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IES Announces the Indispensable Lighting Series

The Illuminating Engineering Society recently announced a new webinar program designed to give members, educators and the general public access to information about quality lighting. The video recordings in the series can be used for IES Section Meetings, as an instructional supplement for introductory lighting courses in post-secondary settings, and for those who are interested in knowing more about lighting.

The Illuminating Engineering Society recently announced a new webinar program designed to give members, educators and the general public access to information about quality lighting.

The video recordings in the series can be used for IES Section Meetings, as an instructional supplement for introductory lighting courses in post-secondary settings, and for those who are interested in knowing more about lighting.

The first presentation in the Indispensable Lighting Series is a two-hour, two-part video entitled Architecture for Light by Kim and Paul Mercier. In Part One, Heirloom Ideas, Modern Semantics and Current Realizations, Kim and Paul examine design considerations for creating the built environment that embrace light. In Part Two, Lighting Design in the Era of Energy Codes, the authors discuss the lighting design process, integrated design, and explore case studies involving these concepts. Theses videos do not require a technical background or previous knowledge about lighting.

For IES Sections and other approved lighting education providers offering this video in face-to-face educational settings, attendees are eligible for 2 IES Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Kim and Paul have authored a book by the same title as the video. For those who prefer having content in a tangible format, Architecture for Lighting is available in the IES store.

Click here to learn more. Click here to learn about other IES webinars.

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A Closer Look at the Lighting Facts Spec Tool

Earlier this year, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lighting Facts program launched a lighting specification tool that enables Distributor and Lighting Pro partners to search, filter and track products from…

Earlier this year, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lighting Facts program launched a lighting specification tool that enables Distributor and Lighting Pro partners to search, filter and track products from its database of more than 50,000 LED products.

Lighting Facts facilitates adoption of solid-state lighting (SSL) by ensuing products are accurately represented on a level playing field. Manufacturers submit products, which are independently tested to verify product performance claims. Manufacturers then report performance data using the Lighting Facts label, which provides an at-a-glance view of major metrics such as light output, wattage, efficacy and color quality. Optional reported attributes include lumen maintenance and warranty.

Launched in 2008, Lighting Facts grew threefold in the past two years—a sign of LED lighting’s accelerating adoption. According to DOE, more than 40 percent of these products were listed in 2016, with an average 2,000 submitted every month. Currently, the database includes more than 50,000 LED lighting products from more than 1,400 manufacturers. As obsolete listings are archived, the database represents current commercially available products.

In 2015, DOE hosted a roundtable of lighting designers in Chicago to ask them how it could make the Lighting Facts database more useful to them. The designers stated they would benefit from being able to generate fixture schedules and uniform spec sheets, share product information with project team members, and interact with manufacturers and their sales reps. DOE responded by creating a new specification tool that allows lighting specifiers and distributors to search, filter and track Lighting Facts-listed products within a sharable workspace.

Using this tool, specifiers and distributors can filter products based on desired performance attributes, save products to a project or favorites list, tag products to projects, write project notes, interact with manufacturers about their products, assign products to a fixture schedule, and produce spec sheets and project summaries.

The Lighting Facts specification tool is available free to all Lighting Pro and Distributor partners of the program. The partner accesses it using their email address. Distributor partners pledge to ask their suppliers for the Lighting Facts label, verify that it is legitimate by comparing its information to that listed as LightingFacts.com/Products, use the label to evaluate products, and recommend Lighting Facts-listed products. Partners may use the Lighting Facts Partner Mark in their marketing within guidelines.

The Lighting Facts does not guarantee quality in a product. However, it does ensure lighting professionals can evaluate LED product performance that is accurate and represented in a simple format to enable quick evaluation and comparison. The Lighting Facts database itself provides a robust source of product. The specification tool now allows professionals to use this database in a way that makes their jobs easier.

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Rocky Mountain Lighting Academy 2017 Courses – September 28 to October 1

The Rocky Mountain Lighting Academy (RMLA) recently announced two lighting courses. The RMLA Technical Course and the RMLA Design Course will be offered concurrently from September 28 to October 1….

The Rocky Mountain Lighting Academy (RMLA) recently announced two lighting courses. The RMLA Technical Course and the RMLA Design Course will be offered concurrently from September 28 to October 1.

While participants in both courses will learn some basics of light and vision, visual perception, the IES TM-30 color metrics, light and health, LED systems, the lighting design process and the aesthetics of light, each course will also offer opportunities for in-depth learning in specialized break-out sessions.

The Technical Course offers an intensive hands-on exploration of photometry, optics, and luminaire design software.

The Design Course emphasizes how to develop strong design concepts for interior for lighting applications and how to integrate daylighting with electric lighting.

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NAILD Unveils Lighting Training

The National Association of Innovative Lighting Distributors (NAILD) recently launched a new training program through its redesigned Lighting Specialist (LS II) program, which a choice of market specialties including retail,…

The National Association of Innovative Lighting Distributors (NAILD) recently launched a new training program through its redesigned Lighting Specialist (LS II) program, which a choice of market specialties including retail, industrial, office and educational facilities.

The self-paced, online LS II program includes five modules that all registrants must complete, followed by a choice of market specialty. A participant may choose to complete all four market segments and receive an LS II certificate or complete a single market specialty to earn either an LS R, LS IL, LS O or LS E certification.

The course includes workbook exercises, practical activities, field trips, quizzes and a final exam. Participants are encouraged to work closely with a coach. The market-specific portion includes creating a proposal for a client, with topics such as evaluation, schematic design and development, financial analysis and contract and bidding.

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DOE Publishes LIGHTFAIR International Presentations

At LIGHTFAIR 2017 in Philadelphia, DOE once again hosted an informational booth that offered free educational sessions to attendees. DOE has now made these presentations available for free download. They…

At LIGHTFAIR 2017 in Philadelphia, DOE once again hosted an informational booth that offered free educational sessions to attendees.

DOE has now made these presentations available for free download. They include:

Connected Lighting Systems Efforts
Michael Poplawski, PNNL

NGLS Competition One: Installation and Configuration Evaluations
Ruth Taylor, PNNL

There’s Something About Red: Applying TM-30 in Your Practice
Naomi Miller, PNNL

Many Shades of White: DOE SSL Explorations into Color Tuning
Andrea Wilkerson, PNNL

A Case of the Blues: Research Reveals Why Spectrum Alone is Not Enough
Bruce Kinzey, PNNL

Download them here.

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IES Announces Call for Entries for Richard Kelly Grant

The Richard Kelly Grant was established by the New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society in 1980. Originally conceived as a scholarship program and later opened to young persons…

The Richard Kelly Grant was established by the New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society in 1980. Originally conceived as a scholarship program and later opened to young persons working in lighting in North America, the Grant is administered by the New York Section under the auspices of the IES. Cash award(s) are granted to the person(s) who preserve and carry forth Richard Kelly’s ideals, enthusiasm and reverence for light.

The deadline for grant proposals is June 30, 2017.

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Lighting Facts Offers Specification Tool

The Department of Energy’s new LED Lighting Facts Specification Tool enables specifiers to search and filter products in the Lighting Facts database. Specifiers can set up project folders, conducted filtered…

The Department of Energy’s new LED Lighting Facts Specification Tool enables specifiers to search and filter products in the Lighting Facts database. Specifiers can set up project folders, conducted filtered searches for products, and tag those products and spec sheets to projects, eventually building a preliminary luminaire schedule. They can then communicate directly with manufacturers about the products.

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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)…

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 electrical industries.

LEDs are highly friendly with lighting controls. A majority of LED lighting is equipped with dimmable drivers. As a digital device, the LED source is inherently compatible with digital lighting controls. Advances in wireless communication, simpler and cost-effective products, and new interest among utilities are resulting in growing demand for networked and other lighting controls.

Networked lighting controls have several barriers to adoption such as an array of system approaches, IT involvement and lack of standardization, but one particularly worrying barrier is a potential skills shortage. Advanced lighting control systems may be becoming simpler, but they are still sophisticated, creating a potential education gap among specifiers and installers. This education gap applies to an extent for all controls, not just networked controls.

Of particular interest are skills related to consultation on product selection, protocols and integration; knowledgeable installation; startup/commissioning; and operations and maintenance.

The industry has responded with several initiatives. In California, the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP) has trained more than 2,500 electrical workers on lighting controls. The program has expanded to include other states and Canada under a national version of the program (NALCTP). Meanwhile, the DesignLights Consortium is developing a training program to support utilities implementing rebates based on its new Qualified Products List for Networked Lighting Controls. The National Association of Independent Lighting Distributors (NAILD) is developing an online education program. And the Lighting Controls Association provides Education Express, a free 24/7 online education program covering lighting control technology, application, design, energy codes and commissioning. Five courses are prerequisites for CALCTP/NALCTP training. (Full disclosure: This article’s author is the author of the NAILD and most of the Education Express courses.)

NALMCO saw an opportunity to develop a national certification signifying a high degree of generalized knowledge about lighting controls. The CLCP is based on the Lighting Controls Association’s Education Express curriculum. Students demonstrate completion by passing an online test at the end of each required course. The student then takes a separate 100-question online test, which is automatically graded. Passage earns certification for three years. The CLCP recipient must maintain certification by completing eight hours of continuing education each year.

CLCP demonstrates a high degree of generalized knowledge about lighting controls. It is available to any electrical industry professional at NALMCO.org.

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