Archive for August 2011

Decline in Nonresidential Construction Spending Expected in 2011 with Modest Growth Projected for 2012

A multitude of factors are preventing a recovery for the beleaguered design and construction industry. Lenders that have been extremely reticent to finance construction projects, budget shortfalls at all levels of government, the ripple effect of overbuilding, a depressed housing market and rising costs of key construction commodities are all contributing to what projects to […]

2011 Lumen Awards Winners Announced

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) recently announced the winners of the 2011 Lumen Awards, which recognizes the industry’s most innovative lighting projects. Eleven awards in three categories were bestowed, including the Lumen Award of Excellence, the highest level of recognition for permanent architectural application, the Lumen Award of Merit, […]

Product Monday: SQ-LED Series By Mule Lighting

The SQ-LED thermoplastic emergency light is touted by Mule Lighting as “the most economical LED emergency light available today.” Compared to typical “bug-eye” units, the use of LED lamps instead of traditional incandescent lamps reduces the size of the unit by 50%. The SQ-LED is suitable for all types of applications, from commercial to retail. […]

Lighting Research Center Announces LED Lighting Institute For September 13-15, 2011

The Lighting Research Center recently announced that it will host another LED Lighting Institute, a three-day hands-on seminar where participants learn the basics of LED technology and gain an understanding of LED system integration issues involving electrical, optical, and thermal characteristics of LEDs. Participants will learn how to measure and evaluate LEDs and LED systems, […]

LIGHTFAIR Announces Call For Speakers For 2012 Event

LIGHTFAIR has announced a call for speakers for next year’s conference in Las Vegas May 7-11, 2012. The deadline to submit a proposal is September 12, 2011. Click here for more.

Studies Published On Minimizing Flicker From SSL Systems

Flicker and stroboscopic effects have been a concern with solid-state lighting (SSL), and industry and the ENERGY STAR program have debated recently the effects of frequency and other driving modes on the perception and acceptability of flicker. To provide further data and guidance in this area, the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute […]

DOE Proposes a National Commercial Building Asset Rating Program

The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking your feedback on a proposed voluntary national Asset Rating Program for Commercial Buildings (AR Program). DOE has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gather public feedback by September 22, 2011 on key issues associated with the development of an AR Program. Through the AR Program, DOE intends […]

Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against U.S. Green Building Council

The United States District Court in New York City has dismissed in its entirety the lawsuit brought against the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) by Henry Gifford and others, holding that none of the plaintiffs in the action had alleged or could allege any legal interest to be protected by their lawsuit, according to an […]

Jim Brodrick On Publication Of IES TM21 Method For Extrapolating LED Lumen Maintenance

Guest post by Jim Brodrick, Department of Energy Because solid-state lighting has the potential to last longer than traditional lighting technologies, addressing product reliability or lifetime has been a key issue for SSL. So it’s not surprising that lifetime was one of the topics under discussion at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) sixth annual […]

Product Monday: Octron 800 XV Lamps With Optimized Phosphors By OSRAM SYLVANIA

Recently, LightNOW covered the rare earth phosphor shortage created by export restrictions by China, the world’s main supplier. As lamp manufacturers are forced to raise prices, OSRAM SYLVANIA says it is also responding with a new line of 4- and 8-ft. T8 lamps that feature “optimized phosphor formulation,” making them more resistant to material cost […]