Month: October 2011

Product Monday: Wall/Slot 2100 by Litecontrol

The Wall/Slot 2100 from Litecontrol offers a small-scale alternative for perimeter lighting. With this system, the lamps are completely hidden from view and the 6-in. height of the luminaire works…

The Wall/Slot 2100 from Litecontrol offers a small-scale alternative for perimeter lighting. With this system, the lamps are completely hidden from view and the 6-in. height of the luminaire works well in spaces with restricted plenum depths.

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Lighting Analysts Releases ElumTools 2012

Lighting Analysts, Inc. recently announced ElumTools add-in software for Autodesk Revit 2012. This product was recognized in the IES 2011 Progress Report and won best of category for Research, Publications…

Lighting Analysts, Inc. recently announced ElumTools add-in software for Autodesk Revit 2012. This product was recognized in the IES 2011 Progress Report and won best of category for Research, Publications and Software at the LIGHTFAIR 2011 Innovation Awards.

ElumTools is the first fully integrated Revit add-in for calculation and visualization of electric lighting results directly within the Revit environment. To date, users of Autodesk’s Revit software have had very few avenues available for the validation of lighting results for Revit projects. Existing lighting tools within Revit are limited, and export options to 3rd party tools present time-consuming and laborious workflow challenges. With the release of ElumTools 2012, users of Revit (Architecture and MEP 2012 only) can now leverage the architectural geometry and luminaire product data already present in the Revit model to perform point-by-point illuminance for user selected areas. A fully interactive visualization of the selected environment is visible as the lighting calculations progress, and numeric results can be shown in any Revit view.

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IMS Research Forecasts LEDs to 70 Percent General Lighting Market Penetration by 2020

IMS Research has extended its global lighting (lamps and luminaires) market and installed based forecasts through 2020. This new release of The World Market for Lamps & Luminaires in General…

IMS Research has extended its global lighting (lamps and luminaires) market and installed based forecasts through 2020. This new release of The World Market for Lamps & Luminaires in General & Exterior Lighting is now available to both new and existing customers.

In lighting, LEDs are continually improving in efficiency and with the quantity and quality of light they emit, all while decreasing in cost. It is predicted that by 2015, LEDs will produce greater than 180 lumens per watt. Additionally, the development of several new methods of dispersing the directional light of LEDs is creating new lighting products that can better mimic current lighting technologies.

The greatest impact from these improvements is that LED lighting will not be boxed into niche lighting markets, but in the long run should be able to penetrate all viable lighting markets that currently use an array of different technologies.

The quick adoption rate of LEDs in conjunction with their long life will have a profound effect on the global lighting market in the near future. As more and more sockets are filled with LEDs the market for replacement lamps and luminaires will decrease. This is conjunction with the year on year decrease in prices for both LED lamps and luminaires will lead to market growth slowing in 2013 and decreasing in 2014. By 2020, it is forecasted that LEDs will make up 70% of the lighting market, but growth will have stalled at 2%.

LightNOW’s take: Interesting numbers, but I believe 70% of the market is a bit optimistic. Currently, LEDs are at about 5% of the market, according to one leading manufacturer. Even if LEDs were specified 100% on all new construction from now until the end of the decade, they would still have a way to go to reach 70% of the market, unless a large volume of existing commercial buildings upgraded to LED.

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NEMA Podcasts Explain New Lightbulb Labels and Lumens

To support America’s transition to more-efficient residential lamps, NEMA is producing a six-part podcast series focused on the 5LS of Lighting: Location, Lumens, Lightbulbs, Label and Law. As utilities, contractors,…

To support America’s transition to more-efficient residential lamps, NEMA is producing a six-part podcast series focused on the 5LS of Lighting: Location, Lumens, Lightbulbs, Label and Law. As utilities, contractors, and consumers attempt to both understand and explain the new lighting world, they can quickly learn the basics. The most recent releases are included below.

Labels Podcast–New lightbulb packaging labels are starting to appear on store shelves. There will be varying types of information included on these new labels, and to help sort it out for consumers, we spoke with Hampton Newsome, attorney at the Federal Trade Commission. Information on the new labels will include:

* Brightness (lumens)
* Estimated energy cost savings and life of bulb
* Watts (energy use)
* Whether or not the bulb contains mercury
* Color temperature

Lumens Podcast–Many consumers are unaware of the differences between watts and lumens. To help our listeners understand what these lightbulb characteristics are, we spoke with Pam Horner, Director of Government & Industry Relations at OSRAM SYLVANIA. We learned that a lumen is a measure of useful light, “useful” referring to light that the human eye can see. A watt, on the other hand, does not measure light at all, but rather the amount of electric power used by a bulb. We also discussed the tactics consumers should use when purchasing replacement bulbs.

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Nora Relaunches Website

More than 500 new products and a powerful new search engine are featured on the completely redesigned Nora Lighting website. The new Nora site makes it even easier to review…

More than 500 new products and a powerful new search engine are featured on the completely redesigned Nora Lighting website.

The new Nora site makes it even easier to review the company’s entire lighting line or to pinpoint products of specific interest. The website can also be discovered through social networks, including Face Book, You Tube and others. An updated search engine streamlines information access; all products can be found using model names, product numbers or general description. Product numbers do not require any punctuation. More than 5,000 Nora products are shown with details that include downloadable specification sheets and installation instructions. Entire product categories can be viewed by scrolling through a listing of Nora fixtures, which includes: LED, Specialty, Recessed, Multiple Systems, Track, Mini Track, Nora Rail, Glass and Pendants, Wall Sconces, Under Cabinet, Transformers and Emergency and Exit Lights. An updated Resources section has been added that features downloadable Nora promotional literature and news, plus upcoming trade show dates. Finally, Nora commercial and showroom reps are listed with geographic territories and contact information.

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Product Monday: Luminous Recessed Luminaire by Neo-Ray

The Luminous recessed ambient luminaire from Neo-Ray features a high efficiency of 80% and a refreshing aesthetic using frosted acrylic diffusers. The luminaires are offered in 1×4, 2×2 and 2×4…

The Luminous recessed ambient luminaire from Neo-Ray features a high efficiency of 80% and a refreshing aesthetic using frosted acrylic diffusers. The luminaires are offered in 1×4, 2×2 and 2×4 sizes in one-, two- and three-lamp T5 and T8 configurations. The center section is defined with an extruded frame and is available with various lens and louver options.

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NEMA Reports Robust Growth for T5 and T8 Lamp Shipments During First Half of 2011

NEMA’s shipment indexes for T5 and T8 linear fluorescent lamps increased 30.2% and 12.5%, respectively, during the first half of 2011 compared to the same period last year. Moreover, the…

NEMA’s shipment indexes for T5 and T8 linear fluorescent lamps increased 30.2% and 12.5%, respectively, during the first half of 2011 compared to the same period last year. Moreover, the Q2 2011 index values for both T5 and T8 lamps were at record highs. Meanwhile, first half shipments of T12 lamps declined 11.1% on a year-over-year basis.

There were nominal variations in the market shares for each lamp type during Q2 2011. T5 and T8 lamps increased their share of the combined market by 0.2 and 0.1 percentage points to 7.6% and 62.4%, respectively. T12 lamps gave back 0.3 percentage points, decreasing to 30% in the lead up to next summer’s phase-out of a majority of these lamps.

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Consumers to Enjoy Lighting Choice in 2012

Despite the uproar over the “incandescent ban” starting in 2012, consumers will continue to enjoy choice in 2012. That’s the subject of a column I wrote for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR’s September…

Despite the uproar over the “incandescent ban” starting in 2012, consumers will continue to enjoy choice in 2012. That’s the subject of a column I wrote for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR’s September issue. I hope you’ll check it out here.

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DOE Updates SSL Website

The Department of Energy has updated its Solid-State Lighting (SSL) website with a fresh look and new content areas. The website continues to offer the same resources, including R&D roadmaps…

The Department of Energy has updated its Solid-State Lighting (SSL) website with a fresh look and new content areas. The website continues to offer the same resources, including R&D roadmaps and project highlights, reports on CALiPER testing and GATEWAY demonstrations, technology fact sheets, and guidance and tools for product evaluation. The new content areas–developed with input from DOE partners, workshop attendees, and website visitors–focus on LED Basics, Using LEDs, R&D Challenges, Market Challenges, and more.

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Window Retrofit Weminar October 26, 2011

Discover how to choose the right windows for retrofit projects at this webinar to be held from 1-2:30 PM CST on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. Click here to learn more…

Discover how to choose the right windows for retrofit projects at this webinar to be held from 1-2:30 PM CST on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

Click here to learn more and to register.

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