Archive for 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 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 […]

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, 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 […]

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 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” […]

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 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 […]

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 “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 […]

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 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 […]

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 bulb standards for FY2012. While it does not repeal or adjust the standards themselves or their effective timeline, it raises numerous concerns: * American manufacturers […]

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 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 […]

There’s An App For That 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.

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 light? Distribution is measured in candelas (cd). • How long does the lamp last? Service life is measured in hours. • How much light does […]