Month: September 2011

Product Friday: New RTLED Models by Lithonia Lighting

Lithonia Lighting has expanded its RTLED family of LED ambient luminaires with 2×4 and 1×4 models. Powered by an advanced light engine, the RTLED luminaires delivers high color rendering (80+…

Lithonia Lighting has expanded its RTLED family of LED ambient luminaires with 2×4 and 1×4 models. Powered by an advanced light engine, the RTLED luminaires delivers high color rendering (80+ CRI) and 3500K color temperature. These luminaires are factory enabled with the nLight intelligent controls interface, which provides full-range 0-10VDC dimming plug-and-play connectivity to occupancy sensors, photosensors and manual wall controls.

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GE Launches Website To Help Commercial Users Navigate Federal Lighting Regulations

In 2012, Department of Energy regulations will change the way some commercial users light their buildings. In July 2012, regulations will eliminate some linear fluorescent and halogen PAR technologies in…

In 2012, Department of Energy regulations will change the way some commercial users light their buildings. In July 2012, regulations will eliminate some linear fluorescent and halogen PAR technologies in lieu of options that operate at a higher efficacy, offering significant energy savings.

To ensure a smooth transition, GE Lighting has developed a tool to help commercial users understand the legislation, impacted options and available replacements. The GE Legislation Tool allows users to enter currently used lamp models into an online system to see if they are affected. This tool and other insights are available here.

Among the lamps that will be eliminated under DOE regulations:

* Most T12 Fluorescent Lamps: Used for overhead lighting in office buildings, schools, warehouses and other commercial settings. Regulations will cease production of nearly all four-foot and most eight-foot T12 lamps. These are tubular-shaped fluorescent lamps with a 1.5-in. diameter that came into production during the 1950s.

* Standard T8 Fluorescent Lamps: Commonly used for general lighting, production of the less-efficient, 32W, 4-ft. T8 “700 series” lamps will come to an end. These are four-foot tubular-shaped fluorescent lamps with a 1-in. diameter. More efficient 4-ft. T8 lamp options that meet the regulations are available today, and the commercial market is already converting to newer T8 technology.

* Halogen PAR Lamps: Most often found in track lighting, down lighting and fixtures that illuminate merchandise in retail settings, nearly all standard halogen PAR38, PAR30 and PAR20 lamps will be eliminated. More efficient Halogen PAR lamps that meet the regulations are already available, and more will be developed in the near future.

A variety of alternative energy-efficient technologies are available today, among them:

* More Efficient T8 Lamps: Most affected T12 and standard T8 lamps will be replaced with more efficient T8 lamps using electronic ballasts. These replacements are as much as 40 percent more efficient, last longer and offer better color. T8 lamps also are thinner and use less glass and fewer materials than T12 lamps, providing environmental improvements and allowing for easier transportation, storage and disposal.

* Halogen-IR PAR Lamps: New halogen PAR lamps will incorporate infrared (IR) coatings that redirect wasted heat emitted by the bulb filament to produce more light without increasing wattage. This technology results in up to 30% energy savings over old technologies.

* LED Technologies: LEDs are being used in many commercial settings and will be widely embraced as LED costs decrease in the coming years. LEDs offer a longer life and increased energy savings over other technologies. GE offers a variety of LED solutions, from LED modules with easy-to-maintain luminaires to LED edge lighting fixtures, sleek, dramatically framed fixtures for overhead lighting.

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IES Announces Tenth Edition Of The Lighting Handbook

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America has announced the publication of The Lighting Handbook, 10th Edition, the most comprehensive one-volume reference on lighting. The Lighting Handbook presents all phases…

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America has announced the publication of The Lighting Handbook, 10th Edition, the most comprehensive one-volume reference on lighting. The Lighting Handbook presents all phases of lighting and integrates the views of IES Committees and individual specialists in each knowledge area. First published in 1947, The Lighting Handbook is recognized as the authoritative reference for anyone involved in lighting.

The authors of the 10th Edition are
David L. DiLaura, LC, FIES, AAAS, DSc(Hon)
Kevin Houser, PhD, PE, LC, LEED AP
Richard Mistrick, PhD, FIES, PE
Gary Steffy, LC, FIALD, AIAMI (Hon)

IES LIGHTING HANDBOOK
Pages: 1,328, four color throughout
Illustrations: 600+
ISBN: 978-0-87995-241-9
Trim Size: 8 ½ X 11, Hardcover
List Price: $595.00
IES Member Price: $350.00

Click here for more information and to order.

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Current North American Business Conditions Index Rebounds in August, While Future Conditions Index Retreats

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions gained ground in August, but remained below levels suggestive of industry-wide expansion for a third straight month. The index climbed…

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions gained ground in August, but remained below levels suggestive of industry-wide expansion for a third straight month. The index climbed to 41.4, up 9.4 points from its July reading.

The survey’s measure of the degree of change in current North American conditions was in negative territory for the second month in a row, but also improved relative to July. August’s EBCI for future North American conditions slipped from a month earlier but continued to point toward better conditions over the next six months, dropping to 55.2 from 64 in July.

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Standard 90.1-2007 Established as National Reference Standard for Federal, Commercial Buildings by DOE

Commercial and high-rise residential buildings, including federal buildings, must now meet requirements in the ASHRAE/IES 2007 energy standard after rulings issued by the Department of Energy. Prior to the new…

Commercial and high-rise residential buildings, including federal buildings, must now meet requirements in the ASHRAE/IES 2007 energy standard after rulings issued by the Department of Energy.

Prior to the new rules, federal and commercial buildings had to meet requirements in the 2004 standard.

ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, has been established by the DOE as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes under the federal Energy Conservation and Production Act.

As a result, states are required to certify by July 20, 2013, that they have reviewed and updated the provisions of their commercial building code regarding energy efficiency, including a demonstration that the provisions of their commercial building codes regarding energy efficiency meet or exceed 90.1-2007.

The DOE also has issued a rule that requires new federal buildings, for which the design for construction begins on or after Oct. 11, 2012, to meet the requirements of 90.1-2007.

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Product Monday: LMR4 LED Module by Cree Lighting

Cree’s LED Module LMR4 was created to overcome common design issues that manufacturers face when trying to incorporate LED solutions into luminaires. The module integrates driver electronics, optics and primary…

Cree’s LED Module LMR4 was created to overcome common design issues that manufacturers face when trying to incorporate LED solutions into luminaires. The module integrates driver electronics, optics and primary thermal management, making it drop-in ready to new luminaires.

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Department of Energy Relaunches Energy.Gov

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that it has relaunched its website, Energy.gov. The new website makes it easier for visitors to get localized information specific to their cities,…

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that it has relaunched its website, Energy.gov.

The new website makes it easier for visitors to get localized information specific to their cities, counties and states on tax credits, rebates, energy saving tips and grant opportunities.

The new platform utilizes the latest technologies in information visualization, bringing updated and interactive charts and maps to Energy.gov and making energy information more relevant to individuals. The Department is also now able to offer more open data sets for individuals to use and apply to other online applications.

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Product Friday: Parkway Square Family by Architectural Area Lighting

The Parkway Square family of outdoor luminaires from Architectural Area Lighting provides a choice of medium and small housings, matching bollard, efficient light sources (LED, metal halide, induction, CFL) and…

The Parkway Square family of outdoor luminaires from Architectural Area Lighting provides a choice of medium and small housings, matching bollard, efficient light sources (LED, metal halide, induction, CFL) and contemporary or traditional styling.

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Rare Earths Prices Softening?

The Wall Street Journal is today reporting that prices for rare earths, commonly used in fluorescent lamps and LEDs, have moderated in recent weeks after two years of large gains….

The Wall Street Journal is today reporting that prices for rare earths, commonly used in fluorescent lamps and LEDs, have moderated in recent weeks after two years of large gains.

Check it out here.

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