David Shiller

Codes + Standards, Controls

TALQ Consortium Releases Version 2.6.0 Smart City Protocol

In mid-April, the TALQ Consortium released a new version 2.6.0 of its Smart City Protocol. Version 2.6.0 introduces a new Cabinet Control profile, an extension of active periods and new commands for color lights – the latter being aligned with the DALI-2 (IEC 82386) Part 209 definition. The updated TALQ protocol (both data model and [...]

Legislation + Regulation, Light + Health

FDA Denies Soft Lights Petitions On LED Safety – What’s Next?

On May 24, 2024, the FDA denied all Soft Lights Foundation petitions to regulate LED products, in a letter. According to The Soft Lights Foundation website, “The decision by the FDA to not regulate LED products and to not collaborate with any other federal agency illegally pushes regulation of LED products onto state and local governments.” As [...]

Legislation + Regulation

9th & 10th States Adopting Fluorescent Lamp Bans

  Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed into law a bill including a “clean lighting” provision phasing out fluorescent tubes in favor of LEDs. Senate File 3345, authored by Senator Mitchell, and House File 3326, authored by Representative Hemmingsen-Jaeger, will end the sale of fluorescent lamps in Minnesota, effective in 2025 for screw- or bayonet-base compact [...]

Lighting Design

How Hybrid Work Is Impacting Office Design

  After the COVID-19 pandemic, most people don’t just work from home, nor just work from the office. The new normal is hybrid work, a combination of working from home and the office. This significant change in work behavior is impacting the design of office spaces. There is much more emphasis on collaboration spaces, as [...]

Codes + Standards

Lighting Industry Activity Around E-Labeling

  E-labeling is a technology alternative to traditional physical labeling of products. The new practice provides web-based product information on mobile devices, like smartphones, tablets, and computers. Many industries are adopting e-labels for regulatory compliance, increased efficiency, and expanded product information. E-labels should NOT be confused with electronic shelf labels (ESL) which are tiny display [...]

Lighting Industry, Research

The Latest On Temporal Light Modulation (TLM) / Flicker

The American Lighting Association Engineering Committee recently received a presentation from the “Flicker Queen,” researcher Naomi Miller, at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Ms. Miller provided a summary of her latest research at PNNL on temporal light modulation (TLM), more commonly known as flicker. She and PNNL colleagues completed a human subjects study on the [...]

Education + Resources

The Leaf Sheep Can Photosynthesize And Eat Light!

    It’s time to meet one of the strangest animals on earth. They’re a form of sea slug called Leaf Sheep. The most striking thing about Leaf Sheep is that they remove the chloroplasts from the algae they eat and collect them in external tubular structures called rhinophores. The collected algal chloroplasts continue to [...]

Products + Technology, Research

A Greener Twist On Light Transmitting Concrete

In March of 2023, LightNOW posted about translucent concrete. Today’s story is about a new translucent concrete made with recycled glass instead of optical fibers, fly ash, metallurgical slag, and water filtration sewage sludge to eliminate all cement from the concrete. Using all of these industrial waste materials makes the product extremely green and lower [...]


What Is Long-Day Lighting For Dairy Farms?

Long-Day Lighting (LDL) is an established strategy in the dairy farming industry, but not universally implemented. LDL uses lighting to boost both productivity and animal welfare. This lighting strategy seeks to create the optimal light-dark cycle for heifers’ health and productivity. LDL as a lighting strategy seeks to elongate the day using artificial lighting. LDL [...]

Agriculture, Controls

Lighting+HVAC Integration Also Occurring In Greenhouses

  To improve greenhouse management, Sollum Technologies announced a new strategic partnership with Damatex climate control systems. This collaboration combines the greenhouse lighting control features of Sollum’s proprietary SUN as a Service® cloud platform (SUNaaS®) with Damatex’s advanced climate control systems. The benefits are all about simplifying clients’ daily operations. The synchronization of both control platforms consolidates multiple functions [...]


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