Month: July 2012

Acuity Brands Web Tool Calculates Life Cycle Costs of Lighting Systems

Acuity Brands, Inc. has developed a financial tool that allows users to determine the true economic value of a lighting system, greatly exceeding the simple data output found on many…

Acuity Brands, Inc. has developed a financial tool that allows users to determine the true economic value of a lighting system, greatly exceeding the simple data output found on many industry “payback” calculators. The Visual Economic Tool is a free tool that uses recommended industry practices (IESNA RP-31-1996, Recommended Practice for the Economic Analysis of Lighting) to estimate and compare the life-cycle costs of up to three lighting systems.

Users can choose to perform energy-only estimates or input additional information to create estimates that include maintenance, lighting controls and HVAC data. The resulting calculated costs can include economic return as well as life-cycle costs, net present value, and internal rate of return. Data is presented using vivid, easy-to-follow charts. A built-in help feature reviews definitions, displays calculation formulas and links to additional resources. Comprehensive reports can be printed or saved as a PDF format, or easily shared with other users to review and edit data if desired. Luminaire data can be loaded in any of the other Visual design tools, saving user time while promoting data consistency.

The Visual Economic Tool is an integral part of the company’s Visual lighting design tools and is available as a free resource; no log-in is required. Users can input data from any products within the Acuity Brands interior and exterior lighting product portfolio or even data from non-Acuity Brands lighting products. The tool has the flexibility to compare lighting systems using various lighting controls methods and common light sources, including LED, metal halide and fluorescent.

Click here to learn more; catch a demonstration video here.

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Product Monday: ElumTools 2013 by Lighting Analysts

Lighting Analysts, Inc. has announced the availability of ElumTools 2013, an enhanced and updated software add-in to Autodesk Revit 2013 MEP or Architecture. ElumTools 2013 contains several user-driven enhancements such…

Lighting Analysts, Inc. has announced the availability of ElumTools 2013, an enhanced and updated software add-in to Autodesk Revit 2013 MEP or Architecture. ElumTools 2013 contains several user-driven enhancements such as dedicated emergency calculation mode, support for luminaire dimming and switching, and a more accurate treatment for transmission of electric light through glass.

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Brownlee Lighting Expands With New Building Addition

Brownlee Lighting recently announced the completion of a 16,000-sq.ft. building expansion. The new addition, located at 4600 Dardanelle Drive, has doubled inventory storage capacity and is home to an additional…

Brownlee Lighting recently announced the completion of a 16,000-sq.ft. building expansion. The new addition, located at 4600 Dardanelle Drive, has doubled inventory storage capacity and is home to an additional wet spray and a new powder coating system. Office space was also increased with multiple new offices, including a larger conference room and two R&D rooms.

“This capital investment will enhance our ability to quickly ship fashionable, functional, and affordable luminaires by expanding product offerings, increasing parts inventory, and expediting the painting process,” said Tom Brownlee, Vice President of Brownlee Lighting.

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Demand for Halogen A-Lamps Accelerated in First Quarter of 2012

NEMA’s shipment index for halogen A-line lamps showed a continued acceleration in growth during Q1 2012, improving by 110% on a year-over year basis. Halogen A-line lamps garnered a share…

NEMA’s shipment index for halogen A-line lamps showed a continued acceleration in growth during Q1 2012, improving by 110% on a year-over year basis. Halogen A-line lamps garnered a share of 2.8%, double their share during the same period last year.

This increase was preceded by gains of 90% and 98% during Q3 and Q4 2011, respectively, as consumers increasingly selected alternative lamp options leading up to the implementation of the first phase of new energy efficiency standards.

Conversely, incandescent and compact fluorescent lamps declined during Q1 2012. Incandescent lamps reversed a three quarter run-up decreasing by 0.3% year over year. CFLs slid for the fifth consecutive quarter, dipping 1% year over year.

Incandescent lamps maintained their grip on the market, registering a share of 76.3% despite a decrease of 1 percentage point. Demand for CFLs waned slightly compared to a year ago resulting in a decline of 0.4% to a share of 20.9%.

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2012 IES Street and Area Lighting Conference to be Held September 9-12

The 31st annual Illuminating Engineering Society Street and Area Lighting Conference will be held in Miami September 9-12, 2012. This event was created for industry professionals to openly exchange information…

The 31st annual Illuminating Engineering Society Street and Area Lighting Conference will be held in Miami September 9-12, 2012. This event was created for industry professionals to openly exchange information on outdoor lighting issues, learn about outdoor lighting technology and applications, and view the latest products and services.

Click here for more information and to register.

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GE Lighting Announces New Professional Solutions Organization

GE Lighting recently announced it is aligning its Lighting Solutions sales and applications solutions teams with its North America professional sales teams under a single structure and single leader. Jaime…

GE Lighting recently announced it is aligning its Lighting Solutions sales and applications solutions teams with its North America professional sales teams under a single structure and single leader.

Jaime Irick, who has been leading GE Lighting Solutions–GE’s LED and lighting fixtures business–isnow be responsible for all sales activities of all lighting technologies in GE Lighting’s commercial and industrial product portfolio as general manager for the new organization named North America Professional Solutions. Dan Jenkins will continue to lead GE Lighting’s professional sales team that will now be part of this single organization. He and his sales teams will report to Irick. Prior to this realignment, GE’s LED and non-LED sales organizations were separate functions.

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Product Monday: Mino LED by Peerless

Peerless Lighting’s Mino is a suite of three direct ambient 2×2 LED luminaires–Recessed, Surface and Pendant–that deliver quality illumination, modern design and energy efficiency. Designed to be kind to the…

Peerless Lighting’s Mino is a suite of three direct ambient 2×2 LED luminaires–Recessed, Surface and Pendant–that deliver quality illumination, modern design and energy efficiency. Designed to be kind to the eyes, the Peerless Mino product’s advanced optics diffuse and evenly distribute soft, uniform light resulting in comfortable, glare-free and productivity-enhancing illumination. The luminaires in the Peerless Mino suite are specifiable as nLight-enabled for additional energy savings opportunities with lighting controls.

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IES Launches IESLightLogic.org Website

The Illuminating Engineering Society has launched a new blog-format website designed to educate the public about good lighting. The site, produced by IES and written by myself and industry writer…

The Illuminating Engineering Society has launched a new blog-format website designed to educate the public about good lighting.

The site, produced by IES and written by myself and industry writer Susan Bloom, contains numerous short posts about lighting basics and how to apply good lighting practices in the home.

Check it out here.

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LED Rebate Programs Proliferate

Originally published in TED Magazine, April 2012. More than $5 billion in commercial lighting rebates are offered in nearly eighty percent of the United States, according to Leendert Jan Enthoven,…

Originally published in TED Magazine, April 2012.

More than $5 billion in commercial lighting rebates are offered in nearly eighty percent of the United States, according to Leendert Jan Enthoven, president of Briteswitch, LLC, a firm that locates, optimizes and does all the paperwork to obtain rebates, incentives and grants for commercial end-users. In 2012, more than 800 LED product rebates programs are being offered, a 39 percent increase over June 2011.

In 2010, U.S. electric incentive program budgets were $5.4 billion, up from $4.4 billion in 2009, according to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. Budgets for 2011 have not been formally assessed yet, but were expected to increase over 2010.

“While overall program budgets are up, last year we saw an unprecedented number of rebate and incentive programs exhaust their available funds before the year ended,” says Enthoven. “Some of these organizations ran out of money more than six months before the deadline. Increased program utilization due to lamp regulations contributed to these program funds being depleted so quickly. With customers scrambling to upgrade their lighting before new legislation takes effect later this year, funds are going to be even more likely to run out of money in 2012.”

LED products qualify for more than 800 rebate and incentive programs, with a greater portion of prescriptive rebates for specific types of products. For example, 286 programs incentivize LED replacement lamps, with an average rebate of $12/lamp, and 342 incentivize LED downlight fixtures, with an average rebate of $21/downlight, according to the Briteswitch database (see the Table for the most popular product rebates). More than 60 percent of LED replacement lamp rebates require ENERGY STAR certification, and 20 percent or programs incentivizing LED fixtures require Design Lights Consortium approval and listing in the Qualified Products List.

“The most common LED lighting product rebate among all the incentive programs is the LED downlight fixture,” says Enthoven. “This popularity is due to the fact that ENERGY STAR qualifications for this type of fixture were available much sooner than other LED technologies, which prompted earlier adoption by programs. LED replacement lamps, accent lighting and parking garage fixtures are also rapidly gaining acceptance in prescriptive incentive programs.”

He adds that the most popular LED lighting product in the past year has been the replacement lamp, with rebates ranging from $2 to $50/lamp. “The price and performance of these lamps have now gotten to the point where they are receiving acceptance in the marketplace and when rebates are factored in, allow for an attractive payback period for many customers,” he points out.

Interestingly, the average rebate per LED product is declining. For example, the average rebate for LED replacement lamps declined by 18 percent since June 2011, while the incentive for LED recessed downlights declined by 11 percent. These reductions are mostly due to the cost of LEDs coming down in the past year, which means less incentive money is needed to make these solutions financially attractive, says Enthoven.

“The rebate process can be very tricky and time consuming for many distributors,” he adds. “The best recommendation is to understand their local programs as best as possible. Often, utilities or other rebate providers will have seminars to train local reps about the program requirements and how they work. While these sessions help distributors on a regional basis, it becomes impossible when working on national projects dealing with hundreds of programs, and that’s when distributors usually turn to us for help.”

Table. LED rebate and incentive programs in 2012. Source: Briteswitch, LLC.

Type of LED Product

Number of Prescriptive Rebate Programs

Average Rebate/Product

Replacement Lamps

286

$12.00

Downlight Fixtures

342

$21.00

Accent Lighting (Track Head) Fixtures

73

$55.00

High-Bay Fixtures

118

$95.50

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Department of Energy Approves Exemption for Halco 700 Series T8 Lamps

The Department of Energy Office of Hearings and Appeals has granted Halco Lighting Technologies a two-year exemption relief for certain T8 fluorescent lamps from the efficiency regulations that went into…

The Department of Energy Office of Hearings and Appeals has granted Halco Lighting Technologies a two-year exemption relief for certain T8 fluorescent lamps from the efficiency regulations that went into effect on July 14, 2012, according to the company. This decision permits Halco to continue to manufacture its 700 Series T8 general service fluorescent lamps until July 14, 2014. With this decision, Halco joins Philips, OSRAM SYLVANIA and GE Lighting, which have also been granted an exemption.

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