This Week's Sponsor

Infrastructure Law & Construction Safety To Spur The Mobile Light Tower Market

One year ago, the Federal Infrastructure Law was passed by Congress and signed by President Biden. One expected result is significant growth in the mobile light tower market. In a recent market research report from Allied Market Research, the global mobile light tower market size was valued at $1.9 Billion in 2021, and is projected to reach $3.1 Billion by 2031, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2% from 2022 to 2031.

One year ago, the Federal Infrastructure Law was passed by Congress and signed by President Biden. One expected result is significant growth in the mobile light tower market. In a recent market research report from Allied Market Research, the global mobile light tower market size was valued at $1.9 Billion in 2021, and is projected to reach $3.1 Billion by 2031, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2% from 2022 to 2031.

Image: SoltechLighting.com

Mobile light towers combine high output electric lights, an adjustable mast, a trailer, and a power source. Power sources include diesel, photovoltaic solar, batteries, hydrogen, or hybrid combinations of these. The primary applications are construction, infrastructure development, oil & gas development, mining, military & defense, as well as emergency & disaster relief.

Light towers have either metal halide or LED light sources. Increasing safety measures and regulations in the construction industry globally will be one major driver of the mobile light tower market.

North America has the largest light tower market share. In the US, light tower market growth is projected at 4.5% due to growing construction, spurred in part by the Federal Infrastructure Law’s funding of highway, rail line, and bridge construction projects.

The largest companies producing light towers globally are Atlas Copco Group, Terex Corporation, Generac Power Systems, Larson Electronics, Doosan Portable Power, Colorado Standby, Westquip Diesel Sales, Wacker Neuson Group, Youngman Richardson & Co., Inmesol, JC Bamford Excavators, Xylem, Wanco, MI Group, and The Will-Burt Company. Key areas of innovation are solar and battery-powered light towers, which eliminate noise, emissions, and diesel fuel.

The market research report is titled, Mobile Light Tower Market: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031, and more information can be found here.

Image: Allied Market Research

No Comments on Infrastructure Law & Construction Safety To Spur The Mobile Light Tower Market

Musings On The Mega Show MJBizCon 2022

This year’s MJBizCon was a mix of new market enthusiasm subdued by mature market malaise.  Like previous shows, stalwart lighting brands prominently displayed their wares, including Gavita, Fluence, HLG, Signify, Fohse, etc.  Booths were massive, with most providing sunglasses to avoid the powerful 600W+ rays.

This year’s MJBizCon was a mix of new market enthusiasm subdued by mature market malaise.  Like previous shows, stalwart lighting brands prominently displayed their wares including Gavita, Fluence, HLG, Signify, Fohse, etc.  Booths were massive with most providing sunglasses to avoid the powerful 600W+ rays. A new participant also debuted – Verjure by Acuity Brands – supporting a full suite of products that will give the biggies a run for the money. A myriad of Tier 2 brands and Chinese contract manufacturer offerings rounded out the remaining exhibitors. All totaled, over 100 lighting and light-related manufacturers were on the floor, according to MJBizCon.

While floor enthusiasm was palpable, educational side sessions were far more sober. Mature markets are suffering right now as hundreds of cannabis greenhouses have gone empty due to (a) painful taxes, (b) plummeting wholesale prices, (c) exploding electrical costs and (4) lack of vertical integration. Five years ago, the price/pound of California cannabis exceeded $2,500. Today, one pound of greenhouse-grown cannabis is ~$500, an 80% drop. While this pain is most felt in California, similar market realities are bearing down on Oregon, Washington, and Colorado. Even Massachusetts is starting to feel the pull-back, and profits are plunging.  What’s interesting is that swapping out HPS for LED will dramatically reduce OPEX and can often pay out within two years. Sadly, most cannot find the money to save money. At the end of the day, most growers will struggle unless they dramatically reduce operational expenses AND provide value-add refinement to their crop (e.g., extraction, processing, dispensaries).

The taming of any category means free-for-all opportunity has given way to best practices, bottom lines, and regulations.  Soon cannabis will be Federalized, allowing banks to freely support them in a manner akin to wine and spirits. This also means outside investors are no longer at risk, and nobody works the system better than Big Money. That’s just how it works. See you all next year. No need to bring sunglasses.

About the author:  Andy Montgomery is President of Ultra Yield Solutions – a national distributor of light-centric products and services to help growers and investors manage lighting, installation, controls, rebates, solar and energy storage, funding – the gamut of complexities associated with commercial photosynthesis. Contact Andy at andym@ultrayieldsolutions.net.

No Comments on Musings On The Mega Show MJBizCon 2022

Ontario Offering New LED Grow Light Incentives To SW Ontario Greenhouses

The Ontario provincial government announced new funding to help greenhouses switch from traditional lighting sources to LEDs. 

The Ontario provincial government announced new funding to help greenhouses switch from traditional lighting sources to LEDs. Ontario’s Ministry of Energy said last week that up to $136 million CAD will be invested to help greenhouse operators in southwestern Ontario improve energy efficiency by making changes like switching their grow lights to LEDs.

Image: CBC News

Support for greenhouses will come in the form of incentives to install LED grow lights and controls for lighting and environmental systems, including optional incentives for solar generation. The program is expected to be available in the spring of 2023. Many details about the incentives are not yet known.

More information is available here.

No Comments on Ontario Offering New LED Grow Light Incentives To SW Ontario Greenhouses

IES Publishes The 2022 Progress Report Recognizing Industry Innovation

The IES Progress Committee has published its selection of 81 products, design tools, and publications for the 2022 IES Progress Report

Image: IES.org

The IES Progress Committee has published its selection of 81 products, design tools, and publications for the 2022 IES Progress Report—an annual list covering developments in light and science achievements for the Society from around the globe. This year, the Committee received a total of 125 submittals; acceptance is based on a judging process which evaluates each submission on its uniqueness, innovation, and significance to the lighting industry.

Recognitions include components, lamps, luminaires, track systems, tape systems, lighting controls, emergency systems, and more. The full 2022 IES Progress Report can be downloaded here.

Image: ams OSRAM’s LuxiTune blackbody curve, tunable-white LED module is recognized in the LED Chips & Modules category.

 

No Comments on IES Publishes The 2022 Progress Report Recognizing Industry Innovation

Laser Surface Finishing Technology Creates Bio-Inspired, Optical Functional Surfaces

German company Fusion Bionic’s laser technology improves the surface performance of products, applications, and components using their new DLIP – Direct Laser Interference Patterning.

Image: FusionBionic.com

A German company, Fusion Bionic, is a spinout from the cooperation between the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS and the Technical University of Dresden. The company’s laser technology improves the surface performance of products, applications, and components using their new DLIP – Direct Laser Interference Patterning.

Their laser-based solution is inspired by natural surfaces such as the lotus leaf, sharkskin, collembola and morpho butterfly, which allows for advanced surface features such as self-cleaning, anti-icing, antibacterial, decoration, drag reduction , and more. They transfer these diverse effects to technical surfaces through laser-based surface functionalization.

Optical applications include:

  • Anti-reflection
  • Anti-Fogging
  • Anti-Glare
  • Absorption improvement
  • Holographic product protection
  • Decoration
  • Light control

The company’s initial target industries are aerospace, automotive, and medical technology. Their laser-generated surface texture technology replaces more ecologically harmful processes, such as chemical de-icing, sandblasting, or chemical etching, while meeting the demand of increased product performance via industrial-scale surface finishing.

On November 16th, The Biomimicry Institute awarded Fusion Bionic with Runner-up recognition in their 2022 Ray of Hope Prize®. This identifies Fusion Bionic as one of the top nature-inspired startups in the world accompanied by a $25,000 equity-free prize and further media support to foster their growth.

More information is available here.

Image: FusionBionic.com

 

Image: FusionBionic.com

 

 

No Comments on Laser Surface Finishing Technology Creates Bio-Inspired, Optical Functional Surfaces

Women In Lighting – Updates

Updates from ALA Women In Lighting & WILD.

Updates from American Lighting Association’s Women In Lighting & WILD:

American Lighting Association’s Women in Lighting Mentor Program is accepting applications for both Mentors and Mentees until November 30th. Mentors are lighting industry veterans who share their knowledge, expertise, and industry best practices with those who are new to the industry. Mentees learn from industry veterans and have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss issues and share ideas. Everyone is welcome to participate.

A brief questionnaire assists the mentoring program committee in making matches that work well for both parties. Even those who have participated in the past are asked to complete the new questionnaire in order to participate in the January – April 2023 session. Complete that questionnaire today here.

ALA’s Women in Lighting Committee has announced that nominations are open for their annual WILLA Award. The award recognizes one individual for her role in the lighting industry, support of ALA, mentoring of other women in the industry, and devotion to her community through philanthropy and or volunteerism. Both the nominator and the nominee must be ALA members. The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2023.

________________

Women In Lighting & Design (WILD) announced the results of the recent election for board seats. Congratulations to the new Board!

Kelly Roberts, President

Alessa Aguayo, President-Elect

Amber Poirier, Secretary

Sriti Singh, Treasurer

Cindy Foster-Warthen, Marketing Chair

Haley Laurence, Outreach Chair

Lois Hutchinson, Programs Chair

Srushti Totadri, Membership Chair

Rachel Bauer, Chapter Chair

WILD has also announced that PRG+, their working group that focuses on creating resources for parents, their colleagues, and employers, is hosting a takeover of the WILD private LinkedIn Group from November 28th – December 2nd. Group members are encouraged to post relatable stories, memes, and quotes about what it means to be a parent working in our industry. Join the group today and be part of the conversation next week!

No Comments on Women In Lighting – Updates

IES Approves Seven Standards

The IES announced the publication of seven recently approved standards.

Image: IES.org

The IES announced the publication of seven recently approved standards:

  • ANSI/IES RP-1-22 Recommended Practice: Lighting Office Spaces. Includes New content for Home Office Lighting
  • ANSI/IES RP-27.1-22 Recommended Practice: Risk Group Classification and Minimization of Photobiological Hazards from Ultraviolet Lamps and Lamp Systems. New Standard which provides metrics to minimize risk exposures to ultraviolet (UV) “light”.
  • ANSI/IES RP-6-22 Recommended Practice: Lighting Sports and Recreational Areas. Includes new content for Broadcast lighting for sports areas, pickleball courts, and more.
  • ANSI/IES RP-29-22 Recommended Practice: Lighting for Hospital and Healthcare Facilities. Includes new content about patient & facility controls, MRI rooms, decontamination methods, and telemedicine lighting.
  • ANSI/IES LM-93-22 Approved Method: Optical and Electrical Measurements of Far UV-C Excimer Sources. A new optical/electrical testing method for “far UV-C (200nm-230nm) light sources for potential disinfection applications, lower photobiological risk, and less ozone generation.
  • ANSI/IES RP-38-22 Recommended Practice: Lighting Performance for Small to Medium Sized Videoconference Rooms. Re-affirmation of RP-38-17.
  • IES G-1-22 Guide for Security Lighting for People, Property, and Critical Infrastructure. Re-affirmation of G-1-16.

All seven standards will soon be available at the IES Webstore and Lighting Library .

No Comments on IES Approves Seven Standards

DLC Horticultural Lighting Technical Requirements V3.0 Final Will Be Released November 30, 2022

On Wednesday, November 30, the DLC will release the final version of the horticultural lighting Technical Requirements V3.0 to support the acceleration of energy efficient lighting in controlled environment agriculture (CEA).

On Wednesday, November 30, the DLC will release the final version of the horticultural lighting Technical Requirements V3.0 to support the acceleration of energy efficient lighting in controlled environment agriculture (CEA). Here is a summary of the changes in Hort V3.0:

  • Increase efficacy threshold
  • Report application (intended use) information
  • Require product-level controllability capabilities
  • Require LM-79 and TM-33 reporting
  • Surveillance Testing Policy

Learn more at the final release webinar scheduled for Wednesday December 14 from 1-2pm ET.

More information about the horticultural lighting technical requirements is available here.

Register for the DLC webinar here.

No Comments on DLC Horticultural Lighting Technical Requirements V3.0 Final Will Be Released November 30, 2022

New PoE Consortium Promotes The Benefits Of PoE

Seven smart-building companies are joining forces to bring more attention to the value of Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) lighting and technology.

Image: PoEConsortium.com

Seven smart-building companies are joining forces to bring more attention to the value of Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) lighting and technology. The companies created an industry organization known as the PoE Consortium. Their collective mission is to educate stakeholders on the benefits of PoE over traditional high-voltage electrical infrastructure, including more interoperability for smart buildings.

The founding members of the PoE Consortium are:

  • Igor, specializing in enterprise smart building infrastructure, software and online services
  • GENISYS PoE, a PoE lighting system manufactured by Innovative Lighting
  • Mecho, a leader in the commercial shading industry
  • MHT, a PoE-based smart building lighting, technology, and software controls company
  • Platformatics, specializing in data collection and storage for complex building systems
  • PoE Texas, delivering PoE enabled amenities and building automation
  • Sinclair Digital Services, a design and implementation firm with a focus on DC microgrids, battery energy storage systems, and associated Software Platforms.

The PoE Consortium maintains an online hub of resources for education and training here. Explainer articles, project calculators, and case studies are currently available on the site. Soon, the site will include training and qualification courses for installers and integrators to ensure the quality of PoE projects.

 

 

No Comments on New PoE Consortium Promotes The Benefits Of PoE

Product Monday: Virtual Sky With Moving Clouds

Artificial Sky offers a product, Virtual Sky, that utilizes LED luminaires which appear to be a blue sky with passing clouds overhead, birds flying, and sunrise and sunset effects. Virtual Sky can remotely change from overhead dimmable white task lighting to an ultra-realistic blue sky with moving clouds that mimic daylight entirely.

Image: ArtificialSky.com

Artificial Sky offers a product, Virtual Sky, that utilizes LED luminaires which appear to be a blue sky with passing clouds overhead, birds flying, and sunrise and sunset effects. Virtual Sky can remotely change from overhead dimmable white task lighting to an ultra-realistic blue sky with moving clouds that mimic daylight entirely. Virtual Sky has no size limitations, does not require suspended ceiling grids, and comes completely seamless for a full-view sky effect.

The purpose of Virtual Sky is to create lighting which naturally changes over the course of the day to expose people within the building to a range of white light that echoes the natural daylight outside, not only properties of daylight but actual moving views of nature as well.

The company claims the Virtual Sky has circadian health benefits and has been installed in senior care, hospital, hospitality, warehouse, office, and factory applications. Learn more here.

 

Image: ArtificialSky.com

 

Image: ArtificialSky.com

 

Image: ArtificialSky.com

 

1 Comment on Product Monday: Virtual Sky With Moving Clouds

Type on the field below and hit Enter/Return to search