicted energy use intensity (PEUI) reduction from the national average EUI.
* The largest PEUI reduction reported by a firm is 70.6%
* The smallest PEUI reduction reported by a firm is 11.6%
* The combined firms design portfolio that is meeting the current goal of a 60% reduction in carbon emissions reduction from the national average is 12.1%
* The largest percentage of GSF of active projects meeting goal reported by one firm is 69.8%
* The smallest percentage of GSF of active projects meeting goal reported by one firm is 0% (reported by multiple firms)
* GSF of projects currently being energy modeled is 58%
* The percentage of projects that will collect actual data is 38%

The full report also contains participating firm demographics, energy reduction initiatives undertaken by firms and anecdotal accounts of the challenges and lessons learned through participating in the 2030 Commitment Program.

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