Month: October 2012

Fulham Wins Two TED Magazine Best of the Best Marketing Awards

The Electrical Distributor (TED), the official publication of the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED), has honored Fulham Co., Inc. with two 2012 Best of the Best Marketing Awards for…

The Electrical Distributor (TED), the official publication of the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED), has honored Fulham Co., Inc. with two 2012 Best of the Best Marketing Awards for its COMPREHENSIVE LIGHTING GUIDE. This global catalog won in both the Publication and the Literature/Selling Tool categories.

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Product Monday: LRD LED Retrofit Downlight by LumenOptix

LumenOptix has introduced its LED Retrofit Downlight Luminaire (LRD), a modular LED retrofit solution that enables a downlight of any make, model, or size to enjoy an upgrade in just…

LumenOptix has introduced its LED Retrofit Downlight Luminaire (LRD), a modular LED retrofit solution that enables a downlight of any make, model, or size to enjoy an upgrade in just minutes to LED technology. In addition to the benefits of LED technology such as energy savings, the product promises good lighting quality, optimized cut-off, precise beam control and consistent, glare-free light distribution. Dimming available to 10% via 0-10VDC or line-voltage dimming (if control gear is already installed in existing luminaire). The LRD can be easily installed into existing wired rough-in kits from below the ceiling in just minutes without the need for tools, cutting or mess.

LumenOptix LRD

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Lighting Rebates Enjoying Upswing

Rebates and incentives offered by electric utilities and regional energy-efficiency organizations are currently enjoying a major upswing, providing a significant resource that can reduce the cost of investing in energy-efficient…

Rebates and incentives offered by electric utilities and regional energy-efficiency organizations are currently enjoying a major upswing, providing a significant resource that can reduce the cost of investing in energy-efficient lighting.

According to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), energy-efficiency rebate and incentive programs reached $6.8 billion in 2011, up 26% from 2010 ($5.4 billion) and 55% from 2009 ($4.4 billion). Utilities and other organizations now offer programs covering approximately 80% of the United States.

That’s the topic of an article I wrote for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, which was published in its August 2012 issue and is available to read free online here.

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DOE Releases CALiPER Application Summary Report 16

The U.S. Department of Energy has completed Series 16 of testing through the DOE Solid-State Lighting CALiPER program. A summary of the results is now available for download on the…

The U.S. Department of Energy has completed Series 16 of testing through the DOE Solid-State Lighting CALiPER program. A summary of the results is now available for download on the DOE SSL website here.

Report 16 analyzes the performance of a group of 13 LED products labeled as BR30 or R30 lamps. Results show substantial improvement versus earlier CALiPER testing of similar products, and that many of the LED lamps could be effective replacements for conventional directional lamps in the right application. The report also indicates the need for a broader range of LED lamps within product families in terms of lumen output and distribution type, and questions the adequacy of existing reflector lamp categories for LED products.

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The Limits of BUG

Ian Ashdown, P. Eng., FIES, Senior Software Engineer for Lighting Analysts Inc., wrote an interesting whitepaper, Classifying Outdoor Luminaires: The Limits of BUG, available for free download here. The abstract:…

Ian Ashdown, P. Eng., FIES, Senior Software Engineer for Lighting Analysts Inc., wrote an interesting whitepaper, Classifying Outdoor Luminaires: The Limits of BUG, available for free download here.

The abstract:

“The IES BUG rating system is useful for classifying outdoor luminaires when considering light trespass, sky glow, and glare in accordance with the Joint IDA-IES Model Lighting Ordinance (MLO). However, there are limits to what can be measured in the laboratory. Luminaires with uplight ratings of U0 or U1 or a glare rating of G0 may require further analysis when comparing manufacturers’ products.”

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Product Monday: Emergency LED Driver for Linear LED Strip Luminaires by Bodine

Philips Emergency Lighting has introduced the BSL310 Emergency LED Driver for linear LED strip fixtures. The BSL310 allows users to convert linear LED strip fixtures into code-compliant emergency lighting. The…

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Philips Emergency Lighting has introduced the BSL310 Emergency LED Driver for linear LED strip fixtures. The BSL310 allows users to convert linear LED strip fixtures into code-compliant emergency lighting. The BSL310 is compatible with strips from a variety of manufactures, is Class 2 compliant, offers a 90-minute runtime and provides up to 1300 lumens in emergency mode. It operates an LED load with a rated stack voltage range of 10-50 VDC. The unit is UL Recognized for factory installation only. Conduit and non-conduit models are available.

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Ledalite Celebrates 30 Years

This year marks Philips Ledalite’s 30th year of business. Established in 1982–with its humble beginnings with 20 employees working in a 1500-sq.ft. garage–Philips Ledalite has become a leading manufacturer of…

This year marks Philips Ledalite’s 30th year of business. Established in 1982–with its humble beginnings with 20 employees working in a 1500-sq.ft. garage–Philips Ledalite has become a leading manufacturer of quality, high performance lighting. Today, the company occupies a 210,000-sq.ft. state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, producing over 30 different product lines which offer more than 2 billion product configurations, and employs 305 people in over 20 countries, speaking 24 different languages.

Happy Birthday, Ledalite!

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Economic Downturn Cut Architecture Firm Revenue by 40 Percent, Employment by Almost a Third

Since the beginning of the recession in early 2008, architecture firms have collectively seen their revenue drop by 40% and have had to cut personnel by nearly a third. Despite…

Since the beginning of the recession in early 2008, architecture firms have collectively seen their revenue drop by 40% and have had to cut personnel by nearly a third. Despite a national recovery from the recession in 2009, construction activity continued to spiral downward, according to the recently released 2012 AIA Firm Survey, now available for purchase at the AIA Store.

Total construction spending levels, which exceeded $1 trillion in 2008, fell to under $800 billion in 2011. As a result, gross revenue at architecture firms declined from more than $44 billion in 2008 to $26 billion by 2011, a 40% decline over this three-year period.

Such a significant reduction in firm revenue produced a comparable reduction in employment. Construction payrolls peaked in early 2007 and steadily declined through mid-2011 due to the housing downturn. Since then, there has been very little recovery. Positions at architecture firms have generally followed the path of the broader construction industry. Due to the heavy reliance of architecture firms on nonresidential construction activity, payroll positions continued to grow through mid-2008. But at that point they dropped sharply through early 2011 and have not recovered much since. Between 2007 and 2011, more than 28% of positions at architecture firms disappeared, more than erasing the 18% increase in architecture positions seen during the 2003–2007 upturn.

The general downsizing of firms has also produced a change in staff compositions. In the 2009 AIA “Business of Architecture” report, 60 percent of payroll positions were architecture positions (including interns and students), 21 percent were other design professionals (with engineers and interior designers accounting for the largest shares), and the remaining 19 percent were technical and support staff. By the beginning of 2012, these proportions had changed significantly. The largest losses were in technical and nontechnical staff, positions that generally were not directly billable on projects. Architecture staff positions increased their share somewhat over this period, while the share of other design professionals remained essentially unchanged.

Other key finds from the 2012 AIA Firm Survey:

• S Corporations is the most common legal structure at firms

• The number of LEED APs on staff nearly doubled in the last three years

• The share of firm billings from renovations, rehabilitations, additions, and other construction projects increased substantially in the last three years

• More than two-thirds of international billings in the last three years were from projects in Asia, the Middle East, or Latin America

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New Efficient Lighting and Controls Design Certification? Take the NALCAC Survey

Update: I’ve been hearing some people had problems opening the survey link. Not sure what the problem might be, but everything is testing out here on Windows 7 with both…

Update: I’ve been hearing some people had problems opening the survey link. Not sure what the problem might be, but everything is testing out here on Windows 7 with both Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome. The link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NALCAC_JA_SURVEY.

On behalf of the Lighting Controls Association, I have been supporting the efforts of an exploratory committee investigating the utility of a new design certification related to energy-efficient lighting and controls. To get as much input as possible from the industry on this certification, the committee is pleased to invite LightNOW’s visitors and more than 17,000 monthly subscribers to take a short survey.

The below letter from Jim Benya provides more detail:

From James R. Benya, PE, FIES, FIALD, director of the Advanced Lighting Design Program at the CLTC:

Under the leadership and interim Project Management of Southern California Edison, the National Advanced Lighting and Controls Applications Certification (NALCAC) project is now underway. The goal of the project is to develop a new national lighting education and certification program that ensures that providers of professional services in lighting applications are capable of creating and implementing advanced projects that properly apply efficient lighting and lighting controls system. The project is modeled on the experience-based outcome of the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP) in which program graduates consistently achieved significantly better results than the prevailing normal work on advanced lighting controls.

The National Advanced Lighting and Controls Applications Certification (NALCAC) is seen as being in addition to existing certifications and/or licenses such as LC or PE. This is a natural progression planned when the NCQLP was founded, and with the dramatic acceleration in the development of solid state lighting as well as the dire need to dramatically reduce energy use, it is time for this advanced certification program.

Currently, two major tasks are being undertaken. The Body of Knowledge Committee, led by Fred Oberkircher, has been working to produce a new Body of Knowledge report that will serve as the basis of the certification process. The Jobs Analysis Committee, led by Bernie Bauer, has been working to produce a new jobs analysis that will be used to inform both the Curriculum Committee, which will start early next year, and the Test Committee, which will start in spring, 2013.

Bernie and the Jobs Analysis Committee are charged with creating a state of the art, current jobs analysis for those who apply lighting. This includes those who design lighting as well as those who lay-out and plan everyday lighting systems. Like NCQLP and the LC, the NALCAC certification will cross boundaries of job title, society memberships and employment situation. It is very important that the committee understands all of the technical and application duties of advanced lighting and controls. This is where you can help.

Please take a few minutes to participate in the NALCAC survey. Your input will be used to create the best possible list of jobs and duties, and to weigh them for teaching and testing purposes. The entire lighting industry will benefit from this work and your contribution.

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