Month: 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…

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.

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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…

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 Architects (AIA) reported the July ABI score was 52.7, up from a mark of 51.6 in June. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 66.7, up dramatically from the reading of 62.6 the previous month.

“There continues to be encouraging signs that the design and construction industry continues to improve,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “But we also hear a wide mix of business conditions all over the country, ranging from outstanding and booming to slowly improving to flat. In fact, plenty of architecture firms are reporting very weak business conditions as well, so it is premature to declare the entire sector has entered an expansion phase.”

Key July ABI highlights:

• Regional averages: Northeast (54.3), South (54.2), West (51.1), Midwest (50.8)

• Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (56.9), commercial / industrial (54.2), multi-family residential (53.3), institutional (50.6)

• Project inquiries index: 66.4

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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…

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?

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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…

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.

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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…

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.

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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…

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 LEDioc lamp, consuming only 42 system watts, comes complete with a driver and surge protector, and can be applied in 120V through 277V systems. The 5000K model provides 44000 initial lumens, 70 CRI and 106 lumens/watt. The 3000K model provides 3,100 initial lumens, 85 CRI and 75 lumens per watt. Both feature 70% lumen maintenance at 50,000 hours of life.

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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…

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 lifetime and reliability, and methods for measuring and reporting lifetime and reliability.

LED system performance is more affected by interactions between system components than most conventional lighting systems. The failure of any system component—not just the array of LED packages, but also the electronics, thermal management, optics, wires, connectors, or seals, for example—can lead to product failure.

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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…

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 estimates how much energy is being saved due to current levels of LED penetration, but also projects what the savings would be if those markets switched completely to LEDs from incandescent, halogen, high-pressure sodium, and certain types of fluorescent sources.

Nine lighting applications were selected for analysis, based on interviews with lighting designers, retailers, and manufacturers. These stakeholders were asked to provide guidance on emerging market trends and potential growth for LED usage, and to indicate the most common and most energy-saving LED lighting applications in use today, as well as those applications that have the most to benefit from converting to SSL in terms of improvement to efficiency and overall lighting performance.

The selected applications were classified into three groups: indoor lamps, indoor luminaires, and outdoor luminaires. For indoor lamps, four applications were analyzed: A-type, directional, MR16, and decorative. The indoor luminaires included downlight, troffer and other common fluorescent fixtures, and high-bay, and the outdoor luminaires included streetlight and parking lot/garage.

In those applications, roughly 49 million LED lamps and luminaires were installed in 2012, saving approximately 71 trillion British thermal units (tBtu), which is equivalent to an annual energy cost savings of about $675 million. That single amount from 2012 alone far exceeds DOE’s total SSL program investment of $270 million over the past 10 years. What’s more, if those nine markets switched entirely to LEDs overnight, the annual source energy savings would approach 3,873 tBtu (nearly 3.9 quads), saving close to $37 billion in annual energy costs and representing approximately half of the country’s lighting energy consumption last year.

This makes DOE’s SSL program a shining example of tax dollars well spent (pun intended), since there are millions of LED lighting products on the market that have DOE-funded R&D in them — and even those that aren’t based on DOE R&D benefit indirectly from our SSL market-based programs, such as LED Lighting Facts® and CALiPER, which provide “guardrails” to help avoid the kinds of pitfalls that plagued CFLs when they were first introduced. What’s more, DOE-sponsored SSL design competitions, such as L Prize ® and Next Generation Luminaires, spur the industry to higher performance.

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Based on the 2012 lighting inventory, LED market adoption, annual operating hours, and wattage per lamp/luminaire, the new report is the fourth iteration in a series that dates back to 2003 and is widely used by manufacturers and utilities. Previous versions of the report were entitled Energy Savings Estimates of LEDs in Niche Lighting Applications and also included analyses of colored-light and consumer-electronics applications, which are no longer analyzed because LEDs for those applications have generally matured and reached market saturation.

Even though there were more LED A-type installations in 2012 (nearly 20 million, representing 41 percent of all LED installations), LED directional lamps provided the greatest energy savings of any of the nine applications. That’s because LED directional lamps — including PAR, BR, and R lamps — are mainly installed in commercial buildings and thus have significantly longer operating hours than LED A-type lamps, which are split equally between residential and commercial installations. Thus the 11.4 million directional lamps, which comprised 23 percent of all LED installations, provided 24 tBtu of energy savings per year (34 percent of the total LED energy savings realized for 2012), compared with 22 tBtu for A-type lamps (31 percent of the total electricity savings).

LED downlight fixtures and MR16 lamps also provided considerable energy savings, between them representing about 18 percent of the total savings and accounting for 21 percent of all LED installations. All together, the other applications — including decorative lamps, troffers and other common fluorescent fixtures, high-bay, and parking and streetlight luminaires — accounted for about 18 percent of the 2012 energy savings and about 15 percent of the total installations.

LED MR16 lamps had the highest LED penetration rate of any of the applications analyzed, representing about 10 percent of all MR16 installations in the U.S. The penetration rate of LED directional lamps was also among the highest, with an estimated 4.6 percent of all directional sockets having LED installations. By contrast, LEDs comprised less than one percent of A-type installations. The installation of LEDs increased in all nine of the applications over the previous few years. The biggest growth was seen in directional lamps, which went from 0.1 million in 2009 to 11.4 million last year — increasing by a factor of about 100. Over that same period, A-type lamps (from 0.4 million to 19.9 million) and MR16s (from 0.1 million to 4.8 million) both grew by roughly a factor of 50. The explosion in market penetration for these types of lamps was due to improvements in technology, coupled with the sheer numbers of installed sockets for those applications.

There are significant opportunities for energy savings across the markets analyzed. A total savings of about 1,146 tBtu per year is available in troffer and other common fluorescent fixture applications, followed by 822 tBtu in A-type, and 483 tBtu in high-bay. The high potential for LED lighting in troffer and high-bay applications stems from the vast efficiency improvements seen in both of these luminaire products, as well as the significant number of fixtures available for replacement and the high average operating hours. A-type lamps still hold significant energy savings potential due to the sheer numbers (well over three billion A-type lamps available for replacement with LED A-type products). Combined, LED troffer, high-bay fixture, and A-type lamp applications represent 63 percent of the total estimated energy saving potential.

If anything, this estimate of potential savings is understated, because it’s based on LED technology at peak 2012 performance levels, whereas because of continuing improvements, as more market share is captured in the future, the LED technology adopted will likely have better performance characteristics and contribute to even more significant energy savings. To see the full report, please visit www.ssl.energy.gov/tech_reports.html.

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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…

photometryThe 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 lighting and related industries will come away with the knowledge and skills needed to establish and conduct photometric testing and evaluation of a wide range of lighting products and systems.

The Institute is held at the LRC’s extensive photometric laboratories, accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP lab code: 200480-0).

Participants will earn 2 CEUs and will receive a continuing education certificate in Photometry.

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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…

lightfairDue 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, foundational, intermediate and advanced) and length (90-minute seminars, 3-hour workshops, 1-day courses and 2-day courses).

Click here to learn more and submit a proposal.

For LIGHTFAIR International 2014, the Pre-Conference program will take place from Sunday, June 1 – Monday, June 2, 2014 and the LFI Trade Show and Conference will run from Tuesday, June 3 – Thursday, June 5, 2014.

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