Archive for 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 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 […]

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 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 […]

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 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 […]

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, 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 […]

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 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 […]

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 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 […]

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 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 […]

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

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 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 […]

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 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. […]