Author: David Shiller

“Build-Your-Own Acorn” Gives Lots Of Options For Decorative Post Top Retrofits

Evluma offers a Build-Your-Own Acorn, a full-fixture, decorative streetlight replacement solution that includes the customer’s choice of acorn globe, finial, and capital fitter.

Evluma offers a Build-Your-Own Acorn, a full-fixture, decorative streetlight replacement solution that includes the customer’s choice of acorn globe, finial, and capital fitter. Utilizing the OmniMax LED replacement for HID lamps, this creates an affordable approach to decorative post-top head replacements. The solution is designed for utilities, municipalities, facilities, and property managers looking to upgrade existing decorative lighting from HID to LED.

The system begins with a mogul base OmniMax screw-based lamp, in 40, 70, or 100W. It’s offered in six different correlated color temperatures (CCT) to achieve the desired look and Spectral Power Distribution (SPD). OmniMax offers three CCT under 3000K: 2000K, 2200K, and 2700K. There is an OmniMax Premium, which includes Photocontrol Failsafe and operates with the ConnectLED wireless control Bluetooth app, or there is the OmiMax Standard. All OmniMax are 120-277VAC.

As a second step, the customer selects the desired capital fitter or base. It can be ordered with or without a photocontrol depending on the electrical configuration of your lights. The fitter is offered in black or green and fits all of the 8” globes offered in Evluma’s OLS collection.

The third step is selecting an optic with prismatic Type V or Type III light distribution, low-glare, diffuse acrylics, or sparkling polycarbonate. The fourth and final step is selecting from two ornate, architecturally styled fixtures. One comes with decorative arms and both come with cap and finial. Depending on the globe selected, uplight blockers and final options are available. There is also a set of snap-on shields for the OmniMax designed to reduce uplight and soften the house-side throw.

More information is available here.

 

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NEMA Published Recommendations For Replacing HID Lamps With LED Lamps

In February, 2022, NEMA published NEMA LL-10, Replacing HID Lamps with LED Lamps: Light Output Equivalency Claims. This document describes a method for claiming equivalency of LED lamps to the HID lamps they replace.

In February, 2022, NEMA published NEMA LL-10, Replacing HID Lamps with LED Lamps: Light Output Equivalency Claims. This document describes a method for claiming equivalency of LED lamps to the HID lamps they replace. The NEMA standard applies to omnidirectional lamps. (The equivalency for directional lamps is more complicated and requires simulation or mockups to establish). The intention is for manufacturers to use LL-10 when they prepare their equivalency claims.

Replacing high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps with light-emitting diode (LED) equivalents should be an easy and straightforward endeavor. However, currently, there are significant variations in the luminous flux (light output) of LED lamps claiming to be equivalent to a particular HID lamp wattage. When this happens, customer confusion and dissatisfaction can ensue and result in an unlevel playing field for manufacturers. NEMA provides value to the end-user and the manufacturing community with recommendations for when this scenario occurs.

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The Value Of Sensors, IoT, & Smart Lighting Data

EC&M Magazine recently ran an article about the value of sensors, IoT, and Smart Lighting Data. Energy ROI is an obvious benefit of advanced controls, but is often insufficient to justify the costs, after LED lighting has already slashed lighting energy use by more than 50%. In some places, lighting controls are installed to meet local code requirements.

EC&M Magazine recently ran an article about the value of sensors, IoT, and Smart Lighting Data. Energy ROI is an obvious benefit of advanced controls, but is often insufficient to justify the costs, after LED lighting has already slashed lighting energy use by more than 50%. In some places, lighting controls are installed to meet local code requirements.

Advanced lighting control systems go beyond just controlling the lights by allowing the gathering of data, bringing 10 to 100 times more value to the end-user. The easiest and most well-known solutions to achieve this are with occupancy sensors and daylight sensors. But what if one can get such data for an entire floor, building, or campus of buildings? This might be data that can tell how often a room is entered or how many cars are currently on a parking garage floor. How many customers went into the store today, and what portion of the parking lot is used at night? And is anyone still in the local park when it’s closed? This valuable data can be collected, analyzed, and communicated to learn much more about a site.

Since lighting is everywhere, when grouped under a network, it can then be used as a conduit from end-users to devices for valuable information. Asset tracking, contact tracing, and wayfinding are a few examples of how advanced lighting control systems are being used beyond controlling the lights. As an example, a building’s HVAC, fire alarm, and lighting system can use the same signal to turn off air intake and turn on all lights when the fire alarm is activated. The benefit of such information/signals gets even more valuable when shared with other manufacturers.

For example, you can share control of a room’s temperature using lighting control wall stations, or a demand response signal can be set up from the local electric utility to dim lights. This type of system will not only provide additional energy savings, but more importantly in some locations, it also satisfies a requirement to be code compliant. Such an ecosystem provides manufacturers’ and industries’ IoT products a backbone for advanced data and information at the heart of IoT. Air quality, structure vibration, and space utilization heatmaps are some examples of IoT applications.

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Product Monday: It’s Not A Window, It’s LightGlass

LIGHTGLASS is a windowlight, an architectural element that brings the experience of a daylit window into any space. Through the integration of the latest LED lighting technology into the form and materials of a window, LIGHTGLASS is nearly indiscernible from a real window.

LIGHTGLASS is a windowlight, an architectural element that brings the experience of a daylit window into any space. Through the integration of the latest LED lighting technology into the form and materials of a window, LIGHTGLASS is nearly indiscernible from a real window.

LIGHTGLASS is a patented, prefabricated UL-listed lighting system with the appearance of a window, with integrated aluminum extrusion, glass, gasketing, and LED light panel delivering 94+ CRI, UGR below 12, no perceptible flicker, greater than 89% uniformity, and an L70 rating of over 100,000 hours. LED drivers included, and a system warranty of a minimum of 5 years.

CCT (Correlated Color Temperature) ranges between 2200K and 6500K as a standard feature. It’s possible to specify a single static CCT or dynamic Tunable White: user-controlled changes in CCT, used to recreate the dynamic lighting conditions of a typical solar day. This can be achieved by pairing LIGHTGLASS with a 3rd-party control system.

LIGHTGLASS is designed to produce broad-spectrum light, similar to sunlight. Warm and cool tunable LEDs work in unison to create a dynamic and immersive circadian lighting experience.

LIGHTGLASS is designed to aid circadian health indoors, providing the recommended levels of vertical illuminance at eye level when applied as a clerestory or window. Units produce short wavelength 450nm-490nm light at higher CCTs, optimized for creating a circadian response. LIGHTGLASS meets the WELL Building Standard EML requirements for Working Environments, Learning Environments, Living Environments, and Break Rooms.

More information is available here.

 

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Trends In Flexible Lighting Design

Howard Yaphe, CEO of Axis Lighting, authored an interesting article in EC&M Magazine, recently, about trends in flexible lighting design.

Howard Yaphe, CEO of Axis Lighting, authored an interesting article in EC&M Magazine, recently, about trends in flexible lighting design. Conventional drop ceilings are being used less, in favor of more dynamic and adaptable office lighting solutions.

Open ceilings make a space look larger and better future-proof a design.  This approach can include line-voltage frameworks that create more design freedom for specifiers. The increased flexibility can aid offices in transitioning to post-pandemic trends of more flexible office usage.

Read the full article here.

 

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An Interview with Christina Halfpenny – Diversity, Inclusion & Culture at DLC

I had the pleasure of interviewing Christina Halfpenny about her approach to women in leadership positions, at the Design Lights Consortium (DLC), and on the subject more broadly.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Christina Halfpenny about her approach to women in leadership positions, at the Design Lights Consortium (DLC), and on the subject more broadly. There are a large number of very accomplished women in leadership positions at the DLC – many brought on board after Christina Halfpenny became Executive Director in 2015. DLC has grown into an independent international non-profit that drives energy efficiency and connected building solutions through solid-state lighting and controls, across North America. Halfpenny has been a strong advocate for diversity and representation on panels at every DLC meeting for the past several years, and in the imagery the organization uses on its website and in materials.

Of the DLC’s 21-member staff, more than half (12) are women, including Dorene Maniccia and Leora Radetsky, both with numerous published papers to their names, and Bernadette Boudreaux who co-leads a Diversity Equity Inclusion and Respect (DEIR) in Lighting Working Group, with the DOE. Also, Liesel Whitney-Schulte has over 20 years of experience working on utility energy efficiency programs and collaborating with lighting designers to create programs that simultaneously fit utility goals and promote quality lighting design. Bios of all the women on the DLC team are here: https://www.designlights.org/about-us/team/.

Shiller: More than 50% of DLC’s staff are women, despite the lighting industry historically being male-dominated. What advice do you have for other lighting industry executive leaders in a position to increase women’s representation, as well as diversity in hiring of all kinds (gender, race, sexual orientation, etc.)?

Halfpenny:  It isn’t just executive leaders in a position to hire women and diverse people. Every person in the hiring process can influence the diversity of their team, their vendors and suppliers, as well as leadership. Inclusion of people on hiring teams and questions from staff for prospective employees can help not only get a view into the organization’s dynamics, challenges and priorities, but also provide a relevant assessment of culture fit. These things can be overlooked if we are not taking a deliberate approach towards diversity in our hiring methods. With the ongoing changes in lighting and the industry, it’s an opportune time to prioritize diversity for the variety of perspective and experience that comes with a diverse team. There is always room for women and diversity in leadership; on Boards and in executive functions, but truly valuing diversity happens when space is made for diversity at all levels of the company.

Shiller: DLC has many recognized industry thought leaders on its staff, both women and men. Do you have any advice to other executives on recruiting and retaining elite industry talent, both women and men?

Halfpenny: On their behalf, thank you for the recognition. We are fortunate to have (and had) people on staff who are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about lighting and protecting the environment. Our team thrives on making a positive impact, and these folks leave their marks on the work we do and affect colleagues and peers in positive ways.

Ultimately, personal fulfillment leads to job retention. Look at the statistics of how many people recently left their jobs for something that paid less but provided more meaning and balance for them. Individuals also need to know that their contributions are valued by the company, however, we all know that individual performance is not the sole driver for success. I find that fulfillment from work comes not only from enjoying the actual work, but also the people.

Leadership at the DLC sets expectations for the entire team to contribute value and exchange ideas and feedback in a productive and respectful way. We prioritize an organizational culture that enables and supports collaboration, and collectively celebrates success, so that leading and learning are simultaneous for individual satisfaction and collective success.

Shiller: Are there ways that having a majority women staff has been advantageous to DLC? How has it changed the culture at DLC?

Halfpenny: Yes! As far as a change in culture at the DLC, we have always been a majority of women or 50%, and we have benefitted from a culture of support and respect. That culture generates increased capacity to listen and consider the impacts of our work on our stakeholders. While we prioritize collaboration internally, that resonates with our work externally with members, industry experts and stakeholders, which a key success factor for a Consortium.

In addition, having a balance of women in the organization brings more honesty about life outside of work.  For whatever reason, women are still juggling the majority of the home life – sick kids (and parents), doctor appointments, school activities, carpools, etc. – and we need to normalize that as a part of our lives. I hope if women can normalize it in leadership positions, and throughout the workplace, then men can too, and we will all benefit from a genuine work life balance.

Shiller: What’s your view of current efforts to increase women’s representation in lighting leadership positions? There are a couple organizations now working toward this goal (i.e. WILD, WIL, etc.)? Do you see specific women’s challenges that aren’t yet being addressed, in the lighting industry, that need to be addressed?

Halfpenny: Many of the women’s representation groups are providing much needed resources for mentoring, strategies to succeed and gaining visibility, particularly for younger women. There should be more efforts focused on inclusion and support to ensure that women and underrepresented groups have the resources they need to grow and be successful.

I do see many groups working on diversity who are made up of the diverse people themselves and that’s a little frustrating to see them doing all the work in this area. There have been a few changes in highly visible positions in the industry for women and diverse people, so change is happening, but we can’t lean on the minority to make it so. Everyone has a role to play in the change. As I mentioned previously, it’s in the hiring process, the procurement process and the values that shape the business culture.

Shiller: Thank you, Christina, for sharing your thoughts and expertise with our LightNOW readers.

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Lighting Industry Supply Chain Continues to Change

A recent LEDs Magazine article laid out ways that the lighting industry supply chain problems are not only changing constantly, but likely getting worse.

A recent LEDs Magazine article laid out ways that the lighting industry supply chain problems are not only changing constantly, but likely getting worse:

  • Shanghai lockdowns for roughly 6 weeks are significantly impacting both factories and the port there, adding delays. Shanghai is the world’s largest shipping port.
  • The war in Ukraine is impacting steel, aluminum, and some other commodity prices.
  • The microchip shortage continues to impact drivers and smart lighting components.
  • Commodity prices in general continue to rise.
  • Long-term container backlogs at US ports have eased, however, providing one bright spot.

You can read the full story here.

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Five Lighting Designers Discuss The Latest Trends In Lighting Retail Spaces

A recent IES LD+A article interviews five lighting designers about the trends that they see in lighting retail spaces.

A recent IES LD+A article interviews five lighting designers about the trends that they see in lighting retail spaces.

Some trends include:

  • Explosion of e-commerce during the pandemic and the extent to which people will go back to retail.
  • E-commerce went from 5% of retail sales in Q1, 2012 to 16% in Q1, 2020.
  • Retailers who had paused their new prototype strategies in 2020 and 2021 with the unknowns of the pandemic, now in 2022 are dusting off those designs and moving forward.
  • The in-person experience is adapting rapidly to accommodate a wide variety of shopping styles, and the lighting systems must change to create enhanced brand experiences.
  • Retailers are expecting shoppers to return in-store in substantial numbers, especially for non-commodity goods and experiential services, including electric-car companies, jewelers, pet-care companies, salons, grocers, outdoor-gear companies, apparel and footwear.
  • Regional shopping centers adapting toward mixed-use destinations, where people are drawn in by restaurants, fitness centers, theaters, hotels, open-exterior spaces and other amenities intermixed with retail. Lighting becomes integral to creating an atmosphere—drawing visitors in and encouraging them to explore.
  • Stores are catering to “Instagrammable” moments. The architectural design includes areas that look great on camera, so the lighting needs to be soft for camera use, too.

The full article is available here.

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Product Monday: WAC Smart Track System Provides All The Bells & Whistles

WAC’s STRUT is a smart lighting, power, and control system, with lighting elements designed for high performance. STRUT is intended for retail, restaurant, commercial office, or residential lighting, without custom lead times.

WAC’s STRUT is a smart lighting, power, and control system, with lighting elements designed for high performance. STRUT is intended for retail, restaurant, commercial office, or residential lighting, without custom lead times. The system offers Direct, Indirect, Wall Wash, Downlights, Spotlights, and Pendants, on a 48VDC smart track.

STRUT is a solution for open office designs and other community spaces, the smart system incorporates combination vacancy/photo sensors to maximize daylight harvesting and reduce energy consumption, during the day.

At night, STRUT can give each occupant control over their own task lighting with SILO adjustable pendants, while integrating illumination of pathways and common areas with layered lighting.

STRUT is fully customizable and can adapt to changing design decisions. Components ship within a week. Construction delays and change orders can be avoided with the modular power system enabling lighting elements to be easily modified on site.

STRUT is technology agnostic, with interfaces available for 0-10V, DMX, or TRIAC protocols. It is commissioned through the wireless app, and can then be integrated with a variety of control systems that clients are already using.

The system is setup and online using the WAC app for iOS or Android. It enables limited permissions to various users to control certain elements. Basic functions, like on/off/dim, Grouping and Scheduling can be performed by anyone with a simple, intuitive user interface. Changes to fixture grouping or actions are automatically recognized by control systems that are integrated with the Connected Power Unit.

More information is available here.

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Two Upcoming Events Focused On Women In Lighting

Here are two upcoming events advancing the agenda of women in the lighting industry. Representing two very different channels: electrical distribution and hardware & building supply.

Here are two upcoming events advancing the agenda of women in the lighting industry. Representing two very different channels: electrical distribution and hardware & building supply:

  1. Women In Industry Forum, June 27-29, 2022, in Bonita Springs, FL. NAED’s Women in Industry Forum provides an environment for female professionals within electrical distribution to take steps toward advancing their careers by leveraging educational opportunities. Additional information is available here.
  2. Top Women in Hardware & Building Supply, November 8-9, 2022, in Chicago, IL. The HBSDealer Top Women in Hardware & Building Supply program honors women making outstanding contributions to their companies and their communities. Additional information about last year’s event is available here.
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