Archive for 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+ 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 […]

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 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 […]

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 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 […]

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 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 […]

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 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 […]

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 thermal management, making it drop-in ready to new luminaires.

Department of Energy Relaunches Energy.Gov

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

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 contemporary or traditional styling.

Fall Has Arrived

Today is the first day of fall.

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. Check it out here.