Month: November 2013

IES Publishes Recommended Practice for Daylighting Buildings

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) recently published Recommended Practice for Daylighting Buildings (RP-5-13). This Recommended Practice module includes the most up-to-date data on the many benefits of daylighting, including energy…

daylightingThe Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) recently published Recommended Practice for Daylighting Buildings (RP-5-13).

This Recommended Practice module includes the most up-to-date data on the many benefits of daylighting, including energy savings of 40-50% or more.

It also offers information and expertise on daylight delivery methods, glazing systems, shading techniques, control strategies and daylight performance simulation tools.

Click here to learn more.

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HID Lamp Indexes Continue to Hover Near Record Lows

NEMA’s indexes for HID lamp shipments continued to hover near historical low levels during 2013Q2. The index for mercury vapor lamp shipments continued to track downward, declining by 8.2% on…

NEMA’s indexes for HID lamp shipments continued to hover near historical low levels during 2013Q2. The index for mercury vapor lamp shipments continued to track downward, declining by 8.2% on a year-over-year (y/y) basis. Likewise, shipments of metal halide lamps fell 6.4% y/y, landing at the second lowest level in the series history. Sodium vapor was the lone HID index segment to show improvement. Following four consecutive quarters of y/y declines, the index stabilized during 2013 Q2 by registering a gain of 0.4%.

Shifts in in the market shares held by the each lamp type were marginal during the quarter. Sodium vapor lamps increased their share by 0.9 percentage points to 33.2%. Shares of mercury vapor and metal halide lamps decreased to 4.2% and 62.6%, respectively.

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Lighting Research Center’s NLPIP Releases Report on Plasma Lighting Systems

The National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) recently released its latest publication, Lighting Answers: Plasma Lighting Systems. Plasma lighting systems, also known…

LAPlasma_tn135The National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) recently released its latest publication, Lighting Answers: Plasma Lighting Systems.

Plasma lighting systems, also known as electrodeless high-intensity discharge, light-emitting plasma, high-efficiency plasma, or advanced plasma lighting, are emerging in the marketplace primarily for high-bay and outdoor lighting applications. Many specifiers and others involved with lighting technologies have heard of plasma lighting systems, but would like more information on how plasma compares with other light sources, regarding performance characteristics such as light output, system efficacy, color characteristics, lumen maintenance, and rated life.

Lighting Answers: Plasma Lighting Systems provides straightforward information on these performance characteristics and others such as operating orientation, dimming, warm-up and restrike times, electromagnetic compatibility, and ultraviolet radiation. The report details findings from NLPIP’s study of plasma lighting systems, conducted from 2012 to 2013, and responses from a survey of more than 300 lighting specifiers who provided their opinions on the application of plasma lighting systems and information on any installations they had evaluated.

Key findings include:

· Purchasing plasma lighting systems can be difficult.

· The tested plasma lighting systems have system efficacies comparable to conventional sources used for high-bay and outdoor lighting applications.

· The tested plasma lighting systems have color rendering characteristics comparable to conventional sources although they have a greenish-white tint.

· The tested plasma lighting systems could be dimmed but dimming impacts color and system efficacy.

The report was sponsored by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Read it here.

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Product Monday: UR Series LED Upgrade Kit by Cree

Designed as an LED retrofit solution for linear fluorescent luminaires, Cree’s UR Series LED Upgrade Kit operates at 102 lumens/W. Available in 2- and 4-ft. lengths and various lamp configurations,…

creeDesigned as an LED retrofit solution for linear fluorescent luminaires, Cree’s UR Series LED Upgrade Kit operates at 102 lumens/W.

Available in 2- and 4-ft. lengths and various lamp configurations, the UR Series features simple installation in virtually any linear fluorescent luminaire due to a unique magnet design, quick connect and form-fitted driver.

For a 2×4 luminaire, the 44W kit delivers 4,500 lumens; for a 2×2 luminaire, the 36W kit delivers 3,600 lumens. CRI of 80, 3500K or 4000K, step dimming to 50%. Seven-year warranty.

Learn more here.

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North American EBCIs Indicate Improving Conditions in October

After a hiatus of several months, NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America is back. The EBCI measured 56.3 in October, down slightly from 56.7…

After a hiatus of several months, NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America is back. The EBCI measured 56.3 in October, down slightly from 56.7 in June, the last time the index was released, but still showing signs of improvement in the business environment. Respondents remained optimistic on balance regarding confidence in future business despite a fall in the October EBCI for North American conditions six months forward to 71.9 from 83.3 in June.

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Career Opportunity: Energy Management Specialist with OSRAM SYLVANIA

Energy Management Specialist- 10235 SYLVANIA LIGHTING SERVICES (SLS), a subsidiary of OSRAM SYLVANIA, is the largest lighting energy retrofit provider in North America. We offer energy management programs featuring the…

OSRAM SYLVANIAEnergy Management Specialist- 10235

SYLVANIA LIGHTING SERVICES (SLS), a subsidiary of OSRAM SYLVANIA, is the largest lighting energy retrofit provider in North America. We offer energy management programs featuring the most current and efficient lighting and controls technologies for interior, exterior, and sign lighting systems as well as full Building Management and Energy Management solutions specifically designed to meet each customers needs. Whether it is audit and design or energy efficiency, SLS has the expertise and resources to provide state-of-the-art energy solutions to meet each customers sustainability requirements.

PURPOSE
Supports the sales force in Energy Management System and SSL consultations with customers. Works to determine desired controls strategy and recommends potential solutions

REQUIREMENTS:
• Work with OSI controls and systems partners and other manufacturers on joint retrofit and controls opportunities.
• Ensure that projects are properly documented, in terms of controls and strategy to ensure that SLS installation and commissioning Scopes of Work are clear and concise.
• Serves as a liaison between SLS and third party manufacturers.
• Function as technical support liaison to Operations for National controls projects or control projects requiring advanced system understanding.
• Trains and supports branch personnel as required including on-site installation and commissioning support.
• Aids in the design and documentation of turnkey SLS controls sales, in conjunction with the SLS design group.
• Aids in the development and implementation of all Measurement and Verification (M&V) requirements for performance contracts and Utility rebate programs.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelors degree in Engineering, Energy Management, or Computer Science discipline.
• 5+ years of related experience is desired with significant experience in lighting service and project industry.
• Measurement and verification experience in a performance contract or Utility rebate environment.
• AutoCAD, SAP, and a high-degree of proficiency with MS Office and basic electrical knowledge and experience with Utility Rebate programs are desirable.

Along with a highly competitive salary, OSI offers full medical benefits, matching 401K, extensive wellness programs and tuition reimbursement. Our location offers a business casual environment, free parking, an on-site cafeteria, on-site fitness center with classes and a great working environment. If you are thinking about an exciting change and challenge this is the place to be!
OSRAM SYLVANIA wishes to deal directly with our best and brightest candidates.

We do not work with third party recruiters.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourage all candidates to apply directly to our site.

Click here to apply now.

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Career Opportunity: Business Development Manager for OSRAM SYLVANIA

Business Development Manager- 10227 SYLVANIA LIGHTING SERVICES (SLS), a subsidiary of OSRAM SYLVANIA, is the largest lighting energy retrofit provider in North America. We offer energy management programs featuring the…

OSRAM SYLVANIABusiness Development Manager- 10227

SYLVANIA LIGHTING SERVICES (SLS), a subsidiary of OSRAM SYLVANIA, is the largest lighting energy retrofit provider in North America. We offer energy management programs featuring the most current and efficient lighting and controls technologies for interior, exterior, and sign lighting systems as well as full Building Management and Energy Management solutions specifically designed to meet each customer’s needs. Whether it is audit and design or energy efficiency, SLS has the expertise and resources to provide state-of-the-art energy solutions to meet each customer’s sustainability requirements.

PURPOSE
To support the sales force in Performance Contracts, Energy Management System and Lighting consultations with customers. The successful candidate will work with customers to determine the desired energy savings strategies and make recommendations on viable system solutions and Performance Contract parameters.

LOCATION
This position can be located anywhere in the continental United States.

REQUIREMENTS:
• Strategically identify and pre-qualify high potential customers for the sale of energy savings performance contracts.
• Aide in the development and implementation of all Performance Contracting M&V strategies and requirements
• Technically support the sales team, contract review, and M&V services to develop, propose, implement and manage all Performance Contract and control systems projects.
• Work with OSI controls systems partners and other manufacturers on joint retrofit and controls opportunities.
• Ensure that joint projects are properly documented, in terms of controls strategy so that installation and commissioning Scopes of Work are clear and concise.
• Serve as a liaison between SLS and third party manufacturers.
• Develop and execute business development strategies to achieve sales and revenue objectives.
• Build and sustain comprehensive knowledge and understanding of OSI product and service offerings.
• Make recommendations to management regarding opportunities to accelerate and maximize sales.
• Cultivate and foster customer relationships.
• Function as a technical support liaison to operations for national controls projects or controls projects requiring advanced system understanding.
• Train and support branch personnel as required including on-site installation and commissioning support.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelors degree in Engineering, Energy Management, or Computer Science discipline; Masters a plus.
• 5 – 8 years of related experience is desired with significant experience in Performance Contracting, energy, and the lighting project industry.
• AutoCAD, SAP, and a high-degree of proficiency with MS Office and basic electrical knowledge and experience with Utility Rebate programs are desirable.
• High degree of proficiency in Performance Contracting business development and PC risk management and M&V protocols.
Along with a highly competitive salary, OSI offers full medical benefits, matching 401K, extensive wellness programs and tuition reimbursement. If you are thinking about an exciting change and challenge this is the place to be!

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Energy Center of Wisconsin Offers Online Lighting Courses

The Energy Center of Wisconsin offers a wide range of online education courses, including a number of lighting courses, with topics ranging from daylighting to specifying LED products. Check out…

online-learning-keyboard2The Energy Center of Wisconsin offers a wide range of online education courses, including a number of lighting courses, with topics ranging from daylighting to specifying LED products.

Check out the course listing here. Note some courses present a cost for either viewing or getting education credit.

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Architecture Billings Index Surges Higher

Showing a steady increase in the demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) continues to accelerate, as it reached its second highest level of the year. As a…

Showing a steady increase in the demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) continues to accelerate, as it reached its second highest level of the year. 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 September ABI score was 54.3, up from a mark of 53.8 in August. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.6, down from the reading of 63.0 the previous month.

“The prolonged economic downturn that has affected the design and construction industry has actually resulted in the increased productivity levels as reported by architecture firms,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “ In addition to new approaches to business challenges, a very competitive marketplace, the utilization of new technologies, and a renewed focus on efficiency have architecture firms realizing all-time highs in workplace productivity, and these new efficiencies can greatly benefit clients from a project timeline and budget standpoint.”

Key September ABI highlights:

• Regional averages: West (60.6), South (54.1), Midwest (51.0), Northeast (50.7)

• Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (57.9), multi-family residential (55.6), mixed practice (55.4), institutional (50.4)

• Project inquiries index: 58.6

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DOE Publishes New Report on Color Stability of LED Lighting Products

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a new report, Color Maintenance of LEDs in Laboratory and Field Applications. Although concern for parametric failure of LED lighting products has…

color-shift_gatewayThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a new report, Color Maintenance of LEDs in Laboratory and Field Applications. Although concern for parametric failure of LED lighting products has largely been focused on lumen maintenance, color shift is a cause of early failure for some products, especially in applications where visual appearance is critical.

The report discusses field data from DOE’s GATEWAY program showing that many LED lamps installed in museums have changed color beyond a reasonable tolerance well before their rated lifetimes were reached, and laboratory data from DOE’s CALiPER program indicating that many early LED products shifted beyond acceptable tolerances in as short a span of time as a few thousand hours. But it also notes that testing of the L Prize®-winning lamp has shown that commercially available LED products can have exemplary color stability unmatched by traditional light sources.

The report discusses the metrics used for communicating color shift, and provides guidance for end users on how to monitor chromaticity and what to look for in manufacturer warranties. Also covered are the physical changes that have been shown to lead to color shift in some types of LED packages. As with lamps and luminaires, the data presented for LED packages shows that a wide variety of products are available. In order for specifiers and consumers to make educated choices, more detailed and standardized information is necessary.

Read it here.

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