Month: 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…

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 and dramatically accelerating the market shift to T8 and T5 lamp/ballast systems.

Electrical Contractor has published a feature story I wrote about these regulations and the options T12 system owners are facing this year as the T12 era comes to a final close.

Read it here.

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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…

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 is now two and a half years old, construction spending has continued to contract.

In June 2011, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation’s leading construction forecasters, projected a 5.6% decrease in nonresidential construction spending in 2011 from 2010, followed by a significant rebound with a projected 6.4% increase in spending in 2012.

A weaker than expected economy led to a revision of this forecast in January 2012, with the Consensus Construction Forecast projecting 2.1% growth in nonresidential construction spending in 2012 and 6.4% in 2013. In short, a modest recovery in 2012.

Click here to read the entire whitepaper.

Market Segment Consensus Growth Forecast Forecast % Change
2012 2013
Nonresidential Total +2.1% +6.4%
Commercial Total +5.6% +11.4%
Office +4.3% +9.6%
Retail/Other Commercial +5.0% +9.9%
Hotel +10.2% +19.7%
Industrial Total +6.0% +10.2%
Institutional Total -0.1% +3.6%
Healthcare +4.5% +5.3%
Education -1.7% +3.1%
Religious +5.1% +6.3%
Public Safety -3.8% +0.3%
Amusement/Recreation +0.2% +6.5%

Source: AIA Consensus Construction Forecast, calculated as an average of all forecasts provided by the panelists that submit forecasts for each of the above building categories: McGraw-Hill Construction, IHS-Global Insight, Moody’s Economy.com, FMI, Reed’s Construction Data and Associated Builders and Contractors.

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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….

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 look.

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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…

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 soared to 79.2, its highest mark since May 2011. The index jumped more than 9 points in the latest month on the heels of a 10-point bounce in December.

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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…

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 24/7 activity. Attendees will learn ways to create an indoor environment that boosts health, healing and cognitive function while enhancing energy efficiency too.

The talk is free and open to the public: 5:30 – 7 p.m. February 22 at the University of California, Davis.

For more information, click here.

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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…

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: residential buildings, commercial buildings, industrial buildings, and outdoor.

In 2010, lighting accounted for approximately 700 terawatt-hours (TWh), or roughly 19 percent 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 download a free PDF of the report.

U.S. installed lighting base in the residential building sector. Incandescent lighting predominates.

U.S. installed lighting base in the commercial building sector. Linear fluorescent lighting predominates.

U.S. installed lighting base in the industrial building sector. Linear fluorescent lighting predominates.

U.S. installed lighting base in the outdoor sector. HID lighting predominates.

Relative share of lamps, energy consumption and light production for the residential, commercial, industrial and outdoor sectors. The residential sector includes the greatest number of lamps, but the commercial sector consumes the largest share of energy and light.

Estimated lamp efficacy by sector and as a national average. Average efficacy has been improving across all sectors.

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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…

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 mercury vapor index posted a double-digit decline of 19.4% on a year-over-year basis.

Variations in market share were concentrated in sodium vapor and metal halide lamps. Sodium vapor lamps increased by 2.7% to 34.4%, while the market share of metal halide lamps decreased to 60.9 percent. The market share of sodium vapor lamps remained unchanged at 4.7 percent.

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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…

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.

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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….

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 market. LEDucation 6 will offer guests the choice of four credited programs, as well as the opportunity to speak with manufacturers directly while viewing their latest innovative products. Attendees will have an opportunity to see firsthand the rapid speed at which products have progressed by viewing the latest innovations on display at more than 96 LED and control manufacturer exhibits.

Click here to learn more and to register for this great event.

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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,…

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 the presentations will address the implications for proper lighting and its effects on vision and health. Topics related to vision include susceptibility to glare, visibility of tasks, prevention of falls, and quality of life (e.g., independent and varying levels of assisted living). Coverage of health will address sleep, depression, and circadian rhythm.

The conference is directed at lighting designers, builders and facilities managers of single and congregate residential housing, builders of commercial buildings, educators, lighting manufacturers, architects, associations and government agencies of all levels serving older adults.

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