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Presentation Proposals are Being Accepted for LEDucation 2018

LEDucation 2018 planning is in full swing and you are invited to share your knowledge and expertise on subjects related to and about LED Lighting. Speaking proposals are due November 19, 2017.

LEDucation 2018 planning is in full swing and you are invited to share your knowledge and expertise on subjects related to and about LED Lighting.

Speaking proposals are due November 19, 2017.

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LightShow West Registration is Open

LightShow West recently announced the opening of online registration for the trade show and conference at Kentia Hall in the Los Angeles Convention Center, Oct. 11-12, 2017. The biennial event…

LightShow West recently announced the opening of online registration for the trade show and conference at Kentia Hall in the Los Angeles Convention Center, Oct. 11-12, 2017. The biennial event is geared toward professionals seeking relevant education and the latest solutions from leading manufacturers of lighting, controls and related technologies.

Attendees will be able to participate in a selection of more than 50 peer-reviewed educational sessions, including six free on-floor workshops, 27 free seminars, 16 fee-based roundtable sessions and a new Control Systems Summit on October 12 (sessions scheduled throughout the day). Led by the industry’s top speakers, the sessions will cover subjects pertinent to professionals in the fast-changing world of commercial lighting. Of special interest to the California market will be the numerous Title 24 seminars covering codes, controls, retrofit and new manufacturing testing requirements. LightShow West is a registered education provider will offer a variety of learning units, including AIA, IDCEC, ASLA and NCQLP.

LightShow West 2017 will also feature some 300 lighting manufacturers showcasing their newest products.

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LIGHTFAIR Issues Call for Speakers

LIGHTFAIR has issued a call for speakers for 2018. The submissions process launched July 11 and closes August 11 (they sent out the announcement July 26). Click here to submit…

LIGHTFAIR has issued a call for speakers for 2018. The submissions process launched July 11 and closes August 11 (they sent out the announcement July 26).

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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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DOE to Host Webinar on Impact of LED Streetlighting on Sky Glow

DOE’s SSL Program is hosting two upcoming webinars to present and discuss the results of a recently released investigation of LED streetlighting’s impact on sky glow. Both webinars will start…

DOE’s SSL Program is hosting two upcoming webinars to present and discuss the results of a recently released investigation of LED streetlighting’s impact on sky glow.

Both webinars will start at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Pacific Time) and last one hour.

Thursday, July 20. “The Impact of LED Street Lighting on Sky Glow.” Presenter Bruce Kinzey of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will provide a high-level overview of the study and its findings, to put them into a context of typical street lighting conversions taking place in the U.S. today. Register for the July 20 webinar.

Thursday, July 27. “A Technical Discussion of DOE’s Sky Glow Study, Modeling Methods, and Key Variables.” In this follow-on webinar, presenter Tess Perrin of PNNL will provide a deeper dive into the modeling effort as well as the influence of individual variables. Register for the July 27 webinar.

Each webinar will be followed by a live Q&A session.

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Jim Brodrick on LIGHTFAIR 2017

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 DOE SSL team was out in…

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 DOE SSL team was out in full force at LIGHTFAIR, where we offered a wide range of educational sessions in our booth, which was jam-packed with people seeking more information about what’s going on at DOE’s connected lighting test bed (CLTB), how to apply TM-30, how to interpret news stories about LED street lighting’s effects on sky glow and health, what we’ve learned from studies of tunable lighting, and other hot topics. But when we weren’t busy educating there in Philly, we took the opportunity to walk the show floor, and I thought I’d share some observations with you.

One clear trend at this year’s LIGHTFAIR was connectivity, which seemed to be everywhere you looked, with the major manufacturers continuing to round out their connected-lighting portfolios. More of these manufacturers are offering cloud or enterprise-level energy-management platforms and software, although some are still at local-network level. But almost without exception, the connected lighting products we saw in Philly are using proprietary communication protocols, and are not making serious commitments to interoperability.

Similarly, it seemed that nearly every manufacturer was offering some kind of white-tunable lighting, and claims of circadian benefits were flying every which way — although, unfortunately, the claims didn’t always reflect a solid understanding of how to achieve those benefits. Still, it’s clear that LEDs can now be engineered to emit pretty much any spectrum desired, and to work with any control technology, even though the application understanding for this functionality hasn’t fully materialized just yet.

It was evident that horticultural lighting is on the increase. It’s clearly a new revenue-growth stream for package manufacturers, who are increasing their portfolios around it accordingly. It will be fun to watch how horticultural products evolve to reflect ongoing research in terms of what lighting suits them best for productivity and quality.

Another thing that caught our eye at this year’s LIGHTFAIR was a trend toward curved luminaires — including rings, ovals, complex non-orthogonal links of rings, and curved recessed luminaires — that take advantage of the flexible LED form factor. And more companies were showing recessed downlights with LED modules that need no housing “can” above the ceiling to meet UL requirements. These products have aluminum heat sinks exposed to the plenum, anodized in nifty colors to help improve the heat dissipation.

There was a noticeable emphasis on building integration. Chip-scale packages were still heavily advertised, but the growth in their use remains slow. We saw sensors of all kinds — including CO2 and cameras — being promoted, and those sensors seem to be getting markedly smaller. There were more power over Ethernet-ready fixtures compared to last year, and many outdoor lighting products had 3000K options. However, TM-30 metrics were infrequent on the show floor; almost everyone is still using CRI.

Compared to what we’ve seen in previous years, flicker was much reduced, with far fewer products exhibiting any flicker — especially in the ubiquitous vintage LED “filament” lamps, but also in decorative fixtures. However, some decorative residential products we saw did flicker to some extent. Glare control, too, seems to be on the rise, with more manufacturers touting low-glare luminaires that utilized a range of different techniques, such as diffusers and better shielding from direct view.

It seems as if SSL has entered a “digestion” period, in which multiple advancements in the technology and in manufacturing are showing up in a wide variety of products. Overall, the products we saw at LIGHTFAIR displayed improved efficacy, color, and connectivity, and touched on exciting new “human-factor” value propositions.

But it’s also clear that, even with all of this progress, we’ve barely scratched the surface. SSL’s potential — not only to save energy, but to transform what lighting can be and do — is enormous, and there’s a long way to go, and much to be accomplished, before it’s fulfilled.

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Lighting Research Center Accepting Registrations for Light and Health Institute

The Light and Health Institute will be held on September 26-27, 2017 at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) in Troy, NY. This two-day, hands-on seminar for industry professionals will cover…

The Light and Health Institute will be held on September 26-27, 2017 at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) in Troy, NY.

This two-day, hands-on seminar for industry professionals will cover the latest research as it can be applied, and the knowledge necessary to improve modern living environments with circadian-effective lighting to support human health and well being.

The seminar is led by LRC Light and Health Program Director Dr. Mariana Figueiro and LRC Director Dr. Mark Rea.

Participants will earn 13.25 AIA Health, Safety, Welfare Learning Units (LUs/HSW) for attending the seminar and will receive a Continuing Education Certificate in light and health from the LRC.

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Lighting Research Center Expands Lighting Institute

The Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is offering the next LED Lighting Institute on April 25-27, 2017. This popular hands-on seminar covers the latest advances in solid-state lighting,…

The Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is offering the next LED Lighting Institute on April 25-27, 2017.

This popular hands-on seminar covers the latest advances in solid-state lighting, Internet of Things (IoT) and manufacturing. The program culminates with participants designing, building, and evaluating their own luminaires, now including custom 3D printed components.

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IES 2017 Conference Call for Speakers

Authors of papers related to the art, science and practice of illumination are invited to submit abstracts for papers and posters to be considered for presentation in either a paper…

Authors of papers related to the art, science and practice of illumination are invited to submit abstracts for papers and posters to be considered for presentation in either a paper or poster session at the 2017 IES Annual Conference, to be held in Portland, OR from August 10-12, 2017.

The procedure for accepting papers and posters related to both research and application will involve a review of extended abstracts, which are due May 1, 2017 (papers) and May 22, 2017 (posters). Acceptance decisions will be based on the potential technical quality, originality, impact and relevance to the conference audience.

Authors will be informed of the acceptance of papers and posters during the first week of June.

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