Archive for September 2013

Product Monday: Seem 4 LED by Focal Point

Focal Point’s Seem 4 LED is a linear recessed system with a 4-in. profile offering ready installation in grid and drywall, ceilings and walls, independent or in continuous rows. Linear LED boards create seamless lines of light without pixels or shadows, and a molded end lens neatly finishes each luminaire to prevent light leakage. Check […]

Positive Trend Continues for Architecture Billings Index

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) saw a jump of more than a full point in July 2013, indicating acceleration in the growth of design activity nationally. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of […]

Is It Time to License the Lighting Design Profession?

In the August 2013 issue of LD+A, Jody Good makes the case that growing complexity in the lighting industry is creating a compelling imperative for licensing lighting designers. Check it out here. What do you think?

New Metal Halide Luminaire Energy Conservation Standards in the Works

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking regarding energy conservation standards for metal halide luminaires. 78 FR 51463 (August 20, 2013). The deadline for public comments is October 21, 2013. You can submit comments here.

Lights Out for T12 Rebates?

Utility rebates targeting T12 fluorescent lighting systems are fading. From 2012 to 2013, the average prescriptive rebate for a T12 to T8 lamp and ballast retrofit decreased by 16%. In 2014, they will likely continue to decrease and may disappear altogether. Briteswitch has the story here.

Product Monday: LEDioc LED Retrofit Lamps by EYE Lighting

EYE Lighting International’s LEDioc LED retrofit lamps are designed to provide simple and easy field retrofit from an HID to LED light source in post-top and pendant luminaires. EYE estimates there are more than 2 million luminaires of these types in service in the USA, with hundreds of thousands annually requiring retrofit. The 37W EYE […]

DOE Publishes Fact Sheet on LED Product Lifetime and Reliability

Long life has been promoted as a key advantage of LEDs, but understanding and communicating how LED products fail and how long they last is essential. The U.S. Department of Energy has published a new SSL Technology Fact Sheet, Lifetime and Reliability, to help users understand typical causes for LED product failures, the difference between […]

Jim Brodrick on New DOE Report Estimating LED Savings in Common Lighting Applications

Republication of Postings from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solid-State Lighting Program by Jim Brodrick, U.S. Department of Energy DOE has released a much-anticipated new report that estimates the savings from using SSL in applications where LEDs compete with traditional sources. Entitled Adoption of Light-Emitting Diodes in Common Lighting Applications, the report not only […]

LRC to Host Photometry Institute October 8-9, 2013

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will hold the Photometry Institute October 8-9, 2013 in Troy, NY. This two-day, hands-on seminar teaches industry professionals about the latest developments in photometric testing and evaluation, including new testing requirements for solid-state light sources and systems. Engineers, technicians, testing personnel, product developers and designers from […]

LIGHTFAIR Extends Deadline for 2014 Call for Speakers to September 23

Due to demand, the LIGHTFAIR International 2014 Call for Speakers has been extended through Monday, September 23. The 2014 Conference curriculum will champion integrated design as a central theme linking all courses, workshops and seminars in common focus to illustrate how technology, tools, problem-solving and inspiration converge in contemporary practice. Courses range in level (general, […]