Archive for November 2014

Chris Brown on the Pain of Change in Lighting Distribution

Chris Brown, CEO of Wiedenbach-Brown, recently penned an interesting perspective on how change in the lighting industry may impact lighting distributors. The article begins: Five years ago, we were in the light bulb business. Today we’re in the semiconductor business. Five years ago, we were dealing with three lamp companies. Today we’re dealing with a […]

Current Conditions EBCI Rebounds in October, but Future Conditions Index Slides

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America improved to 58.3 in October as the share of panelists reporting improved conditions rose by a larger amount than the share reporting they worsened. Meanwhile, the EBCI for future North American conditions fell for a second consecutive month in October, dropping to 55.6.

Calgary Tower Gets New LED Lighting

The Calgary Tower, an iconic symbol in my adopted city of Calgary, recently got new LED lighting that is impressing people across the city with impressive colorful light shows occurring each day from 5AM to sunrise and nightly from dusk to midnight. There are three luminaires on the roof, 12 on the crown, and 24 […]

Producing Light with Carbon Nanotubes

Even as the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics recognizes LEDs as the single most significant and disruptive energy-efficient lighting solution of today, scientists around the world continue to search for a better light bulb. Enter carbon electronics. Scientists from Tohoku University in Japan have developed a new type of energy-efficient flat light source based on […]

Product Monday: Stream by Prudential Lighting

Prudential’s Stream provides a slot lighting option with a “barely there” presence that radiates light seemingly from nowhere. Luminaires can be joined, without seams, for an uninterrupted line of light. No lens. Trimless mud-over flange for a sleek and minimalist fit. Click here to learn more.

Lighting Industry Roundup

The Designers Lighting Forum of New England (DLFNE) recently hosted the 2014 Boston Lights Exposition presented by Platinum Sponsor ESS Lighting. The New England lighting trade show welcomed over 1,100 guests from as far away as Ghana and featured the latest in architectural lighting products and accredited seminars by renowned lighting specialists. With more than […]

Webinar on 2014 NGL Indoor Design Competition Winners – Lessons Learned for Building Managers

On Thursday, December 4, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance will host a 60-minute live webinar about the Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) Design Competition and what building managers can learn from the extensive process used to select NGL-winning products. In its seventh year, NGL continues to showcase excellence in LED luminaire design and […]

IES Conference Highlights

The IES Annual Conference in Pittsburgh was held November 2-4. Click here to see the sponsors. Here are some highlights courtesy of IES: Keynote speakers: Neil deGrasse Tyson led a lineup of four keynote speakers who framed their talks around the themes of Imagination, Integration, Inspiration and Illumination, the conference themes. Click here to learn […]

My Interview with Hubbell Lighting’s Chris Bailey

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Chris Bailey, LC, LEED AP BD+C, DDI, MIES, Director, Lighting Solutions Center, Hubbell Lighting, for an article I’m writing for TED Magazine about how solid-state lighting is impacting luminaire design. I’m happy to share it with you here. DiLouie: How would you characterize demand for LED luminaires in […]


ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING recently published an article by Alice Liao, whom I had the pleasure of working with back when I ran the magazine, that describes the importance of luminaire optics in capturing the true light and energy savings potential of the LED light source. Click here to read, “LEDs: Understanding Optical Performance.”