Archive for November 2011

EPA Reports 3.9 Percent Increase In U.S. Energy-Related CO2 Emissions in 2010

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from the consumption of fossil fuels were 5,638 million metric tons carbon dioxide (MMTCO2) in 2010, an increase of 3.9% from the 2009 level, according to Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions 2010, an online analysis released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). This is the largest percentage increase in U.S. […]

Another Drop for Architecture Billings Index in September 2011

Following the first positive score in four months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reversed direction again in September. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI score was […]

Product Monday: Vertex by Litecontrol

Litecontrol recently unveiled its new Vertex luminaire, a high-performance indirect/direct pendant fixture sized for T8 lamps and optically designed to provide efficiencies as high as 90%. The Vertex provides a distribution of 65% uplight and 35% downlight. Optional optical components can be added to alter the distribution for 35% uplight with 65% downlight, 20% uplight […]

Cree Announces New High-Voltage LEDs

Cree, Inc. recently announced the commercial availability of high-voltage XLamp XT-E and XM-L LEDs. These new LEDs enable the use of more efficient, smaller drivers to reduce cost for compact lighting applications such as candelabras and retrofit lamps. The XLamp XM-L LED delivers up to 600 lm in Cool White (6000K) and up to 462 […]

OSRAM SYLVANIA And Veolia Environmental Services Expand Recycling Partnership to Canada

Veolia ES Technical Solutions, LLLC, the hazardous waste division of Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp. (VESNA), and OSRAM SYLVANIA recently announced the expansion of their joint online program to offer RecyclePak recycling kits into Canada. This collaboration began in 2006 when OSRAM SYLVANIA sought a lamp recycling solution for customers’ small quantities of mercury-containing […]

Shemitz Memorial Scholarship for Lighting Design Students Now Open

The Lighting Quotient and the Illuminating Engineers Society have announced the third annual Sylvan R. Shemitz Memorial Scholarship, created in honor of Lighting Quotient founder Sylvan R. Shemitz, which aims to support the future generation of lighting designers, engineers and architects. The $2,500 prize will be awarded to a student who demonstrates creativity, vision and […]

DOE Releases GATEWAY Report on LED Retrofit Lamps

The U.S. Department of Energy has published the final evaluation report from a retrofit of 32 track lights used to illuminate artwork in the lobby of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) headquarters building. During the demonstration, 12W LED PAR38 lamps replaced 15W and 23W reflector compact fluorescent lamps that were installed in 2001, and comparisons […]

Lighting Science Group Reports $100+ Million in LED Lighting Sales

Lighting Science Group recently announced that it has received more than $100 million of LED lighting product orders this year—an increase of more than 100% as compared to the same time last year.

Product Monday: Origami by Peerless

Origami is a new energy-efficient and visually distinctive suite of luminaires from Peerless Lighting inspired by the natural repeating crystalline and molecular patterns found in modern architecture, fashion and design. Origami luminaires are 100% indirect fluorescent fixtures that bathe ceilings with expansive, smooth gradients of light and, in turn, uniformly illuminate workplanes, featuring advanced lighting […]

Next Generation Luminaires Indoor Competition Opens

The 2012 Next Generation Luminaires Solid-State Lighting Indoor Design Competition has officially launched! Written Intents to Submit are due by December 16, 2011, and must be submitted online at (Due to growing interest and participation, Next Generation Luminaires has been expanded to include separate indoor and outdoor competitions for 2012.) Final submission forms are […]