Archive for March 2012

Jim Brodrick on The Life-Cycle Energy Consumption of LED Lamps

Guest post by Jim Brodrick, U.S. Department of Energy Although LED lighting has many potential advantages, energy savings is the one that attracts the most attention. But the energy savings during the course of a product’s lifetime only tell part of the story. To gauge a product’s full impact – not only in terms of […]

Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for February North American Business Conditions Hits Six-Year High

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions jumped sharply in February, rising more than 18 points to 72.5, its highest level in more than six years. Meanwhile, the EBCI for future North American conditions, though remaining firmly positive, retreated slightly in February. The index slipped a little more than 4 points […]

Incandescent Lamp Shipments Remain Robust During Third Quarter of 2011

NEMA’s incandescent lamps shipment index for Q3 2011 decreased 1.2% from the previous quarter, but was up 21.5% compared to the same period last year. The year-over-year percentage (y/y) change is the largest swing, in either direction, since 2008. Compact fluorescent lamp shipments registered a slight gain of 0.9% over Q2 2011. Yet, the index […]

New ENERGY STAR Luminaire Specification to Take Effect April 1, 2012

Version 1.1 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR product specifications for solid-state luminaires will take effect on April 1, 2012, and replace the existing Residential Light Fixtures (RLF, V4.2) and Solid State Lighting Luminaires (SSL, V1.3) specifications. The lamps specification in is still under development, which is expected to consolidate the LED […]

Product Monday: Fitted Louver Options by a•light

a•light, an AmerillumBrands company, has introduced the FIT Louver, a series of new integral design fitted louver downlight options for Accolade Series energy-saving linear fluorescents with 3-in. apertures. The FIT (“Fine Intersecting Technology”) Louver option is a broad display, parabolically controlled unit, emitting more light without glare, yet are lower in height, for a low-scale […]

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Publishes Article About Electrodeless Lighting

Electrodeless lamps do not require wiring connections between the lamp and its ballast or driver. As most wear and tear on lamps occurs at the electrode, its absence in this technology can significantly extend lamp life. This article I wrote for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR breaks down the different types, from induction lamps to plasma lamps. Not […]

NEMA Publishes NEMA SSL 4 Retrofit Lamps: Minimum Performance Requirements

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published NEMA SSL 4 Retrofit Lamps: Minimum Performance Requirements. This publication applies to integral Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps, which are defined as a lamp with LEDs, an integrated LED driver, and a base that meets appropriate American National Standards and is designed to connect to the branch […]

National Lighting Bureau Launches 33rd High-Benefit Lighting Awards Program

The National Lighting Bureau has launched the 33rd annual High-Benefit Lighting Awards Program, open to virtually anyone associated with a High-Benefit Lighting installation: owners, designers, facility or property managers, contractors, manufacturer’s representatives, utility employees and users, among others. The National Lighting Bureau coined the term High-Benefit Lighting to connote “function-focused” electric-illumination systems that are designed […]


I’m pleased to announce that my book LIGHTING REDESIGN FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS is now available as an eBook for Kindle on Amazon. LIGHTING REDESIGN FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS was written to educate owners, energy managers, electrical engineers, architects, lighting designers, consultants, electrical contractors, electrical distributors and other interested professionals about the relighting of existing buildings. The […]

Product Monday: Lumark Crosstour LED Wall Pack Series by Cooper Lighting

Cooper Lighting has introduced the Lumark Crosstour LED Wall Pack Series, a wall-mount luminaire featuring an “all-in-one” product design to satisfy a myriad of application needs by mounting in virtually any location. The product offers good optical performance, low-profile aesthetic design and easy installation while providing solutions for wall, surface, post (bollard), low-level and inverted […]