Author: David Shiller

Q4 Pulse Of Lighting Report Shows Industry Growth, Despite The Pandemic

Last month Electrical Trends conducted the quarterly Pulse of Lighting Survey. Over 200 individuals from the electrical distribution channel – electrical distributors, manufacturer reps, lighting agents, and manufacturers – participated.

Last month Electrical Trends conducted the quarterly Pulse of Lighting Survey. Over 200 individuals from the electrical distribution channel – electrical distributors, manufacturer reps, lighting agents, and manufacturers – participated.

Highlights included:

  1. Distributors, manufacturers, and reps reported high-single-digit growth, with distributors reporting the highest percentage, however, their reporting includes their margins whereas the other audiences are based upon their COGS.
  2. This MSD was a modest acceleration in sales growth from Q3 Pulse of Lighting Report findings, which could relate to energy-oriented (rebate) programs or the need to complete projects by the end of a year.
  3. 73% of the distributors reported growth of more than 5%, which is more than reported similarly in Q3
  4. The market is still driven by small to mid-sized projects, but there are starting to be more “new” projects in these segments. The large project pipeline is very geographic, and sporadic, in nature.
  5. Brands seem to be taking share from unfamiliar brands. The big reason is inventory and “trust.” The smaller companies are more impacted by supply chain issues.
  6. Distributor backlogs are strong. Some customers are buying in advance of price increases. In many instances, it is the supply chain issue.
  7. All audiences expect price increases in Q1 and companies such as GE Current have already announced price increases for lamps as well as fixtures. There is also a significant difference between “announced” price increases and “realized” price increases.
  8. Distributors are seeking alternatives to support their customers due to supply chain delays so that projects can be completed. Much like the adage “cash is king,” nowadays “inventory is king.”
  9. In looking towards 2022, the lighting channel is expected “high-single digit” growth with several respondents expecting double-digit growth. The growth is expected to be driven by price increases, warehouses, data centers, a stronger economy, education, healthcare, and new products, according to respondents. But there are concerns … the same ones as 2021 – supply chain, price increases, COVID, and its impact on the economy.

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Denver Ordinance First To Require Decarbonization & Energy Efficiency For All Buildings >25,000 Sq. Ft.

The City of Denver recently approved an ordinance requiring all commercial and multifamily buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving energy efficiency, renewable energy, and building electrification.

The City of Denver recently approved an ordinance requiring all commercial and multifamily buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving energy efficiency, renewable energy, and building electrification. The City Council says the ordinance makes Denver the first to require the measures for all buildings. The ordinance will make a significant dent in buildings emissions, the city says, reducing them by nearly 80% by 2040. Buildings account for 49% of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions and Denver has a goal of reaching net-zero energy by 2040.

The regulations were unanimously passed by the Denver City Council. They had no formal opposition and support from the local commercial real estate association. The ordinance requires buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to reach 30% energy savings by 2030 with interim goals for 2024 and 2027 to measure progress. The ordinance also requires gradual adoption of electric heating and cooling systems to replace gas-powered systems when cost-effective.

Additionally, the ordinance calls for buildings between 5,000 square feet and 25,000 square feet to install all LED lighting by 2030 or get at least 20% of its electricity from solar sources.

Other communities have taken on similar initiatives to improve energy efficiency. The city will hold a hearing in January to approve rules for the regulations.

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Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction (179D) Made Permanent

With everything going on with the pandemic in late 2020 and early 2021, few in the lighting industry noticed a major change to the Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction, aka Section 179D.

With everything going on with the pandemic in late 2020 and early 2021, few in the lighting industry noticed a major change to the Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction, aka Section 179D. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 made the Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction a permanent part of the Internal Revenue Code while also raising the bar on energy efficiency standards. Section 179D deductions are now indexed for inflation for taxable years beginning after 2020. Baseline standards were raised to the most recently published ASHRAE standards.

Section 179D previously applied to structures placed in service after 2005 and before January 1, 2021. However, the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 — part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA 2021) that was signed into law December 27, 2020 — made the Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction permanent and materially altered certain Section 179D provisions.

The CAA 2021 inserted a provision that provides an inflation adjustment for this deduction for years after 2020. This adjustment uses the C-CPI-U (Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers), with the base year of 2019. Adjustments of the $0.60 or $1.80 per square foot deduction are rounded to the nearest cent.

The legislation also updated the baseline standards in an effort to encourage building owners and designers to enhance the energy efficiency of buildings. Previously, ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 was used as the benchmark to test the energy efficiency of the buildings or the sub-components of the building. Now, Section 179D(c) is amended to use ASHRAE “Reference Standard 90.1,” which is defined as the most recent Standard 90.1 published by ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. This standard must have been affirmed by the Secretary of the Treasury (after consultation with the Secretary of Energy) no later than two years before the date that construction of such property begins.

This provision permits the ASHRAE standards to update without requiring further legislation. However, the aforementioned two-year provision can help to avoid unexpected changes during the construction, design, and planning process, as the reference standard cannot be more recent than the standard from two years prior to the beginning of construction of the subject building.

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Product Monday: Starline Track Busway Provides Lighting Power Distribution Alternative

Starline, a brand of Legrand, has introduced its Track Busway, which incorporates the unistrut in its housing structure- meaning there is no need for an extra hanging structure like there is with traditional track lighting systems.

Starline, a brand of Legrand, has introduced its Track Busway, which incorporates the unistrut in its housing structure- meaning there is no need for an extra hanging structure like there is with traditional track lighting systems. In addition to eliminating the need for extra materials, Track Busway offers a maintenance-free design available in 40-60 amps that can be built to fit any grid configuration.

While most other track lighting systems are only compatible with a certain type of light fixture, Starline Track Busway is a universal solution and gives you the option of using whichever lighting fixture you prefer. This also means that years down the road when you may require new lights, you are not forced to go back to the same company you bought them from; you have the flexibility to choose the same or new lighting fixtures.

Light fixtures can be added or moved anywhere along the busway system with a simple twist-in connection to their Monopoint adapter. The Monopoint adapter is compatible with all J type track lighting fixtures.

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New NEMA Standard For Street & Area Light Internal Energy Metering

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Metering Performance Requirements for LED Drivers with Integral Energy Measurement (ANSI C136.52-2021).

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Metering Performance Requirements for LED Drivers with Integral Energy Measurement (ANSI C136.52-2021). This new standard establishes acceptable metering performance criteria for LED drivers with built-in (integral to the driver) energy consumption measurement functionality for use in outdoor luminaire applications. It describes two metering device performance levels for roadway and area lighting applications: 2% Accuracy Class and 5% Accuracy Class.

This standard is written for use by roadway and area lighting component manufacturers, municipal and regional governments specifying outdoor lighting solutions, and street lighting offices/bureaus. ANSI C136.52-2021 is available on the NEMA website for $70.

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2022 LightFair Innovation Awards Now Accepting Applications

LightFair is now accepting applications for its 33rd annual LightFair Innovation Awards and invites exhibitors to submit innovative new products. Winners in 14 categories, plus three overall excellence awards for Most Innovative Product of the Year, Technical Innovation and Design Excellence, will be announced at LightFair 2022, June 19 – 23, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

LightFair is now accepting applications for its 33rd annual LightFair Innovation Awards and invites exhibitors to submit innovative new products. Winners in 14 categories, plus three overall excellence awards for Most Innovative Product of the YearTechnical Innovation and Design Excellence, will be announced at LightFair 2022, June 19 – 23, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“The LightFair Innovation Awards have recognized the best-of-the-best in lighting for more than three decades,” said Dan Darby, show director. Exhibitors interested in applying to win a LightFair Innovation Award must submit new products launched between LightFair 2021 (October 30) and LightFair 2022. The 17 awards are:

  • Most Innovative Product of the Year – the program’s highest award, recognizing the most innovative new product
  • Technical Innovation – recognizing the most forward-thinking advancement in lighting technology
  • Design Excellence – recognizing outstanding achievement in design
  • Non-Luminous: Research, Publications, Lighting Software & Specialty Hardware
  • Lamps: Conventional, Retrofit & Replacement
  • LED/OLED, Chips & Modules
  • Ballasts, Transformers, Drivers, Systems & Kits
  • Track, Display, Undercabinet & Shelf
  • Recessed Downlights, Wall Washers & Multiples
  • Indoor Decorative
  • Parking, Roadway, & Area Luminaires
  • Sports, Step, Landscape, Pool & Fountain Luminaires
  • Control Components & Hardware  
  • Commercial Indoor: Troffers, Suspended & Surface Mounted
  • Industrial, Disinfection, Vandal, Emergency & Exit
  • Dynamic Color, Theatrical, Cove, Strips & Tape
  • Control Enabling Technology, Connectivity & Software

Submitting to the LightFair Innovation Awards is free, and available only to confirmed 2022 LightFair exhibitors. The number of entries allowed per company is based on booth size and every entry is given equal consideration. Award submissions must be received on or before March 11, 2022 at www.lightfair.com/lightfair-innovation-awards-submissions.

 

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World’s First Carbon Streaming Investment Vehicle For LED Lighting And Retrofits Launched

DevvESG Streaming, a carbon streaming investment company, and LED Green Light International (“LEDGLI”), a designer and manufacturer of advanced LED lighting products, today announced the launch of the first carbon streaming initiative to provide investments into large-scale LED lighting deployments, worldwide.

DevvESG Streaming, a carbon streaming investment company, and LED Green Light International (“LEDGLI”), a designer and manufacturer of advanced LED lighting products, today announced the launch of the first carbon streaming initiative to provide investments into large-scale LED lighting deployments, worldwide. The joint initiative takes a unique approach, offering upfront funding for both new and retrofit LED installation projects in exchange for rights to the carbon credits generated by those projects.

The initiative’s goal is to offer corporations, cities and nations the initial capital required to launch green projects that improve businesses and communities, while simultaneously managing the process of carbon credit generation and certification upon the work’s completion. In addition to LED lighting deployments, DevvESG Streaming also invests in other large-scale sustainability projects that generate renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, or sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide. Funding is currently available, with a range of new projects already under evaluation.

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The Critical Importance Of Proper Hospital Lighting

A study in the UK highlights the critical importance of proper hospital lighting, as well as other healthcare buildings. According to the study, patients who were served in a newly renovated hospital were able to be released a day and a half earlier than those who were served in the old buildings.

A study in the UK highlights the critical importance of proper hospital lighting, as well as other healthcare buildings. According to the study, patients who were served in a newly renovated hospital were able to be released a day and a half earlier than those who were served in the old buildings.

The role played by décor and lighting is often underrated. Most healthcare providers fail to understand that poor lighting provides an unpleasant environment.

  • Receptionists’ desks will also work more efficiently if the wall behind them has an eye-catching accent color, has a significant signpost, and is well lit. People with cognitive impairments and temporary disorientation find such landmarks very useful when accessing a complex environment.
  • Lighting for nursing and medical staff should enable hospital staff to make charts or read medical equipment anywhere in the building. The general recommendation for the illumination of nursing stations is about 150-300 lux lighting level
  • There are patients who may wish to sleep early. For such patients, high illumination levels will be a nuisance. This article recommends that a patient’s room has an illumination requirement of about 100 lux. On top of this general lighting, patients can also be given extra individual lights like bed headlights. The patients themselves can operate these individual lights.
  • Some healthcare spaces require proper examination of patients and the need for lighting that can provide even 1000 lux. This is where a portable examination lamp is a good solution. This portable lamp can be connected to bedside sockets.
  • Night lighting levels should anticipate nurses monitoring a ward, and patients needing to go to the restroom. 1 lux of lighting is recommended in the article.
  • Surgical areas, ICUs, and even access roads deserve special consideration.

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New date: Light + Building Autumn Edition 2022

Light + Building Autumn Edition will be held in Frankfurt am Main from October 2-6, 2022.

Due to the continuing pandemic, Messe Frankfurt is postponing the Light + Building trade fair for light and building services technology, to Autumn 2022, for a one-off event. Light + Building Autumn Edition will be held in Frankfurt am Main from October 2-6, 2022.

For the Light + Building Autumn Edition, the hybrid concept remains the same. In addition to the international industry meeting place in Frankfurt, participation is possible via the Light + Building Digital Extension platform. At the Exhibition Centre from October 2-6, 2022, exhibitors will present a unique product spectrum for integrated building planning. All electrical trades are united here: from lighting and luminaire design, connected security and building automation to electrical installation systems, intelligent energy management and the suppliers of e-charging infrastructure.

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GE Lighting Lauches Decorative Smart Lamps

Cync, powered by Savant Systems, Inc. (previously called C by GE) recently announced 11 new smart lamps at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Cync, powered by Savant Systems, Inc. (previously called C by GE), recently announced 11 new smart lamps at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Cync has committed to the new Matter smart home standard, a new foundation for connected things. Matter is an industry-unifying standard that is reliable and secure. Instead of having to fuss with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, Zigbee, and other setup methods for smart bulbs and other in-home technology, Matter promises to let users take something out of the box, plug it in, and set it up right through an app – no extra connectivity steps or hassle. Matter was created by over 200 companies and it’s open-source, so Apple, Google, Samsung, Amazon, iRobot, Philips Hue, Ecobee, Whyze, and hundreds of others have agreed to intertwine Thread, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even ethernet to let devices communicate with each other locally – no server-side cloud necessary.

The Cync portfolio grows now by 11 new lamps, including a candelabra and globe light, as well as its popular Reveal bulbs. After setting these up, you can control them by voice with the new Cync app, and even control them via schedules. These will be available at Lowe’s, Best Buy, Target, and Amazon this March of 2022 at the starting price of just $11.99 USD. The Cync app is updated to be interoperable with all of the new devices shown off at CES, including smart thermostat, smart camera, and more.

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