Archive for 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 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 […]

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 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; […]

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 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 […]


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 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 […]

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. 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 […]

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 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 […]

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 learn more.

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 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.

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 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 […]

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