Archive for September 2015

Lighting Systems Index Sees Increases During Second Quarter With Mixed Component Results

Demand for lighting equipment, as measured by NEMA’s Lighting Systems Shipments Index, increased by 2.2% year-over-year (y/y) and by 0.4% quarter-to-quarter during the second quarter of 2015. The increase was driven by emergency lighting and luminaires, which gained ground on a year-over-year basis, while the ballast and lamp–large and miniature–components offset these gains with year-over-year […]

Inside the New IES Method for Color Evaluation

The color quality of light sources is critical in a broad range of applications, from making colors pop in retail merchandise to promoting social interaction by properly rendering skin tones. To evaluate, predict and discuss color quality, the industry relies on two metrics, correlated color temperature (CCT) and the color rendering index (CRI). Varying these […]

Product Monday: Plank and Curv by Alera

Hubbell Lighting’ Alera Lighting has launched two new linear lighting solutions—the Plank 7” LED (LP7) and the Curv Radial Lens LED, a new addition to the Curv Radial family. The Plank 7” LED fixture has a classic rectangular form that is easily integrated into many different design styles. The product can be used for uplight, […]

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Publishes Article on Power Over Ethernet

Good article by Susan Bloom about Power over Ethernet electrical distribution in ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. It’s well suited to LED lighting. Will this be the future of power distribution? Some contractors may see it more as a threat than an opportunity. Power over Ethernet (PoE) is any of several standardized or ad-hoc systems that pass electrical […]

Lighting Changes Proposed for ASHRAE/IES Energy Standard

Twenty-three addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, are now open for public comment until October 4, 2015. Among the addenda open for public comment is addendum ch, which proposes a new set of interior lighting power densities (LPD) limits for both building area and space by space compliance […]

Strong Conditions Persist for Architecture Billings Index

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is reflecting healthy and sustained demand for design services in nearly all nonresidential project types. 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 Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the July ABI […]

Brodrick on New Method for Evaluating Color Rendition

Republication of Postings from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solid-State Lighting Program by Jim Brodrick, SSL Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) has just published an important technical memorandum, TM-30-15, which outlines a new system for evaluating the color rendition of light sources. It was developed by an IES […]

Product Monday: O by Prudential

Prudential recently designed a new cofiguration of the P4000, one of the company’s bestselling luminaires: a new doughnut shape called O, available in 14 premium colors with no set-up fee. The ring of light can be surface-mounted or suspended by straight aircraft cables with top-swivel stems. Click here to learn more.

Current Business Conditions Index Retreats in August Following July Surge

After improving by more than 20 points in July, NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America declined by 15 points in August to settle at 52.5. Meanwhile, the EBCI for future North American conditions held steady at 55, following a modest improvement in July. Thirty-five percent of panelists expect business […]

LRC Proposes New Value Metrics in Lighting

A brief article I wrote for tED Magazine. Reprinted with permission. In Value Metrics for Better Lighting (SPIE Press), Mark S. Rea, PhD, professor and director for the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, proposes a new solution to an old problem in the lighting industry. The industry, he says, has traditionally focused on […]