Month: December 2011

NEMA Publishes ANSI C136.37 for Solid State Light Sources Used in Roadway and Area Lighting

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) recently published ANSI C136.37 for Solid State Light Sources Used in Roadway and Area Lighting. The first solid state lighting (SSL) standard produced by…

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) recently published ANSI C136.37 for Solid State Light Sources Used in Roadway and Area Lighting.

The first solid state lighting (SSL) standard produced by ANSI accredited standards committee C136.37, this standard defines interchangeability and some requirements for SSL source fixtures. References to existing regional and international SSL standards are used to recommend guidance to utilities and manufacturers for harmonized solutions and expectations. C136.37 includes requirements for operating temperature, correlated color temperature, mounting provisions, dimming, ingress protection, and wiring and grounding. In addition, C136.37 sets protocol for surge-test waveforms, the basic insulation test, and specific product ratings.

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DOE Consortium Publishes Guidelines for Converting to LED Roadway Lighting

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium recently published guidelines for converting to LED roadway lighting. The Model Specification for LED Roadway Luminaires is for cities, utilities,…

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium recently published guidelines for converting to LED roadway lighting. The Model Specification for LED Roadway Luminaires is for cities, utilities, and other local agencies interested in saving money and energy by switching from traditional lighting technologies to solid-state lighting (SSL), which uses LEDs instead of filaments or gases.

Ranking among the biggest fixed costs for cities, streetlights are on all night long, 365 days a year. The estimated 35 million streetlights in the U.S. consume as much electricity each year as 3.9 million households, and generate greenhouse gas emissions equal to that produced by 8 million cars.

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Kudos to WAC Lighting

I’m a little late on this story, but better late than never … Task and decorative lighting manufacturer WAC Lighting recently announced that the company honored October as Breast Cancer…

I’m a little late on this story, but better late than never …

Task and decorative lighting manufacturer WAC Lighting recently announced that the company honored October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month with donations to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and a “Pink Dress Down Day.”

WAC hosted a “Pink Dress Down Day” for every Friday in the month of October, where all employees wore something Pink to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition, the WAC team wore Pink “Breast Cancer Awareness” bracelets that helped donate funds to the American Cancer Society.

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Lighting Science Group LED A19 Wins CES Award

Lighting Science Group recently announced that its World Bulb—an omnidirectional 60W equivalent A19 LED replacement lamp—has been selected as a 2012 International CES Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award…

LSG LED World BulbLighting Science Group recently announced that its World Bulb—an omnidirectional 60W equivalent A19 LED replacement lamp—has been selected as a 2012 International CES Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award Honoree. The Consumer Electronics Association’s International CES Innovations Awards recognize outstanding design and engineering advancements across 32 consumer electronics product groupings—Lighting Science Group’s product was honored in the Eco-Design & Sustainable Technologies category. The World Bulb is planned for launch in early 2012 in India and will roll out to other countries throughout the remainder of the year.

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Product Monday: Shuffle by Visa Lighting

Visa Lighting has introduced The Shuffle, offering a way to explore form, dimension, color and space using a variety of light sculptures. Interchangeable diffusers—Ellipse, Teardrop, Straight, Switch, Picture Frame and…

Visa Lighting has introduced The Shuffle, offering a way to explore form, dimension, color and space using a variety of light sculptures. Interchangeable diffusers—Ellipse, Teardrop, Straight, Switch, Picture Frame and “Vision to Visa”—can be recessed into walls or protrude into the space to provide illumination with an LED light box in white, fixed color or full RGB. Multiple units can be connected to a single power supply.

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Lighting Controls Association Publishes Product Videos

The Lighting Controls Association has published nearly 20 product videos at its YouTube channel. These videos reveal some of the lighting control industry’s brightest product offerings in 2011. Shot at…

The Lighting Controls Association has published nearly 20 product videos at its YouTube channel.

These videos reveal some of the lighting control industry’s brightest product offerings in 2011. Shot at LCA member booths at 2011 LIGHTFAIR, each 1- to 5-minute video features a company spokesperson describing a key product introduction from some of the industry’s leading manufacturers of lighting controls.

Click here to watch these videos now. (Note that the audio is in stereo, not mono; you will need a stereo audio output to listen.)

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Legislative Scorched-Earth Policy on Incandescent Lamp Standards Likely to Hurt Lighting Manufacturers

This past week, a Republican rider related to light bulbs on the FY 2012 Omnibus funding bill imposes funding limitations on the Department of Energy (DOE) to enforce the light…

This past week, a Republican rider related to light bulbs on the FY 2012 Omnibus funding bill imposes funding limitations on the Department of Energy (DOE) to enforce the light bulb standards for FY2012. While it does not repeal or adjust the standards themselves or their effective timeline, it raises numerous concerns:

* American manufacturers have invested millions of dollars in transitioning to energy efficient lighting as a result of the EISA 2007 provision. Delay in enforcement undermines those investments and creates regulatory uncertainty.

* The inability of DOE to enforce the standards would allow those who do not respect the rule of law to sell inefficient light bulbs in the U.S. without fear of enforcement, creating a competitive disadvantage for compliant manufacturers.

* EISA 2007 gave state attorneys general the authority to enforce the standards. A lack of DOE enforcement will create consumer confusion resulting from a patchwork of state enforcement and place manufacturers in an intolerable position due to uneven and potentially unpredictable enforcement.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), which represents more than 95% of the U.S. lighting industry, “remains committed to and supportive of the lighting standards established in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007),” according to a press release from the organization, further stating that it “did not support the inclusion of this rider, which imposes funding limitations on the Department of Energy (DOE) to enforce the light bulb standards for FY2012.”

Opponents of the energy standards believe the incandescent lamp is being banned, limiting choice, but that is not the case. All the energy standards do is raise the bar on efficiency for certain classes of lamps, and incumbent technologies must step up or bow out. Consumers will retain choice after the standards begin to go into effect in 2012, including incandescent/halogen, CFL and LED.

Basically, the opponents of the energy standards have created a legal provision making it easier for disreputable companies to break the law and sell non-compliant bulbs, hurting legitimate manufacturers that respect the law, while creating confusion and waste in adoption.

New: Check out Ban The Bumbling, an editorial by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York, for another voice on this issue.

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Model Lighting Ordinance

It is estimated that about 10,000 lighting ordinances are in effect in the United States alone. Many are easy to understand but difficult to comply with because they are often…

MLOIt is estimated that about 10,000 lighting ordinances are in effect in the United States alone. Many are easy to understand but difficult to comply with because they are often not written by lighting people. Ordinances may vary considerably from one to the next.

The Model Lighting Ordinance (MLO), produced jointly by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), provides a template for municipalities seeking to develop standards for responsible outdoor lighting. Specifically, the MLO addresses skyglow, or light emitted up into the sky that obscures nighttime viewing of stars; light trespass, or light emitted onto neighboring property; and glare, or excessive brightness that impairs or disables vision.

Download a free copy of it here.

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There’s An App For That

Lightsearch.com offers a page at its Lighting Resource Center which lists Mobile Apps for iPad, iPhone and Android mobile devices, including calculators, light meters, wireless lighting and DMX controllers, and…

Lightsearch.com offers a page at its Lighting Resource Center which lists Mobile Apps for iPad, iPhone and Android mobile devices, including calculators, light meters, wireless lighting and DMX controllers, and catalogs. Check it out here.

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How to Evaluate Light Sources

Electrical Contractor recently published an article I wrote about a simple methodology for evaluating light sources based on a basic series of questions: • What is the distribution of the…

Electrical Contractor recently published an article I wrote about a simple methodology for evaluating light sources based on a basic series of questions:

• What is the distribution of the light? Distribution is measured in candelas (cd).
• How long does the lamp last? Service life is measured in hours.
• How much light does it produce? Light output is measured in lumens (Lm).
• How much electric power does the system require? Power is measured in watts (W).
• How efficient is it compared to others? Efficacy is measured in lumens per watt (LPW).
• What is the color appearance of the source? Color tone is measured in kelvins (K).
• How well does the source render colors? Color rendering is expressed on the color rendering index (CRI).

Check it out here.

Image courtesy of Peter Ngai.

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