Archive for March 2015

Architecture Billings Index Improves in February

After its first negative score in ten months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) showed a nominal increase in design activity in February, and has been positive 10 out of the past 12 months. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate 9- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and […]

Product Monday: MediaGlas by Traxon Technologies

Traxon Technologies has introduced MediaGlas through a partnership with Galaxy Glass & Stone. MediaGlas is a highly customizable line of monolithic and laminated architectural glass products designed specifically for use with Traxon and e:cue LED lighting and controls. It’s well suited to a wide variety of aesthetic and functional backlighted LED applications, such as medium-resolution […]

IESNYC Recognizes Winners of 15th Annual Student Competition

The Illuminating Engineering Society New York City Section’s (IESNYC) Student Lighting Competition (SLC) recognized several remarkable winners in its 15th annual competition. “denCITY,” a design collaboration by Nura Venta, Sergio Taveras and Selin Ergeneli (Parsons The New School for Design) won the Grand Prize and cash prize of $2,000. Second prize was awarded to Pratt […]

FMI Reports Rising Nonresidential Construction Index Comes with Struggles

The Nonresidential Construction Index (NCRI) from FMI rose two points in Q1 to a score of 64.8. This normally is a positive economic sign. However, construction companies are facing the challenge of having enough people to keep up with increasing backlogs, warns Phil Warner, researcher for FMI. The engineering and construction executives that comprise the […]

Rebates for LED Replacement Lamps Drop 32%

2015 has brought a significant drop in rebates for LED replacement lamps such as PARs, MRs, A-lamps and decorative lamps, according to Briteswitch. While the average rebate for replacement LED lamps was $11.12 in 2014, this year it dropped to $7.51, a 32% decline. This change comes as rebate programs try to adjust their offerings […]

2014 IES Progress Report

Lots of great products to peruse in the 2014 IES Progress Report. Check out the products selected here.

Product Monday: Track Light by Lighting Services Inc

Lighting Services Inc’s SSLGR16 Series is a line-voltage luminaire designed specifically for 5W and 7.5W SORAA MR16 LED lamps with 35,000-hour life and a GU10 base. Choice of beam spreads including 10, 25, 36 and 60 degrees. It can fit up to two SORAA Snap accessories or a full range of LSI accessories. The luminaire […]

Ted Konnerth on the Internet of Things

Guest post by Ted Konnerth, EGRET Consulting Group Strategies in Light held their first joint conference with the LEDShow during the last week of February. Attendance was solid and the technical conferences featured four different tracks of presentations covering arcane technical issues to overall market influences on the adoption of LED. On Tuesday, they held […]

Researchers Make Strides with Novel Lighting Technology: Light-Emitting Electrochemical Cells

Researchers at the Universities of Basel and Valencia recently reported that they have succeeded in laying the ground work for a novel solid-state light source based on light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs). The group, led by Basel professors Catherine E. Housecroft and Edwin C. Constable, see LECs as potentially advantageous compared to LED because they are […]

Nobel Prize Winner Amano Says LED Lamps Will be Mainstream Lighting by 2016

2014 Nobel Prize in Physics winner Professor Amano Hiroshi, recently stated LED lamps will be a mainstream consumer light source by 2016, but challenges remain. Primarily, he points out, costs must come down further, starting with production costs, which should come down five times by 2020. For this to occur, demand must increase globally and […]