Month: January 2012

Linear Fluorescent Lamp Shipments Increase During Third Quarter of 2011

NEMA’s indexes for linear fluorescent lamp shipments increased during Q3 2011 compared to the previous quarter. T8 lamp shipments led the way with a 6.1% gain. Shipments of T5 and…

NEMA’s indexes for linear fluorescent lamp shipments increased during Q3 2011 compared to the previous quarter. T8 lamp shipments led the way with a 6.1% gain. Shipments of T5 and T12 lamps followed posting increases of 5.7% and 0.9%, respectively. Year-over-year performance showed double digit growth in T5s of 18.8% and 20.8% for T8s. The index for T12 lamps slipped nearly 10% compared to a year ago. Market shares for each lamp type have remained stable over the previous year. Shares of T5, T8, and T12 lamps were unchanged at 7.6%, 62.4% and 30.0%, respectively, during Q3 2011.

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IALD Announces Results of 2012 Elections

The International Association of Lighting Designers recently announced the results of the 2012 IALD Elections. IALD BOARD OF DIRECTORS Gustavo Avilés, IALD Lighteam Gustavo Avilés Mexico City, Mexico Kaoru Mende,…

The International Association of Lighting Designers recently announced the results of the 2012 IALD Elections.

IALD BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Gustavo Avilés, IALD
Lighteam Gustavo Avilés
Mexico City, Mexico

Kaoru Mende, IALD
Lighting Planners Associates Inc
Tokyo, Japan

Suzan Tillotson, IALD
Tillotson Design Associates
New York, NY USA

IALD MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIR

James Youngston, IALD
Gabler-Youngston
Atlanta, GA USA

IALD MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Jill Cody, IALD
dark | light design
Seattle, WA USA

Victor Palacio, IALD
Ideas En Luz
Tlalnepantla, Mexico

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Product Monday: Soft Line by Edge Lighting

Edge Lighting’s Soft Line uncoils like a tape measure, creating a 1-in.-wide line between opposing wall or ceiling surfaces using provided mounting turnbuckles. When suspended 1 to 2 ft. away…

Edge Lighting’s Soft Line uncoils like a tape measure, creating a 1-in.-wide line between opposing wall or ceiling surfaces using provided mounting turnbuckles. When suspended 1 to 2 ft. away from a surface, it provides indirect illumination at 2.3W/linear ft. and 80 CRI. Available in lengths up to 40 ft., the Soft Line can be cut in the field and rolls up for compact shipping.

Soft Line by Edge Lighting

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GE Announces 2012 GE Lighting Institute & Electrical Institute Course Schedule

Just announced for 2012 the public offered courses at the GE Lighting & Electrical Institute at Nela Park in Cleveland, Ohio … Fundamentals of Lighting – 1.5 CEU Industrial Solutions…

Just announced for 2012 the public offered courses at the GE Lighting & Electrical Institute at Nela Park in Cleveland, Ohio …

Fundamentals of Lighting – 1.5 CEU
Industrial Solutions 101
Industrial Solutions 102
LED Indoor Workshop – 1.0 CEU
Lighting Retrofits – 1.0 CEU
Industrial Solutions 101
Fundamental of Lighting – 1.5 CEU
Industrial Solutions 102
Controls Training Workshop
Lighting for Health care Facilities – 1.0 CEU
Industrial Solutions 101
Industrial Solutions 102
Lighting Retrofits – 1.0 CEU
Fundamentals of Lighting – 1.5 CEU
Industrial Solutions 101
Industrial Solutions 102
Advanced Selling Tools – 1.0 CEU
Lighting Retrofits – 1.0 CEU
LC Prep Course – 1.5 CEU
Museum Lighting Trends – 1.0 CEU
Industrial Solutions 101
Industrial Solutions 102
Hospitality Lighting Trends – 1.0 CEU
LED Outdoor Lighting Workshop – 1.0 CEU
Advance Selling Tools – 1.0 CEU
Fundamental of Lighting – 1.5 CEU

Click here for more information and applicable dates for each course.

Click here for a video tour of the facility.

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Jim Brodrick on LED Manufacturing in the United States: GE Lighting

Guest post by Jim Brodrick, U.S. Department of Energy Although you do not often hear about growth in domestic manufacturing here in the United States, the solid-state lighting industry is…

Guest post by Jim Brodrick, U.S. Department of Energy

Although you do not often hear about growth in domestic manufacturing here in the United States, the solid-state lighting industry is steadily growing and establishing a manufacturing presence here at home. Solid-state lighting was not only born of U.S. ingenuity and R&D, but is riding the crest of a worldwide trend toward greater energy efficiency. This offers a golden opportunity for U.S. manufacturing to take a significant role in SSL. From time to time, these Postings will focus on SSL companies manufacturing here in the U.S., a series we call “SSL in America.” This is not intended to promote any of the companies, but rather to promote energy-efficient solid-state lighting. The philosophy and actions of the companies you’ll read about here align with the recommendations set forth in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) white paper “Keeping Manufacturing in the United States,” which grew out of DOE’s 2010 SSL Manufacturing R&D Workshop.

GE Lighting Solutions is the LED subsidiary of GE Lighting, both operating out of the same headquarters in Cleveland. GE Lighting Solutions designs and manufactures LED outdoor and indoor lighting products and has manufacturing plants in Hendersonville, NC, and overseas. The Hendersonville plant serves the global market for outdoor LED lighting systems for roadways, parking lots, and other area lighting applications. Hendersonville also manufactures outdoor and industrial lighting products that use traditional technologies. Most of the company’s LED outdoor lighting products are manufactured in Hendersonville, and Director of Operations Bob Petersen expects those products to account for an increasing percentage of the plant’s output as the adoption rate continues to grow.

The company’s involvement with solid-state lighting began in 1999 with the manufacture of LED specialty lighting – primarily traffic signals. In 2008 GE started marketing LED outdoor lighting products, which now cover a wide range of outdoor applications.

There are a number of reasons why GE Lighting Solutions manufactures SSL products in the U.S. according to Peterson. One has to do with the company’s preference for manufacturing products where they’re intended to be sold; another is its practice of making baseline models and customizing them to the needs of the installation. This allows GE Lighting Solutions to reduce inventory costs by manufacturing products as orders are received and still deliver them to customers within weeks instead of months. This helps the company control obsolescence – very important with a still-developing technology like solid-state lighting in which products are rapidly superseded by newer versions. Manufacturing overseas for the sizeable U.S. market would mean a long supply chain and a large inventory, which could result in a significant amount of unsellable obsolete products over time.

Peterson notes that manufacturing domestically for the U.S. market shrinks transportation times and costs. In addition, he cites steadily rising labor rates in Asia and points out that there’s not a lot of labor required to make his company’s outdoor SSL products – both factors helping to negate the main advantage of moving manufacturing offshore. He also states that intellectual property is easier to protect when manufacturing domestically. He emphasizes that when considering whether to do SSL manufacturing in the U.S., it’s important to look at the total cost of manufacturing in the U.S. rather than at the cost of isolated aspects of the manufacturing process.

To illustrate the value of government stimulus in creating a market, Peterson uses the example of his company’s EvolveTM LED Cobrahead street light, which won Best in Class in the 2010 Next Generation Luminaire competition. When he and his colleagues learned that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) would make stimulus money available to municipalities to help defray the cost of LED street lighting products, they realized the shortened payback period could make these products viable solutions. So they developed the Cobrahead, which the ARRA funding made affordable to cities for a period long enough for GE Lighting Solutions to lower the cost through manufacturing and engineering improvements. In other words, the temporary availability of government stimulus money helped nurture a product “over the hump” so it was commercially viable without the stimulus money.

GE Lighting Solutions is among a number of companies that are working to create and strengthen a solid-state lighting manufacturing base here in the U.S. This will not only help bring significant energy savings through more efficient lighting products but will benefit our economy by adding jobs at multiple levels of the supply chain.

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GE Lighting Solutions and Dongbu Lightec Settle Patent Infringement Lawsuit

GE Lighting Solutions, LLC recently announced the settlement of a patent infringement lawsuit filed in May 2010 against Dongbu Lightec, formerly Fawoo Technology. The settlement terminates a pending action before…

GE Lighting Solutions, LLC recently announced the settlement of a patent infringement lawsuit filed in May 2010 against Dongbu Lightec, formerly Fawoo Technology.

The settlement terminates a pending action before the court regarding allegations of Dongbu Lightec’s infringements of US Patents 6,799,864 and 6,787,999 that cover, among other things, LED lamp heat sink designs and systems and methods for efficiently replacing existing lamps with such designs. The specific terms of the settlement will remain confidential, but as part of the agreement, Dongbu Lightec has agreed to a license from GE Lighting Solutions under these patents.

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Governor Cuomo Wants to Tear Down the Javits Center

After six years of detailed renovations of the Jacob K. Javits Center, New York Governor has proposed razing it and turning it over to development of other commercial and residential…

After six years of detailed renovations of the Jacob K. Javits Center, New York Governor has proposed razing it and turning it over to development of other commercial and residential property. The new convention center would be built in Jamaica, Queens.

Looks like LIGHTFAIR is staying in Philadelphia, at least for 2013, and now possibly beyond that.

The New York Times has the story here.

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DOE Report Characterizes Lighting Market

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a free report detailing the characteristics of the U.S. lighting market by technology and sector. The 2010 U.S. Lighting Market Characterization provides…

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a free report detailing the characteristics of the U.S. lighting market by technology and sector. The 2010 U.S. Lighting Market Characterization provides comprehensive and detailed estimates of the national inventory of installed lamps as well as their associated energy use and lumen production. It focuses on four sectors: residential buildings, commercial buildings, industrial buildings, and outdoor.

In 2010, lighting accounted for approximately 700 terawatt-hours (TWh), or roughly 19% of the country’s total electricity use. Nearly half of that energy use (349 TWh) came from the commercial sector, which was dominated by fluorescent lighting. Although the residential sector (175 TWh) contained far more installed lamps, most of them incandescent, these residential lamps did not see nearly as much daily use, on average, as did commercial-sector lamps.

The new report is an update to a similar DOE report that modeled the 2001 U.S. lighting market inventory. During the intervening decade, two overarching trends emerged:

• Push toward higher-efficacy lighting. The average system efficacy of installed lighting increased from 45 lumens per watt in 2001 to 58 lumens per watt in 2010, due mainly to a move from incandescent to compact fluorescent lamps in the residential sector, and from T12 to T8 and T5 fluorescent lamps in the commercial and industrial sectors.
• Increased demand for light. The total number of lamps installed in U.S. stationary applications grew from just under 7 billion in 2001 to more than 8 billion in 2010, with most of this growth occurring in the residential sector.

Click here to get this report now.

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Product Monday: Energy Advantage CDM by Philips

Philips Lighting’s Energy Advantage CDM with All-Start lamps is a series of ceramic metal halide lamps available in 205W and 330W—and now, new in 2011, 145W—to replace 175W, 250W and…

Philips Lighting’s Energy Advantage CDM with All-Start lamps is a series of ceramic metal halide lamps available in 205W and 330W—and now, new in 2011, 145W—to replace 175W, 250W and 400W probe-start lamps to save energy and improve color quality. The lamp operates on both probe- and pulse-start metal halide ballasts in any orientation, so no ballast replacement is needed to generate 18% energy savings.

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Construction Spending Hits 17-Month High in November

Construction spending totaled $807 billion in November 2011, the highest level since June 2010, as homebuilding, private nonresidential construction and public construction all increased compared to October, based on Department…

Construction spending totaled $807 billion in November 2011, the highest level since June 2010, as homebuilding, private nonresidential construction and public construction all increased compared to October, based on Department of Commerce data.

“Several segments of construction appear to be climbing out of a hole,” said Associated General Contractors of America Chief Economist Ken Simonson. “The new year should reinforce recent year-over-year gains in apartment, power, manufacturing and private transportation construction. But November’s upturns in single-family homebuilding and public construction may not be sustainable.”

Total construction spending rose 1.2% in November from October and 0.5% from the November 2010 level. Private residential construction posted increases of 2.0% and 3.4%, with gains in single-family, multifamily and residential improvements. Private nonresidential construction spending inched up a negligible amount from October but gained 4.5% compared to November 2010. Public spending rose 1.7% last month but declined 5.3% from a year earlier.

Meanwhile, the uptick in private nonresidential construction from November 2010 was widespread, led by manufacturing, up 12.6%; commercial (retail, warehouse and farm), up 12%; private educational, up 10%; private transportation, up 9.2%; and power (including oil and gas), up 8.4%.

Most public construction categories shrank over the past 12 months. Public educational construction was up 0.5% for the month and 2.8% year-over-year, however.

“Public construction segments face stiff spending cuts in 2012,” Simonson cautioned.

Associated General Contractors of America’s leaders said planned cuts to a range of federal building and infrastructure construction programs were likely to hurt the construction industry even as private sector demand finally rebounds. They noted that the federal budget for 2012 includes a more than 6% cut for construction programs and added that Congress is years late in passing much-needed water, aviation and surface transportation legislation.

“If lawmakers don’t act swiftly, they risk undermining a long-awaited recovery for the construction industry that could put tens of thousands of people back to work,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “These cuts aren’t helping balance the budget, but they are keeping a major segment of our economy in check.”

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