Author: David Shiller

Product Monday: Eureka Upgrades Sail Luminaires With Higher Output LED Replacing OLED

Eureka, an Acuity Brands company, recently announced several enhancements and additional options for its Sail luminaire.

Eureka, an Acuity Brands company, recently announced several enhancements and additional options for its Sail luminaire. The most significant enhancement to Sail is the introduction of an LED light source, replacing the existing OLED, enabling higher light output. One LED strip provides brighter diffused uniform illumination from the square opening. Low and regular output options are now available to fit a variety of environments, with a range of 637 to 1,232 delivered lumens. 0-10V and phase dimming can be selected.

A new gold finish has been added to the previous black and white finish options. The new gold color is well suited to hospitality applications. In addition to the original transparent cable, designers now have the choice to match the cable color to the fixture to create a bolder effect.

Sail has an origami-inspired form made from a single piece of folded metal, creating a variety of profiles from different angles. The luminaire can be a centerpiece over high top counters or boardroom tables. Designers can also create impactful arrangements in larger spaces by clustering multiple luminaires at varying heights and relative angles.

Unique lighting challenges, such as low ceilings or office meeting booths, can now be addressed with a new stem mounting option. Lighting designers can also select the Sail luminaires with optional nLight® or nLight® AIR network lighting control systems. Each features advanced technologies to meet the demand for greater functionality and enhanced occupant convenience while reducing energy consumption.

Learn more about Sail here.

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IES BIM Committee Seeks Online Votes For Two Proposed Autodesk Revit Lighting Features

The IES BIM Committee is requesting help. Have you been unhappy with the process of documenting lighting in BIM software, specifically Revit? Do you wish there were features that the software had to make the lighting workflow more compatible with those of other trades?

The IES BIM Committee is requesting help. Have you been unhappy with the process of documenting lighting in BIM software, specifically Revit? Do you wish there were features that the software had to make the lighting workflow more compatible with those of other trades?

From a lighting specifier survey conducted last year, the IES BIM committee created a series of requests to Autodesk’s Revit Ideas forum. Users post requests; other users vote on the requests. Autodesk takes notice of posts that have a high number of votes, generally those with more than 100 votes.

The IES BIM Committee has taken all the feedback that they received from the survey responses and created a series of requests on the forum. Two posts have been on the forum for a while but haven’t received enough votes to attract Autodesk’s attention.

  1. Multiple Light Sources in a single Family, without nesting. This request was authored by IES BIM Committee member Matt Kincaid and addresses the fact that nesting is required for lighting families to have more than one light source. Nesting is problematic for aiming and photometric calculations. For more information, read Matt’s post and vote!
  2. Visibility Below Cut Plane In RCP. For many of us, it is helpful to see architectural elements, like furniture or step lights, that wouldn’t typically be shown on a Reflected Ceiling Plan as we lay out our designs. Currently, Revit doesn’t have a good way of showing that. There are workarounds, like making the cut plane close to the floor, but they all have their downsides. Allowing for visibility of elements below the cut plane would make it easier for us to see what we need without messy workarounds.

The IES BIM committee is requesting that interested specifiers click on the links above and vote for these ideas, as well as any other ideas there that you would like to have implemented.

 

 

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DOE Publishes Pair Of Reports About SSL Manufacturing And R&D Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO), within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), has published two new reports, 2022 DOE SSL Manufacturing Status & Opportunities and  Solid-State Lighting R&D Opportunities.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO), within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), has published two new reports, 2022 DOE SSL Manufacturing Status & Opportunities and  Solid-State Lighting R&D Opportunities.

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The SSL Manufacturing report examines high-priority opportunities to develop manufacturing technologies that will benefit energy-saving solid-state lighting (SSL) while also supporting an increased role in the global marketplace for U.S. manufacturing of lighting products.

The report looks at the LED chip, package, and luminaire markets and the OLED market, including production, supply chain, costs, pricing, and external influences. Characterization of the LED chip, package, and luminaire manufacturing process, equipment, and materials follows, with specific manufacturing opportunities called out. The final section looks at the OLED panel and luminaire industry with manufacturing opportunities pinpointed.

Download the full SSL Manufacturing Opportunities report here.

The SSL R&D Opportunity report examines the many critical opportunities that exist to positively impact energy savings, greenhouse gas emissions, human well-being, and the economy through research and development of light-emitting diode (LED)-based solid-state lighting (SSL). The document summarizes stakeholder input from DOE-hosted roundtable meetings, workshops, a Request for Information, and other sources.

Unlocking the next wave of advancements in SSL will require further breakthroughs in fundamental, early-stage R&D across the SSL value chain, as well as better understanding barriers to deployment for technologies with the highest decarbonization potential. This report provides detail on these advancements and the R&D necessary to make breakthroughs. Priority opportunity areas include:

  • Lighting Platform Technology R&D to support scientific, technological, integration, and manufacturing understanding and advancements of the LED technology platform that enable energy savings and support occupant health and productivity. Topics include material and device science, down-converter technology, diffuse light source materials and devices, optical delivery and control, power and functional electronics, advanced lighting concepts, and manufacturing technologies.
  • Lighting Science R&D to support research and understanding of fundamental lighting science and guide effective implementation of LED light source technology. Topics include lighting application efficiency (LAE) framework and human physiological impacts of light.
  • Lighting Integration and Validation to support field research to transition new lighting technology and understanding to practice and quantify the benefits. Topics include translating lighting research findings to practice and connected lighting with integrated controls and grid-interactive capabilities.

Download the full SSL R&D Opportunity report here.

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Survey Of 1,000+ Contractors Foresees Growing New Construction Demand And Hiring

Construction contractors expect increasing demand for numerous types of projects in 2022 despite ongoing supply chain and labor challenges, as most firms plan to add workers this year, according to survey results released today by the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage.

Construction contractors expect increasing demand for numerous types of projects in 2022 despite ongoing supply chain and labor challenges, as most firms plan to add workers this year, according to survey results released today by the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage. The findings are detailed in Expecting Growth While Coping with the Lingering Impacts of the Pandemic: The 2022 Construction Hiring & Business Outlook.

The percentage of respondents who expect a market segment to expand exceeds the percentage who expect it to contract – known as the net reading – in 15 of the 17 categories of projects included in the survey. Contractors are most optimistic about the market for highway and bridge construction, which has a net reading of positive 57 percent. They are similarly optimistic about transit, rail, and airports projects, with a net reading of 51 percent, and water and sewer projects, with a net reading of 50 percent.

These segments all stand to see increased federal investments because of the recently passed Bipartisan Infrastructure bill. Contractors are also upbeat about demand for federal construction projects, with a net reading of 37 percent, and power construction, with a net reading of 29 percent.

The highest expectations among predominantly private-sector categories, with a net reading of 41 percent each, are for warehouses and other healthcare facilities, which includes clinics, testing facilities and medical labs. The outlook for hospital construction is also strong, with a net reading of 38 percent.

Contractors were also optimistic about multifamily residential construction, with a net reading of 32 percent, and manufacturing construction, with a net reading of 27 percent. Expectations were more subdued, however, for public buildings, with a net reading of 20 percent; kindergarten through 12th grade school construction, with a net reading of 19 percent; higher education facilities, with a 16 percent net reading; and lodging, with a 6 percent net reading. Only two categories received negative net readings, both of -8 percent: retail and private office construction.

Optimism about the growing demand for many types of construction projects is leading many firms to plan to hire workers this year. Seventy-four percent of respondents expect their firms will expand headcount in 2022, compared to just 9 percent who expect a decrease. Forty-seven percent of firms expect to increase their headcount by 10 percent or less. However, 22 percent say their headcount will grow by 11 to 25 percent and 5 percent anticipate an increase of more than 25 percent.

Adding those workers will be a challenge, however. An overwhelming 83 percent report they are having a hard time filling some or all salaried or hourly craft positions, compared to only 8 percent who say they are having no difficulty. And three-fourths of respondents say it will continue to be hard to hire or will become harder to hire this year.

The pandemic continues to impact the construction industry, association officials noted. Eighty-four percent of respondents report costs have been higher than anticipated, while 72 percent say projects have taken longer than anticipated because of the pandemic. As a result, 69 percent have put higher prices into bids or contracts, while 44 percent have specified longer completion times.

Supply chain bottlenecks are also impacting construction. Only 10 percent of firms report they have not had any significant supply chain problems. Sixty-one percent have turned to alternative suppliers for materials and 48 percent have specified alternative materials or products.

Rising construction costs and slowing schedules have contributed to a significant number of project delays and cancellations. Forty-six percent of contractors report having a project delayed in 2021 but rescheduled, while 32 percent had a project postponed or canceled that has not been rescheduled.

The full article is available here.

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Federal COVID Relief Funding Enables Intelligent Lighting Installation At A Community College

Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) announced it is modernizing buildings across its four campuses and the West Hills Center, as well as its building automation system, with occupancy sensing, improved LED lighting control systems, and Internet of Things (IoT) platform as part of a COVID-19 mitigation initiative and infrastructure upgrade from Enlighted, a part of Building Robotics Inc., a Siemens company.

Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) announced it is modernizing buildings across its four campuses and the West Hills Center, as well as its building automation system, with occupancy sensing, improved LED lighting control systems, and Internet of Things (IoT) platform as part of a COVID-19 mitigation initiative and infrastructure upgrade from Enlighted, a part of Building Robotics Inc., a Siemens company. Funded by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and accelerated by the need to help minimize COVID-19 exposure, the implementation will help increase the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the community while creating a smart, connected campus prepared for the future.

The initiative will retrofit indoor spaces spanning more than 1.8 million square feet with an LED lighting and controls system consisting of 17,000 Enlighted IoT sensors across four campuses, and thirteen buildings. The IoT sensors, located in the lighting fixtures, will connect to Enlighted’s Data as a Service (DaaS) offering, Space, which will provide occupancy and utilization insights to lower energy usage and costs and make strides in furthering CCAC’s sustainability initiatives.

Benefits that CCAC will obtain by modernizing all building spaces include:

  • Automated operation that will adapt based on the use of the spaces by students, faculty and staff
  • Data insights and analytics to help direct campus cleaning and sanitation efforts for high traffic areas
  • Ensuring proper ventilation of air in spaces that are occupied
  • Understanding of space usage to help achieve social distancing and meet local capacity requirements
  • Analysis of space utilization for facilities planning and reduction or new construction guidance

The full article is available here.

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Product Monday: New SYLVANIA Hi-PerformanceLED Downlight Gimbal

The SYLVANIA Hi-PerformanceLED™ Downlight Gimbal from LEDVANCE is a new family of recessed luminaires offered in 3 different sizes (3”, 4”, 6”), and oriented to accent applications, with narrow beam…

The SYLVANIA Hi-PerformanceLED™ Downlight Gimbal from LEDVANCE is a new family of recessed luminaires offered in 3 different sizes (3”, 4”, 6”), and oriented to accent applications, with narrow beam angle (45°), 90° tilting lenses and high color rendering (CRI 90).

FIve different color temperatures suit residential, hospitality, retail and low bay applications. The downlights are phase cut dimmable ranging from 10 to 100% brightness. More information is available here.

 

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LCA Publishes 2022 Construction Forecast With Summary of 2021 Economic Indicators

Craig DiLouie authored an LCA article summarizing major 2021 economic indicators and forecasting “Promising” nonresidential construction, looking forward.

Craig DiLouie authored an LCA article summarizing major 2021 economic indicators and forecasting “Promising” nonresidential construction, looking forward. In 2021, the U.S. rebounded from 2020’s short but devastating pandemic recession with the strongest economic growth in nearly forty years. In 2021, the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 5.7%, ending the year with a quarterly expansion of 6.9%, according to the Commerce Department. During 2021, current-dollar GDP increased 10%, or $2.1 trillion, to a level of nearly $23 trillion, compared to a decrease of 2.2%, or about $480 billion, in 2020.

A major contributor to the economy is construction, which overall similarly rebounded with 9.3% growth in 2021. The rebound was uneven, however, driven primarily by residential construction spending.

The outlook for 2022 is even more positive, particularly for nonresidential, with significant and more balanced growth expected across this sector. If current trends continue, this positive outlook looks to accelerate in 2023. According to the AIA Construction Consensus Forecast Panel of leading economic forecasters, nonresidential building construction spending is expected to expand 5.4% in 2022 and strengthen to a 6.1% expansion in 2023.

Significant and well-known risks remain, however, notably supply chain disruption, inflation, labor challenges, and the lingering pandemic. As a result, the economy is expected to slow this year. The International Monetary Fund has forecasted U.S. GDP growth will slow to 4% in 2022. These risks also extend to the construction industry, producing higher costs and project delays.

The full article is available here.

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DOE Publishes Research On Connected Lighting Systems Challenges & Opportunities

In September 2021, the US Department of Energy (DOE) published a research study about how users and stakeholders engage with connected lighting systems (CLS) and make decisions during each step in the supply chain process, from production to operation, in commercial buildings in the United States.

In September 2021, the US Department of Energy (DOE) published a research study about how users and stakeholders engage with connected lighting systems (CLS) and make decisions during each step in the supply chain process, from production to operation, in commercial buildings in the United States. CLS have seen slower than expected adoption and have faced many operational and installation challenges since they were first introduced in the market.

The goal of this study was to provide an overview of:

  • The decision-making process for CLS and how/why technologies and features are selected;
  • The user experience in each step of the supply chain and the challenges faced;
  • Barriers to adoption for CLS and opportunities to address these barriers; and
  • Potential opportunities to improve the design of CLS to increase adoption and enhance usage.

Though important and influential to the CLS market, utility incentives, regulations, energy codes, and policy impacts were not a focus of the study.

The key challenges identified for CLS are:

  • Complexity and Variability
  • Experience and Relationship-Based Market
  • Contractor Apprehension and Reluctance
  • Consumer Lack of Perceived Value
  • Embedded Sensors & Controls
  • Cost Transparency
  • Interoperability

Potential opportunities identified to address these challenges are:

  • Workforce Development
  • Technical Research and Development
  • Data Collection / Field Validation
  • Market
  • Education
  • Stakeholder Engagement

Detailed research findings are available here.

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Luminaire Level Lighting Controls, Catching On or Catching Hell?

The Portland IES will feature a presentation by John Arthur Wilson of Fernhill Shopworks on Wednesday, February 16, at 11:45 am PST. Wilson will be presenting findings from his 2021 lighting controls research. The free…

The Portland IES will feature a presentation by John Arthur Wilson of Fernhill Shopworks on Wednesday, February 16, at 11:45 am PST. Wilson will be presenting findings from his 2021 lighting controls research. The free webinar is open to anyone in the industry. No pre-registration is required. Use the link below to join the Teams event :
“Luminaire Level Lighting Controls, Catching On or Catching Hell?”

His 2021 research also resulted in a learning guide that can be used to support basic education around wireless trends in lighting. NEEA has published that document on their Better Bricks website, available to the public here.

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Product Monday: Nora Lighting Launches High Lumen MAX LED Track Heads

Nora Lighting has released their high lumen MAX LED track heads. Featuring Cree COB LED technology and TIR optics. The sleek cylindrical design complements retail and commercial applications.

Nora Lighting has released their high lumen MAX LED track heads. Featuring Cree COB LED technology and TIR optics. The sleek cylindrical design complements retail and commercial applications.

MAX LED track heads combine COB LED technology with TIR optics for smooth uniform beams that minimize glare and maximize output. The track heads deliver up to 2450 lumens in dedicated color temperatures of 2700K, 3000K or 4000K, at 90+ CRI.

Each track head includes a dimmable driver, and is constructed of die-cast aluminum, available in black or white finishes. These efficient fixtures meet the stringent energy requirements of California Title 24 and ENERGY STAR.

For more information on the MAX LED Track Heads, click here.

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