Month: June 2015

Linear Fluorescent Lamp Indexes Continue to Decline at Start of 2015

NEMA’s linear fluorescent lamp shipment indexes for 2015Q1 continued the downward trend exhibited during calendar year 2014. As expected, due to energy efficiency regulations the index for T12 lamps declined…

NEMA’s linear fluorescent lamp shipment indexes for 2015Q1 continued the downward trend exhibited during calendar year 2014. As expected, due to energy efficiency regulations the index for T12 lamps declined for the fifth consecutive quarter on a year-over-year (y/y) basis, dropping by 39.5%. T8 shipments also posted a double digit decline, decreasing by 21.7%. Shipments of T5 lamps fell more modestly, registering a year-over-year decrease of 14.8%.

Seasonally adjusted shipments of T5 lamps garnered a modest increase of 0.1 percentage points to reach a share of 11.2%, an all-time high watermark for the series. The market share for T8 lamps posted the largest gain, increasing by 2.4 percentage points to a share of 72.8%. T12 lamps slipped to a share of 15.9% for 2015Q1.

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Product Monday: ALLSLOPE LED Downlight by Eaton

Eaton’s Halo ALLSLOPE LED Downlight System features interchangeable beam-forming optics, full range dimming and numerous color temperatures and trim options, and are specifically designed for slope ceiling applications to fulfill…

Eaton’s Halo ALLSLOPE LED Downlight System features interchangeable beam-forming optics, full range dimming and numerous color temperatures and trim options, and are specifically designed for slope ceiling applications to fulfill residential, hospitality, retail and institutional needs.

The three-piece system consists of a choice of a 6-inch aperture housing, available in 1200 lumens or 1800 lumens; an LED light engine module with three interchangeable optics; and a trim selection from a full line of compatible trims including reflectors, baffles and lens choices.

These LED downlights deliver up to 90 lumens/W and are offered in 2700K, 3000K, 3500K and 4000K CCT with a high color quality 90 CRI. The optics are available in Narrow Flood (25 degrees), Flood (40 degrees) and Wide Flood (55 degrees) options. The aiming mechanism allows 360 rotation and locks the LED light module in place in accordance to the pitch. The product is compatible with slope ceilings with pitch aiming from 2/12 (10 degrees) to 12/12 (45 degrees).

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Lighting Controls Association Publishes Whitepaper on Visible Light Communication

My contribution to the Lighting Controls Association website in May is an article about visible light communication. Visible light communication (VLC) is a particularly exciting technology in an industry that…

vlc-2My contribution to the Lighting Controls Association website in May is an article about visible light communication.

Visible light communication (VLC) is a particularly exciting technology in an industry that is already going through exciting technological change. This technology, popularly used in applications such as fiber-optics, now shows promise for general lighting due to the advent of LED lighting.

The potential is to create spaces that actively communicate with users.

VLC is one of those emerging developments in lighting that makes you think, “We’re not in Kansas anymore.” Fascinating technology with interesting potential.

Click here to learn more.

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BUILDING DESIGN + CONSTRUCTION Publishes LED Section

I was pleased to contribute a special editorial section on LED lighting to the April issue of BUILDING DESIGN + CONSTRUCTION. It includes an article about the state of the…

bdcI was pleased to contribute a special editorial section on LED lighting to the April issue of BUILDING DESIGN + CONSTRUCTION. It includes an article about the state of the art in LED luminaires, new products plus a tour of several design projects exemplifying the effective use of LED lighting.

Click here to check it out.

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Architecture Billings Remain Stuck in Winter Slowdown

Riding a stretch of increasing levels of demand for 13 out of the last 15 months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dropped in April for the second month this year….

Riding a stretch of increasing levels of demand for 13 out of the last 15 months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dropped in April for the second month this year.

As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate 9- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the April ABI score was 48.8, down sharply from a mark of 51.7 in March. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.1, up from a reading of 58.2 the previous month.

“The fundamentals in the design and construction industry remain very healthy,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The fact that both inquires for new projects and new design contracts continued to accelerate at a healthy pace in April points to strong underlying demand for design activity. However, April would typically be a month where these projects would be in full swing, but a severe winter in many parts of the Northeast and Midwest has apparently delayed progress on projects.”

Key April ABI highlights:

• Regional averages: South (55.8), West (52.9) Midwest (49.9), Northeast (43.2)
• Sector index breakdown: institutional (51.8), mixed practice (51.8), multi-family residential (49.0), commercial / industrial (48.9)
• Project inquiries index: 60.1
• Design contracts index: 53.1

The regional and sector categories are calculated as a 3-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.

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IES Establishes Resilient Lighting Committee, Creates Research Page on Website

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) recently announced the establishment a new committee: Resilient Lighting. The purpose of the Committee is to actively research, develop consensus of best…

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) recently announced the establishment a new committee: Resilient Lighting.

The purpose of the Committee is to actively research, develop consensus of best practices, write standards documents and educate the profession on lighting equipment and recommended practices for lighting that must survive and perform during and after adverse events such as storms and earthquakes. The IES is also seeking members for the Committee.

Click here to learn more and, if interested, apply for participation.

In other IES news, IES has created a new page on its website where all IES research activities will be shared with the public.

Click here to visit the page.

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Product Monday: Kju by Selux

Selux Corporation’s Kju is a dimmable, efficacious decorative pendant with multiple mounting options and specially designed layer of lenses that promotes uniform distribution across the entire luminaire. Click here to…

Selux Corporation’s Kju is a dimmable, efficacious decorative pendant with multiple mounting options and specially designed layer of lenses that promotes uniform distribution across the entire luminaire.

Click here to learn more.

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Lighting Systems Index Shows Mixed Results During First Quarter

Demand for lighting equipment, as measured by NEMA’s Lighting Systems Shipments Index, increased by 1.4% year-over-year (y/y) during 2015Q1. However, the quarter-to-quarter change was in negative territory, with a decline…

Demand for lighting equipment, as measured by NEMA’s Lighting Systems Shipments Index, increased by 1.4% year-over-year (y/y) during 2015Q1.

However, the quarter-to-quarter change was in negative territory, with a decline of 3.6%.

Emergency lighting and luminaires gained ground on a year-over-year basis while the ballast and lamp–large and miniature–components tempered these gains with (y/y) declines.

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Lighting Services Inc Introduces 12-Year Limited Warranty

Lighting Services Inc (LSI), a manufacturer of specification-grade track lighting systems, has announced a 12-year limited warranty on its products. Within 12 years of date of purchase, Lighting Services Inc…

LSILighting Services Inc (LSI), a manufacturer of specification-grade track lighting systems, has announced a 12-year limited warranty on its products.

Within 12 years of date of purchase, Lighting Services Inc will repair or replace any luminaire, track or busway product with same or equivalent product if it breaks or ceases to function properly due to manufacturing defect.

Click here to learn more.

In other company news, LSI recently launched its website at www.LightingServicesInc.com. Several key features include an engaging user experience with new search capabilities and product representation, an attractively streamlined design with user-friendly navigation, and the employment of a modern platform with mobile optimization technology.

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Cree Offers Comprehensive Lighting Upgrade Services

From auditing to installation to financing, Cree now offers a comprehensive package of lighting upgrade services as a delivery mechanism for their LED products into the existing buildings market. Click…

creeFrom auditing to installation to financing, Cree now offers a comprehensive package of lighting upgrade services as a delivery mechanism for their LED products into the existing buildings market. Click here to learn more.

It’s an interesting move, a step toward manufacturers selling Light as a Service.

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