Month: October 2015

CLTC and Bosch Partner on DC Microgrid Demonstration

The California Lighting Technology Center is partnering with Bosch to demonstrate the Bosch Direct Current Building-Scale Microgrid Platform (DCBMP) at a Southern California Honda warehouse facility. Bosch will demonstrate the…

cltcThe California Lighting Technology Center is partnering with Bosch to demonstrate the Bosch Direct Current Building-Scale Microgrid Platform (DCBMP) at a Southern California Honda warehouse facility.

Bosch will demonstrate the effectiveness of the DCBMP, a DC building microgrid that integrates advanced technologies to provide reliable power to the connected loads, resilience during grid outages, increased building energy efficiency and renewable energy utilization.

CLTC will assist in lighting system design and the collection of performance data to document cost savings, energy efficiency gains and the capabilities of the DCBMP.

Following the demonstration, a training program for building inspectors and electrical installers will be established to support implementation of DCBMP systems.

Click here to learn more about this project.

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Lighting Industry Roundup

Xicato recently published on its website TM-30-15 Color Rendering results for its entire product range of XTM and XIM modules. See the results here. Hubbell Lighting has launched a competition…

Xicato recently published on its website TM-30-15 Color Rendering results for its entire product range of XTM and XIM modules. See the results here.

Hubbell Lighting has launched a competition to challenge the design community to create lighting brilliance—the 2015 LitePro DLX Design Competition. The competition is open to lighting design professionals and students internationally through December 1, 2015. Click here.

Lighting Solution Development has partnered with COMPASS Consultants to now provide business planning services designed specifically for advanced lighting manufacturers.

Visa Lighting has relaunched its website at visalighting.com.

Progress Lighting has relaunched its website at progresslighting.com.

Soraa will open a new semiconductor fabrication plant in Syracuse, New York. In partnership with the State of New York, the company will construct a new state-of-the-art GaN on GaN™ LED fabrication facility.

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NEMA Current Conditions Index Plunges in September

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America fell 10 points in September, dropping to 42.5. Fifteen percent of panelists reported the business environment facing electrical…

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America fell 10 points in September, dropping to 42.5.

Fifteen percent of panelists reported the business environment facing electrical equipment manufacturers improved in September, while 30% claimed it worsened.

Meanwhile, the EBCI for future North American conditions declined modestly to 52.5 in September after measuring 55 in each of the last two months.

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Product Monday: Tiki by Impact Lighting

Impact Lighting’s Tiki pendant combines a parabolic downlight component with an inverted bell uplight component. The LED module is available in 3000K, 3500K or 4000K CCT and 80 CRI. Projected…

Impact Lighting’s Tiki pendant combines a parabolic downlight component with an inverted bell uplight component. The LED module is available in 3000K, 3500K or 4000K CCT and 80 CRI. Projected life of 71,000 hours at L70. Variety of finishes.

Click here to learn more.

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LEDucation Announces New 2016 Date and Venue

The Designers Lighting Forum of New York has announced that due to strong response by exhibitors and attendees, the 10th anniversary of the organization’s annual LEDucation event will be held…

LEDucationThe Designers Lighting Forum of New York has announced that due to strong response by exhibitors and attendees, the 10th anniversary of the organization’s annual LEDucation event will be held at a new location.

LEDucation will take place March 29-30, 2016 at the NY Hilton in Midtown in New York City.

Click here to learn more.

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CIE Publishes Position Statement on CRI

The International Commission on Illumination (CIE), which created and maintains the color rendering index (CRI) standard, recently published a position statement on CRI, its limitations, and whether and how to…

The International Commission on Illumination (CIE), which created and maintains the color rendering index (CRI) standard, recently published a position statement on CRI, its limitations, and whether and how to replace it.

The complete statement is available here. Notable excerpts:

On the limitations of CIE:

“With the rapid uptake of LED lighting, which has greater freedom in spectral design, the need to update the CRI has significantly increased. For some types of light sources, the CIE General Colour Rendering Index, Ra, does not agree well with overall perceived colour rendering.”

On CIE’s action to replace CRI:

“The CIE recognizes that, because the Colour Rendering Index has several significant sources of colorimetric inaccuracy, it should be updated with the latest well-accepted formulae and an improved set of test samples. CIE Technical Committee (TC) 1-90 is already in the process of developing a new improved colour fidelity metric that can update the CRI.

“The CIE recognizes that the colour fidelity metrics including the CRI do not assess other important aspects of the colour qualities of light sources, in particular, those related to colour preference. CIE TC 1-91 is developing a Technical Report on this subject, which will be the groundwork for developing colour preference metric(s).”

On adoption or consideration of IES-TM-30, which proposed a new color rendering (fidelity) metric:

“The CIE encourages further research on these two aspects of colour quality, which may be useful inputs to the current or future work of CIE. In particular, the CIE supports the study of the recently published IES[1] Technical Memorandum TM-30, to which some CIE TC 1-90 members have contributed. This work was recently proposed for consideration in TC 1-90, which voted to make its Rf metric the basis for the TC’s first working draft.”

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DOE Releases Common Definition of Zero Energy Buildings, Campuses and Communities

The U.S. Department of Energy reached a significant milestone in bringing the building community together by releasing a common definition of a zero energy building, or what is also referred…

The U.S. Department of Energy reached a significant milestone in bringing the building community together by releasing a common definition of a zero energy building, or what is also referred to as a “net zero energy” or “zero net energy” building.

After leading an extensive stakeholder engagement process over the past year and a half, the Energy Department released its findings in the recently published A Common Definition of Zero Energy Buildings, which states that a Zero Energy Building is “an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the on-site renewable exported energy.”

This definition also applies to campuses, portfolios, and communities. In addition to providing clarity across the industry, this new DOE publication provides important guidelines for measurement and implementation, specifically explaining how to utilize this definition for building projects.

The Zero Energy Building Definition can be viewed here.

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Taking Stock of U.S. Street Lights

In late 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium (MSSLC) published the results of a survey of entities across the United States that operate public…

ecIn late 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium (MSSLC) published the results of a survey of entities across the United States that operate public street and area lighting.


The survey was conducted in the latter half of 2013 to gain a better understanding of national energy consumption related to outdoor lighting used to illuminate public buildings and streets, with streetlights being of particular interest.

Click here to read the article I wrote about this survey for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR.

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Product Monday: MayaLED by Luminis

MayaLED by Luminis presents a family of site and area luminaires ranging from 1,000 to 13,000 lumens, with a new bollard complementing the existing line of wall-mounted and post-top luminaires….

maya1MayaLED by Luminis presents a family of site and area luminaires ranging from 1,000 to 13,000 lumens, with a new bollard complementing the existing line of wall-mounted and post-top luminaires.

MayaLED offers a choice of precision optics, with IES Type II, IV and V distribution available. 4000K CCT and 80 CRI standard, with other CCTs available. Up to 120 lumens/W, estimated life of 125,000 hours.

Click here to learn more.

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