Archive for the ‘Controls’ Category

Getting Ahead of the Curve on Dimming Curves

My contribution to the July issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR talks about dimming curves and why they’re important. As dimming becomes more important, electrical contractors may benefit by becoming familiar with dimming curves. The dimming curve defines how dimmers set voltage output in response to control signal input, such as a slider position. Intuitively, it would […]

NLB Panel Discusses Power Over Ethernet

Lisa L. Isaacson (NuLEDs) and Michael S. O’Boyle (Philips Lighting) discussed power over Ethernet (PoE) systems at the National Lighting Bureau’s Annual Lighting Forum during a session called “Illuminating the Future, Part One”. Randy Reid (EdisonReport) moderated. According to Isaacson and O’Boyle, PoE differs from conventional DC networks in that the cabling used can carry […]

NALMCO’s CLCP Certification

Below is a short news article I wrote for tED Magazine on the topic of NALMCO’s new controls certification. Reprinted with permission. The interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO) has launched the Certified Lighting Controls Professional (CLCP) designation. With no prerequisites, the CLCP is open to all professionals in the building, information technology and […]

NALMCO Launches New Controls Certification

The interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO) has launched a new lighting controls certification, the Certified Lighting Controls Professional (CLCP). The certification is based on the Education Express curriculum developed by the Lighting Controls Association. The announcement was made at the organization’s annual conference in Dallas, TX. The lighting industry is undergoing massive change […]

Lighting Controls Association Adds New Course on Tunable-White Lighting

The Lighting Controls Association (LCA) has published a new course to enhance its popular Education Express program: EE303: Tunable-White Lighting. As acting education director of LCA, I was happy to have the opportunity to author this content. LED lighting technology promises many benefits, one of which is practical color output tuning. Popular approaches include full-range, […]

Lighting Controls Association Updates Energy Codes Online Course

The Lighting Controls Association (LCA) has published a new course to enhance its popular Education Express program: EE203: Lighting and Commercial Energy Codes, Part 2: ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2013 and IECC 2015. I was happy to have the opportunity to produce this content for LCA. Complying with a Department of Energy mandate, a growing number of states […]

Clemson University Installs Large-Scale PoE-Based Lighting System by Philips

Philips recently announced a first-of-its-kind, large-scale lighting installation at a major university campus that leverages Power over Ethernet (PoE) as part of the recently opened Watt Family Innovation Center at Clemson University. As a founding innovation partner of the center, Philips implemented a PoE-based indoor lighting system combined with LED lighting to provide flexible work […]

GE’s Jason Brown on Lighting and the Industrial Internet of Things

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Jason Brown, Manager, Strategic Solutions for Current, powered by GE. The topic: lighting and the Industrial Internet of Things. I’m happy to share his responses with you here. The interview informed an article I wrote for the June issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. DiLouie: How do you see lighting […]

Tunable-White Lighting

This article about tunable-white lighting was originally published in tED Magazine. Reprinted with permission. The color appearance of light sources—whether warm or neutral or cool—can have a big impact on how people and spaces are perceived. In applications like hospitality and high-end retail, the color temperature of a light source is a critical design decision. […]

BriteSwitch’s Enthoven on Lighting Product Rebate Trends

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Leendert Jan Enthoven, President of BriteSwitch, a utility rebate fulfillment company. The topic: lighting product rebate trends. I’m happy to share his responses with you here. The interview informed an article I wrote for the April feature article for the Lighting Controls Association. DiLouie: How would you characterize […]