Archive for February 2012

The End of The T12 Era Approaches

By now, the electrical industry is well aware that national energy standards have eliminated the manufacture and import of fluorescent magnetic ballasts for 4- and 8-foot standard and energy-saving T12 lamps, with few exceptions. On July 14, 2012, Department of Energy (DOE) rules regulating general-service fluorescent lamps will go into effect, eliminating many popular models […]

Lighting Controls Association Publishes Construction Forecast

The Lighting Controls Association has published a new whitepaper by this blogger summarizing construction forecasts for 2012. This construction outlook reviews the year’s top line construction numbers, shows where leading construction and electrical industry indicators are trending, and provides a summary of the latest AIA Consensus Construction Forecast for 2011. Although the national economic recovery […]

Product Monday: Direct/Indirect Suspended Series 52 DIP by Neo-Ray

Available with one or two T5/T5HO or T8 lamping options and lengths from 3-10 ft. for design flexibility, the new direct/indirect suspended Series 52 DIP by Neo-Ray boasts 92+% efficiency. Providing uniform illumination (65% up/35% down), the semi-specular parabolic louver with ribbed overlay provides precise optical control, or a high-transmission lens offers a uniform acrylic […]

Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for Current North American Conditions Edges Up in January

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions edged higher in January, rising to 54.2 from December’s reading of 52. It was the fourth straight month in which the index exceeded the 50-point mark, above which more panelists than not report an improved business environment. January’s EBCI for future North American conditions […]

CLTC to Host Benya Seminar, “A Perfect Circadian Day” on February 22, 2012

The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) at UC Davis will host James R. Benya and Deborah Burnett to share their fast-paced multimedia presentation, “A Perfect Circadian Day.” Benya and Burnett will discuss the latest findings in circadian science, including the health effects of living in a world full of windowless spaces, light-based electronic devices and […]

DOE Report Characterizes Lighting Market

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a 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: […]

Mercury Vapor Lamps Continue Their Decline

NEMA’s shipment index for sodium vapor high intensity discharge (HID) lamps increased 7.1% and 2% on a quarterly and year-over-year basis, respectively, during Q3 2011. However, metal halide lamps decreased by 5.3% from the previous quarter. The index for mercury vapor lamps decreased too, falling by 0.6%, erasing gains during the previous quarter. Moreover, the […]

Product Monday: Photopia 3.2 by LTI Optics

Containing the expanded Parametric Refractor Design Tools, Photopia 3.2 by LTI Optics is an optical design and analysis tool allowing the creation of smooth lofted surfaces used in LED roadway lighting applications. Photopia 3.2 also contains an expanded network licensing system with library syncing, allowing multiple users to collaborate.

LEDucation 6 Returning to New York City March 21, 2012

The Designers Lighting Forum of New York (DLFNY) has announced the return of LEDucation VI March 21, 2012, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, at the Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City. More than 1,800 lighting design community members are expected to attended seminars led by LED experts to help attendees recognize the ever-changing, constantly evolving LED […]

IES Announces Research Symposium on Lighting for Seniors March 6-7, 2012

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) is presenting a symposium on the role and effects of lighting on older adults to be held in Washington, DC, March 6-7, 2012. The two-day symposium is designed to disseminate the latest research about the special lighting needs of older adults with aging eyes. The researchers delivering […]