Month: May 2012

LFI 2012 Product Innovation Awards

The LIGHTFAIR 2012 Innovation Awards submissions spanned 14 categories, with each submission judged by an independent panel of lighting professionals. The winners were awarded for product entries that exemplify the…

The LIGHTFAIR 2012 Innovation Awards submissions spanned 14 categories, with each submission judged by an independent panel of lighting professionals. The winners were awarded for product entries that exemplify the best in innovative design and thinking. The 2012 key award winners are:

CAST LIGHTING (LED Perimeter Light): Most Innovative Product of the Year—the program’s highest award, recognizing the most innovative new product

Most Innovative Product of the Year—CAST LIGHTING's LED Perimeter Light

SENSITILE SYSTEMS (Fin Light Fixture): Design Excellence Award—recognizing outstanding achievement in design

JUNO LIGHTING GROUP BY SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC (WarmDim™ LED Downlights): Technical Innovation Award—recognizing the most forward-thinking advancement in lighting technology

LIGHTING SCIENCE GROUP (DEFINITY™ Motion Activated PAR 30): Judges’ Citation Award—special recognition of an innovative product at the judges’ discretion

Click here to see these and all of other products entered into the competition.

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Eaton to Acquire Cooper Industries for $11.8 Billion

Eaton Corporation and Cooper Industries recently announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Eaton will acquire Cooper in an $11.8 billion deal. At the close of the…

Eaton Corporation and Cooper Industries recently announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Eaton will acquire Cooper in an $11.8 billion deal. At the close of the transaction, which is expected in the second half of 2012, Eaton and Cooper will be combined under a new company incorporated in Ireland, where Cooper is incorporated today. The newly created company, which is expected to be called Eaton Global Corporation Plc or a variant thereof (“New Eaton”), will be led by Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton’s current chairman and chief executive officer.

Founded in 1833, Cooper is a leading supplier of electrical equipment with a wide range of electrical products including electrical protection, power transmission and distribution, lighting and wiring components. This suite of electrical products enhances customer energy efficiency and safety across a number of end markets globally.

Founded in 1911, Eaton is a global power management company. Its electrical business is a global leader in power distribution, power quality, control and automation, power monitoring, and energy management products and services. Eaton is positioned to answer today’s most critical power management challenges through its electrical, aerospace, hydraulics and vehicle businesses.

The combined company would have had historical 2011 revenues of $21.5 billion.

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Jim Brodrick on Round 14 of CALiPER Testing

by Jim Brodrick, U.S. Department of Energy Results of the latest round of CALiPER testing were released recently, and as usual they’re worth noting because they help provide an indication…

by Jim Brodrick, U.S. Department of Energy

Results of the latest round of CALiPER testing were released recently, and as usual they’re worth noting because they help provide an indication of the current state of the solid-state lighting market – its strengths, weaknesses, and nuances. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) CALiPER program supports testing of a wide range of SSL products available for general illumination, and publishes the results in summary and detailed reports, as well as in a searchable database that allows side-by-side comparisons with previous rounds and benchmark products. Starting now, each CALiPER testing round focuses on a single product type or application.

CALiPER Round 14 focused on LED downlight retrofit units. Eleven such products, purchased between June and November 2011, were tested in a 6-inch insulation contact rated downlight housing mounted in a 24″x24″ insulated enclosure. Overall, their performance fit a relatively narrow profile. All of them emitted between 527 and 803 lumens and were roughly comparable in output to 60W-100W incandescent downlights or 13W-32W CFL downlights. But most had efficacies equal to or better than the system efficacy of a typical CFL downlight luminaire, with a range of 39-69 lm/W and an average of 49 lm/W – four to five times better than downlights using incandescent or halogen lamps.

As for color quality, it was generally good, with 10 of the 11 LED products meeting the ENERGY STAR criteria for color rendering index (CRI) of at least 80 and correlated color temperature within American National Standards Institute-defined tolerances. The measured CRIs were not quite as high as some previously tested LED downlight retrofit units, but would generally be acceptable for most applications.

Based on the performance range – which has stayed fairly consistent for several years now and is suitable for the intended application – it looks like LED downlight retrofit units are settling on a target market of replacing a 65W incandescent lamp or a CFL of less than 32W. One of the products tested in Round 14 has been on the market for at least three years, and its price has decreased by about 22 percent during that time. In general, the LED downlight retrofit units tested performed well and offer a viable option for specifiers of residential and light-commercial downlights, especially in retrofit situations. Most are best suited for applications that involve a normal ceiling height (8-10 feet).

With more than 800 million downlights installed in the U.S. – most of them using incandescent lamps – there’s potential for substantial energy savings by retrofitting with high-efficacy SSL products. Although the physical attributes of LED downlight retrofit units may limit their applicability, they also have several advantages. Because they’re designed to replace the existing trim and reflector, they can encompass a greater volume than LED replacement lamps, and thus they have more surface area for LED packages, as well as space for more sophisticated heat sinks. Improved thermal management capabilities, a larger emitting area, and more room for electronic components mean that these retrofit units have the potential for better performance than LED replacement lamps. Additionally, because the entire housing, mounting, and electrical connection may remain in place, retrofit downlight units can be a less expensive option compared to new integral LED downlights, especially when labor costs are considered.

However, based on the Round 14 findings, the lighting industry as a whole would benefit from the standardization of terms such as “retrofit,” “remodel,” and “replacement,” and product literature should be specific about the housings into which a retrofit product will fit. For example, with one “retrofit” LED downlight product that was ordered for this study, the supplied fixture was not designed to be mounted inside an existing downlight housing, but rather to use a supplied housing intended to fit through an existing hole in the ceiling!

LED downlight retrofit units were one of the earliest LED product types to compete well with conventional technologies, but today there are quite a few others. As the number of applications where SSL is a viable option continues to grow, buyers still need to be wary and to remember that not all products are created equal. DOE’s CALiPER reports provide a way to stay current with market trends and issues, to help ensure that the right decision is made.

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Product Monday: Zipline by Leviton

Leviton’s Zipline is a linear fluorescent lighting fixture retrofit solution that reduces installation time and eliminates wiring errors. The Leviton-exclusive system utilizes an integrated ballast and lampholder in a self-contained…

Leviton’s Zipline is a linear fluorescent lighting fixture retrofit solution that reduces installation time and eliminates wiring errors. The Leviton-exclusive system utilizes an integrated ballast and lampholder in a self-contained assembly unit that greatly decreases components and wiring points necessary to retrofit existing lighting fixtures for use with energy efficient lamps. This effectively removes the most time-consuming installation processes–wire connections and socket installation–allowing for twice as many retrofit fixture installations in the same amount of time.

Zipline is available with optional easy to assemble, snap-in reflectors that improve lighting efficiency. The system fits most two-by-two and two-by-four troffers, and is available in two- and three-lamp configurations as well as in high, normal and low ballast factors. Zipline is supported by a five-year limited warranty.

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IES BIM Webinar

Sean Avery, PE, LEED-AP, electrical engineer for DLR Group, presents this three-part webcast about lighting and BIM. Introduction to lighting and BIM: Lighting tags: Lighting schedules:

Sean Avery, PE, LEED-AP, electrical engineer for DLR Group, presents this three-part webcast about lighting and BIM.

Introduction to lighting and BIM:

Lighting tags:

Lighting schedules:

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DOE Releases GATEWAY Report on NYC Roadway Lighting Demonstration

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published the final evaluation report from a GATEWAY demonstration on Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive, a heavily traveled New York City freeway with elevated…

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published the final evaluation report from a GATEWAY demonstration on Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive, a heavily traveled New York City freeway with elevated portions. Four different types of LED roadway luminaires—each from a different manufacturer—were purchased in 2009 and compared with the incumbent high-pressure sodium light fixtures.

The project was carried out in conjunction with the New York City Department of Transportation and The Climate Group. Among the key findings:

* Significant energy savings were achieved with the LED products. All of the LED luminaires had lower energy usage than the incumbent baseline HPS luminaire, using 26-57% less energy.

* Three of the LED fixtures matched the initial illuminance of the HPS luminaire, but only two would meet the required maintained (i.e., long-term) illuminance values identified in RP-8-00 (without considering dirt depreciation).

* The LED systems all offered better color rendering and emitted no uplight compared to the HPS system. The improved color rendering resulting from the broader spectrum of the LEDs may bring with it better identification and contrast for improved visual acuity.

* The cost-effectiveness of the LED products in this application depends on the high electricity rates and deferred costly maintenance, as well as on the manufacturers’ claimed lifetimes.

Get the report here.

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The Home Depot and U.S. Green Building Council Launch New Database of Green Building Products for the Home

The green housing market is growing rapidly, having tripled since 2008. Green homes, which comprised 17% of new residential construction last year, are expected to increase by 29% to 38%…

The green housing market is growing rapidly, having tripled since 2008. Green homes, which comprised 17% of new residential construction last year, are expected to increase by 29% to 38% of the market by 2016, according to a report recently published by McGraw-Hill Construction.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in conjunction with The Home Depot, has launched an online green home products database. The database: leed.homedepot.com is a special microsite within homedepot.com that features products geared toward green home building, many of which may contribute towards earning LEED® points and prerequisites for the LEED for Homes program, making it easier for homeowners and builders to find the products they need.

Currently, more than 2,500 products sold at The Home Depot are listed on the website.

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Lighting Equipment Demand Strengthened During First Quarter of 2012

After seeing ebbs and flows in each of the four prior quarters, NEMA’s Lighting Systems Index gained 5.2% on a quarter-to-quarter basis during 2012Q1. On a year-over-year basis, the index…

After seeing ebbs and flows in each of the four prior quarters, NEMA’s Lighting Systems Index gained 5.2% on a quarter-to-quarter basis during 2012Q1. On a year-over-year basis, the index increased by 3.7%, indicating that aggregate lighting equipment demand has improved appreciably since the recovery began; however it remains well below the levels observed during the previous economic expansion. Among the five categories of lighting systems products included in the index, only emergency lighting posted a year-over-year decline in shipments while fixtures, ballasts, miniature lamps and large lamps registered solid gains compared to the first quarter of 2011.

The still tepid construction outlook implies lighting equipment output growth will lag in the near term. Housing is finally transitioning from trough to recovery, but forward progress will be slow. However, a return to “normal” levels of building activity is not expected for several more years as still-declining prices, large numbers of underwater homeowners, and a sizable shadow inventory present persistent pitfalls to prompt progress.

Nonresidential construction declined for a second consecutive quarter in 2012Q1. Commercial construction had a particularly poor showing, sliding sharply while manufacturing construction edged upward. We continue to expect overall nonresidential construction to struggle to gain traction during 2012 and 2013 as supply and demand fundamentals move largely sideways and fiscal austerity continues.

Prospects are somewhat brighter for the electrical equipment intensive commercial construction category, which includes offices and retail space among other types of buildings. A solid recovery is expected by 2013.

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Product Monday: Adelie by HessAmerica

Adelie by HessAmerica is a non-glare, energy-conserving indirect LED post-top light fixture for pedestrian-scale outdoor spaces. It produces diffused, even illumination with low brightness and high visual comfort, while subtly…

Adelie by HessAmerica is a non-glare, energy-conserving indirect LED post-top light fixture for pedestrian-scale outdoor spaces. It produces diffused, even illumination with low brightness and high visual comfort, while subtly defining its unique design at night.

An indirect post-top reflector is finished in white powder-coat, protected with Teflon to maintain its appearance long-term while preventing dirt accumulation and water stains. A finned LED housing adds a unique, functional design element, ensuring effective thermal management while promoting longevity of LEDs life. An integrated tenon mounting point transitions the luminaire seamlessly to its pole and is secured with concealed hardware.

Thirty-two LED sources are available in a choice of neutral white 3800K, or cool white 5200K, color temperatures, with a CRI of 70. LED driver is located remotely in the pole base, available with 120V or 277V input. Power consumption is 51W.

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LITE Announces LED Fixture Locator

From the people who brought you the LED Lamp Locator, Lighting Internet Technology Enterprises (LITE) recently announced the launch of the LED Fixture Locator, which provides access to updated information…

From the people who brought you the LED Lamp Locator, Lighting Internet Technology Enterprises (LITE) recently announced the launch of the LED Fixture Locator, which provides access to updated information on thousands of LED fixture products from hundreds of manufacturers. All major categories are covered, from downlights to cove lights.

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